Vieta G900 Turntable
When you first try and pick this rare Spanish turntable up, you realise it's a serious deck... the top 2" of the plinth is made from solid marble and the arm and control board are milled from a 6mm solid aluminium sheet.
It is Direct drive and has trim controls for all speeds, It originally came from the Spanish dealers ready fitted with an SME 3009 S3 and Shure V15 IV... A proper Direct Drive that never, as far as i'm aware, had a UK importer.
I can't help thinking that this would have been a hit in the UK, if marketed over here. Probably based on a Japanese deck, such as the Hitachi Direct Drives of the time.
Rega Planar One Turntable
Lovely looking and very good sounding French TT, that was imported in the 70's by a number of UK dealers, it was nice and compact, and came fitted with a SME 3009, this was believe was fitted by the UK Dealers, as French examples do have a different arm, but all the UK sold ones i have seem to have SMEs on.
The styling was clever, in the fact that it went for the smallest footprint possible, as well as going with black vinyl, which was fasionable at the time, but also had a proud strip of wood, to fit with other equipment that was commonly used at the the time.... very smart even today.
Origin Live Oasis B Turntable
This was a new one on me until recently... The Original Rega Planet TT, was followed by the Rega Planar 2 (as far as most people think) but there was actually an original Rega Planar (one) It comes with an Acos Badged Lustre Tonearm as standard and is badged rather than printed like other Regas.
The motor is at the left of the sub-platter, rather that at the back and both the sub platter and platter are turned from aluminium and has rubber damping, which doubles as record supports. Rega Research have confirmed with us, that this is one of only 200 or so original Planars ever made.
It was produced in 1974, making the Rega Planar 41 years old and still going!!
This first effort by the southern turntable gurus, is a very very rare beast... the address on the paperwork was the company founders home address, before they had their first premises!
We have contacted Origin Live about this deck and even the hadn't heard of it!
It's a clever evolution of the Rega idea, with a cut out from spindle to arm, this cut-out is isolated with Sorbathane.
The Platter is solid Delrin and is has a re-badged Rega RB250 installed.
I can recall this deck sounded very good indeed and had a nice functional look about it... Love the Red button!