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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, January 4 2019 6:35 PM UTC +00:00.

Qeske CommunityBy Qeske Community
First created
Qeske CommunityBy Qeske Community
First created
€31,160
pledged of €50,000pledged of €50,000 goal
61
backers
23days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, January 4 2019 6:35 PM UTC +00:00.

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Proof of Concept

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Prototype Gallery

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About

The Lenco-MD rethinks the classic concept of the record player. Although its design is inspired by classic Lenco record players, its characteristics are not. It is built by you, 3D printed, modular, feature rich, community driven, upgradable and mainly made of renewable resources. All this with great audio quality and an aesthetic design

The Lenco-MD
The Lenco-MD
  • 3ders.org: "Many records have been broken with 3D printed parts, from cycling to rocket thrust, and even a music record was 3D printed. Now, Lenco has designed a 3D printed record player to match." 
  • Hackster.io: "Lenco-MD Is a Modular 3D-Printed Record Player Kit You Can Build and Hack at Home" 
  • What-HIFI: "Now you can print your own turntable" 

The Lenco-MD record player is created at the knowledge-sharing community Qeske. It is a collaboration between Swiss quality hi-fi manufacturer Lenco and grassroots Dutch 3D printer producer RepRapUniverse.  

Iconic products from RepRapUniverse (KISS 200) and Lenco (L-75)
Iconic products from RepRapUniverse (KISS 200) and Lenco (L-75)

The first functional prototype of the Lenco-MD was first presented at the IFA Berlin 2018 (Consumer Electronics Faire) where it was ranked as top 3 best innovations.

mentions at IFA Berlin
mentions at IFA Berlin

Vinyl is experiencing a renaissance, but current record player design is still based on 20th century concepts. Their design is often pre-set, unambitious and options are generally limited.

We believe a 21st century record player should offer a general platform with the possibility to individualize, upgrade and customize. This vision is reflected in the swappable modules, as well as the open design and community activities surrounding the Lenco-MD.

Modularity – you pick the features

The Lenco-MD consists of multiple modular units. It is super easy to swap them and adapt the record player to suit your particular situation. On a sunny day, plug in the ‘Lenco-MD Solar Module’, combine it with the ‘Lenco-MD Speaker Module’ and you are set up to go outside. Plug in the ‘Lenco-MD Bluetooth Module’ and you are ready to go wireless.

Easily swap modules
Easily swap modules

How does the modularity work? Simple: All three 3D Printed frame legs of the Lenco-MD feature internal thread. The modules have external thread and can be easily swapped into any of the frame legs. 

The Lenco-MD modules do also have internal thread. This makes it easy to add electronics to the module by using the modular adapter plate. Plug the wiring into the pre-amp and you are all set up.

Cutaway view
Cutaway view

If you are a maker or into tinkering, create your own modules using our pre-set designs or start from scratch. Add your favorite tonearm, create a new damping system or alter the design. The only limit is your imagination.

The Kickstarter version of the Lenco-MD is shipped with two empty modular slots. Modules like the Lenco-MD Speaker and Bluetooth Modules are currently in development and will become available after the Kickstarter campaign.

Fits in every living room - 7 color options

The Lenco-MD Complete Set (Reward #4) comes first in seven color variations. A great addition to ever living room. After the Kickstarter campaign a survey is send to specify your color preferences.

Build it yourself – A record player out of your 3D Printer

3D print it yourself
3D print it yourself

The record player of the 21st century is made by you. You can simply 3D Print it at home. Just add the quality Lenco hardware and electronics parts and have fun building it yourself. No more limitations, you decide the features of your record player.

All Lenco-MD frame parts are specifically designed to be 3D Printed on FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) 3D Printers. To 3D Print the entire set it requires a 3D Printer with a minimal build volume of 330x330x100 mm.

Slicing the mid-section of the Lenco-MD
Slicing the mid-section of the Lenco-MD

You have a smaller 3D Printer? No problem! We have a reward with the pre-printed Platter & Tonearm (Reward #3). All other parts can be printed on a standard FFF 3D Printer with a minimal build volume of 200x200x100 mm.

No 3D printer at all? Also no problem! You can get a complete pre-printed Ready-To-Assemble Kit (Reward #4). All parts are printed with high-quality standards, by RepRapUniverse (RRU) at Qeske, The Netherlands.

The green record player - made of renewable resources

The record player of the 21st century leaves the smallest ecological footprint possible. It is made of PLA, a biodegradable and bioactive thermoplastic. PLA is derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch and sugarcane. Don’t worry, degradation of the material will only occur under certain conditions (right temperature, humidity, bacteria, enzymes).

