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Werner, Oakroot, other Michell owners

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Posted on March 21, 1999 at 05:25:36
Hi guys, I've got an old J.A. Michell Transcriptor Hydraulic Reference table with a Fluid Arm in storage, saw a recent picture of one for sale and realized that mine has a different suspension than the "Clockwork Orange" model, consisting of four chromed metal legs that are like two pairs of inverted bull horns. Any idea if this one came out before or after the "round pod" supports? Oh, since there were getting to be too many Steves at this board, I've changed my name to The Audiophile Formerly Known As Steve (the one with the Townshend Rock/Grado Reference, the Mickey Mouse portable record player, and the heavy friends sitting on the floor to tune my room).

 

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Re: Werner, Oakroot, other Michell owners, posted on March 21, 1999 at 23:10:34
Werner


 

I'd say the 'bullhorn' support came later, as
the bigger Prisma has the same 'suspension'.
It might even be that the Clockwork Orange model
was a Transcriptor, rather than a Michell proper,
but in that era this meant no real difference.
Only a little later there was a schizm, Michell
carried on existing business, and TranscriptorS
moved to Ireland to market failures like the
Skeleton and the Transcriber.

I still have to talk to J.M. to clear this all
out, as it would make a nice story for the website.


 

Ow wait!!!, posted on March 21, 1999 at 23:11:59
Werner


 

The round pod things are later. The following
picture is John Michell's very own Hydraulic,
and it was the last one ever made:

 

Thanks a bunch!, posted on March 22, 1999 at 14:11:34
Thanks for clearing this up. I guess I own a true antique! When Transcriptor split from Michell, was it David Gammon who tried to market the Skeleton with the infamous Vestigial arm? I remember that he got flamed by physicists/engineers in the letters section of the Absolute Sound for incorrect explanations/analyses on why his arm was superior.

 

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