Lirpa Labs Lirpa Turbo Steamtable TurnTables

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Steam-powered turntable with fire-tube boiler


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by g8wayhome a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Through some kinetic-surreal spiraled cosmos life, I was blessed with a pre-war Lirpa.

Starts here in early childhood. I just thought it was the main stove / heater / letter opener but we always had some lifeline tie to it as it was not just any stove. Seems this thing could do it all. Mom and Dad never fought over it as it proved multi-tasking to the greatest of marital blessings.
Mom could be curing bacon and raisin' the donut batter while Dad had other duties for this blessings of blessings.
He had the moderately priced optional "Lirpa romanian work for hire package" always working in the deeper boiler areas (when they weren't shoveling the coal into the main boiler) blowing glass and machining the grids and plates necessary while keeping the toxic fumes of the vacuum gas isolated in the Lirpa Isolation Depot (LID) for the 12AXT / ECC83s he made and sold whilst on vacation in England. Called the things Musically Unmatched Lower Lirpa Audio Radio Dimension Servers. We just called 'em MULLARDS for short. Did rather well in the late 60s with clients such as crazy looking electric guitarist being the main customers. He did give nice pairs of power tubes to friends over cigars and old scotch.

I had other ideas. I noticed the "included in the sales" pitch of a Lirpa 103 platter and highly marbled plinth and rockin tone arm /cartridge.
Let me set this straight here: I always wondered when my new friends came over, why they immediately would drop their jaws and then glance my way with that "schmirck." Yes, that "schmirck!" Any child who grew up with a true Lirpa would testament to this "schmirck" I had to live with.
UNTIL.........I showed them the beautiful audio system the package included. There we were with our brand new HEMISPHERES lps and, I really have to say,
this was the coolest thing in my life, ................ I HAD THE LIRPA 103!
Brand new....all to myself and friends! I even relocated it to my room where it ran off the Vacuumed Electric Neuron Transformer system (VENT) Dad would always say to himself he just had to have. For maybe later!

Dad always said this thing could do anything given a few good days of rest and the ol "default" 36 hour Steam Torque Amalgamated Re-Turn Upload Pragmatics (STARTUP.) Those and a little "smarts and noodles" as he would say. Always made those Monday and Tuesday sub below schoold mornings rather hateful as the Lirpa had to rest.

So here I still have the Lirpa 103 set in my listening room. Dina has the stove of her dreams and I have the 103! Life is good boy!
The records that have been played on this friend of mine.....oh my! More great ones than one can list.............
Thinking of the cost involved to acquire a lovely one? Don't worry about the kids college needs. Just take the pen and sign it away.......
New product offers all types of very usable household jobs as well.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:1
Submitted by wet weasel a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I now admit that I am uncertain if I did indeed get a genuine Lirpa. Let's simply say: I was once quite wealthy and in shining health.
No more. Alas!
Chassis one is pretty straightforward: the Outboard Power Supply. I was a bit creeped out by the deep inscription in the fuel-fill archway: "Analog macht Frei." Took WEEKS and two tankcars of caustic soda to clean the firepit until the burners gleamed. The effort cost me the friendship of the team of mechanics who had worked for me for nearly two decades restoring main battle tanks. That's how traumatic it was.
Chassis two took some figuring out. While ostensibly a steam turbine, we soon found that truly great soundstaging required the use of 90% hydrogen peroxide. I had grown used to the high operating cost of a commitment to great audio by maintaining the Krasniy Oktyabr monobloc amps (see review elsewhere) fabricated from the back half of that Typhoon sub that doesn't exist. (Saves on taxes, but I miss my hair.) After two spectacular platter-speed excursions, and that famous bit of double-talk to a suspicious Katie Couric, the team added some new-tech luxury and safety features, like a lid for the peroxide tank (a word to the wise - Do not use gadolinium, pure or in alloy.) And an electro-hydraulic replacement for the permanganate injector clockwork. Once we had ironed out those wrinkles .... it was time to spin some wax!!
But the lawyers are still wrangling over damages for turning half of Dilhoal County's registered voters permanently and legally blond.
That brings us to chassis three - the tone"arm" and cartridge. The arm needed some restoring. Remarkably, the spare parts from two T-34s we'd picked up at a garage sale in Krakow came in real handy.
The cartridge appears to be a high-mass, no-compliance assembly built around the moving-singularity principle. The stylus looked relatively unworn, but it still bebefited from a few weeks' touch-up with a rail-mounted plasma torch. In the process we uncovered the manufacturer's marks.
Reichsforschungsamt
(Strafabteilung) Jan Mayen
s.u. Geheimindustrie der (SS logo)
VORSICHT Neutronengefahr

