Bang & Olufsen Beogram 1800 turntable. Classic Vintage. Fully revitalized.
The Bang & Olufsen a/s company was established in 1925 by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen in Struer (Denmark). As early as in the 30s and 40s the company could boast several, significant successes, such as a sound recording system for the film industry, roof-mounted loudspeakers for circuses and military vehicles, or the iconic Beolit 39 radio receiver. Unfortunately, during World War II the company suffered enormous losses, when the factory in Struer was burnt by Nazi supporters as a revenge for refusal to cooperate with the Germans. Eventually, the company managed to rebuild its production and after 1955 Bang & Olufsen offered a wide range of radio receivers and continued to expand its product offer. The main focus was put on the highest quality and design. The company cooperated with many appreciated designers (especially when creating new radio receivers and loudspeakers), which in the year 1978 resulted in an exhibition of Bang & Olufsen projects in the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Currently, the company produces audio equipment, loudspeakers, headphones and TV sets of the highest quality, it has more than 700 points of sale all over the world.
Beogram 1800 was designed by Jacob Jensen in the late 1960s. At the Hanover Fair in 1969, it was one of the products for which Bang & Olufsen received the iF award in the category of “Outstanding Industrial Design”. This is a rare and interesting model. Compared to the first Beogram number 1000, 1800 boasted a new arm and motor. Jensen, however, decided to keep a lot of its predecessor’s design and the matte rubber mat. What made Beogram 1800 stand out was a very unusual dust cover with a metal frame and a transparent top panel.
The model has been equipped with a new enlarged enclosure made of exotic amazaque wood and a precisely profiled SP8 elliptical stylus that guarantees perfect playback of recordings.
The device has been fully reviewed and serviced.
– new MMC cartridge professionally calibrated with the turntable and the dedicated SP8 elliptical stylus
– electronic servo drive and belt. DC Tacho motor
– aluminum arm
– the plate was mechanically polished
– the glass in the cover has been replaced, which gave it a totally brand new look
– new power cord and braided signal cables
– tracking force range – 0-20mN / 2g
– tracking error – 0.11 degrees / cm
– anti-skating integrated with the tone arm system
– enclosure made of exotic beech amazaque wood, finished with oil produced from natural Chinese oils, natural wood color
– vertical arm friction – 0.019 mN
– horizontal arm friction – 0.19mN
– arm length 229 mm
– adjustable speed of 33, 45, 78 rpm
– solid, mechanically damped plate with a thick anti-static mat
– noise and flutter: 0.045% WRMS
– dimensions of the turntable: width 46.5 cm, depth 34.5 cm, height 16 cm
– rumble: 42dB
– weight approx. 10 kg
– year of production 1969 – 72