Michael really seemed to like it. What I read out of his review is it seemed to get the midrange right, so it’s a very interesting option. I apologize, just another interested party here. I hope someone can help, but I doubt it. Sadly, I doubt anyone having experience with higher priced tables now has GEM Dandy. Sure hope I’m wrong. My dealer has experience with Jelco, and he says the "D" version 750 is well worth the incremental price increase over the 250. Then of course, George has a new version, where a 12" arm can be used. This does increase the price to around $3K, which I believe is about double the cost of the standard GEM.
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I like both the WT Amadeus, and GTA quite a bit. I’ve owned both, and still own the latter. Neither a mk II btw. I’m also looking for a table, both as an upgrade to the GTA, while also keeping my eyes open for something to run in a second system with Croft and Harbeth. The GEM 12" has indeed caught my attention. IMHO, you are on the right track with the GEM, or the WTL for that matter.
Thanks, yogiboy. I was able to find that issue. Only problems Fremer had with the Polytable was a slight lack in bass extension, and the fact that it runs slightly fast. And that was without the GEM power supply which sounds like a must have.
Good point, and those two aspects could make me hesitant. OTOH, the Polytable became a Stereophile Class B recommended turntable, and is the least expensive one by a wide margin. So it must be doing a lot right. Julie Mullins' review at TAS was also very favorable. For some of her review she used a Shelter 201 MM cartridge. I have that cartridge too, and it could definitely strength the bass presentation.
"Also since I’m a print subscriber, which Stereophile was it reviewed in? This will save me time searching for it".Gee, good to know.
A little surfing would have revealed that Fremer reviewed the Polytable in Vol. 39, issue 8 (August).