Well. That explained the box lunches we found - mummified without one hint of rot. The upside was that my extensive vinyl collection would remain well-preserved. It also made clear that the massive ribbed porcelain supports for the tonearm cable weren't for show only.
We had a time of it finding the right cartridge coolant. Necessity therefor was suggested by the vacuum-insulated reservoir cryptically marked "Kuehlfluessigkeit hier anfuellen".
We re-tubed the phono stage, adapting non-OE parts a buddy at CERN found us under a half-completed W-nought detector at the mothballed Supercollider site. Unfortunately, our audio nemesis in Brunei had bought the last few Musicaps rated for 1.2 MV (yes megavolts, to match the cartridge's output rating).
No need to go on. You've seen the "History's Mysteries" episode. Please come visit the crater. The admittance fees are keeping us in chemotherapy.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $773440.00

Purchased At:   that deranged old Pa



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by earl feckinbridge a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2006

Bottom Line:   
probably the finest solid state steam rotary all wheel drive dust cover ever to come out boomphuk papua new guinea . a testament to the cane furniture mines quest for world domination

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $20000.00

Purchased At:   target



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by ccryder a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Whatever you do, avoid this terror trap. It is a portal for the 32nd dimension, worms crawl out of it, and make the babies cry. Ah, god, they're coming again - not the noodles, not the noodles.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   goodwill



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by redrag a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2003

Bottom Line:   
In a word, this is one piece of machinery that can only add size to the most advanced monaural sound system.

I had used the Lirpa April 47 eight-track for years, never realizing their technology preceded the classic tape industry. (As a side note, I always thought the April 47 model was the 47th design but it actually honors Dr. Lirpa’s 47th daughter. But I digress.) I was suspicious of steam technology, but was pleasantly surprised at its multi-tasking capabilities, especially the pastrami slicing. Lirpa’s approach of nuclear powering the direct drive was a surprise eliminating my fears of putting the kettle on boil to get it started.

I’m told Lirpa Labs makes only one steam turntable every year, each one different. Well I wish they’d tried to down size it as mine weighs in at a hefty 29,921 lbs. Living in Rochester, NY I had to transport it from Tampoon’s Antique shop and 7-Eleven in Del Ray Beach, CA. I contacted an old Air Force buddy who arranged for the C5A. The big problem, once I got it to Buffalo’s airport, was transporting it down the thruway to Rochester (our airport flies only east to west.) George Pataki offered the National Guard to dismantle 17 HUMVEES and reconstruct them into a single transport that straddled the divider with 32 right wheels in the eastbound lane and the other 32 in the west lanes. The remaining four wheels were added to the rear on wheelie bars in case we over accelerated. Naturally, the Governor helped close the thruway for the nine day trip. It would have been quicker had we not had to dismantle the bridges and remove the final toll booth station. Overall, the trip was, how shall I say it… uneventful.

I apologize for digressing again. Getting it on to the house was easy. I only had to add one I-beam to our two-story colonial (now a ranch I might add.) Wiring took a bit of creativity by running a direct line from the Ginna nuclear plant to jump start it so the single steam cylinder could kick in.

I have experienced one negative. Big Dave’s comment, “the ants... always the ants!” Well, I can put up with them. Actually, I’m tired of not being able to turn it off as there’s an incessant vibration throughout our whole house. It has put a constant smile on my wife’s face but we’re tired of feeding our dachshunds all this freakin’ pastrami. You can’t imagine the weight they’ve gained.

But I digress again. An unexpected benefit is its well oiled teakwood base that nicely compliments the tan siding and what’s left of the brown shingles. In research, I have learned that the 40 year old grove of teak trees was just ripe for harvesting.

A word of warning to those considering a Lirpa… the stylus wear may surprise you. Unlike the standard diamond styli used by more well known manufacturers such as the British firm Moorcock and Cordwainer, LTD, the Lirpa steamtable requires the more costly German Phelge, Boisbaudran und Unterdachel component. The sound reproduction is well worth the extra money although replacing the 7 foot stylus after one full revolution can be a bit pricey. I’d recommend buying them in bulk direct from Phelge, et al. Then you have one more reason to build that hanger in the yard for extra storage.

In closing, I can’t say enough for this critical piece of mass that completes my sound system. With my Lirpa eight track, the Pilkney Windtunnel stackable 63” speakers, powered by my Arthgardner and Swelkin mini receiver, I can proudly says I have the loudest system on the block. To pick one descriptive word is impossible but if I must choose one, it would be, “Well done Dr. Lirpa and your fine engineers as well as congratulations on your 47th daughter. All of you have contributed to a monumental step in adding size to the reproduction of all recorded music but also in adding to the bulk of equipment on the market. As your logo says, “If it’s a Lirpa steamtable, you can use it.”

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $27.00

Purchased At:   Felloffatruck




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