Solidair Audio Dark Star Pylons – Spring suspension upgrade for Gyrodec and Orbe
These Solidair Audio Dark Star 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. This is a reworked version of the go to upgrade for these machines, renowned the world over. They give a very 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 Dark Star Pylons replace the springs with a non-microphonic material and introduce damping into the suspension. The top and bottom washers are hand turned from African Blackwood, which has excellent acoustic properties. The web strings are braided high performance UHDMPE which is a remarkably durable material and one of the world’s strongest and lightest fibres. This takes care of horizontal vibration. The vertical vibration is controlled using a nitrile elastomer for added damping.
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.
They are easiest to install by removing the post cover/adjuster. This can then be screwed into the hole in the web, then into the top part of the Pylon. Usually the ball bearings will stay inside them, but take not to loose ball bearing if it comes out.
We have a real time video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bms2vjc-xLs&t=355s
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” and not worry about overloading the turntable.
If you are unsure of your Gyrodec model, please look at the images at the bottom of the page.
All our wood is obtained through sustainable Cites certified suppliers.
Which type do you need? M10 newer models or 3/8 UNF early model?
M10 3/8 UNF
Please note the later model Michell suspension on the left which most models have. (Three parts = Normal Solidair Audio Pylons) The post diameter is about 9.8mm. The post contains a ball bearing.
If you have an early model with suspension that looks the suspension on the right, please let us know as there is a slight difference. (Four parts = early model Solidair Audio Pylons) The post diameter is about 9.4mm. There is no ball bearing.