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Fons CQ30
Transcription Turntable - 33, 45, 78


Fons CQ30

Transcription Turntable - 33, 45, 78

In quite reasonable physical condition, this vintage British turntable is in full working order and ready to accommodate any 9 inch tonearm with an SME type bed-plate fitting.

Designed by Hamish Robertson (Ariston & Linn), with suspended sub-chassis and high mass platter, this deck operates at 33, 45 & 78 speeds, with separate variable pitch control for each speed. It also uses a DC motor with electronic control, so it will operate on 50 or 60 cycles mains without the need for any modification.

The following information and specifications are from the excellent website:

“The FONS CQ30 is a piece of transcription equipment of the highest quality, designed to afford optimum performance from your records when used with ancillary equipment of equally high standards.
The deck features 3 speeds, all adjustable individually and accurately for a total range of 29-100rpm.

The motor in the CQ30 is under full electronic control to eliminate dependence on mains stability and the platter is a 12" precision component spinning on a hyper concentric main bearing developed over years of intensive research.


• Speeds: 33.33, 45 and 78rpm, all adjustable individually and accurately from 29 to 100rpm
• Control: full electronic eliminates dependence on mains stability
• Platter: 300mm diameter high mass precision component. Run up time to 33.33rpm approx 1.6 seconds
• Main bearing: hyper concentric developed over years of extensive research to ensure that rumble is reduced to well below useful and employable measurement.
• Rumble: -80dB
• Wow and flutter: better than 0.04%
• Plinth: incorporates the FONS anti-feedback phase cancellation suspension system
• Cover: heavy gauge smoked with self support hinges and one hand opening strip
• Dimensions: 444 x 349 x 156mm
• Weight: 8.6kg

Currently operating on 240 volts. Conversion to 110 volts simply requires changing the transformer wiring (see picture 12).

The last picture is from the 1978 Hi-Fi Year Book.

The user manual is print-out copy and will be emailed to the new owner on request.

£125 (GBP).

Payment accepted via Credit/Debit card, PayPal, Bank Transfer, Personal Cheque or cash on collection.

Economical worldwide shipping via UPS or FedEx - Expertly packed, tracked and insured.


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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