VPI launches Prime turntable with 3D printed tonearm

It has been a good while since we've had a VPI turntable through our test rooms but that could soon change with the news that the New Jersey based turntable-specialist is back in the game with the new Prime record player.

The first deck to be designed by Mat Weisfeld, the son of VPI's founders, the Prime is also the first to feature a 3D-printed tonearm.

3D printing has allowed VPI to create a 10-inch, one piece body tonearm at a lower cost than normal, keeping the overall price of the turntable down (it's all relative).

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VPI was keen to design a deck as visually appealing as it is technically efficient, with curved edges, new isolation feet, an aluminium platter and an eye-catching stainless steel/delrin record clamp.

The chassis itself is made of black textured vinyl over MDF, complete with a steel plate beneath to help keep resonance to a minimum. An outboard 300 RPM motor does the donkey work and promises to do so with minimum noise.

There's an anti-skate adjustment and the ability to tweak the cartridge position and alignment. Various upgrades are also available.

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The VPI Prime joins the Classic, Classic Signature, Scout and Scout Jr in the VPI line-up.

The VPI Prime is on sale now in the UK for £3750.

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Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).