Happy 25th Birthday to the money pit

Ed Selley

AVF Reviewer
I posted this elsewhere but I put so little up other than reviews these days, I thought it might be worth putting here.

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On March 21st 1996, the first owner of this Michel GyroDec strolled out of a UK dealer with his purchase. I have his name on the original invoice but as he’s not me I’m going to respect his privacy and not repeat that. He ordered it with a Rega RB300 arm and Ortofon cart. As he was an American serviceman, he reached the end of his tour here in 2001 and elected not to ship it back to the USA. It was therefore sold to a good friend of mine.

From there, the moneypit began to see some changes. It gained the threaded spindle, clamp and locking platter nut. The RB300 was removed and first an Origin Live Silver MkI and then an SME V tonearm was fitted. At various stages, it had an Ortofon Kontrapunkt Blue, Shelter 901 and Zyx R100 cart on it. Then it gained the NCPSU system that runs it in DC, replacing the rather temperamental Papst AC motor it was supplied with.

Most importantly, it was sent away to be modified with the Gert Pedersen kit. This locked down the suspension (the system it has now has negligible travel and is effectively locked in place with O rings), filled the base with cement and put the curious wires on the outer edge. It isn’t pretty but it provides some tangible benefits to performance (this Gyro no longer oscillates in the manner of a normal one).

Then, in August 2008, my friend finally managed to purchase his vinyl equivalent of a white whale and I was offered the Gyro. I couldn’t afford the SME V so I bought it less arm and cart for a princely £550. At the outset, it was fitted with Roksan Tabriz arm and Dynavector DV20X cart. Replacing a Linn LP12, the simple expedient of the setup never drifting meant it was a bit of a revelation coming from that.

In 2013, I learned I was going to become a father. I was already working as a reviewer at that point and using an AVID Ingenium Twin for test work so, to shrink the system as it came out of a dedicated room and into the lounge, the Gyro was put on top of a wardrobe and left for four years. This lasted until 2017 when I had more room available and recommissioned it. It had a new bearing, bearing oil, lid hinges and motor power lead at this point and was fitted with an SME M2-9 arm and Goldring Legacy cartridge.

Since then, it has been in constant use as both something I listen to for pleasure and a reviewing source. It has followed me into rented accommodation following my divorce and back into my current house. It is far from box fresh. It has marks and wear and the Perspex lid is rather battered. It has been fitted with upwards of thirty different carts and run into around forty five phono stages over the course of testing. The last twelve months has seen it assume the form you see in the pic with the SME arm being replaced by a Vertere SG-1 and- earlier this week, it being fitted with a new Vertere Mystic cartridge. I can say with some confidence that this is the best it has ever sounded.

It’s a bit worn and there’s an element of ‘My Grandfather’s axe’ to it but the core of it has done 25 years and I love it to bits. Here’s to another 25.
 
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I am jealous as hell as this is about the only TT that would encourage me to return to Vinyl. Props to you Mr Selley and your magnificent piece of audio engineering. Long may it continue turning.
 

Baobr

Active Member
Had one of these for good few years,basic rb arm and a goldring 1042, as time moves on got rid of my vinyl front end (I know!) Space and Laziness,not having to seek out one album for a killer track..Hilton Ruiz, Doin it Right springs to mind.... sold to a good friend..it now sits resplendent on a glass table with small lights surrounding it as it plays, even if it never functioned as a phonograph device you would keep it cos it's sooooo cool and sexy.....aah at least I still have my thermionic glow to keep me happy 😊
 

Khankat

Well-known Member
Lovely TT Mr. S. Upon reading, the first thing I thought was that it's a love story, which I guess it is. Many moons ago, I lusted after a Michel. During my research on it, I learned of the fabled Gert Pedersen and decided his was the route I would take, once I had a Michel. But I strayed from the path, taking the Nottingham Analogue trail, which I don't regret. But I still wish to have a Michel. Maybe one day.

Concrete can be polished, so why not cement? Whip out the Dremel and buff away.

Here's to you and your Michel spending many more years together.
 

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