The Montrose Turntable
The Montrose Turntable
STANDARD PACKAGE OPTIONS
- Fern & Roby UniPivot Tonearm
- Denon DL-103R Cartridge
Contact us for other tonearm and cartridge options.
Fern & Roby has taken everything they learned from designing their flagship turntable, The Tredegar, and baked it into The Montrose. 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. They 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—believing that a great affordable turntable should come with a world-class arm, Fern & Roby designed and now make their 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. Fern & Roby have spent three years learning what it takes to get the most out of a great analog system, and their design is intended to make this an accessible experience for everyone.
The Montrose Heirloom Turntable with Unipivot Tonearm comes standard with a Denon DL-103R, a classic moving coil component cartridge that is an excellent entry point into hi-fidelity.
For those are ready to explore more, Fern & Roby have partnered with Peter Ledermann of Soundsmith in order to offer exclusive cartridge options. These are the Magnolia Moving Iron Low-Output Cartridge (low internal mass, great damping, with fast suspension and ruby cantilever), the Dogwood Moving Iron Low-Output Cartridge (low internal mass and aluminum alloy cantilever), and the Cypress Moving Iron High-Output Cartridge. More information and pricing on request.
The Montrose 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.
The base is supported on levelling feet accessible from above and as an accessory Fern & Roby offers a 1-1/4" thick cork isolation mat with Sorbothane pads to protect your furniture and further isolate the turntable from noisy environments.