Packed with innovation, The Funk Firm turntable flies in the face of design tradition. Paul Rigby reviews the Gett! and talks to designer and former Pink Triangle founder, Arthur Khoubesserian
Sometimes a name promises much and, frankly, fails to deliver. Inspiration left on a page, as it where. The Funk Firm screams ‘different’. That difference is to be found after a quick glance at any one of the company’s products – turntables and tonearms and more. It confirms that there is a lot going on here. That is what attracted me to investigate this product in more depth.
The company’s Gett! was my first target (I fully intend to look at other designs in the future).
This is The Funk Firm’s two-speed entry level design with a DC motor, external switch-mode power supply and acrylic platter, accompanied by the company’s own Funk’s F7 arm that is adjustable for VTA and azimuth plus a top loading bias adjustment and…well look, in order to seek a more in depth insight into this intriguing design, I decided to chat to its designer, Arthur Khoubesserian. Knowledgeable hi-fi users amongst you will know that name, Khoubesserian was the co-founder and design genius behind the famed Pink Triangle hi-fi brand. Many users, I know, still use Pink Triangle turntables. In fact, one of the record labels I cover on a semi-regular basis within this site, Ace Records, uses a modified Pink Triangle during its excellent remastering process.
So maybe we could start with the name? “It’s a snappy little product with a snappy name,” said Khoubesserian. “Get Funked! As it where. The double ’t’ and exclamation point just draws the attention.”
The arm needs a bit of explanation. It’s an aluminium thread-bearing arm with an acrylic-plastic headshell (to lower resonance and to control any that are there). Thread-bearing arms are not common by any means. Why is it not common? “Because it’s difficult to do,” said Khoubesserian. “This is a second generation example. The first were the F6 and F6.5. We learnt a lot from this arm, letting both of the early designs go, so we just have the one tonearm now. The difficulty is getting a conventionally shaped arm to work with the angle of the thread, the tension of the same so that the bias is correct. Otherwise, you will over bias or the thread will snap. I think they are rare because designers and manufacturers are scared of the unknown and since when have I ever been scared of anything?”
Thread-bearing arms are based upon a swing construction. The arm is the seated part of the swing and is quite stable. You can twist the thread to provide bias.
Once the design difficulties are sorted they are easy and, most importantly, consistent in terms of construction. Conventional arms can be a problem in this area because, “…you’re having to set the ball race tension and it can go wrong quite badly.”
Thread bearing arms produce a relatively sweet sound and a free presentation (that will be modified within the overall turntable design, though). There’s a unipivot-esque sense to the presentation but the thread-bearing also acts like a conventional arm, “I’ve seen the light in terms of thread-bearing and I’m working on a much higher end version of it but it takes a lot of work to get the maximum out of it.
Take a look at the images here and you’ll see the motor positioned on the left front of the plinth instead of the left back, “Left-back is the worst possible place for motor,” said a passionate Khoubesserian. “Pink Triangle was saying that for 40 years. The belt tension is followed from the motor to the record centre line. If you extend that, then it will hit the cartridge. So now you’re wobbling the system across the cartridge where the cartridge is free to move. You end up with a low frequency ‘thrum’. It’s the worst place. It was traditionally done, many years ago, because motors were not shielded, they hummed badly or the cartridges were not shielded from the motor hum. Hence, you needed the cartridge as far away from the cartridge as possible. That’s not a problem now. If you how move the motor to the front, you remove that low frequency bloom.”
The acrylic platter needs another mention. When Khoubesserian was at Pink Triangle, he was the guy who actually invented the acrylic platter. Khoubesserian even had the patent. The platter has a calculated impedance which means a mat is unnecessary. It is also thin mostly because of the turntable’s price point. But not thin enough to flex, of course.
Putting the round belt (chosen because of cost) on this thin platter was a challenge – well, for my inept self at any rate. The company promises to post a video showing you a quick way to apply the belt to prevent it constantly slipping off during the turntable’s platter during installation. My own method was to tape (use low tack white tape) the belt to the platter in four or five places, evenly around the platter. Then stretch a free part around the pulley then (carefully!) remove each piece of tape and you’re done.
Apparently the belt does benefit from being powdered to prevent it slipping through your fingers. This will not effect sound because the powder will disperse. I didn’t get to use this method in time but it’s worth bearing in mind.
Finally, the plinth is made from MDF while the feet are rubber.
Beginning with a high energy pop outing, I began the sound tests with Fun Boy Three’s Our Lips Are Sealed, on a shortlist for one of the greatest pop songs of the 80s.
Have you ever seen those old Napoleonic war-games? Those using lead metal soldiers, brightly painted, full of detail, gold braiding, leather work, muskets et al? These soldiers tend to be structured as a rank. Say 10 across and 10 back, in neat rows. In many ways that is what the Gett! gives you. You’re initially made aware of the wide open soundstage. There is a lot of air and space in front of you. Then, the ear picks up a lot of information of different types and roaming various frequencies. More than that, though, there is this layering I mentioned above. A real staging effect where various members of the band and their instruments take their part and their position. This gives the soundstage a complexity but also the ear finds it fascinating because it tends to go searching for aural nuggets. I had to play this track three times just to absorb what the Gett! was doing here.
