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 Post subject: Transcriptor Saturn
PostPosted: 18 May 2017, 12:57 
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Hi Everyone, My newest acquisition. It is a turntable from about 1971 or so. Dating is not possible as there are no labels anywhere. It was only made here for about 4 years centering on that date. Others like it were made in the UK, but not with the native 60HZ 120 volt arrangement. It is a really unusual TT. Eye candy for sure. The mechanical transport part is a belt drive version. The LP is held up on the brass posts (with pads on them). It seems like it ought not work well , but does. The arm is very unusual. Instead of the whole arm moving up and down, only the cartridge holder does. That part is adjusted by a pivoting counter weight at the pivot end of the arm. Very tricky to set up, but seems ok once done. This was all done to make a very low moving mass arrangement. Most arms are in the 10-15 gram range (less cartridge) this one is about 2-3 grams. Only very high compliance cartridges can work well in it. This was all because they wanted to reduce tracking force to the very minimum. The arm is supposed to be able to track at 0.5 grams. The cartridge I am using now in it while high compliance likes to see about 1.8 so that is where it is set. A subtle feature of the pivoting arrangement is that it can track warped LPs easily. The whole arm doesn't have to move , just the head shell and cartridge. The general arm design is similar to what Dynavector does with their 505 series ones (they are way more costly though). Anyhow a fun thing that plays rather well and certainly gets attention.
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 Post subject: Re: Transcriptor Saturn
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Wow! Never seen anything like that, not even in the boutique market.

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 Post subject: Re: Transcriptor Saturn
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You have if you've seen "A Clockwork Orange"

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 Post subject: Re: Transcriptor Saturn
PostPosted: 21 May 2017, 11:19 
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Hi, Also supposed to be in Space Odyssey 2001.

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 Post subject: Re: Transcriptor Saturn
PostPosted: 08 Jun 2017, 20:46 
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Hi Everyone, I finally got in the new top. This TT is eye candy for sure. Better still it plays well. Not as good as the custom Dual 701 or Empire 598, but not too far behind either. I suspect it is the limitation of the cartridge. The Saturn requires a very high compliance cartridge. They recomend a minimum of 30. That limits choices quite a bit. The ADC-XLM (compliance supposed to be 50) I have in it may not (really nearly certain) be in the same league as the AT33PTG, Hana EL or Dynavector Karat that the others use. Still quite likeable. I may swap it for the Grado woodie I have. Depending on what the source, is it is supposed to be anywhere from 25 to 45. None of my LOMC come even close to 30. None will track in the 0.6 to 1.6 gm range either.

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 Post subject: Re: Transcriptor Saturn
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Nice find Bruce that's a great looking TT.

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Remember: One should NEVER play a record with the 'top down' - two large pieces of plastic, one rotating against the other. Can you say Van DeGraaff?


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 Post subject: Re: Transcriptor Saturn
PostPosted: 26 Jun 2017, 21:38 
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Hi, With a full cover ...it is impossible to play an LP with it in place. Regardless I always remove the covers on any of my turntables (all five of them) when they are in use. Some folks like to leave then on, but none of mine will work well that way. I figure the amount of dust that might fall on the LP would get collected by the "dust bug" that is mounted on each one . The convenience of use and lower risk of causing LP or stylus damage are significant factors.

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