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Would You Buy This $33,000 Turntable?

Lucas Zarebinski
OSWALDS MILL AUDIO Tourmaline SP10 turntable system with Pennsylvania slate plinth, $33,000; oswaldsmillaudio.com.

Handmade with slate from the last two functioning quarries in Pennsylvania, Oswalds Mill Audio ­turntables aren't merely eye candy -- they incorporate only idler and direct drives (instead of belt drives) to achieve an ­incomparable sound quality. At 210 pounds, the player's literal mass insulates the vinyl record from any vibration. When used in tandem with founder/CEO Jonathan Weiss' speakers, which take inspiration from audio ­equipment made for cinemas in the 1930s through the '50s, the sound has proved so moving that a cult following of audio engineers and celebrities have placed orders.

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OSWALDS MILL AUDIO Tourmaline SP10 turntable system with Pennsylvania slate plinth, $33,000; oswaldsmillaudio.com.

This story originally appeared in the April 16 issue of Billboard.