Solidair Audio Pylons

Solidair Audio Pylons – Spring suspension upgrade for Gyrodec and Orbe

(6 customer reviews)


Solidair Audio Pylons are designed to replace and upgrade from the springs used to suspend the turntable in the Michell Gyrodec and Orbe Machines.


Solidair Audio Pylons – Spring suspension upgrade for Gyrodec and Orbe

These Solidair Audio Pylons are a Michell Gyrodec and Orbe spring suspension upgrade. They are designed to replace the springs used to suspend the turntable in the spectacular Michell Gyrodec and Orbe Machines. They give a significant sound quality improvement.
The standard springs are there to isolate the platter from it’s surroundings, they do this but have a few drawbacks. The spring bounce can be a bit annoying, though you get used to it. The main problem is resonance of the undampened springs, which muddies the sound a little in the higher registers. This tends to blur different instruments and vocals into each other.
The Solidair Audio Pylons replace the springs with a less microphonic material and introduce a little high frequency damping. The top and bottom washers are hand turned from Ebony, which has excellent acoustic properties. The strings are braided waxed cotton which is very neutral and non-mircophinic.

What you should expect to hear is a more natural sound with significantly improved separation of instruments and vocals. You should hear fine detail that had been previously unnoticed and distinctly hear each different instrument and vocalist.
They are easy fit and don’t change the look of turntable, as they fit inside the aluminium tubes that hide the standard springs. They simply screw onto the standard Michell adjuster posts (not included in the pack as you will already have them). They replace the springs with the different washers on each end. There is no need to take the posts off and risk loosing the ball bearings inside them.
We have a real time video, no great acting sadly, but informative. Please note the Pylons fitted in the video were the first version and look slightly different from the final product as the strings are white.

The Michell Gyrodec and Orbe spring suspension upgrade Pylons can also be used in conjunction with our Performance Packs for even better results. The Michell turntables have excellent quality bearings, so you can use a heavy puck, like our “Bass Driver” or the Puresound gunmetal platter and not have to make any adjustments.

Some lovely reviews from our customers:

“…the pylons are”something else” beautiful, organic, well made and boy do they do the job. The platter now has a much more solid, positive feel, with no bouncing and the quietness between tracks on a record is scary. Excellent product all round.” RQ

“I love the new pylons for the Gyrodec, they are a big improvement over the original springs.  Easy to fit and well made, they stop the deck from bouncing around all over the place when you change a record and they look great too. The sound seems a lot clearer, especially through the mid range, allowing more detail through than before.  Vocals seem more real with added texture, the sound as a whole is a step up with the pylons fitted.  They certainly work as claimed and I would happily recommend them to any owner of a Gyrodec. Many thanks for introducing yet another way of improving a great deck still further.  Well worth the money.” AR

“I Installed the Pylons on My Gyrodec SE and took this opportunity to level The platter, It’s Very easy (“Jeu d’enfant”). The nuts are easy to screw/unscrew. I noticed that the movements of the Gyrodec (Up/Down and Left/Right) are more limited than before, The Gyrodec seems now like a rigid platter. My Gyrodec has now 2 upgrades (Pylons and Isolation feet), and They work in perfect complementarity. The feet give more silent, Tight bass, powerful drums, and they are easy to follow. The Pylons take care of voices, Brass, Guitars whatever  Folk,  Spanish  or electric, everything has a better definition and air around, It is also easy to listen to the choirs at the back of the sound image. The general Dynamic of the music goes up two steps more (impressive Radio K.A.O.S (Roger Waters), Or Eric Clapton Unplugged at the BBC.) The addition of Both upgrades, make my Gyrodec SE more attractive, I should say more Addictive…And it remains at the first place among my sources.” PB

“Easiest upgrade ever. Currently picking my jaw up off the floor. The improvement is ludicrous! Pennies now being saved for leg upgrade!😊 Thanks for this, I’ll be telling Gyro/Orbe owning friends!” SA



All our wood is obtained through sustainable Cites certified suppliers.

