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Revolver The Turntable


The Revolver turntable features a split plinth cut from MDF sheet, the two halves isolated from each other by foam rubber.

The lightweight (1kg) platter is also cut of MDF and is topped with a felt mat.

Drive is via an AC synchronous motor with manual speed change.

Due to the design of the upper plinth arm choice is limited by the cut out provided by the factory.

Most often the deck was supplied with a Linn cut out and with either the Revolver arm, Linn LVX or Mission 774LC attached.


Speeds: 33 and 45rpm

Drive: round section peripheral belt

Motor: AC synchronous motor

Speed change: manual

Plinth: split design

Finish: grey or red

Tonearm: adjustable tracking force, anti-skating force, overhang and arm cueing height

Effective length: 228mm

Cartridge range: 2 to 10g


The Revolver's overall sound was nicely balanced...bass was free of boom or emphasis...stereo depth was good and had pleasant perspectives - £105 (motor unit only) HiFi Choice 1984


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user booklet  English - Roddersl42

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In Canada

In Canada the Rebel was an entry level table priced between a Dual 505 and the Regas. It came with a cheaper arm (like a cheap version of the Sumiko MMT) and a low end Audio Technica CN5625 cartridge. The standard Revolver was a Rega competitor and came originally with a Linn Basik arm and cartridge and later came with an arm that looked more like the standard MMT. We even had a Super Revolver which came with a much better arm and rosewood base. Sadly the latter was priced higher than the Regas and more like the budget Linns, Basik (not the LP12) and Axis. Nice tables - I upgraded mine for an Axis and then an LP12.

difference between "the turntable" and "rebel"

Who can tell me the difference between these two turntables? I can't find any. thanks, vinylsky


thank you for your comments. Now i have two see turntables here:
resin platter and bearing are same. jilco atonearm are same. big rubber feet are same. dust cover are same.
where are the differences? One has (cheaper?) stright borders at the plinth, two weights in the corners of the upper desk fixed with a screw, and the motor is mounted/hangs at the upper plate with foam between motor and desk. at the bottomside this one is described as modell BRC. the other one (modell BR without C) has shaped borders at the plinth, no weights in the corners, and the motor stands on the lower plate. between the úpper and lower desk of the BRC is filled with long foam stripes, the BR has small rubber feet. I suppose that the BRC is the rebell? Or did see have more different types of one modell? In the gallery both version are shown ID: 1028 for the mentioned BRC, and ID 6288 for the BR. Am i right?
Anyway i can not hear a difference!


My personal Revolver, marked "BR" on bottom, came with two back weight, standard Jelco arm marked "revolver" on top, small rubber feets between desks, shaped plinth as pic ID.1028
...mysterious revolver ways...


Solid MDF vs cast resin platter, and support feet

When I bought my Revolver Rebel, late in the 1980s, I found the platter was made from a resin material rather than solid MDF. I wrote to SEE and was informed that they were having problems when machining the platter out of MDF and maintaining absolute roundness, so they changed to resin platter which solved the problem. However, I do not know when the change took place.

Another feature I noticed was that the Revolver proper appeared to have thick shock absorbing feet, while the Revolver Rebel has basic rubber feet which are smaller in diameter.


I'm not sure of the exact design differences but in 1991 the Rebel was the entry level turntable at around £189 with supplied arm.

At the same time the 'Revolver turntable' was £169 with no arm or £254 with the Revolver standard arm (£90 separately) or £365 with the 'super arm' (£210 separately and with the thicker arm tube being the most obvious difference). There was also the option of exotic veneer finishes for a £30 premium.

AFAIK the Rebel was designed as a package to compete with the similarly priced Planar 3, while the Revolver was sold as a deck where you could arrange for the dealer to fit your choice of arm (as long as it fitted the Linn pattern for mounting).