Silvan Audio Workshop is a Seattle-based father and son team that creates high-quality precision turntables from the cross section of tree trunks, keeping the bark intact. In spite of the earthy look, the players utilize some extremely high-end components.
The record players, with feature transparent glass platters to show off the rich wood bases, are intended to be conversation starters. To the creators, intriguing design matters just as much as sound quality. “The music that we like is unique, it’s got life, it’s distinctive,” Walter says. “We think that the things we play it on should be the same way.”
It’s not like they’re working with crappy materials, though. As they write on their Kickstarter page, “The heart of each turntable is components from the legendary English audio wizards at Rega, who have made their reputation as leaders in high end, elegant, incredible sounding audio gear. The glass platter shows off the beautiful wood, but it’s also heavy for speed stability and made for precision.”. So, the turntable looks good, and works well, too. In short, it’s a very nice audiovisual experience.