Made with precision - Quality Lenco parts

Lenco has been synonymous with Swiss engineering precision in the Hi-Fi and consumer electronics field for more than 70 years. All mechanical and electronics parts in the Lenco-MD are genuine high quality Lenco parts, which results in the iconic and world renowned sound. 

Tonearm & anti-skating 

Lenco-MD tonearm
Lenco-MD tonearm

The Lenco-MD comes with a special tonearm, with a visually fascinating mechanical framework. Since the tonearm is perfectly balanced around a unipivot bearing, it does not skew or favor one groove side over the other. It reduces the ubiquitous resonances and frictions to an absolute minimum.

There is no need for complex adjustments (anti-skating): The suspended counterweight design and the proportions of the frame around the bearing perfectly balance the horizontal tracking angle. 

Cartridge Freedom - Install your favorite cartridge

Lenco-MD is shipped with the quality AT3600 cartridge from Audio Technica. You have however, complete freedom to install your favorite cartridge. The handle on the tonearm is flexible and can be equipped with almost any cartridge & stylus available on the market. As an upgrade it is possible to upgrade the cartridge to the AT95E (+€25).

33 ⅓ RPM or 45 RPM

Speed change is electronic, switch from 33 ⅓ to 45 RPM with the press of a button.

Listen the way you want

The Lenco-MD has a built-in stereo pre-amp and RCA line out port. This lets you connect it to your own audio setup or headphones. A Bluetooth module is set to be developed soon after the Kickstarter campaign. This enables you wireless streaming options.

Multiple power sources

The record player will come with a DC power supply, combined with a power plug that fits your countries’ standard and a battery clip. Additional powering options are currently being developed. You can expect an AccuPack and Solar Charging Module as upgrades soon.

Vibration Damping Feet 

Vibration is the enemy of every record player. For the Lenco-MD we came up with a simple, yet effective solution for eliminating and isolating vibration: Soft golf balls. This gives the record player more stability, helps eliminate vibrations and needle skipping. 

Belt-drive system

The Lenco-MD record player uses a belt-drive to spin the platter. An elastic belt is directly attached to the record player’s motor, offering quick and precise movement. The player’s platter rests atop a bearing and is isolated from the devices’ motor. The system absorbs shock, and reduces harsh vibrations generated by the player’s motor.

Assembled in a few easy steps

The Lenco-MD record player is assembled in just a few quick steps. It is not only great fun to it by yourself, you also learn how the record player works.

  • 3D Printed Lenco-MD Frame
  • Swappable Modular Units
  • Mainly made of ecologial materials
  • Unipivot tonearm
  • Audio-Technica AT3600 cartridge (Standard). Audio-Technica AT95E (Upgradable)
  • Electric Belt-Drive System (33 1/3 or 45 RPM)
  • Conical Platter Bearing 
  • RCA Line Out 
  • Headphone Jack 
  • Pre-amplifier board
  • Universal AC to DC power supply compatible with European standard 50 Hz, 220/240 VAC or US standard 60 Hz, 110/120 VAC (Snap-in power plugs are included for operation in countries around the world)
  • 5V Battery Clip 
  • Vibration Damping Feet

Become a creator – Create amazing modules

The launch of this Kickstarter campaign only marks the exciting beginning of a new kind of record player. After the the campaign, we will launch an online community platform where creators can share their own Lenco-MD modules and designs. We cannot wait to to see your creations and challenge everyone involved to make the Lenco-MD a true modular and open system.

 3D print and sell the Lenco-MD in your store (Contact us & become a manufacturer)

You own an audio/vinyl shop and like to offer a cool extra service to attract more traffic to your store? Contact us about becoming a manufacturer and print record players in your store! 

Lenco-MD Hardware & Electronics Kit (Reward #2)

  • DC Motor, Platter Bearing (Conical), Pre-amplifier Board, Elastic Lenco Belt, Vibration Damping Feet, All bolts, nuts & washers, Felt Mat, Universal AC to DC power supply, Battery Clip, Connectors (Line Out, Headphone Jack, Power), Switches, Unipivot System, Wiring, Audio-Technica AT3600 cartridge
  • 3D Print License (USB Stick with .STL files)

Lenco-MD Hardware & Electronics Kit + 3D Printed Tonearm & Platter (Reward #3)

  • DC Motor, Platter Bearing (Conical), Pre-amplifier Board, Elastic Lenco Belt, Vibration Damping Feet, All bolts, nuts & washers, Felt Mat, Universal AC to DC power supply, Battery Clip, Connectors (Line Out, Headphone Jack, Power), Switches, Unipivot System, Wiring, Audio-Technica AT3600 cartridge 
  • 3D Print License (USB Stick with .STL files)
  • 3D Printed Platter + Tonearm

Lenco-MD Complete Set (Reward #4)

