Simon Yorke Sings at Tone of Audio
The Simon Yorke S10 Record Player ($19,950), now imported into the US by Tim Nguyen's Tone of Audio in San Francisco, is the replacement for the former Simon Yorke S7. That's the table Michael Fremer used as his reference for 10 years until the far, far more expensive Continuum Labs Caliburn entered his life in 2006. The new S10 is completely hand-machined on a lathe by Simon and his son Spencer from solid raw blocks of aluminum and non-magnetic iron.
Beautifully matched with the Convergent Audio preamp ($9950) and Jl2 signature amp ($19,950), and heard through Quad ESL-2805 loudspeakers ($9950) and Synergistic Research cabling, the sound was wonderfully clear and warm, with a most pleasing euphonic tint. On a very left-speaker/right-speaker Blue Note LP of Hank Mobley, the sax was to die for.
Proprietor Tim Nguyen also sells Einstein, Luxman, and Harbeth components. Am I going to find the time to take him up on his dinner invitation, so I can hear the 1000 LPs I wish I could have stayed for? You betcha.