These custom turntables are the handiwork of Oakland, California-based woodworker Joe Scilley who earlier was an interior renovator in the San Francisco Bay Area but has now turned his skills to audiocraft. Several of the turntables are created onto platform, while others are set into the wood’s natural form.
Custom belt-drive turntables are available at two basic levels. The first level includes a high-quality parts kit, heavy glass platter, Premotec AC motor, a Rega arm, and with or without a Rega cartridge. Prices for these tables are between $800 and $1500 depending on design, wood type, etc.
The second tier of custom tables feature Teres designed bearings, unique hand-machined platters, Origin Live DC motor kits with speed control, and a variety of tonearm options including Rega, Origin Live, and more. Prices for these tables are generally between $1750 and $3000. The first complete table with this quality parts kit will be complete in early April 2009.
A note on pricing: we’ve received large numbers of inquiries about budget turntables, but unfortunately the lowest wholesale price for a high-quality turntable parts kit is around $400 right now. Throw in some custom carpentry and this is why the minimum price for turntables is around $800. If you are local, we can sell you the Rega P1 for under $400.