Page date: 10/18/06
Brian Kearn's visit with Mr. Shindo
"I visited Mr Shindo in his workshop in Tokyo.
He lives in a district called Ochanomisu (literally translates to "Tea’s water")
in Tokyo which is one station away from Akihabara on the Chuo line, and which is
within easy walking distance of the main shopping area of Akihabara.
His workshop was on the second floor of his premises. A rather narrow stair way
leading to an Aladdin’s cave of vintage audio equipment; his collection of Altec
Lansing Speakers has to be seen to be believed. The room was full of them! He
also had quite a few classic turntables lying around too, including a Thorens
TD124, a few Garrards 301s, a Technics SP10mkII, and a few other less well
One of the Garrards (shown in the picture), had a 15 inch platter, too large to
accommodate the speed change control, which had been removed, the idea behind
this platter being to provide an extremely high moment of inertia. The
turntable also had a 12 inch Shindo tonearm fitted, this design being based on
the Ortofon RM309. Mr Shindo, told me that the 15 inch platter was a one-off
design, and is not in general production, however the conventional 13 inch
platter (which I use on my own turntable) is available and is selling well.
We had a brief discussion about the availability of other Shindo products in
Europe, apparently the new RoHS regulation has cut off the supply of Shindo
Tube amps to the European Market. I’m not sure how this has had an affect on
Jonathan Halperns business.
Finally, we had a brief chat (in my very bad Japanese) about the Garrard sound,
Mr Shindo quite simply attributed the power and granite like bass of the
Garrard to the high torque motor – not much disagreement there I guess.