Teres, Galibier and Redpoint

After a lot of research deciding whether I should upgrade the motor on my Avid Volvare or my cartridge I have now decided that upgrading my transport is the way to go. I don't have to worry about motor compatability problems and I can always upgrade my cartridge at a later date. Being that I nearly always prefer pursueing the small company, and that the unsuspended route seems right, the three shops above have really caught my interest.

The Teres 320 or 340, Galibier Gavia and Redpoint Model A all cost about the same. But the same problem arises, I don't have an opportunity to hear and compare them and unless it's on my system, it doesn't really matter. I in no way mean to insult Chris, Thom or Peter, but what seperates these three tables in term of sonics? I say this only because they are contributors to this forum. Anyone have any opinions?

My arm is a Tri-Planar VII. Phonostage a Thor. Art Audio SET amps. Systrum rack. Thanks for your input. Richard
Hi Richard,

I'm working on a self-leveling 18 x 24 shelf that can sit on top of an existing equipment rack.

The minimum shelf size for these 'tables is actually 16" x 22". The Teres, BTW can get by with approximately the same footprint. To help you visualize how a Galibier (or Teres for that matter) sets up, I put together the following drawing to show the footprint:


You can easily visualize overlaying the Teres teardrop shape over this image.

Al in Sanibel is running a very nice Micro Seiki MA-505 Mk III tonearm until his Schröder arrives. This particular Micro is not the last word in resolution, but it is indeed a very nice tonearm - getting the core of the music very right.

Thom @ Galibier
Thom - Thanks for responding. I really liked your table. Do you think your platform will effect sonics negatively in any way?
Hi Richard...one more question about the Gavia table you heard. What platter was it using: the Selac, Gavia or Stelvio?? Much appreciated!
RWD - The platter was the graphite Stelvio. Nicely machined and slick looking. The table was an anodized gray. Understated, not striking. Redpoint's red anodizing looks more nifty to me. But it's just aesthetics. BTW, Thom's right about the Micro Seiki arm. My mistake.
Please see my comments under "Schroeder vs Tri-Planer Vll sonic differences" Thank you!