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Mediterraneo From Gold Note: A Walnut Trip  - The Audiophile Man
Offering an array of intriguing design elements and stylings, Paul Rigby reviews the Gold Note Mediterraneo Designed and built in Italy, this two-speed, belt-driven Gold Note Mediterraneo is certainly the product of careful study. It betrays a considered and balanced brief that gives this deck, spanning 470 x 210 x 360mm and weighing in at a meaty 25kg, a unique look. Quite a bit of the ‘look’ originates from the bottom upward. That is, from the hand-made, aged Walnut lower plinth. The 60mm curved plinth has been chosen for its “…exceptional elasticity, strength and high-density…” said the company. The wood is attached to a 20mm board made of polished acrylic which is reinforced with a 3mm stainless steel board. I asked the company about the wooden plinth element and they admitted that there are pros and cons regarding it, “It is very difficult to work with and it takes an extremely talented and skilled craftsman to create unusual shapes, like the one we need. It is more difficult to find and more expensive,” said the company. The upsides apparently outweigh the difficulties, “The Italian Walnut used on Mediterraneo offers some unique advantages when employed on this kind of source as …