Love them or not, Ortofon have, and continue to, produce some of the Worlds finest cartridges within their price ranges.
Many of the finest of these have been designed by the extremely talented design primo Danish-man Per Winfield. At seventy five he has been designing for over 30 years. But, as time comes to us all, he has decided to retire.
To celebrate this master of the Vinyl pick-up medium, Ortofon has brought out the Limited Edition MC Windfeld.
Using the legendary Replicant Stylus 100 profile, it offers truly magnificent authority with controlled but full bass and astounding levels of detail. All of this is presented with an open and spacious soundstage and a tonal signature all of its own.
Early audition is advised as they won't be here for ever.
Almost every person old enough to spin a penny will know the name Thorens.
They have produced some of the worlds best known turntables. Now, at last they are once again available on this small Isle of ours.
Their range is excellent, from the merely affordable to the downright expensive. Some look good and some look stunning.
But more to the point is they all sound good and are built to a standard you know wont let you down.
Come in now to hear the mid range TD295 mkIV
Ahhhh vinyl.....you've got to love it...
Some time ago Ortofon introduced the MC25. A moving coil cartridge with a fairly high output, low signal to noise ratio and great tracking ability. Almost overnight it won an array of great reviews. Then, to out do themselves Ortofon decided to take the same body and arrangement but fit it with a finely polished, nude fine line elliptical diamond on an aluminium cantilever. The effects were dramatic. The fine line profile of diamond has been in design for a great many years, however it is costly to make and so generally only fitted to much higher end cartridges. The MC25FL at just £300.00 was a positive bargain. There is nothing that this cartridge doesn't play well. It's that rare cartridge that actually is a musical all-rounder. Now however, the powers to be at Ortofon have realised that it is just costing them to much to make. So, we must wave goodbye to what has been one of my personal favourite cartridges ever. A true classic. But wait, could it just be that one canny dealer has bought all of the remaining stocks? Now who could that be?
The Michell Gyrodec is a piece of art in it's own right. Long long before the crowd decided that acrylic looked cool, John Michell pioneered this turntable. It's hanging weights added extra mass to the plater which aided its gyroscopic momentum. The inverted bearing with its built in oil pump were, and still are, simply ahead of everyone. Small upgrades have helped to keep it in it's rightful place. Rest assured though, that unlike some manufacturers it has never had upgrade after upgrade just to bring in extra money. It hasn't needed them because it was so well designed in the first place. Now available in a cut down SE guise it remains one of the worlds most desirable and yet affordable turntables. Be sure to audition it soon.