Why my goodness, folks, if you ever cringed when a Soundesign
stereo owner wanted to put your record on their turntable, you know
that BSR never made a decent table. You guys are thinking of an old ADC turntable with ties to BSR and the x10 control system that never was but still is...
Now, as to BIC being like a BSR, boy is that far from the tree. BIC was brave enough to deliver some of their tables with clear bottoms so you can watch them work. They are like a very simple belt drive Dual with more plastic than usual (but good plastic!). Also, about design, the motor and speed control are great on a BIC, the BSR is hit and miss. The BIC has a low-mass thin arm with a turnable headshell (remove screw on top) to
install whatever cartridge you desire (no, they didn't EPOXY the cartridge in, but if you are gonna pick one forever, that Shure was a good one...).
So, the BIC had a space-age development the BSR's of the day lacked...a counterweight. With the tonearm weighing about 4 pounds, you need springs to pull that ceramic lump at the end of the arm up enough to land the "needle" on the record for the BSR McDonald.
BIC also paid the patent holder for anti-skating unlike BSR (and AR).
Henry Kloss didn't think springs belonged on a tonearm, BSR stood for
Big Spring Reject...does ANYONE out there remember a decent one?
To be honest, the FIRST table I bought was a BIC 920. A smaller, flimsy 940. I had the cheapest AT cart made on it (a red AT 10). I still didn't have money for a proper amp but I used an Admiral receiver that my parents had. It was japanese and with the AR-18's got me started. But
the 920 was probably the cheapest table you could call a hi-fi table. I took in back for a 940 , a couple of years later, a Dual but the BIC is still doing what it is supposed to. BSR indeed. No connection.
Looks to me they tried to undercut Dual, give a decent table for less that would do the same things. The center spindle for automatic use fits BIC or Dual...so think on that one, folks.
If you have not tried a 940-980, then if you get the chance, do. You will be surprised. Buy a good one and you'll have a part of the last golden years for Hi-Fi. It was the day that promised good stereos everywhere!
No more VanityFair, RCA, Lloyds, Magnavox, Zenith Crap...I was too young to realize that, given the choice, some people still can't make the right choice. Just where did the LG company come from? In bed with Daewoo?