Just a day after we published the GEM Dandy PolyTable Signature review, we received a press release from George Merrill about two new accessories for his turntables–the PolyRing Periphery and PolyRing vinyl clamping rings. So no, we didn’t get to test these clamping rings during our time with the PolyTable Signature, and now we kind of wish we did.
In case you haven’t read the GEM Dandy review yet, this is another George Merrill turntable design that uses solid engineering and materials science to obtain great performance for a reasonable amount of money. That’s one of the reasons why Marc Phillips gave the Best Value Award to the PolyTable Signature. Sure, it’s a $3000 turntable and that pushes against the edge of what constitutes a bargain, but it sounds like a much more expensive ‘table, which is sort of the point.
Anyway, here are the press release materials for the GEM Dandy PolyRing Periphery and PolyRing vinyl clamping rings.
Press Release Below
GEM Dandy PolyRing Periphery and PolyRing
The GEM Dandy Periphery LP clamping ring is an upgrade for the PolyTable. It is the most advanced ring design available. The original and first clamping ring was used on the Merrill Heirloom turntable in 1980. All of my turntable products have included a periphery ring. There is now one for the PolyTable and soon an upgrade for the AR modified turntable. The periphery ring is forged from bronze to lower the resonant frequency and incorporates a damping insert. Cost $695.00 For my products I always have a path for upgrades. If you own a PolyTable a platter trade- in is available for the ring platter. Cost $600.00 with the original PolyTable platter trade in.
The GEM Dandy Periphery LP clamping ring is an excellent upgrade for turntables that will accommodate it. The PolyRing is the most advanced ring design available. The periphery ring is forged from bronze to lower the resonant frequency and incorporates a damping insert. Comes with a centering Jig (also can be used as a platter dust cover).
Be sure enough clearance is available for the ring body to hang down the side of the platter without hitting the base or a drive belt. A .47 inch clearance is necessary. The record capture lip is .025 inch in thickness, The thickness of the record capture lip may interfere with some cartridges. Weight is 35 OZ. Outside diameter is 13 1/8 inches