Two-speed belt driven turntable
Essentially the same performance and specification as the BD1 unit.
The main differences are the larger platform and integral with this is the lift / lower mechanism for the pick-up arm.
The BD2 is designed for sprung anti-vibrational mounting.
Drive motor: synchronous constant speed 375rpm at 50Hz
Speeds: 33.33 and 45rpm (manual change)
Platter: 10 1/4" (26cm) lathe turned aluminium casting with precision ground spindle and phosphor bronze bearing
Drive: precision ground round section rubber belt
Performance: considerably exceeds broadcast specifications for turntables in respect of hum, rumble, wow and flutter
Wow and flutter: less than 0.1%
operating instructions (en) - SteveTateUSA
A operating instructions (en) - SteveTateUSA
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The basic deck is competent, if a little quirky. Provided the motor suspension is properly set up, that is, good rubber and correct pulley height, the drive is reliable.
A ten inch aluminium platter is unusual. Maybe the machine shop could not take bigger, but it provides sound support for the LP. Definitely better than tin or mazak. Overall the deck is very compact. The arm, an SAU2 is of a shorter length than just about everything on the market, It has the appearance of being a copy of an original by M Mouse, but works surprisingly well with medium to high compliance cartridges (I use Shure M75). Due to the compact nature of the deck fitting a longer arm would be problematic.
A competent if unexciting package in todays terms.
7/10 by malbee