nothing? really? must be someone in audiogon land who knows...
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Hi Lewm, yes, sent e-mail to Frank but haven't heard back yet. Maybe he's busy touring the states after RMAF?
Stringreen, you pose a vexing existential question. And yet how on earth will it need repair if I cannot find one to buy?
Such enigmas aside, Artemis was, and presumably still is in Simi Valley California, that is if they remain in business.
Is that "mechanical dude", as in Robocop, or "mechanical, dude", as in The Big Lebowski?
If the motor made that much noise and was not grossly "broken", the company will have discarded it in favor of some other motor that does not make noise. To do otherwise would be corporate suicide in the highly competitive tt marketplace. Also, there are numerous superb aftermarket DC tt motors available to anyone. So I think that all you need to worry about is the choice of wood and whether the turntable is still being made at all.
Frank S did get back to me (he is traveling in US after RMAF) and has relevant info regarding availability of the table. Any additional questions, really best to address directly to him via email.
Also heard from a dealer (when it rains it pours). He confirmed the noise, though he attributes it to the tape tensioning roller not the motor. He says it bothered him at first (certainly audible at close range), but he finds the musical performance of the table so compelling that he got past it. He says between the WT line at the low to mid price points and the SA-1 at the high, he got rid of the other tables he previously carried. So obviously he likes it. (I say this just so you have some idea about his analog preferences. They're aligned with mine, but ymmv.)