The CONSONANCE WAX Engine is a quite remarkable new turntable. There are more sensible design features that are beneficial to analogue playback in this turntable than those costing several times more.
Main bearing & Spindle
If you must have a bearing then it better be a good one. The Wax Engine features a stepped stainless steel spindle that encapsulates a ceramic ball at the business end. This rides on a teflon pad and with a few drops of oil provides a low friction surface. The spindle is housed in a brass housing. The spindle is relatively “short” which results in a platter with a low centre of gravity and as a result, rotation is notably free and stable.
The DC motor is a high quality Mabuchi with a patented DC servo supply.
The tonearm is a “unipivot” design which is not unique and although have known advantages also have well recognised problems. Rather than a “needle” point commonly used, Wax Engine features a proprietary low friction brass bearing in the horizontal mode and “pre loaded stainless” in the vertical. The arm tube is aluminum, terminated in a low mass headshell, antiskate is achieved by a rod and rider weight. A remarkable achievement in a tonearm at this price level.
All mounted on an aluminium “T” section chassis with isolation feet. A serious attempt to give the recordings their best shot.
Priced at $995.00 it may be the best value in turntables I have seen. Includes a aluminum 9 inch tonearm. Paired up with the new Well Tempered Labs TLC moving magnet cartridge at $550.00 you will have a system that plays like it is a $5000.00.
First of all Happy New Years to all! Some of you may know that I was one of the original founders of Azica Records. I left the company a long time ago but have remained close to the president Bruce Egre. So we are honored to have Bruce along his main producer Alan Bise visit us. on Feb. 4th. Alan and Bruce will discuss the actual production process of recording artists. They will explore the differences between recording Classical and Jazz music.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about the complex process of the recored arts.
Azica won last years Grammy for their recoding of Jason Vieaux’s Play.
As always we start at 6 and go to 9
While at the RMAF I had a chance to hear a new line of speakers made in California. Ryan speakers have been at it a few years now and have some of the best sounding affordable speakers I have heard. All three models are here for audition. The 610 is a 2 way stand mount at $1995.00. The 620 is a medium size floor standing speaker 2.5 way at $3500.00 and the 630 is a 3 way floor speaker at $5000.00.
Real wood veneers grace the cabinets with a beautiful and simple design.
From now till 12-25 purchase a Pono player and receive a 12% discount on any headphone or headphone accessory. Also many new demo items on sale.
The December 4th First Friday has been scheduled in. We are excited to have Mr. Luke Manley of VTL coming. The hours are 6 to 9. The system will include the VTL MB-185 Signature mono blocks and the newest member of the VTL family the 6.5 line preamplifier along with DeVore Fidelity Gibbon X. This is the new Silverback replacement.
Also we are honored to have Mary Kay Robinson musician extraordinaire give a demonstration on the Flute, alto flute and piccolo at 7:30.
So drop by and have some Holiday “Spirits” and food and enjoy some great music!
MARY KAY ROBINSON, BIO
Internationally acclaimed flutist and winner of numerous competitions, Mary Kay Robinson has risen to national prominence as a versatile musician, balancing roles as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, teacher, coach and consultant. She has been a featured soloist at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Southern Tier Symphony (NY), and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. She is a frequent guest artist with the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Buffalo, Toledo, and Kansas City. As a visionary and entrepreneur, Ms. Robinson founded the Greater Cleveland Flute Society and the prize winning mixed chamber ensemble Panorámicos, whose three CD’s have garnered great critical acclaim. Ms. Robinson has commissioned, premiered, and recorded many new works featuring the Flute, Piccolo and Alto Flute in solo and chamber capacities, as well as mixed instrumentation