We make a definite distinction between the early Transcriptor HR originals till 1973 and the Michell produced ones between '73 and '77. Under the Transcriptor heading you will also find the precursors of the HR, whereas under Michell you'll find even later offspring like the Electronic Reference in Hydraulic version. In the overview foto's of both sections you can click on any turntable to view details and specifics.
#1 An early “dry-pitch” Reference, 3 platter weights, no fuse-box, speed selector/belt guide by means of two horizontal plates, plastic pulley, and different, upright mounted strobe light. This one has a total different chassis (white underneath) which is appr. ½ cm thicker. Side-strip in one piece, bent.
#10, the Bronze, is one of our colored projects. Note the bronze platter and mirrored upper motordeck and arm mounting plate. It was almost over the top, literally, as we had to put the arm in the highest possible position in order to work with the acryl damping platter on top.
#11 falls probably just in the transition between Gammon / Michell as it has a Michell print, but Transcriptor badge. The Italian sticker on bottom indicates it was produced before aug 74. Has a different belt guide (eye) which might be taken (much later) from a Michell Focus to replace original.
#13 falls also in the transition phase between Gammon / Michell, it has a Michell tag from 73, normally the letters represent the month (A=jan, L=dec) but this one starts with M.Platter seems to be a different material, coating of the platterweights is different, more silvery than gold.Lid is badged 71 HiFi show, not sure whether lid has been replaced, or if HiFi badges have been used long afterwards.Belt guide is later type with 2 pins. No fuse box.
#18 seems to be related to the early dry pitch. Came unbadged with a capstan that runs through the strobewheel with felt pad and nut on top, the particular strobewheel missing. Had a donut as well, so we used it as a HR. The other strobelight is consistent with the ones used on the other dry pitch # 2 and 9.Has also the belt guide with the two plates.