For fans who stuck with Metallica’s journey from ’80s metal heroes to their stint as thepunching bag at your here’s a apparently worthy of a devil horn salute. Metallica’s limited edition turntable is a collaboration between the band and Polish manufacturer Pro-Ject.
The turntable features an MDF pedestal, which mimics the band’s logo and features a mirror finish for added metal credibility. But it’s not just a flash designed for heavy rock fans, as this table also appears to have audiophile-level quotes.
The player features a glass platter and the new aluminum sub-platter, while the tone arm is S-shaped with a detachable headstock. The Pro-Ject Pick it S2 C cartridge comes pre-installed, while the tracking force, anti-slip, and VTA are user-adjustable. To finish the package, the metal legs are height-adjustable, while speed adjustments can be made by flipping a switch (instead of removing the platter and adjusting the drive belt).
For me, I had friends who liked them in the ’80s, but they always seemed a little too…dated. I came to appreciate the band after reading Jason Newstead’s interviews in Bass Player magazine at the height of their “pop” period. Do I want one of these turntables? Yes Yes I do. I mean, he just watches everything… that *waves indistinctly* Do I need one? No problem. But if you have a passing interest in heavy metal on vinyl, this turntable seems to have both the sound and the looks.
The limited edition Metallica turntable will be available this summer for $1,599.