Released last year in a strictly limited edition to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pro-ject 175 turntable reprised its debut at CES 2018... which would seem to indicate that there are still some models left from the production run of 175… probably not so surprising given the asking price of $US8,999.
The wooden chassis of the 175 is lacquered with the same type of lacquer used on violins, while the gilded metal chassis is made of material similar to that used in the manufacture of brass musical instruments. The tonearm’s finger lift echoes the design of a clarinet key and Pro-Ject says that the speed-change control ‘comes from a flute button.’ According to Heinz Lichtenegger of Pro-Ject (whose company, like the Vienna Philharmonic, is based in Vienna), the 175 is based on Pro- Ject’s multi-award-winning Classic player. ‘ The design team has improved every technical detail, and produced the 175 according to Pro-Ject’s highest standards of build quality, with the tightest tolerances,’ he said.
Each Pro-Ject 175 is supplied with a moving-coil cartridge made for it by Ortofon, based on its top-of-the-line Cadenza Series. ‘ It has an extremely mellifluous sound, reflecting the goal of this collaboration: to approximate as closely as possible the sound of the world-famous Vienna Philharmonic,’ said Lichtenegger. If you’d like to buy a Pro-Ject 175 while they’re still available, you have a choice of two colours—‘Dark Cello’ or ‘Bright Violin’—and after you’ve paid, Pro-Ject will attach a gilded plaque engraved with the serial number and your name to the turntable plinth. The 175 is available only by special pre-order. For more information, contact Interdyn: www.interdyn.com.au