- A set of four Isolation Feet
- Our new Alignment Protractor
- & our Aluminum LP Weight
The Montrose comes in our Pelican Travel case and is supplied with our Unipivot Tonearm. Please let us know if you need help setting up a complete system! We are happy to work with you.
It’s really quite simple. We have taken everything we learned from designing our flagship turntable, The Tredegar, and baked it into The Montrose tables. Besides giving it new user interface features like the exposed bubble level and leveling feet (making the table extremely easy to setup), the tonearm overhang adjustment has been integrated into the armboard for easy and refined calibration of tonearm/cartridge alignment. We have also incorporated a tonearm cable management/relief clip on the back of the deck. The Montrose is entirely and easily adjustable with only two simple hex wrenches (provided with the table), and every part of this is modular and easily replaceable. The rugged and simple design of the Montrose is intended to make it an appealing and easy table to have for the rest of your life.
Each table comes with complete and easy-to-understand instructions, along with recommendations for an affordable kit of tools to get the most out of your rig.
A central feature of The Montrose Turntable is the Unipivot tonearm, which comes standard with this deck—we feel that a great affordable turntable should come with a world-class arm, so we designed and now make our own. A fully adjustable tonearm is a critical part of a hi-fidelity analog experience. Anyone who has spent time working with turntables knows that not all tonearms are easy and straightforward to calibrate. We have spent three years learning what it takes to get the most out of a great analog system, and our design is intended to make this an accessible experience for everyone.
We are also proud to offer the option of a Schröder CB tonearm by Thrax, with an ebony or carbon fiber arm wand. More information and pricing upon request
We offer a range of great cartridges that pair well with our tables.
The Denon DL-103R, a classic moving coil component cartridge that is an excellent entry point into hi-fidelity.
We are proud to offer all of the Soundsmith line of cartridges. More information and pricing on request.
Also, the Hana SL, a new line from Japan, uses high rigidity aluminum cantilevers, and cross-shaped armatures, providing you with brilliant and gorgeous sound. Hana cartridges are produced by Excel Sound Corporation of Tokyo Japan, a long time OEM cartridge producer. If you're interested in other brands not listed, let us know and we will help you find what you're looking for.
The Montrose has the same great bearing, motor control, and user interface of the Tredegar. Without compromising on the principles of a fantastic reference grade table and arm, we have made a great turntable that is within reach of a large audience, making our goal to deliver a relevant reference-grade table to a lot more people possible. We are proud to design & manufacture our products in Richmond, Virginia.
Dimensions : 19 3/4" side x 14" deep x 5" tall
Weight : 35 lbs
Shipping outside the Continental US will be billed separately.
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Our turntable couples a traditional synchronous AC motor with modern digital speed control techniques including real-time measurements of the platter speed, with an optical sensor feedback to control the platter speed and make micro adjustments as needed. Most turntables in its class use the 60Hz of the AC mains to turn the motor at a fixed speed and then rely on pulley size ratios to achieve the desired platter speed (33 ⅓ or 45 RPM). In this topology, there is no way to account for belt slip, pulley wear or the effects of temperature change on the system. In addition, the mass of the platter design is constrained by the “stall torque” of the motor. A platter of desirable (large) mass would require a motor of undesirable size and noise.
By synthesizing the sinusoidal drive waveforms required to turn the motor, the Fern & Roby system is not limited to a fixed motor speed or fixed drive power. This allows for a design with extravagant platter mass coupled to a modestly sized motor. From a standstill, the platter is accelerated gradually to the desired speed in order to stay below the motor’s stall torque. The platter’s speed is determined 48 times per revolution with a precision-cut optical interrupter wheel mounted on its underside.
A green LED indicator beside the mode selector switch is used to indicate “in-bounds” platter speed. Any time the platter speed is more than 0.23% above or below the target speed, the LED indicator switches from green to orange while the motor control compensates to correct the speed into the desired rpm.
2017 was a productive year and we made a lot of improvements to the Montrose Turntables. The Unipivot Tonearm saw the most improvement including; refinements to the connection hardware between components, a new head shell with a modular effective mass weight and offset angle adjustment, plus additional overhang adjustment, and introductions of adjustment scales to calibrate the tonearm and cartridge.
We also upgraded the tonearm cable to our own silver plated copper, four conductor cable enveloped in a silver plated copper braided shield with a thin plastic insulator. This new cable delivers excellent sonic results and reduces mechanical force on the tonearm.
Additionally we incorporated the features to make upgrading to add the Maverick phono preamp, making the Montrose with the On-board Maverick one of the most affordable, complete reference grade phono sources.
In 2018 in preparation for international distribution we developed our Modular Drive Unit. This idea is all about supporting our clientele and dealer networks so it is more affordable and easier for us to support our products across the globe! We took all the parts in the drive unit (Motor, Pulley, Active Controller, Switches, and the platter speed light) and put them inside a removable Chasis that bolts up under the Plinth. This means that if in the rare occurance of a problem we can ship a replacement drive unit in a small box instead of an entire turntable to our clientele. The drive unit can easily be swapped out and shipped back to us to be serviced and refurbished at our factory saving on shipping costs and down time.
For us, this was an insurance policy and a great idea to reduce the support infrastructure necessary to expand our business internationally and was inspired by the question from dealers interested in selling our decks "what if I have a problem". We feel that, "You won't", isn't a good enough answer and some great engineering is the appropriate response. We eventually will add wireless connectivity and an app to enable us to diagnose problems using the software we developed to make our motor controller run.
The Montrose Turntable
$7,500 - (Table, Cartridge, Preamp, + More)
Many of our clients want a complete package, so we have put together a great set of components with our Montrose Turntable.
We are providing the Montrose Turntable with the following:
- The Maverick Phono preamp with either MM or MC Daughterboard, set up for a Denon 103r cartridge (included in the $7,500)
*you can upgrade to the Hana SL Low output cart which is one of our favorites and a great value (package price: $7,999.95).
***if you are interested in a (Moving Iron cartridge) our highest quality carts please email us at Audio@fernandroby.com to inquire we are happy to work with you to select the best one for your system.***
Contact us to discuss options
(804) 233 - 5030