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Merrill Replica ES Turntable ES-R1

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Merrill Replica ES Turntable ES-R1

Designed and manufactured in the USA by George Merrill

So your turntable budget dictates you will have to compromise on sound quality.

Not any more!
The ES-R1 turntable includes a Jelco SA-250 tonearm with added damping. Unlike other affordable tonearms the SA-250 incorporates adjustable azimuth and VTA. The mounting collar is installed on the subchassis, Audioquest Wildcat cable installed and a Ortofon 2M Red installed.

To play install the platter/belt, plug the cable in the arm and place the tonearm in the collar.

The Merrill Replica ES-R1 turntable is based on the Merrill AR modifications with attributes from the Merrill Heirloom added. Low cost low performance turntables are usually comprised of a sonically poor slab of particle board. The sonic detail is poor the image is constricted. The ES-R1 mechanical energy transmission chain is totally polymer. Their is NO metal or other high energy conductive material in the chain. The affordable ES-R1 will outperform turntables costing many many thousands of dollars more.

The start of the system is the heart of the system

The Merrill Replica design is based on the Merrill AR modifications with attributes from the Merrill Heirloom. If you are not familiar with the Merrill Heirloom it was introduced in 1980 with many innovations. Energy Management design- first use of acrylics in turntable design- first periphery clamping ring- constant resonant tuned subchassis- first lead mat- fluid damped motor- oil well bearing- digital motor drive system. A terrific review in The Absolute Sound # 43 1986. The exact design to the thousands of an inch was reintroduced by Scillia as the Merrill Scillia and garnered a Class A rating in Stereophile for 3 1/2 years. This turntable ( ES-R1 Replica) has the same sonic character as the Heirloom

Features

  • 33/45 RPM 60 HZ 120 volts ac operation
  • Decoupled inner and outer poly platter
  • Spring suspended poly subchassis with removal arm board
  • Poly drive pulley
  • Laminated black top plinth
  • Oil well bearing
  • Level adjustable damping feet
  • Rubber cork mat
  • Hand crafted Tung oil finished solid ( not veneered particle board) maple wood base
  • Custom manufactured motor.
Hard dust cover +$139 Rear panel mounted RCA signal output jacks with Din connector +$285.00 Digital Motor Drive +$690.00

Options

Other finishes and woods available.
Many choices of tonearms available.
Extra damping package.

ES-R1 $1495.00

To order call 901-751-3337 or email gmanalog@aol.com