Fitting Deck Motors to Specific Turntables

These notes are provided for guidance only. We do not claim 100% accuracy due to differences between models within each manufacturer's range.

We supply two types of pulley for use with different decks. All pulleys suit both flat and round belts. The pulleys are described as "short"and "long". The default choice which fits most decks is the long pulley but when you order we will fit the short pulley on decks that need them.

More detailed fitting methods are outlined at: Fitting Motors Page

Acoustic Research

Tall pulley & 2.5mm nut - no motor plate / belt runs on normal sub-platter.

The motor mod has been successfully fitted to acoustic research decks as a straightforward drop in replacement for the old AC motor.

Acoustic Research turntable motor upgrade

AR Legend needs motor moving and 603mm circumference belt.

Alpheson

Tall pulley / normal dia sub-platter.

The mod has been carried out successfully on a number of Alphasons. The Alpheson Sonata has 2 motors but this is not a problem - you can either replace both motors with ours or use a single motor and a shorter belt. Most users have gone for the 2 motor option which costs an additional £79 inc VAT.

 

Avid

Tall pulley / belt runs normal sub-platter - comes with small round mounting plate.

Avid Ingenium is easy to fit using small round mounting plate and tall pulley - See fitting method here.

Ariston

Tall pulley / belt runs on normal sub-platter.

The motor mod has been successfully carried out on a number of Aristons.

The motor is a drop in replacement for the old AC motor.

Audio Innovations

Tall pulley / belt runs on normal sub-platter.

The budget audio innovations decks (not the Voyds) are modelled on the Systemdek design. The motor mod has been successfully carried out on a number of Systemdeks. The motor is a drop in replacement for the old AC motor.

Avondale Audio

Short pulley / normal dia sub-platter.

The mod has been carried out successfully on the Avondale Audio Genesis. The Genesis has 2 motors but this is not a problem - you can either replace both motors with ours or use a single motor and a shorter belt. Most users have gone for the 2 motor option which costs an additional £79 inc VAT. Our motor plate is mounted on the top of the plinth.

Basis 
Bluenote

Large dia pulley / belt runs on rim of platter.

We do not know of anyone who has modded a bluenote yet but fitting should be simplicity itself see fitting methods.

Clearaudio3 Motors fitted to DIY copy of the Clearaudio reference.
CS Products

Short pulley / Motor on round plate 60mm spaced holes / 0.8 to 2.1V minimum Voltage range for DC100 / small dia sub-platter. 1 off M4 x 55mm machine bolt plus 3 off 25 od large dia repair washers 4 off M4 nuts and 3 off M4 brass washers 1 off M4 x 20mm Allen bolt.

The motor modification has been successfully fitted to a number of QLS decks and is a straightforward fitting job. The existing motor plate is replaced by an Origin Live motor plate and mounted level with the top of the turntable plinth. The MDF baseboard needs the motor hole enlarging to allow the motor to protrude from the bottom of the deck - it also needs a 1 x 4.5mm dia hole drilled to re-site the motor plate support bolt.

CS Products turntable motor upgrade

DNM

Short pulley / round motor plate 60 spaced holes / round belt runs on normal dia sub-platter.

The motor can be substituted for the DNM using our round mounting plate.

GarrardNot possible on direct drive models.
Kuzma (stabi)

Short pulley / Motor on round plate 60mm spaced holes / flat belt on normal dia sub-platter - 3 cork feet.

The motor modification can be successfully fitted to the Kuzma decks and is a very straightforward fitting job of bolting the new motor into the circular cut out using existing bolts and holes - no cutting etc is required. The existing motor plate is replaced by a round Origin Live motor plate.

See Kuzma fitting method and photos

Linn

Sondek LP12
Axis

Tall pulley / belt runs on normal sub-platter

The motor mod has been successfully fitted to a large number of Linns as a straightforward drop in replacement for the old AC motor. The LP12 is a very easy to fit 15 minute job but the Axis needs a little commitment. Over 4 reviewers have fitted this mod to their LP12's.

