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Connoisseur BD1

2-Speed Belt-Drive Turntable

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synchronous constant speed motor

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Connoisseur BD1


The Connoisseur BD1 turntable is a precision engineered product expressly designed to provide a top grade no compromise performance at a modest cost.

Operating at 33.33 and 45rpm, it incorporates a unique flexible belt drive system virtually eliminating vibration and transmission noise.

A slow speed synchronous motor which has a very low hum field is used thus making the unit suitable for use with even the most sensitive pickups.

Performance and reliability being the main criterion, complex mechanisms have been avoided.

Speed change is accomplished manually and can be affected in seconds - a hinged top plate at the rear of the platform facilitates this operation.

The turntable platter is a non-ferrous aluminium casting precision lathe turned to fine limits.

All running shafts are of high quality carbon steel, lapped and polished with diamond dust to a mirror finish.

The main turntable bearing is of phosphor bronze and incorporates a hard steel thrust ball reducing friction and wear to a minimum.

Featuring slim line construction the BD1 requires only 2" of space below the mounting platform.

Intended to be solidly mounted on its own mounting board


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

Rumble: -60dB

Hum: -80dB

Wow and flutter: less than 0.1%


alignment protractor  English - alternativeroute

instruction/owners manual  English

mounting template (not to scale)  English

Kit instruction/owners manual  English - Ladabug

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Connoisseur BD1 motor

The rubber suspension bands on my motor have perished after prolonged storage.
Can they be replaced with standard rubber bands, and if so, what size?

Hi I am also looking for


I am also looking for dimensions for these.

There is a kit sold by for approx 20 Euro if you are interested in that price.
Search for "Connosisseur" on his web-page and you'll find "remsats" for 195 SEK.

Good luck


Connoisseur BD1 and SME 3012

I still have both. They are working fine. I'm in the process of building a new plinth for the deck by turning a large lump or two of wood in a lathe.