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PEAR AUDIO BLUE

Art Dudley, Stereophile
“Striking is a fitting description of the player’s powers of scale: The Kid Howard and Cornet 2 created a soundfield that was engagingly, involvingly big. And the parts of that soundfield that weren’t music were impressively “black”: lots of big, black nothingness surrounding very colorful music. Very, as in very. ”
— www.stereophile.com/content/pear-audio-blue-kid-howard-turntable-cornet-2-tonearm

ABOUT

Peter Mezek is a passionate music lover, who’s been professionally involved with music, hi-fi equipment and turntables for nearly 40 years. Analogue turntables were always his passion, whether it was the famous Linn Lp 12, which Peter distributed until the late 80s, or Well Tempered turntables, which he also distributed for many years.

In 1985, Peter developed his own first product, Rational Audio TT, designed by Jiri Janda, with a parallel tracking tonearm, which received a lot of attention and got very enthusiastic reviews. The turntable was build in Czechoslovakia exclusively for Peter’s company and featured many interesting and innovative technical solutions.

Since the 80s, Peter Mezek have handled literally thousands of turntables from top manufacturers, discovering the secrets behind the designs and hearing how minute improvements, or tiny tweaks, might improve the performance of a turntable.

However, it was Tom Fletcher and his approach to turntable design that most influenced Peter. On Tom Fletcher's turntables, Peter discovered previously unheard layers in the music, which no other deck could reveal, and with such amazing musicality and realism.

When Well Tempered was sold to new owners and spare parts became unavailable, Tom Fletcher stepped in to help Peter. Tom Fletcher designed and built a turntable for Peter, and thus Pear Audio Blue was born. At that time, it was still produced at the old Nottingham Analogue factory. Working closely together for many years, Tom Fletcher shared his design secrets and technology with Peter. Before Tom died, he passed the torch to Peter so that Tom Fletcher’s design ideas and ideology would continue.

The latest generation of Pear Audio Blue, designed by Tom Fletcher, is the triumphant culmination of Tom’s continuing development of turntables and tonearms. Each model is hand-built, one-by-one, by Peter Mezek in Slovenia and undergoes extensive quality control before leaving his artisan shop.

 

 
 

KID THOMAS

Our goal was to make the best possible turntable, period! Every detail, right down to special bearing oil, developed exclusively for Pear Audio Analogue, demonstrates that we examine every detail and leave nothing to chance. The meticulous choice of materials, even in the most apparently trivial places resulted in a - magnificent marriage of materials. The Kid Thomas is our crowning achievement.

 

KID PUNCH

As striking in appearance as it is in performance, with a suspended double-layer plinth, identical to the one on the top model, Kid Thomas.

A turntable for the serious audiophile who demands high performance sound quality.

KID HOWARD

Kid Howard is Pear Audio Blue’s entry-level turntable, even though it offers performance and sound quality that is anything but entry-level. The Kid Howard delivers sound and musical ability way beyond expectations at this price range.

 

CAPTAIN JOHN HANDY

Same solid wood plinth material as the top model Kid Thomas, but the same compact size as the Robin Hood, superior feet and motor insulation. Same high quality low torque motor and design principles as the top model, Kid Thomas.

LITTLE JOHN

Based on Tom Fletcher’s Blue, Little John uses the same motor principle and the motor still has to be initially spun by hand. This motor principle drastically reduces the resonance going from the motor to the platter and ensures speed accuracy.

Little John features an essential parameter in turntable design: matching materials able to control resonance naturally and that are sonically in phase. Components are selected to work perfectly together, making the whole more than the sum of its parts – creating a turntable in sonic harmony.