Fitting details for the Linn Sondek LP12

See Reviews

Setting up Linn Sondek LP12 decks

Logic

Tall pulley / belt runs on normal sub-platter.

The motor mod has been successfully fitted to the Logic deck as a straightforward drop in replacement for the old AC motor.

 

Manticore

Mantra
Magician
Majestic

Tall pulley / belt runs on normal sub-platter.

The motor mod has been successfully fitted to the Manticore decks (Magician & Mantra) as a straightforward drop in replacement for the old AC motor.

Music HallSimilar to Rega - see Rega notes.
Michell

Tall pulley / belt runs on outside of platter / circular motor plate 50mm dia.

For Michell decks with stand alone pods it is possible to fit our DC motor inside the pod.

Michell Micro: The motor mod has been successfully fitted to the Michell Micro decks as a straightforward drop in replacement for the old AC motor.

Fitting instructions for Michell Synchro

Michel Odessy needs the 65mm dia round plate (included with kit).

Fitting instructions for the Gyrodeck

Fitting instructions for the Orbe

MothSame as Rega - see Rega notes.
NADSame as Rega - see Rega notes.
Nottingham 
Analogue

Tall pulley / belt runs on outside of platter.

Motor housed in a pod can be substituted with our DC motor using the methods here.

Fitting details for Nottingham Analogue decks

Opus

Tall pulley / belt runs on outside of platter.

In spite of being a rare beast this deck has successfully been fitted with the Origin Live advanced DC motor kit. Motor housed in a pod can be substituted with our DC motor using the methods here.

Oracle

Long pulley / belt runs on medium sub-platter.

The motor mod has been successfully fitted to a good number of Oracles using the methods here.

Fitting details for Oracle Delphini 2 & Oracle Mk1

Origin Live

For Origin Live ultra and classic turntables, use a short pulley on a small round motor plate.

For All other decks a tall pulley is used

The motor kits are easily fitted to all ages of Origin Live turntables.

Pink TriangleLong pulley / belt runs on normal sub-platter.

Export PT - if a hole is bored in the top plate for the motor the short pulley is fine. (Pulley top needs to be 24mm above motor plate if special pulley is machined)

Anniversary PT - short pulley and 423 dia circumference belt

LPT (Little Pink Thing) - Parts we provide:

Short pulley, M5 X 80mm machine screw bolt, round plate 65 dia with 5mm dia fitting hole. 2 repair washers 25mm dia, 3 off M5 nuts, 3 off M5 washers, 1 off M6 washer, 1 off No 6 x 3/4" cross head screw, 1 off cable clip.

The motor mod has been successfully fitted to a good number of Pink Triangles (Little Pink thing, PT-TOO, Anniversary, export etc) as a drop in replacement for the old AC motor. It can be fitted using methods described at bottom of this page. Although Pink Triangles have fine sound quality the power supplies are notoriously prone to breakdown - this long term problem is solved by the Origin Live DC motor kit which has a proven longstanding track record of reliability.

Fitting details for Little Pink Thing

Fitting details for PT TOO

Fitting details for Anniversary

ProjectPR4 - long pulley,  project classic - long pulley.

Fitting details for Project

RegaShort pulley / 0.8 to 1.5V minimum Voltage range / small dia sub-platter, 2 off M2 x 5mm cross hd screw & M3 washers

The motor mod has been successfully fitted to a good number of Rega decks as a straightforward drop in replacement for the old AC motor.

Fitting details for Rega decks

RoksanShort pulley set high / Special Roksan motor plate / belt runs on normal sub-platter - best to get upgrade belt at 555mm circumference.

The motor mod has been successfully fitted to a good number of Roksan decks as a straightforward drop in replacement for the old AC motor. You need to remove all the old motor mounting and then screw the new motor plate to the top of the plinth using a single screw - very easy to fit. The plate is fitted using one screw into the top of the plinth such that the triangular cut off from the plate misses the platter rim.

