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Transcriptor Hydraulic Reference Turntable
Boxed & Beautiful


Transcriptor Hydraulic Reference Turntable

Boxed & Beautiful

Ready to accept any 9 inch tonearm with a standard SME type bed-plate fitting, this iconic vintage turntable is in fabulous physical condition (see close-up pictures) and full & perfect working order.

Some sellers will claim that any one of a number of similar looking but different Transcriptor or Michell models is the one featured in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Clockwork Orange’ (including the later Michell version) but this original Transcriptor Hydraulic Reference is the genuine article.

The main bearing is spot-on and freshly lubricated, the motor is smooth and silent, the drive belt is fine and 33 / 45 speed change mechanism operates as it should. The acrylic cover is excellent - with no cracks, chips or splits, the lid hinges are fine and the lid support is present

The variable pitch control on this model is effected by the paddle being inserted into the hydraulic fluid bath in order to gradually slow rotation (see pictures 11 & 12). For obvious reasons this fluid has been removed for shipping. So, if the new owner wants to make use of the pitch adjustment, this fluid will need to be replaced. The correct fluid is readily and cheaply available via eBay. See this eBay listing:- Transcriptor/Michell Hydraulic Well Fluid

All in all - here is a really beautiful example of an all-time British classic which is fully working and ready for any 9” tone-arm with a standard SME type fitting.

This comes in its original shipping carton, with a print-out copy of the original user manual and an SME metal VTA spacer (see picture 5).

The last picture is from 1971 Hi-Fi Year Book


Payment accepted via PayPal, Bank Transfer, Personal Cheque or cash on collection.

Economical worldwide shipping via UPS or FedEx – Double-boxed, tracked


Please contact us either by telephone on 01883 340073
or by sending and email to
if you are interested in purchasing this item.


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