I gotta say, Nottingham 294 was one of the most musical tables I'd heard when I was auditioning (and I've had the opportunity to listen to a lot of TTs... and many of 'em exponentially more expensive than the Notty) Learned from pinkfishmedia that Tom Fletcher, the designer & basically the engine of NAS, is no longer with Nottingham, but will make TTs on his own. VERY interesting.
as a nott owner and enthusiast, this is strange news. i thought he basically was the company kind of like peter lederman and soundsmith. his ideas are very different from many in the tt business particularly the very low power motor that doesn't even start the platter. but, for 2 years now, mine has worked splendidly. this will be a story to follow.
are there any more details?
I agree; Nottingham w/o Tom Fletcher is... umm, I don't know what it is. Basically, the gist that I got from the pinkfishmedia posts is that he was battling cancer and at one point, the picture looked so bleak that he kind of handed off NAS to an employee. Now that he's in better health, I guess he's just looking to make a fresh start apart from Nottingham brand, which also makes sense. Again, this is information from the forums, which means take all of this info with a heaping bushel of salt.
thanks for the info., i hope he continues in remission. with some iconic gear, you feel a connection to the "creator" that you do not with other things. for example, when you drive a porsche, you feel directly connected to dr. porsche's vision even though he has not been with us for a while and even if there might have been more efficient ways to do something. it is the same with this table, this was clearly not a "committee think" item but one man's vision. one fun thing about this hobby is that unlike so many other parts of our life now that are dominated by committee think, there are still a number of icons in this hobby. unfortunately, when we get an economy like we have now, many of those tend to be lost. lets hope for a rapid recovery for both tom and our economy.