Up for sale is the ex Distributor's demo Bardo complete with a Kuzma Stogi tonearm. This is a direct drive turntable with interchangeable arm boards. Instead of the standard acrylic platter mat, our demo unit has an integral one made of precision-ground crystal glass, and the screw-down record clamp. The glass mat includes for the record label a recessed area of stainless steel around the spindle to accept a raised washer insert. Screwing down the clamp produces a force around the record's perimeter that flattens it against the platter.
As a plug'n'play record-playing system costing just over $16,000,
Brinkmann Audio's Bardo turntable, 9.6 tonearm, and Pi cartridge have a
value greater than the sum of their parts. If you're new to analog and
can afford to spend this much, but don't want to get too heavily
involved in setup and/or have to buy a boxful of setup tools, you can't
go wrong with this combination. Even a novice with a digital stylus
gauge can probably unbox it, set it up, and be playing LPs within an
The Bardo is beautifully made, smartly designed (I think the high-mass
platter and low-torque motor are key to its performance), looks elegant,
and has no outboard motor and belt to potchky with. Out of the
box, it's plenty good—and once you're hooked, you can make it even
better. At $9490 with glass and stainless-steel mat and record clamp,
the Brinkmann Bardo is a contender for the best turntable under $10,000,
and probably should be auditioned by anyone looking for a turntable
costing $15,000, or even more. It sounds that good, and its build
quality and fit'n'finish are worthy of 'tables costing far more.
Tone Audio excerpt:
Our choice for Analog POY
Here’s why the Brinkmann Bardo is our choice for 2016 Analog Product
of the Year; it offers tremendous value, build quality, sound quality
and ease of use. I’ve listened to my fair share of $100,000 plus
turntables and have always walked away unimpressed. You can buy a pretty
major hi-fi system for $100k, and I suggest if you take that path, you
put the Bardo on top of your rack. Seriously, other than a few audio
reviewers and a couple of hedge fund managers that got a screaming deal,
who owns a $100,000 turntable anyway?
Wacky as it might sound, the $10,000 – $20,000 category is the
hottest category for “destination” turntables. There are a handful of
great tables costing 2-3 times this much (like the SME 30, the AVID
Acutus REF SP and a few others), and they do reveal more music for sure.
But again, the Brinkmann Bardo presents so much music, especially with
your choice of awesome $5,000 – $10,000 cartridge, I’ll stick my neck
out and say that most of us could live happily ever after right here.
If you’re currently using a table in the $3,000 – $5,000 category,
you will be floored at just how much more musical information and nuance
that the Bardo can shed light on, that if you have the purchasing
power, this won’t be a difficult decision.
I’ve purchased the review sample and plan on spinning a lot more
records on the Bardo. It’s simple, elegant, yet high-performance design
has captured my enthusiasm. Should you be planning on buying a table in
this price range, I not only recommend the Bardo, I sincerely hope you
will audition one, and see if you enjoy it as much as I do.
The turntable will be shipped in the manufacturer's original boxes; all original accessories, manuals, etc. We could install the tonearm, and a cartridge of your choice if you wish.
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