• Hydraulic Reference Turntable

    As the name proclaims, this was one of the first reference turntables (1963) with a pitch control as additional feature.
    First by means of applied friction on top of the strobewheel, later through an under the platter affixed bassin filled with a thick viscose liquid, where a vane mounted on the chassis could be submerged in or lifted out in order to provide a 2% minus or plus speed.

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  • From Transcriptor through Michell to Transrotor

    After initial success and recognition production on a larger scale of the Hydraulic Reference was outsourced to the company of John Michell, who manufacture them according to conditions and terms stated in a manifest called the "Technical Agreement".

    Later on, a German called, Jochen Räke, who used to work with Michell started his own turntable line called Transrotor, in which influences of the Transcriptor could still be recognized.

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  • Information / Support / Spares

    Our focus is on the Hydraulic Reference. For those who own one of these masterpieces we would like to give info concerning maintenance and repairs by means of manuals, pictures and tips

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The aim of this website is primarily technical support and documentation for the turntables designed by David Gammon,
with the Hydraulic Reference Turntable in particular.

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Worse for wear and tear

Worse for wear and tear

In the early days of the pick-up the lifting of the arm was done manually with an extension...

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Transcriptors-David Gammon versus John Michell

Transcriptors-David Gammon versus John Michell

Both claim to have designed for and worked with Stanley Kubrick on his 2001-A space Odyssey...

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The Fabulous Fluids

The Fabulous Fluids

Granddaddy, the Reference <63 No pitch control (wet or dry) visible, unless it’s the knob...

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