Please Help. J. A. Michell Gyro SE - Speed Issue

Back in 2003 I purchased a used Michell Gyro SE from a fellow member on Audiogon.  Excellent table, excellent design.... 

About a month ago the speed of the platter increased; way faster than 33 1/3.

I've sent multiple emails directly to Michell in England, but alas, no reply.

I have not tried to call them directly, and may try to do so.

Does anyone know of anybody or any company in North America that can provide service for J.A. Michaell turntable?

Thank you in advance for your help!


Hello Friends!

Thank you for taking the time and effort to help resolve this speed issue.

Vair makes a logical comment,  I will continue down his path of recommendations.

In the meantime, Fidelity Imports did get back to me.

They shuttled me to another company called The Listening Room.  Mike is the owner and can be reached at 410-239-2020.

I spoke with Mike, who took over the business from his dad. They handle Michell tables, but don't seem to have a internet presence.

He has the Michell DC motor in stock, so I pulled the trigger and purchased one.  Price was $699. 

I have to look at the positive...Its a really nice table, expensive as sin, so fixing it is a better alternative than purchasing a brand new one! 

It is unlikely that a motor would cause speed problems, it could be the DC power supply that is causing these problems.
Changing the engine with the risk of solving nothing and throwing away a lot of money is the worst option.
In old Gyrodec like mine the speed problems were usually attributable to a small ceramic capacitor located in the motor but easily accessible and replaceable but they were rare cases and relegated to Papst motors operating in AC... for this reason I would look more at the power supply than to the motor in the new DC

It’s quite amazing that this is supposed to be a higher end turntable and the manufacturer is not even bothering to respond to your emails(?). I would say that is not a sign of being a high-quality manufacturer. After all, what you do expect, reasonably, from higher-end brands is great service and a high-level of customer service responsiveness.