Fully stripped and completely restored, this Lenco L75 is a thing of beauty; uniquely colour changed, to lift the usual grey appearance. All facia plates were replaced with mirror finished stainless steel. The idler-wheel was replaced by turning an aluminum wheel and utilising a rubber O-ring.
Lenco turntables were made by Lenco AG of Oberburg, Switzerland, from the 1950's to the 1980's. Lenco used a unique vertical "idler-drive" to rotate the platter, as opposed to a belt drive or more recent direct drive turntables. This idler-driver has the advantage of directly coupling the rotating motor force to the platter, via a solid rubber disc or rubberized wheel.
When coupled to a heavy platter (early Lenco's had metal platters weighting almost 4kg), and modified, the idler-drive can provide excellent rotational consistency, even when heavily modulated passages are tracked by a phono cartridge. Many audiophiles believe that this "rotational consistency" translates into impactful bass and rhythmic fidelity.
As a system to impart the needed rotational energy to a vinyl record, the idler-drive was something of a brute-force technique, and the engineering that Lenco used, especially in older models, was both simple and cost effective. As a result, many Lenco turntables were sold throughout the world in its heyday.