  • Complete Ready-To-Assemble Kit with instructions
  • DC Motor, Platter Bearing (Conical), Pre-amplifier Board, Elastic Lenco Belt, Vibration Damping Feet, All bolts, nuts & washers, Felt Mat, Universal AC to DC power supply, Battery Clip, Connectors (Line Out, Headphone Jack, Power), Switches, Unipivot System, Wiring, Audio-Technica AT3600 cartridge 
  • All 3D Printed Parts

Lenco-MD Kit + 3D Printer Kit (Reward #5)

  • DC Motor, Platter Bearing (Conical), Pre-amplifier Board, Elastic Lenco Belt, Vibration Damping Feet, All bolts, nuts & washers, Felt Mat, Universal AC to DC power supply, Battery Clip, Connectors (Line Out, Headphone Jack, Power), Switches, Unipivot System, Wiring, Audio-Technica AT3600 cartridge 
  • 3D Print License (USB Stick with .STL files)
  • 3D Printer Kit (RRU). Build volume of 330x330x200mm. Can 3D print all parts of the Lenco-MD in PLA.

Customized Mega Package 40x (Reward #6)

  • DC Motor, Platter Bearing (Conical), Pre-amplifier Board, Elastic Lenco Belt, Vibration Damping Feet, All bolts, nuts & washers, Felt Mat, Universal AC to DC power supply, Battery Clip, Connectors (Line Out, Headphone Jack, Power), Switches, Unipivot System, Wiring, Audio-Technica AT3600 cartridge 
  • All 3D Printed Parts
  • Customized Platter design / artwork

Lenco-MD has 3 main reward options for this Kickstarter campaign. Two options require the ownership of a desktop FFF 3D Printer. As the platter and tonearm are printed as a single piece, a 3D Printer with a mimimum build volume of 330x330x100 mm is required. If you have no 3D Printer, select Reward #4. All rewards are shipped as a self-assembly kit.

European Union Backers

Please select your reward to see shipping prices. Prices include 21% dutch V.A.T. (Value Added Tax) for backers inside the European Union. 

International Backers

We'll be shipping Lenco-MD worldwide. Please select your reward to see shipping prices. The Qeske Community will arrange shipping but is not responsible for any taxes, customs duties, or other import fees associated with the delivery of your Lenco-MD reward.

The first functional prototype of the Lenco-MD was presented at the IFA 2018 Consumer Electronics Faire in Berin, Germany. We were honored and humbled by the substantial interest for our record player, and by the overall public reaction. It was ranked as one of the top 3 best innovations.

The team that is involved with the creation of the Lenco-MD record player is an experienced team of professionals and above all, vinyl lovers. The Lenco-MD turntable is created at the Qeske Community.

The Qeske Community is an innovative platform of inventors and creatives. A platform open to ideas, tinkering and education. A place where people, companies and ideas come together in an informal setting. Lenco is a synonym for Swiss engineering precision in the Hi-Fi and consumer electronics field for more than 70 years. RepRapUniverse, a grassroots Dutch 3D printer producer involved in this project has already launched a successful Kickstarer project in 2016 (1730 Full Metal Hotend). Delivering all rewards and most well ahead of schedule.

Special thanks: Teun Crützen, Susy Braun, Marion Achatz, Graatjes Plaatjes (Photography), Studio Quick Lock - Lars Henderiks (Video), Femke Lemmens-Mickartz, Ivo Wijnen, Philomena Quadvlieg, Kai Tiedtke, Joris Rouwette, Jeroen Gritter, Rodion Burden, Team Lenco, Team PCiD

Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges when launching a new product, but we are confident about our project and ambitious delivery schedule.
We already have multiple production prototypes ready.

The companies involved in the Lenco-MD record player (Lenco and ReprapUniverse) have a lot of experience and expertise in their field and a proven track record for launching new products. RepRapUniverse has run a successful Kickstarter project (1730 Full Metal Hotend) before in 2016. Before the start of this Kickstarter campaign, we have completed product development, prototypes and testing. We have established our warehouse, tooling and staff to fulfill rewards. The Lenco-MD is using high quality Lenco parts supplied by Lenco. The production of the 3D printed parts is executed by RepRapUniverse and can already run on a small scale. With this Kickstarter campaign we try to scale up our 3D Printing capacities fast to deliver the Lenco-MD faster.

That being said, we know that things don’t always go as planned, and one of our biggest priorities as Kickstarter creators is to be honest and transparent with our backer community. In the case of any problems or delays we will actively community this with our community. It is also possible to reach us by email: info@lenco-md.com

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    Save €400 (Retail Value: €899). Special Maker Reward with the brand new 3D Printer (Kit) from RepRapUniverse. Create your own modules now or become a manufacturer and print all parts of the Lenco-MD yourself!

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