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By Darrel Sheinman
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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

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Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

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About this project

Our philosophy is to be the finest in vinyl from creation to playback. We create great music by being an audiophile jazz/electronica/folk record label with out own production facility. We spend every day listening to and producing music for our own label output and our customers, such as Sony, Brownswood, Domino Records, Beatball, RAK and many more.  So we built the equipment on which to play our final prized product too. Creation to playback becomes a reality.

But it had to sound good and look good and do some amazing things. We were tired of the analogue vs digital arguments and feel that they are both valid for today's listener. Listening to vinyl is experiential. "Slow music". Listening to digital is convenient. They co-exist in the music industry. So why not deliver them in harmony? Enter The Gearbox Automatic. "Future Analogue".

We are ready to go into manufacture, here in the United Kingdom. 

We need your pledge to help us place orders at the various component making entities we have been in discussions with.

We need your pledge to put the clever digital stuff into commercial production and test thoroughly to make sure it works beautifully for you.

The more pre-sales we get the more we can order and therefore reduce component prices and ultimately keep prices sensible. Your pledge counts! 

And here is what you get from one of the leading professional vinyl recording, mastering and cutting suites anywhere in the world:

  • British built belt driven sub platter assembly and legendary tonearm
  • Audio-Technica Cartridge
  • Built in vacuum tube phono stage with RIAA equalization curve   
  • Push button selected 33 1/3 or 45 RPM 
  • A/C Synchronous motor with super high precision motor control circuit
  • Acrylic platter and case
  • RCA Line Out 
  • Universal AC to DC power supply compatible with US standard 60 Hz, 110/120 VAC or European standard 50 Hz, 220/240 VAC 
  • Small and neat dimensions for tight spaces: 30cm x 15cm x 20cm
  • Vibration Damping Feet
  • Bluetooth on board
  • Analogue to digital convertor on board with wifi for server connectivity
  • Clear or turquoise with cream colourways

Risks and challenges

Music will always be listened to. Vinyl turntables will continue to be in demand, and well designed pieces such as this will become classics.

Gearbox will adapt to new technology and strive to continually add updates and benefits for existing owners in an upgrade path.

Gearbox's first mover advantage on this ground breaking technology allows us to be one step ahead of the competition.

Gearbox expects to continue to recruit the best quality staff to ensure smooth delivery of final product.

Gearbox will always listen to its customer's recommendations and learn and develop accordingly.

We will keep you updated regularly as to where we are in our progress.

Gearbox will carefully manage production to accommodate seasonality in sales, ensuring Christmas and Spring peaks are catered for.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $6

    Photograph of The Gearbox Automatic

    Hi-res postcard sized photo of turntable to show friends to let them know you were involved in backing this groundbreaking product. Personal thank you from Gearbox founder and name check where appropriate.

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    Pledge £12 or more About $15

    Signed Max Cooper Vinyl

    A signed copy of our Max Cooper - Tileyard Improvisations Vol.1 12" EP release

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    Pledge £30 or more About $37

    Visit our studio to judge the turntable

    Come to our London mastering studio for 1 hour to listen to The Gearbox Automatic against other turntables. You leave with a free Gearbox album of your choice, and if you pledge for a turntable after listening, you get the £30 back!

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    Pledge £50 or more About $62

    Vinyl records featured in video

    Gearbox Records' recent James Taylor Quartet, Applewood Road and Yusef Lateef vinyl releases as used in the Kickstarter video.

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    Pledge £399 or more About $492

    The Gearbox Automatic Turntable

    The Gearbox Automatic delivered to you to be under your tree for Christmas 2017.

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    Pledge £449 or more About $554

    The Gearbox Automatic Turntable + vinyl

    The Gearbox Automatic delivered to you to for Christmas 2017 plus 3 record bundle.

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    Pledge £7,500 or more About $9,254

    Executive Producer

    2 Gearbox Automatic Turntables, one for you and one for a friend, plus an all expenses paid visit to Gearbox Records' mastering and vinyl cutting studio, which is linked to Mark Ronson's neighbouring Zelig recording studio. You will be our guest whilst we are making one of our records for release. Pledgers will have an executive producer credit on the sleeve of the final record for release.

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Funding period

- (30 days)