We are now
able to supply SUSPENSION UNITS for these highly acclaimed
suspension has started to sag or you think the sound is not
what it was, then it is probably time to replace the
'Pete’s Pylons' can best be described as a Lattice Truss
Suspension System (LTSS) and is now available as an upgrade
for J A Michell Orbe and Gyro turntables. A truss is a
structure that takes advantage of the inherent stability and
weight distribution of a triangle. In the LTSS, o-rings are
employed to create this configuration, giving the system
substantially more lateral as well as vertical stability,
while allowing for perfect balance alignment.
Ever since the first truss structures were employed in
Ancient Egypt and across the entire Roman Empire, this
structure has become integral to modern architecture. We
have copied this well proven structure design and used it to improve the
performance of the J A Michell turntable.
superb kits comprise of : -
36 off O-rings (18 spare and 18 fitted).
3 off large PTFE washers.
3 off Sorbothane pads 8 dia' x 3mm thick.
3 off 'Top-Nuts'.
3 off 'Bases'.
3 off Ceramic Balls, plus an extra one for use in the main
All as shown in the previous photo.
Please note: - Adjusting Rod is not included.
ask for the holes to be measured because Michell never made
the holes consistently the same size, resulting in every set
being bespoke to that deck.
The hole dimensions vary from 27.8 and
32.9 mm up to 28.9 and 44.9 mm and occasionally even larger.
The fit of the suspension unit in the chassis
is critical in stopping the chassis from twisting on
'start-up', and also helps in reducing ‘wow’.
If the suspension units are too loose in the
holes it may cause the chassis to move and get damaged.
Unfortunately, we do not have an
optimum size. If we made them slightly undersize, 'a
one size fits all solution', then some of the suspension
units would not work efficiently.
the distance between the uprights as shown in the photo
above, this dimension should be the same for all three, but
we have had a few that have had the sets of holes drilled
out of position.
Comments : -
Having had these bad boys for a couple of weeks now and feel
l have a handle on them l only thought it appropriate to put
pen to paper and spread the love of this upgrade...….
Having felt that the springs on my maxxed out Gyrodec could
be bettered (they ring like a cow bell), it is like waiting
for a bus- two quite similar products in principle come
along at the same time.
They are made of Delrin which has superb vibration
properties and 0 rubber rings, they were easy to fit and
machined superbly basically the Pylons replace the spring
suspension and this is the important part- stop the platter,
moving from side to side, fitted in no time at all- and best
of all passes by the dreaded 'Gyrodec bounce' and just
levelling the deck is all that was required, so sat down to
listen and listen...……. and listen..... B'Jesus, the
solidity, imaging has taken a very large step forward W&F is
way down, this in turn gives a deeper more 3D effect, tonal
colourings are also up, the feeling of the deck sounding
calmer and being in total control of the record is very,
very, obvious, oh and the backgrounds are a LOT blacker,
dynamics are up and this brings a strange sensation that the
sound is louder (however this is due the blacker
backgrounds)…. l could go on and on, but am going to listen
to more records.
know of no other upgrade to my Gyro that has given me this
lift in sound quality (and trust me l have done a lot). If
you are thinking of upgrading your Gyro/Orbe or was thinking
of moving on from them you simply have to try this upgrade.
This upgrade is awesome! Sound is better defined across the
spectrum, soundstage has opened up and leading edges are
clean. More detail....
Sounds like a
new TT, seriously.
Gary C. Wallasey
I've had Pete's Pylons set up
for five days now. Very, very interesting. They do some
things that I'm not even sure how to verbalize. Yes,
there is more detail, but it's not the analytical type
detail that hits you over the head. It's presented in a
more and natural fashion that invites you in to listen
I'm especially pleased at what the Pylons do to the
tonal balance. Bass is firm and full, well defined.
The steeliness that 'hot' recordings could bring out has
vanished. I can actually listen to Steely Dan on my Gyro
now without my ears bleeding!
I would have to say that they have changed my Gyro from
an often metallic sounding machine to an organic musical
I have owned my Gyro SE for two decades. In that time
I've made many upgrades and changes to the table, but
thes Pylons have been the single largest and best
improvement that I've made, and at a very affordable
Just fitted my new arm board from Pete......Wow.
There was a big improvement with Pete's Pylons and fitting
ceramic balls in place of the stock steel balls. The whole
musical spectrum was dramatically improved, timing, detail,
mids jumping out at you, (in a very nice way). The bass was
really tightened up with very little bloom and a syrupy
The arm board has given me more of a the above. There is no
bloom to the bass now and the music seems to have speeded
up, even though the arm board has no effect on speed. The
mids are hanging in the air like the singer is there. Stereo
image is now into the next room, it's that wide and
instrument placement is wonderful. Altogether the turntable
sounds like the good parts of CD playback, ie. Background
noise has disappeared, tracks like a train on rails. Plus
there is all of vinylsattribute making it sound perfect.
I can honestly say now, my vinyl set up is as good as just
about any system I've heard, and I've heard a few.
This upgrade is a simple no brainer if you have a Gyrodec,
it really is astonishingly fantastic.
Every time I drop the stylus now, I just sit there with a
daft grin on my face.
Plus Pete is a real gent.....a bloody genius to boot. 1000 % recommended.
I'll put pictures of the upgrades soon.
Vince AOS 16-10-2019
Posted Tuesday at 17:10 (edited)
Hi fellow vinylists,
The first was Pete's
pylons which are machined Delrin posts that use high quality
rubber O' rings in place of the metal springs the platter
rests on. The improvements aren't subtle, separation, stereo
width and height, bass is so much tighter and deeper, mids
just hang in the air and the treble is sweet as. Very easy
to fit and the improvements are instant, no run in etc.
Then comes his arm board
platter, brass inserts in an acrylic board. All the
improvements of the pylons, only greater improvements, a
huge jump in performance. Again a piece of cake to fit and
it looks good too, if that matters to you.
I'm not being paid by
Pete to write this as I only found out about these upgrades
through a friend. If you own a GyroDec, I cannot emphasize
the size of the improvements to an already brilliant deck.
he's a lovely bloke to deal with as well and I wish him all
best for the future.
Vince wham. UK