Turntables are fussy devices. Audiophiles could talk for hours on end about the importance of external speakers versus integrated speakers, or the upkeep of the tonearm and needle, and for good reason– turntables have a long, fine-tuned history. Today, they’ve surged in popularity and new turntable designs are cropping up left and right. Cameron Bresn, an LA-based vehicle designer, has brought his unique rendering into the mix, TTMAC77, which incorporates linear tracking for a fresh take on the classic turntable.
TTMAC77’s sleek half-cover could be constructed from ash wood with stainless steel accents, offering a delicate mix of casual adaptability and a touch of luxe elegance. The rotational, hinge rod allows the turntable’s cover to open and close, allowing for records to be swapped in and out. The turntable’s platter aligns neatly with a typical 12-inch record and without a dust cover, the wooden cover only hides half of the record so the record can always be seen spinning. With minimal frills and whistles underneath, the TTMAC77 appears considerably sophisticated, yet simple.
Bresn’s TTMAC 77 turntable utilizes linear tracking, which means that unlike conventional pivot tonearms, linear-tracking tonearms do not swing across a record, but instead slide over the record in a radial, straight line. Linear-tracking models are for the most part not really produced anymore primarily due to poor timing– it seems CDs stole their spotlight when they first hit the market. Linear-tracking turntables are beloved nonetheless, thanks to their accurate sound and easy tonearm alignment. In order to create a working linear-tracking turntable, Bresn was sure to include an adjustable spring for tension on the needle head to ensure that high-fidelity sound is produced from TTMAC77.
Designer: Cameron Bresn
Bresn’s rendering flaunts slim hardware with stainless steel accents to give TTMAC77 a weighty feel.
With a hinge rod mechanism for opening and closing the turntable, records can be swapped in and out.
Without a dust cover, TTMAC77’s lid conceals only half of the record, so they can always be seen spinning.