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An all-analog turntable for today's vinyl listener.  High-performance playback, attainably priced.
An all-analog turntable for today's vinyl listener. High-performance playback, attainably priced.
1,133 backers pledged $233,940 to help bring this project to life.

A brief Kickstarter reflection

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It has now been over a month since our final Kickstarter turntable shipped. Our backers seem to really love their Orbits, and we hope that our turntable continues to bring music your homes for years to come.

We built the Orbit because we believe quality vinyl experience should be more affordable and accessible. When we received 4x our target funding, it became apparent that people agreed with us. With this unexpected volume came production delays. And then supplier troubles forced us to delay again. And again. All in all, it took us 375 days to complete deliveries after receiving funding. But the final results are hard to argue with: better wow & flutter, rumble, and noise performance than we initially aimed for. 

We welcome your input, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any feedback. As the first users of our turntables, your thoughts and experiences help us to continue improving our product. We hope that you stay in touch and follow us as we continue our mission of making vinyl more accessible. Thanks again for your support - none of this would have been possible without you.

Kickstarter is over but production rolls on
Kickstarter is over but production rolls on
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Comments

    1. Creator Daniel Callahan on March 5, 2014

      Congrats, and thank you for an awesome product! :)

    2. Creator John Marcuse on March 3, 2014

      Ben, Bob & Pete

      First, I'd like to complement you on the final product. The attention to detail was obvious, right down to the perfect paint and UPS proof packaging. It's been a long time since I owned a turntable, but I don't remember the BSR and Garrard changers of my youth disappearing from the listening experience like this turntable.

      So many Kickstarter projects seem to promise to make something, only later to find out they're subcontracting manufacturing to the far east. If I count on my fingers correctly, I doubt the three of you cleared minimum wage last year, but you kept at it, creating something where nothing had existed. And that's really how we'll make this a better world.

      And I know it was you, because you let me, perhaps vicariously, watch. Thank you, it was quite a ride and I'm proud to have been a very small part of it.

      I do have a couple of suggestions:

      1. Somehow, you need to do something that makes the belt want to stay on. It certainly isn't childproof, perhaps not even wife proof.

      2. I'd like to see a "cartridge replacement kit" in your store. It would include a "good enough" tracking force gauge, a wiring diagram showing colors, a list of needed tools and hints on how to pull off the wires without breaking anything. Perhaps you can think of something else it needs (the last time I replaced one was in the '60s.)

      Best wishes for the New Year, now off to the record store that just opened down the street.

    3. Creator Alan M. Dube on March 2, 2014

      I've had my Orbit+ for a couple of months now. The Orbit is actually subbing for another, older TT that is down for repairs. I swapped in my Ortofon 30 stylus for the original OM-5E stylus- WOW, what a difference! This TT is causing me to actually sit down and listen to music again instead of just loading files on my laptop while I do something else. I always suspected that there was something about digital music that just seemed artificial- now I'm convinced of it. The Orbit has brought me 180 degrees back to where I started with recorded music. I guess the name "U-Turn" is appropriate!

    4. Creator Richard Thomas on March 2, 2014

      I agree on the groove which is a "wouldn't it be nice if".

      Overall, I am very happy with my audio set up now. I purchased the Kickstarter Trifecta which includes the U Turn turntable, Jim Hagerman's Bugle 2 Pre Amp and the People People Invisible speaker. Well, almost all has arrived and I am using a powered Bose speaker at the moment.

      I think if I were to summarize the whole experience with U Turn, I would say that having a separate audio space for vinyl only has worked out quite well for our whole family. It's a 'no screen zone' where we sit and talk while listening to music. Most definitely that's a quality of life improvement!

      Thanks for bringing affordable audio back to our home.

    5. Creator James M Highsmith on March 2, 2014

      I'm wondering why there is no side groove in the platen to keep the band in place. james