Solidair Audio can now offer a new and fabulous upgrade for many Michell turntables. We have developed The Trinity, a set of three high end isolation feet for the tonearm. These are essentially very tiny versions of our Dark Star 50 feet. They are identical in proportion, but miniaturized to fit under the Michell turntable tone arm boards. They are a direct replacement for the black plastic spacers normally found between the armboard and the chassis. They provide an excellent level of isolation, preventing unwanted vibration from interfering with the stylus.
The change in sound quality The Trinity gives is immediately obvious. If you are familiar with our groundbreaking Pylons, the improvements are of a similar order to these. The detail revealed is remarkable. The separation in voices is particularly noticeable, harmonies are distinct and placed. The sound stage becomes very focused, you can almost see where the instruments are. The increase in the width of the sound stage is also impressive, these feet unleash the full potential of your tonearm setup.
The feet are made from African Blackwood, known for it’s fabulous acoustic properties as well as being “the most expensive wood in the world”. The centre portion is a woven carbon fibre tube and a web of high performance carbon based thread. The bolts are stainless steel and with a high build quality, they are made to last. They also compliment our other performance upgrades to give a sound quality only found in seriously expensive turntables, yet the beautiful looks of the Michell turntables are virtually unchanged.
They are easy to fit and the turntable requires no permanent changes. The height of the feet is now the same as the spacers under the Rega armbords. You are unlikely to need to change the tonearm settings for Rega compatible tonearms. You will need to lower the tonearm if you have an SME setup, but this should not be a difficult job. The packaging that The Trinity comes in can be used to store the standard parts that have been taken off. The standard earth strap will need to be unscrewed from the armboard as it is too close to the spacers. The Trinity feet are are a little larger in diameter than the standard spacers and the earth wire securing screw is just a bit too close for comfortable fitment.
Please note that if you have an SME armboard, the spacers are about 3mm shorter and it may take a bit more setting up, as the tonearm will need lowering for correct VTA. The screws supplied will be shorter than the Rega fitment. The standard earth strap can be used with a nut we supply to screw the top end onto one of the M3 mounting screws.
If you have the Rega fittment armboard with 1/2″ (12.7mm) spacers it should be more or less a straight swap. The standard earth strap will need to be removed and replaced with the one supplied. The top end has a bullet connector which inserts into one of the 4mm armboard holes.
If you can put up with me for ten minutes, there is a video on The Trinity (Rega) instillation here: https://youtu.be/78gFznt1uO0
Please note :
All our wood is obtained through sustainable Cites certified suppliers.
The Trinity price is for three Dark Star feet, three fixing bolts in black and silver and a new earth strap (Rega)/securing nut (SME).
Michael Metcalf (verified owner) –
The solid air video is a little confusing as it says raises the arm less one mm .On my sme armboard it was approximately 11 mm .so after a few hours lowering the sme v reacheaving 92 degrees sra and dialing everything else in I was ready to listen. After a few records my reaction was this is not possible, the upgrade was that massive. For the price it’s made my turntable sound like a one costing a king’s ransom. Miles you are a superstar.
Andrew Reay (verified owner) –
I have finally managed to get some time to sit and listen. Initially you don’t seem to notice what the Trinity are doing, but it quickly becomes apparent that the sound is more together and you can hear the different lines/instruments in a song much more clearly. I noticed this about half way through the opening track I played – Gimme Shelter on the Let it Bleed LP, one of my favourite Stones albums. The guitars come through more clearly and individually allowing you to follow each line. Similarly, back ground vocals come more to the fore and the song as whole just gels even better.
Across the other tracks on the album you can hear further into the mix and are able to pick out details that have always existed but been ‘hidden’ by the feedback from the Gyro into the tonearm. The Trinity clearly stops this interference, allowing the sound to come through much more cleanly resulting in the revealing of a significant amount of micro detail not heard before.
Even with a deck as revealing as the Gyro, it’s impressive how much more performance not only this product, but in conjunction with the performance pack and pylons can wring out of it.
Miles, they are an excellent addition to any Gyro and I hope you sell many of them. Thank you again for helping us audio lovers get a step closer to the Audio Nirvana we all search for.