For 40 years VPI has built turntables in American and has kept it in the VPI family. For almost 30 of those years, VPI has built its turntables in Cliffwood, New Jersey. Even as VPI reaches the entry level market, the company is still able to make its products in Cliffwood, New Jersey. Most companies when making entry level products source their components off-shore. This is why VPI celebrates its heritage and its VPI workers by naming this turntable after the place they are built. VPI is also excited to be teaming up with its friends from Brooklyn, Grado Labs. VPI engineered a cartridge shell specifically for the Grado to make it simpler to mount and enhance to the sound signature. As a result, the VPI/Grado Green will be the factory standard mounted cartridge on all VPI Cliffwood turntables.
The Cliffwood's tonearm is a 9" machined aluminum gimbal. It is both easy and robust to use while providing top level sonic performance. The tonearm uses a damped machined aluminum armtube and very pure internal copper wire, twisted with special insulating jacket. The arm base is upgradeable to a standard JMW 9 arm.
The Cliffwood is beautifully designed for superior performance. It uses a 600 RPM AC motor with a two-speed pulley for speed change from 33-1/3 rpm to 45 rpm. The aluminum turntable platter has a diameter of 11.8 inches and rotates on an oil bath bearing. The bearing has a PEEK thrust disc and machined graphite impregnated brass bushings using a Thompson Engineering 60 Rockwell case hardened shaft. The finished chassis is made of 1.25"-thick non-resonant MDF covered with textured vinyl in your choice of either Black, Chocolate Truffle or Ontario White finish.
Clifford is ready to play as it comes with a factory-mounted VPI/Grade Green phono cartridge. The cartridge uses an elliptical stylus and has a channel separation at 1 kHz of 30dB, and input load of 47K and output at 1 kHz (5CM/sec.) of 5m