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Turntable Essentials - Nessie

Turntable essentials and accessories are designed to get the very best sound from your turntable set-up and vinyl record collection. We also sell a large range of turntablesphono cartridges and phono stages and also turntable wall shelves to get the very best sound from your record collection.

Nessie Vinyl Cleaning Machines boast a no-compromise performance and build, with basic models offering less automation and being a little less quiet. Nessie is part of a family-owned company called DRAABE Analogue Audio Technologies located in Hamburg.

The managing director and developer of the system, Uwe Draabe, is a graduate engineer and has gained an international reputation in the field of industrial engineering. The company has its roots in a long family tradition of apparatus construction and water treatment plants.

Uwe Draabe has since 2002 indulged in his passion for vinyl believing no other sound recording medium produces a similarly authentic sound. Understanding that to fully enjoy the audio quality of a vinyl record, it must be perfectly clean led to the creation of the Nessie range. Often the grooves of older records become clogged with various contaminations producing rustling, cracking noise and dynamically-lacking sound.

With Nessie Vinylmaster, Draabe offers like-minded individuals a high-grade record-cleaning machine distinguished by its appealing design, user friendliness and high operational safety. Among the company goals are customer proximity and a high service level as well as sustainable and environmentally sound manufacturing processes.

A suitable record-cleaning machine is an indispensable tool for every vinyl record enthusiast. Nessie Vinylmaster is a high-end record-cleaning machine that was developed on the basis of experience gained over extensive record cleaning cycles. Records cleaned with Nessie Vinylmaster exend the service life of your pick-up system and guarantee unspoilt vinyl sound.

Many turntables include or offer a dust cover which protects against dust and particles that can affect the playback of your vinyl records. Dust can get in the grooves of your record or on your cartridge’s stylus and deteriorate the sound you experience, manifested through pops, crackles and loss of detail in music. Protecting your turntable from dust and maintaining your stylus and records is essential for best possible performance.

A key component of any turntable is the platter – the disc on which the record is placed. Different materials have different sonic properties, and deal with resonance in a different manner. Many higher end models use higher-mass platters and a range of materials to truly isolate and decouple the platter from resonance, vibration and motor noise. Many manufacturers offer platter upgrades, letting you upgrade your platter and improve the quality of your existing turntable. Acrylic, glass and aluminium platters are common upgrades which can increase performance of your vinyl playback.

In order for the record to play continuously, the platter needs to rotate or spin. Turntables have two varying approaches to this. The typical manner of achieving this is a belt-drive design, where a rubber belt attaches to a motor and in turn round the platter and controls the speed at which the platter turns. This is the method employed by most turntables. The drive belt will need to be replaced from time to time, as a stretched or worn drive belt can affect playback speed and result in a record being too slow or fast. The other method is direct drive, in which a motor directly turns the platter. This is the manner many higher end turntables control speed, and presents a different consideration for designers as the motor vibrations need to be isolated and controlled differently as the motor is connected to the platter directly and thus can have a greater effect on playback.

The output signal from a phono cartridge is typically very low, even more so if your cartridge is Moving Coil (MC). For this reason, before you connect to an amplifier, the output signal needs to be boosted. This is typically done by a phono stage which can be a separate standalone product or included on the turntable itself. Many integrated amplifiers also feature an internal phono stage, known as a “phono input”, allowing you to connect directly to this input. If your turntable features a phono stage then it can be connected to any amplifier directly.

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