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Gates CB-500

3-Speed Idler-Drive Transcription Turntable

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Gates CB-500


The Gates CB-500 transcription turntable is surprisingly simple in operation, yet over simplification has been avoided in the interest of quality, standards of performance, and low mechanical noise.

Certain features that have proven themselves over the years have been retained, such as the shear type idler wheel, oilite bearings, heavy cast aluminium platter and chassis, monoball self-aligning bearings, self-centring idler wheel (that ensures exact tension at all times) and the direct speed shift mechanism.

New features of the CB-500 are the hub drive, the improved motor mounting (to insure low noise rumble free operation) and the rocker type mercury Off-On switch.

The result is a transcription turntable built for low noise, long rugged service and positive in operation with reduced maintenance.


Motor: single phase, 600rpm, hysteresis synchronous motor

Platter Size: 17" platter for 16" transcription records

Speeds: 33, 45 and 78rpm

Wow and flutter: 0.15% maximum

Flutter: 0.07% maximum

Rumble: -40dB (33rpm), -38dB (45rpm), -33dB (78rpm)

Chassis size: 21 1/4 x 21 1/4 x 1 5/16 inches

Weight: 34 lbs


operation and maintenance manual  English

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