Right from their very humble beginnings, Michell Engineering have set out to design and build products that offer true innovation to the audio world whilst still retaining the personal touch that was instilled into the company by their founder – the late John Michell.
In the late 60’s, the company started to make parts for Transcriptors who subsequently re-located to the Michell premises.
1977 saw the development of the first true Michell Engineering turntable – the Michell Reference Electronic. Offered in either a coloured mirror finish or marble plinth, both of these models are extremely rare these days.
The early ‘80’s saw the introduction of the GyroDec – surely one of the most iconic turntable designs of all time. Developed to be used with an A.C. synchronous motor and two drive belts, the original GyroDec featured a heavy aluminium platter fitted with a rubber mat and the signature gold platter weights mounted below. Over the next three decades, the GyroDec has continued to be the company’s bestselling and most popular product. Key to this success has been the numerous developments to bring it to the level of performance offered today. These include the now famous inverted oil-pumping bearing; an ingenious design that dramatically reduces the amount of friction and wear resulting in low noise and rumble. Being the modular design that it is, the company is still able to offer all of the upgrades to bring an original deck right up to current spec.
Following on from the success of the GyroDec and from demands for a higher end product from its customers, Michell Engineering launched the flagship Orbe in 1995. Developed as a true high-end performance turntable, the Orbe features significant engineering improvements over the GyroDec. Still the company’s flagship turntable, the Orbe has undergone refinements over the years and now offers a performance way beyond its price bracket.
Michell record player are incredible well engineered and are very highly regarded by analogue fans around the world.