By Lam Seng Fatt
Remember Queen? That glam-rock outfit with hits that many of us can still sing along to whenever the songs are played such as Another One Bites The Dust, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions and, of course, Bohemian Rhapsody. Even those who did not grow up in the 1970s would recall these songs.
So what has Queen got to do with Rega, the turntable manufacturer?
The answer is that Rega was approached by legendary rock band ‘Queen’ to produce a limited edition turntable to coincide with the release of their 18 piece 180g vinyl LP boxset containing all 15 hit studio albums sourced from the original master tapes mastered by Bob Ludwig and cut at Abbey Road studios.
Kim of Rega in Malaysia said the retail price in Malaysia is around RM1,990 including GST. (UK 315 pounds)
“Our stocks will arrive sometime in November,” he said.
Kim added that Asia Sound Equipment has ONLY 50 units available for sale this year! Bookings are accepted with a deposit.
From Rega’s website: “The design of this unique custom turntable includes reproductions of classic Queen logos, and incorporates the tonearm technology of the multi-award-winning ‘plug and play’ Rega turntables. Both brand and band are quintessentially English and the combination of engineering and musical achievements make for a perfect match.”
The ‘Queen’ turntable features:
A custom designed high gloss acrylic laminated plinth silk screened with ‘Queen by Rega’ logo.
Silk screened ‘Queen crest’ platter from artwork created by Freddie Mercury.
Hand built RB101 tonearm.
Factory fitted Rega Carbon moving magnet cartridge.
Low noise low vibration 24v synchronous high performance motor.
Queen dustcover lid badge.
Optional upgrade (sold separately) is available to the handmade high performance moving magnet Rega Bias 2 cartridge.
This cartridge is designed specifically for the ‘plug and play’ RB101 tonearm mounted on the ‘Queen by Rega’ turntable.
This unique turntable will be available to purchase from your dealers and distributors from September 25.
The Vinyl box-set is sold separately from Universal Music
This September Queen will hit the crest of an already massive wave – a world-wide renaissance of vinyl and record players – with the ultimate set of vinyl LPs, the complete collection of Queen studio albums, re-mastered to the highest standards of quality in both audio and artwork. The band and their label- Universal Music, have announced Queen: The Studio Collection, an 18 disc theme-coloured vinyl LP collection to be released on September 25.
The LP box set comes with a lavishly illustrated 12 x 12 inch 108 page hardback book which features introductions to each album, quotes from Queen themselves, hand-written lyrics, rare photographs, memorabilia, and information on singles and videos – all made possible with unlimited access to Queen’s own archive plus the personal archives of Brian May, Roger Taylor and some generous fans. Thanks to all.
The Queen Studio Collection
Queen II *
Sheer Heart Attack
A Night at the Opera
A Day at the Races
News of the World
A Kind of Magic
Made in Heaven
* 2 disc special edition exclusive to the box set. 1 disc standard edition available separately.