I’ve just installed the new Clearaudio Concept turntable in our office system after spending a weekend of listening and comparisons at home and pitting it against the Basis Gold Debut which I have owned for several years. I have to say that this is one amazing turntable / arm/ cartridge that has to be one of the great bargains in vinyl playback (or shellac for that matter, as this puppy spins 78s as well as LPs and 45s at the turn of a knob). Not only does it have a gorgeous midrange, but it plumbs the depths as capably as the Basis / Graham / Cardas Heart combo (I hasten to add that my Cardas Heart is a little long in the tooth)besides having slightly more punch to the bass. Soundstage width and depth is also outstanding as are the high frequencies – all in a package that is the height of clean design. Picture One features the Concept on the new $20,000 Roman pillar stand (just kidding). Shot two shows the tracking force being checked with the very last stylus tracking force gauge that good friend John Michell made for me. A very elegant and simple design that is fun to use. John made just a few of these by hand, but was much better known for his Gyrodec turntable as well as the Transcriptors Hydraulic Reference that was seen in Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange.” John was one of the true gentlemen of the British Hi-Fi fraternity.