Yes we sell internationally!
Please contact us if you want our products!
Supporting your favorite dealers: If you have a great relationship with a local dealer please don't hesitate to let them know that we will be happy to work with them to get you a table. We are beginning to expand our sales network internationally and looking for great dealers in key markets, the best way to find good dealers is through client referrals so we need help to get our products into your market! Please email us your favorite audio dealer's contact info so we can deliver a table to you!
Direct Sales: If you do not have a dealer in your area which is likely to be the case at this point, and want to buy direct from us, we are happy to work with you. We can and will do a great job taking care of your needs. Important! If we already have a dealer responsible for your area, they will be part of the transaction and will not be bypassed to get a reduction of price. Dealers take care of our clients and we take care of them because they represent us!
Export Pricing plus VAT: Our listed USA Retail pricing does not include sales tax or VAT within the USA. This is because VAT in the United States is different in every state, just like VAT is different in every place we sell to outside the USA! The bottom line is that we cannot control the cost of VAT in every country and don't want to penalize the people who have a lower VAT with a higher price. Pricing in each market will depend on that State's VAT and Duties, this can range from 5% to 25%. This is always included in every imported product whether it is listed or not so we think it is fair for each market to pay for it's tax policy and not force every to pay the highest tax rate.
International Shipping: All shipping outside the Continental USA will be billed separately. $375 to the European Union.
The Montrose Turntable is provided with the following:
- The "On-Board" Maverick Phono preamplifier is included. If you do not want the Maverick we can ship without the motherboard with a $400 reduction in price.
*For external Phono Preamps: The Montrose Turntable and Unipivot tonearm work excellently with any great phono stage. Like most Unipivot tonearms, ours requires a junction box / adaptor. The Maverick chassis was designed to handle this task when the motherboard is removed. So for Stand Alone phono preamps with RCA inputs you just plug the tonearm cable into the Maverick I/O (without the motherboard installed) and use the RCA adaptor throughput jacks to connect the turntable to your phono preamp, it is easy!
- Phono Cartridges: We do not include a cartridge because many people have their own and others want a choice so we offer a wide range of excellent cartridges from great brands like Denon, Ortofon, Hana, & Soundsmith. Please let us know what you are interested in and we will work with you to select the right cart for you & setup the table and Maverick phono preamp for your choice!
- Accessories: A set of our Isolation Feet, our Aluminum LP Weight, our Alignment Protractor, the Pelican travel case
*Shipping is $175 to anywhere in the continental USA
One of the most important things a turntable should do is go the right speed right? Humans sense difference exceptionally well and when a platter is spinning inconsistently you will hear it. This is called "Wow" and "Flutter". Most most manufacturers of decks just assume you won't hear this or that you won't care anyways if you do and allow people to start with cheap, inferior products with the knowledge that eventually they will want something better, an outboard motor controller, a more expensive table with a better but simple control... We believe you should be offered the option of buying your last turntable when you buy your first and that a smart motor controller integrated into the design is part of what makes that possible so we include this in every one of our decks.
Our turntables are built around our Modular, Active, P.I.D. Drive Unit (we call it the MAP Drive). The MAP Drive incorporates a computer controlled, real-time P.I.D. controller (You can learn about the P.I.D. concept here). The Controller uses "active" feedback from the platter to regulate the performance of the deck. The MAP Drive can be easily removed and swapped out by the end-user for service and replacement.
This design breakthrough has allowed us to support our clients affordably from any distance and made it feasible for us to sell internationally without needing costly service centers and training programs in each region. We can handle taking care of our clients quickly and affordably without the deck leaving your home!
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.
Additional Tonearm wands: We can provide a second Unipivot tonearm wand for $950.00
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:
Soundsmith: We are proud to offer all of the Soundsmith line of cartridges. Our favorites are the Zephyr MIMC, The Paua, and The Sussuro. These are all low compliance, Low output carts designed around a Moving Iron paradigm which reduces the moving mass on the cantilever delivering amazing detail and speed. Please let us know if you are interested in these amazing carts.
Hana: Our favorites from this great company are the Hana SL, and the Hana EL. These cartridges are made in Japan, and use high rigidity aluminum cantilevers, and cross-shaped armatures, providing you with brilliant and gorgeous sound.
Ortofon: An excellent company and a favorite supplier for many people in Audio for good reason, they make damn good cartridges! If you have a preferred Ortofon cart please don't hesitate to let us know which one you want and we will help put that package together for you!
Denon: The Denon DL-103R, a classic moving coil component cartridge that is an excellent entry point into hi-fidelity.
*If you already have a favorite cartridge or are buying from somewhere else that is fine! We will help you make certain it will work well with our setup!
Our MAP Drive 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 MAP Drive 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.
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.
Turntable Dimensions : 20 3/4" side x 15" deep x 5" tall Weight : 40 lbs
We are happy to answer any questions you may have, call us or email to get started!
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 MAP 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 MAP Drive unit is covered under our service warranty for 3 years.
Policy: If you have any problem, we will work with you to diagnose what is happening, determine if a replacement drive is necessary, ship you a replacement unit with a return label at no cost. The replacement MAP Drive will be a new or a reconditioned unit at our discretion. At the time of service we will take a credit card number to hold a $500 deposit on the return of the faulty unit which will be rebuilt and reconditioned to enter into our service program. Once we receive the faulty unit, the $500 deposit will be refunded to your credit card.
Penalty for not returning the drive unit: If the faulty unit is not return to our facility within 30 days of receipt we will charge the credit card for the cost of the replacement unit ($1,200).
The Montrose Turntable
$7,500 - (Turntable, Preamp, + More)
The Montrose Turntable was designed to help you get the most out of your music. A turntable should deliver the best sound possible and be easy for anyone to setup and get to this goal without frustration. These are the most important driving factors in our design process!
It was also crucial to us that our turntable is easy to fit into your home and decor, because everyone cares about how their homes look. We believe a great design aesthetic should stand on its own and compliment its environment whatever that environment may be.
The bottom line is that this instrument's purpose is to introduce and deliver the musician and their art into your home and make it a good experience for you to relax and recharge or dance and celebrate with your friends! This is why we are in this business and what we love about the challenge of designing a great turntable!
Below we have tried to answer some of the frequently asked questions but please do not hesitate to call or email us if you have any questions!
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(804) 233 - 5030