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Vertere Acoustics MG-1 Turntable and SG-1 Tonearm | REVIEW

by Dave McNair in Analog

Between a worldwide pandemic, the death of reason and civility, and accidentally scratching my favorite Stones’ Sticky Fingers import pressing, I had a serious case of the blues. When I found out Norm Steinke of Rutherford Audio, the American distributor for Vertere Acoustics, would be sending me a fancy British turntable to check out, my mood improved significantly. Along with the excellent Vertere Acoustics MG-1 turntable ($9,995 for a clear plinth, $10,995 for black), Norm included the [...]

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