Michell is a small family-held enterprise situated in the northern area of London, and we have been active in audio for almost 40 years now. In the early sixties founder John Michell created J.A.Michell Engineering as a precision engineering company doing work for the nearby film industry (e.g. spacecraft models in Kubrick's "2001 - A Space Odyssey"), motorcar and aircraft builders and, indeed, audio component manufacturers. While thus having been involved in turntable design before, Michell Engineering got officially launched in hi-fi when we took over the manufacturing of the Hydraulic Reference model (seen in "A Clockwork Orange") from then-neighbouring company Transcriptors.
The Hydraulic Reference record player was followed by similar other models and tonearms like the Prisma and Focus One, to be superseded in 1981 by the GyroDec, a groundbreaking floating-chassis turntable with balanced armboards and a stabilised suspension.
Although the GyroDec turntable has been around for nearly 30 years even its first incarnation can still be upgraded to the latest status. Michell turntables are precision instruments, built to last, and to reproduce sound as close as possible to the mastertape
Our philosophy is to combine good-sounding and good-looking materials with precision engineering, to create highly-performing products that can easily be maintained and that economically can be upgraded, to deliver year after year of satisfaction.