The Merrill Heirloom Turntable production started in 1980.
Some of the features.
Constant resonance tuning system.
Acrylic Lead record support platter.
Resin with aluminum impregnated inner platter.
Fluid damped motor.
Cast iron motor pod.
Quartz controlled digital motor drive.
First periphery clamping ring.
NO other turntable was close to the preformance.
A total of 975 was produced.
Production ended in 1995
Replacement Parts are available.
Merrill Heirloom You Tube Video
The Merrill-Scillia Started production in 2005
All of the features of the Heirloom were incorporated in the M-S.
The Merrill-Scillia was an exact copy with the exact design dimensions used.
Over the years there were many innovations in materials These were used in the M-S.
The Merrill-Williams Turntable Started production 2007
This design is so radically new that a 18 point USA patent #8,406,112B2 was granted.
The M-W utilizes a 14 lb rubber elastomer to isolate and absorb energy.All of the parts, motor, bearing, support feet and tonearm mounting are suspended in a rubber isolation barrier. These operating parts are totally isolated and completely energy damped. Their is NO metal, glass or wood in the energy conduction path. An outer skeleton is used to contain the elastomer. To understand why it works so well try this experiment: use a bar of metal and a stethoscope. Strike one end while listening to the other. Energy moves freely. Try the same experiment with rubber. No transmission.The other problem that was eliminated by mounting the motor in the same rubber elastomer as the spindle bearing eliminating torque recoil.
Production Ended in 2022. Total 75 produced