Fitting details for Roksan Radius decks

Roksan
Radius 5
Tall pulley / belt runs on outside of platter.

Has been successfully fitted to VPI decks - Old motor can be substituted with our DC motor using the methods here.

RockShort pulley / 0.9 to 2.4V minimum Voltage - belt runs on small dia sub-platter.

A good number of rock models have been modified with great success. The new motor is usually attached to the top plate of the rock although on some models you may have to cut some of it away. Alternatively you can mount the motor in a large lump of blutak pressed into the empty space left after the removal of the old motor.

Fitting details for the townsend rock

SMETall pulley / belt runs on outside of platter.

Not attempted yet - but motor could be fitted using methods here.

SOURCETall pulley / belt runs on normal sub-platter.

The motor mod has been successfully carried out on the Source turntable. The motor is a drop in replacement for the old AC motor and very easy to fit using the methods here.

STDTall pulley / belt runs on normal sub-platter.

The motor mod has been successfully carried out on a number of STD turntables. The motor is a drop in replacement for the old AC motor and very easy to fit using the methods here.

SystemdekLong pulley / belt runs on normal sub-platter.

The motor mod has been successfully carried out on a number of Systemdek turntables. The motor is a drop in replacement for the old AC motor and very easy to fit using the methods described here.. The motor is usually screwed to the top of the plinth.

Systemdek llX 900

TechnicsThis deck can only be upgraded to our DC kit by changing all working parts using the Origin Live kit of parts as per the review published on our web site under "turntable kits" - this is a fairly advanced project and is only available direct from Origin Live. Spec for motor kit is same as Origin Live.
Teres 

No motor or pulley required - use Teres existing motor & pulley / 2.4 to 4.5V minimum Voltage.

This deck can be significantly upgraded by simply substituting the power supply with the Origin Live advanced or ultra switching box and optional upgrade transformer. It does not need the Origin Live motor as it already posseses a high grade motor - this makes fitting very easy as it is just a question of wiring in the motor.

Thorens 

Tall pulley / belt runs on normal sub-platter

The motor mod has been successfully carried out on a number of Thorens turntables. The motor is a drop in replacement for the old AC motor and very easy to fit - See Linn LP12 for guidance notes as this is very similar to the Thorens..

Fits all models except the 124.

Townsend See Townsend Rock
Transrotor
Leonardo
Short pulley fitted inside Origin Live 64mm dia pod 58mm to top of pod/ 0.8 to 1.4V minimum voltage range / belt runs on very small sub-platter.

The motor mod has been successfully fitted to a Transrota turntable. The motor needs to be mounted in a pod.

See fitting method and photos for Transrotor deck

Voyd

Valdi & Reference

Tall pulley / normal dia sub-platter.

The mod has been carried out successfully on both the Voyd Valdi and Voyd reference. The Valdi has 2 motors and the Reference 3 but this is not a problem - you can either replace the motors with ours or use a single motor and a shorter belt. Most users have gone for the 2 or 3 motor option which costs an additional £79 inc VAT or £158 for an extra 2 motors.

VPITall pulley / belt runs on outside of platter.

Has been successfully fitted to VPI decks - Old motor can be substituted with our DC motor using the methods at the bottom of this page.

VPI HW19 series "Just set the motor in the hole in the plinth that the VPI pulley normally sticks up through and then slip on the OL pulley."

WalkerTall / belt runs on normal diameter sub-platter.

It is easy to fit the DC motor to this classic deck.

See comments on motor fitted to these decks

Well TemperedTall pulley / belt runs on outside of platter.

Has been successfully fitted to well tempered decks.Motor needs to be remounted in the Well Tempered pod using the methods at the bottom of this page.

See fitting method for Well Tempered decks

Wilson BenechShort pulley / belt runs on normal sub-platter.

Not straightforward but possible - a trial is underway - motor can be fitted using methods described here but the motor pod will not look as good.

See fitting method for Wilson Benesch decks

Address

Origin Live Ltd. Unit 5, 362B Spring Road Sholing, Southampton SO19 2PB, UK