As we reported here on HRAC back on April 6, The Beatles’ iconic Sgt.Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is approaching its 50th anniversary on June 1, 2017. A massive box set will be released to celebrate the anniversary, but if you’d rather enjoy it via the vinyl route, Pro-Ject Audio Systems — makers of one of our parnter site Digital Trends’ favorite turntables under $500 — has you covered with the release of two new limited edition Beatles-themed turntables.
Your HRAC CCO saw both ‘tables in person at a Sgt. Pepper 50th Anniversary Listening Session at World of McIntosh in New York City earlier today, and they’re both stunning pieces, to say the least.
Both of these ‘tables are based on existing turntables that Pro-Ject sells, and they were developed in collaboration with the surviving members of The Beatles. This isn’t the first time that Pro-Ject has done this, by the way, as the company has previously released George Harrison and Beatles 1964 artist edition turntables.
The Essential III Sgt. Pepper’s Drum is aimed at the Beatles superfan who doesn’t want to empty their wallet for a new ‘table, and is based on the bass drum featured on the cover of Sgt. Pepper. Built using an MDF wood chassis, this turntable features a Ortofon OM10 needle, aluminum pulley, and acrylic platter.
While the Essential III resembles a key element of the album cover, the 2Xperience SB Sgt. Pepper Limited Edition will likely be more attractive to collectors. Not only does this turntable feature more advanced hardware and a sleek, understated design, but it is also limited to just 1,000 units worldwide.
The 2Xperience SB Sgt. Pepper Limited Edition’s MDF chassis features a walnut veneer, and is optimized to reduce resonance and vibration. This is taken further with an included record clamp that tightens the record to the platter, eliminating rumbling and vibration. This is paired with a Evo Carbon tone arm and pre-mounted 2M Silver phono cartridge.
The Essential III Sgt. Pepper‘s Drum sells for 500 euros, while the 2Xperience SB Sgt. Pepper Limited Edition sells for 1,400 euros. For more information on these turntables and more, see the Pro-Ject Audio Systems website.