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The Studio Beco influence.
It's clear that Studio Beco were ultra-serious about audio quality, but perhaps a little too optimistic about market expectations. They undertook some modifications to the Melco turntable primarily to increase the inertia of the platter to match that of a record cutting lathe. If you look carefully at the photograph of the platter in the complete system, you will see a brass “turntable mat”, about 10 mm deep added by Studio Beco. It served to supplement the overall weight of the platter by a few more kilograms, increasing the inertia. In addition, another bigger, heavier record clamp was machined from solid brass (see photo). This was the mother of all record weights, pushing well past the 6 Kg mark and providing an upper arm workout during a listening session. No rest for the wicked.
The turntable system featured here was the top of the range model produced by Melco during these Halcyon years. The arm fitted is a Fidelity Research FR-66, a 12 inch design and contemporary of the Melco. The pick-up arm support base is not an original Melco one, but as a further advance into the audio stratosphere, this one is machined from a 35 mm solid block of grade 316 non-magnetic steel .
I cannot verify this, but I gather there are only two Melco turntable systems of this type in Europe. There are more of the lower specification models worldwide but as Melco only produced turntables for a few years, all the models remain pretty rare.
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