Wednesday, 19 December 2012

I took a U-Turn the other day

Or rather I will take, or maybe get, a U-Turn sometime next year.

U-Turn Audio is a start-up venture by 3 young guys (geeks? nerds? hipsters?) with big dreams. Dreams of building a turntable they can bring to the masses at an affordable price but with great performance for the dollar.

They have been working on the project for over a year now and hope to have the turntable hit the market by the middle of 2013.  A few days ago they launched a Kickstarter campaign where essentially you pledge to support the product launch. Various dollar commitments will get you things from stickers to t-shirts to custom painted versions of their turntable.

I signed up. $150 is not a lot of money really and I am even thinking of upgrading to the next level of $250 so that I can get the acrylic platter and that green colour. I don't know about that colour but maybe I should go for it. It would be different from the other 10 or 15 turntables I have at least! It's not like I need another one, but if I eventually do get it (Kickstarter campaigns are not guaranteed) it should be worth it, from what I have read about the design so far.

The design of this turntable is very simple, and something similar to what I would like to try to build myself some day. I don't plan to mass market any ideas but would like to try my hand at it. Now where is my CNC machine?