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REVIEW OF MEDITERRANEO WITH B-5.1 TONEARM AND TUSCANY CARTRIDGE BY TOM LYLE

“There are many high-end manufacturers from Italy. I’m sure that none of them would appreciate being stereotyped, as each and every one of them has a distinct characteristic that challenges any assumptions one might have. Still, when I think of Italian high-end gear, I think style. The first time I laid my eyes upon the Mediterraneo turntable’s 60mm curved plinth made from aged Italian Walnut, it was patently obvious that Gold Note, from northern Italy located just outside of Florence, designed this turntable with as much attention to its outward appearance as any other feature. The “ultra-centenarian” Italian walnut that is used to create the Mediterraneo’s plinth is sourced from trees that have been aged in hardwood slats for 8 years, and stabilized in an autoclave to achieve the exact humidity level of the wood at 7 percent. It is claimed by Gold Note to have “exceptional elasticity, strength and high density”, the curve of its plinth when viewed from the front is downright sexy. Gold Note claims that the plinth is shaped this way not just for its looks, but it increases the rigidity of the turntable. It is also formed in this manner to create a strong alliance with the sheet of 3mm stainless steel that sits above it. For those with ecological concerns in regard to Gold Note using 100+ year old trees for their product, they make assurances that they use only wood sourced from trees that have been forested with “specialized rangers” permitting them to do so to allow for these types of trees to thrive for eons.”

Read the full review here: http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0516/Gold_Note_Meditteranneo_Turntable__B51_Tonearm_Review.htm