The waxed cotton string is very strong, each cord will take over 6Kg. One string will take the full weight of the platter. The 18 strings will take around 125Kg, about 20 stones in weight or about 10 complete turntables. You do not need to worry about the strings failing, they won’t, we guarantee it.

6 reviews for Solidair Audio Pylons – Spring suspension upgrade for Gyrodec and Orbe

  1. melnikovi (verified owner)

    Gives exactly what is promised. A proof that better mechanics always results in better sound. More tight, defined. I have been struggling lot with the jingling aluminium of Michell and the jingling it is gone. Good inventive to rediscover the whole collection.

  2. M. Canale-Parola (verified owner)

    Well, I am astounded. Massive upgrade to sound and security that I never knew was possible. Everything has snapped into even more focus and the clarity of the integration between bass, mid and treble through my spkrs is truly impressive. I was straight on to emailing other friends & owners to try them out. These really are a no brainier. They look absoloutly great and go with my Orbe and as a bonus I can get back to hand cueing. The first day of installing I was still playing LPs at 3am. Thanks to Solidairaudio for these. Loving the sounds through my Cyrus Sig set-up, passive pre, OL Enterprise with Ortofone Cadenza Black. Getting my old Gyro out soon to try these String Pylons on it. Regards and all the best. Mike.

  3. Michael Canale-Parola (verified owner)

    Well, these are a true revelation as suspension system for my Orbe instead of the springs.
    Some die-hards that I know don’t believe that these string supports are safe.
    Well, I trained in canvas sail making back in the navy in the 60s and I know how tough waxed string can be. One will never pull it apart and it’ll cut through flesh if tried. It is also looped 3 times which will lighten the load on each strand yet multiply the carrying weight allowed per unit.
    As a natural fibre it’ll dampen any resonance in the sub platter and because it has no ‘bounce’ it feels a whole lot more secure than springs. Less affected by airborne lower register waves.
    If the string was pulled the like a bow or guitar string then I would expect some unwanted lower register resonances to be present. But there are not.
    I always admired the SME suspension when it first came out but could never work out how to get enough elastic in such a small space to be supportive enough. Now I know ha ha.
    Hopefully my Orbe friends will take notice and try them out as well. I’ll be buying another set for my Michell Gyro that’s stored away since I bought the Orbe some years ago and I’m expecting the same clarification in my system once installed.

    I’m using an OL Enterprise arm, Ortofone Cadenza Black. Cyrus phono & 2 x X power amps all with Pxr’s. My pre amp is a Music First passive and all cables are Chord Shawline. My speakers are AAD Silver 5s by Phil Jones. Turntable is wall mounted with 2 Acrylic bases. The lower one is 45mm thick and the one directly under the t/t is 20mm so I have great isolation.

    So what I’m hearing from these replacement supports is actually quite astounding. Sound stage is well defined and solid enough to hear when people move away from the mike, the top end has much the same dynamic changes as the mid range with good integration and the bass bloom has finally been tamed a bit further. Good news for my ADD’s which can get a bit unruly at times in that I’m no longer considering selling them for Focal Sopra No 1’s.

    Fab product, wish you well with them.


  4. Michael Metcalf (verified owner)

    These pylons have been a truly stunning upgrade for my orbe se .
    Thank you Miles
    Regards Michael

  5. K Smith

    I purchased both the Solidair Pylons and the Ukishima Gyro Ebony Performance Pack. Both were easy to fit and the performance takes the Gyro SE up to the next level of performance for, what I consider to be, a relatively small investment. Excellent products, excellent performance improvement and Miles is a super chap to do business with.

  6. Adrian Sutton (verified owner)

    Bought the pylons for my Gyro SE along with the aluminium Ukishima performance pack having read the other reviews. I’m a details freak and these simple mods have lifted a veil I didn’t know was there. Discovering loads of new nuances on albums I’ve been playing for years.

    Great products and excellent service from Miles.

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