These are replacements for the standard arm board stand offs as fitted to the Gyro
SE, GyroDec and Orbe and are now fitted as standard. They incorporate rubber ‘O’
rings to help reduce coupling between the armboard and the main subchassis of the
turntable. They give very worthwhile improvements to the overall sonic presentation
and detail retrieval, reducing surface noise and especially improving high frequency
They are available in two versions, one for use with Rega arms (for the single bolt
fixing and not the three point fixing) and one for SME arms (which also is suitable
for many other arm types), the only difference being the termination of the earthing
wire (the one photographed above left is for Rega based tonearms). This is necessary
as the kit not only reduces mechanical coupling but also electrically insulates it
Michell Arm plate Decoupling Kit R for Rega single point tonearms: £24.00
Michell Arm plate Decoupling Kit S for SME tonearms and others: £24.00
Orbe platter kit for Gyrodec and Gyro SE
Intended for use on the Gyrodec and the Gyro SE, the Orbe platter upgrade kit gives
a large slice of improvements from their flagship deck at a very reasonable cost.
The key is of course the heavier 60mm vinyl/acrylic platter which has greater mechanical
integrity and an improved flywheel effect. The supplied screw down clamp is an important
part of this kit (which must be used with every LP due to the concave nature of the
assembly), and included is a new threaded spindle for the upper part of the bearing
for it to screw onto.
Also included is enough Densoseal (a very sticky black coloured product similar to
blu-tack, but much stronger) to fill the cavities on the underside of the chassis,
damping resonances. Lastly a fresh drive belt is included.
The improvements to sound include blacker backgrounds which result in improved low
level resolution, more extended and solid low frequencies as well as a general improvement
in refinement and composure throughout the frequency range, which also brings with
it better imaging too.
This kit is quite simple to fit with good instructions provided, but you do need
to be confident working around the bearing of the turntable, and I do recommend removing
the arm board when applying the chassis dampening. Naturally we can fit this kit
for you for a small labour charge, please contact us for details.
Michell Orbe Platter upgrade kit: £449.00
Michell VTA Adjuster
The Michell VTA adjuster is designed to provide easy VTA adjustment for single point
Rega tonearms on later Michell Gyordec, Gyro SE and Orbe turntables (the armboard
must have a recess in it for the adjuster to drop into, earlier decks will require
a change to the later armboard to fit it). The kit now includes 2mm shorter spacers
for the armboard as the adjuster does slightly raise the arm in its lowest position
Michell VTA adjuster for single point fixed Rega arms £24.00.