Hydraulic Reference


Main Details
Maker michell Brand
Form Factor Tabletop
Signal Path Analog Hardware
Made In UK
Date Produced 1973
Notes In 1973 Transcriptors re-located to Ireland, Michell took over the manufacturing under licence of the Hydraulic Reference turntable. These products are recognisable by their ‘By J.A. Michell Eng. Ltd’ name badges.
Additional Specifications
Speed Select 33⅓ rpm
Speed Select 45 rpm
Drive Type Belt Drive


jengils posted 3 years ago:

I had stumbled across one of these about a year or two ago. I have never been able to get it fully functional because the tone arm came without cartridge/needle. I am trying to figure out if it makes more sense to try to hunt down a compatible needle, have a new tone arm installed, Or just try to sell it off. I would love to hear any feedback anyone might have. Thanks

sqrl replied 3 years ago:

You need a high compliance cartridge. You could search - for MM cart


for example

or Soundsmith make high compliance moving iron cartridges that you can get retipped easily

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