Turntable maker Tom Fletcher left a considerable legacy in his passing. There’s Nottingham Analogue of course, which Tom handed on to family and co-workers as his illness progressed. Then there is (was?) Fletcher Audio that licensed his later designs, but that brand is undergoing something of a hiatus right now. And then there’s the post-Tom designs that have filled the gap left by Fletcher Audio: Peter Mezek’s Slovenian-made Pear Audio Analogue range, and Tim Chorlton’s and Mark Groom’s Analogue Works Turntable One made in Northamptonshire in the UK (arguably, the Palmer turntables is a close cousin of Tom Fletcher’s designs, too).
This comes about because Tom Fletcher was a nice guy who had lots of friends, a turntable enthusiast of great repute, and someone who felt success was a dish best shared.
The Analogue Works Turntable One looks less like one of Tom’s Nottingham Analogue turntables, and more something from his later designs. It still uses the high-mass platter with rubber dampening rings, a phosphor bronze bearing, a ply plinth, a low torque ‘promotec’ motor that runs constantly and the belt platter is push started and slowed. The Turntable One has an external power supply, “designed by a very clever man who is famous for doing this kind of stuff” according to the website (we’re not giving the game away, but his name is an anagram of ‘Bartin Mastin’). Early models had a birch ply only plinth, but subsequent models have a shiny black top. The deck itself sits on three adjustable feet, but there is provision for a suspension system (a set of upgraded Isonoe feet in fact, which act like the rubber bands in the SME Model 20 or Model 30 suspension towers, only beneath the deck itself), and a range of ‘gimp’ mats.