Galibier DesignInnovative belt drive turntables from Colorado
Dynamics and NuanceIf it's your intention to buy a high quality turntable, then we suggest you consider the Galibier Gavia or Stelvio. Galibier is a fascinating new wave turntable designed and built to order near Boulder, Colorado.
Its designer, Thom Mackris, has paid his dues in the audio world and has owned many British products, including Linn and Naim.
What impressed us about the Galibier on first audition was the very low noise level, stunning dynamics and an insight into details not revealed by lesser products, e.g. hearing two instruments playing in unison, where previously it had sounded like one.
The turntable base is machined from a solid aluminium billet. Like many high mass, unsuspended designs, the Galibier turntables have deep, melodic bass.
Platter ChoiceThere is a choice of platter materials (in ascending order of cost and sound quality): Serac, pvc (8.4 kg); Gavia, aluminium (with oil and shot damping chambers) weighing in at 14.5 kg and the ultimate Stelvio 20 kg aluminium (oil and shot damped) with a brass flywheel.
The aluminium platters have a graphite platter interface to support the record. Graphite was chosen because its acoustic properies are similar to those of the vinyls used in record manufacture, so it is very efficient at sinking resonances from the record through the platter.
Drive SystemPlatter drive (33 and 45 rpm) is from a battery powered 12 V motor in a heavy, damped pod by mylar belt. The motor control circuit is very elegant and its constant voltage output with the inelastic belt drive provide excellent speed stability and unmatched transients.
We strongly recommend anyone thinking of buying a new turntable to audition the Gavia, because we believe it will set a benchmark for all others. To find out what others think of this popular design, search the analog forum of Audiogon for "Galibier."
PricesWe are passionate about these turntables so we have taken the unusual approach of offering them at the US price plus carriage, import duties and taxes. (The industry norm is for UK price to be the same number as the pre-tax US dollar price with a £ sign in front.
Indicative prices including shipping, duty and VAT:
Gavia with Serac platter £5500
Gavia with Gavia platter £7500