The album mix of this song features a deep bass effect at the beginning but I never realised how pulsating the effect was until the Gett! told me otherwise. Staying with the bass, I was impressed by the snappy punch and the weight that fell behind it to give the lower frequencies real heft.
While all this was going on, I never felt that the Gett! masked or veiled detail in the midrange. That is, within the layers, detail remained clear and insightful, allowing the ear to access the ear it it wanted to. Vocals offered light, shade and refinement while secondary percussion accessed its own reverb style which was noticeably different from the rhythm guitar. The subtle aspects of the music were never hidden by the Gett!
I then moved to the jazz funk vibes of Shakatak and the title track of the 1982 album, Invitations. This track provides a piano as the lead instrument. A dangerous chaotic instrument which any hi-fi chain finds tough to control and to realistically convey. Yet the Gett! kept a firm grip of what was going on, allowing the piano the freedom of movement but making sure it produced firm key strikes that sounded focused with a deliciously open and airy reverb tail tagged onto each note.
The double tracked vocals were enjoyable too. Firstly because they provided a subtle yet noticeable texture that provided harmonic detail but also because the Gett! provided enough information to tell the ear that this was not a homogenous lump but two voices singing together.
I ended on a purer jazz track but with rhythm to burn, Joe Jackson and his album, Jumpin’ Jive and the track Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid.
Here, I was terribly impressed with the pure cymbal strikes which offered both clarity and precision in terms of the strike but also provided information on the strength of the strike itself, adding a humanistic element to this secondary percussion.
The brass section, including saxes were both textural and reedy in their presentation while the notable resonance from the trumpets exuded passion. The upright bass was also firm, rhythmically meaty but it never intruded upon the midrange territory. keeping itself to itself and providing a firm foundation to the overall track.
Throughout the track I was enthralled by the amount of space and air that never left the song. This added a sense of calm and feeling, especially from the lead vocal. Because of this, the band sounded like they were having a whale of a time, really enjoying themselves which, in itself, dragged the ear further into the music, adding to the involving nature of the piece.
It’s a quirky design and takes care to set up but, once you play music through it, you shout out, “Oh I seeeee. Thats why!” Everything makes sense. The sound quality of the Gett!, for any price point, is quite superb. For this price point, though, its absolutely brilliant. An amazing turntable and one that is highly recommended.
THE FUNK FIRM GETT!
Price: £607 (without cartridge)
Tel: 07846 798367
GOOD: open soundstage, focused mids, startling clarity, powerful bass, overall sonic balance
BAD: careful set-up required
Rega Planar 3
Ortofon 2M Red MM cartridge
Trichord Dino phono amplifier
Rega Brio-R integrated amplifier
Spendor S3/5R2 speakers
Acoustic Energy Radiance 1 speakers
Blue Horizon Professional Rack System
Harmonic Resolution Systems Noise Reduction Components
All vinyl was cleaned using an Audio Desk’s Ultrasonic Pro Vinyl Cleaner
Geoffrey19th October 2017 at 8:04 pm
Interesting. Been looking for a turntable at this price point and something different. So you used the ortofon cartridge?
Paul Rigby20th October 2017 at 11:08 am
I actually used a couple – the Red and a £100 Goldring but the Red was the main one. It can easily take something more expensive too as an upgrade, there’s plenty of capacity.
Howard Popeck23rd October 2017 at 3:58 pm
Really great to read a review with no discernible biases. An informative and engaging read and I am probably going to buy one on the strength of it. Thank you Paul.
Paul Rigby23rd October 2017 at 4:33 pm
Thanks very much, Howard. Many thanks for your kind comments.
Tim Bi30th October 2017 at 6:44 pm
Hi Paul, I have a loan Gett! at the moment, and I have to say you have nailed it with the review. I have not had a problem with refitting the belt; I just use the same process I use for putting a belt on a sub-platter.
1) Lay belt on platter.
2) With left hand lightly press belt into motor pulley groove.
3) With right hand pull belt (maintaining gentle tension with left hand) and press against middle of platter rim at 9 o’clock.
4) Keeping you right hand fingers gently on the belt and platter rim, and left hand lightly pressing belt in pulley groove, rotate platter smoothly and slowly clockwise until your right hand fingers reach six o’clock and the belt is in place.
Works first time, nine time out of ten, takes about five seconds.
Paul Rigby30th October 2017 at 7:56 pm
Thanks for your kind words Tim and thanks too for the belt fitting tip!
Murat D.17th November 2017 at 11:04 am
I have been looking for a turntable at this price point for some time now and I must admit that among the many I have read, this review was one of the very few that I found truely objective. As a newbie in this area, while I digged in more, I have just discovered that many “award winning” tt’s had such drawbacks that only users mention in forums only (I can imagine why). Also, it’s quite hard to find reviews for The Funk Firm tt’s. So thanks a lot. I will visit the local dealer very soon.
Paul Rigby17th November 2017 at 11:06 am
Thank you for your kind words – I hope to look at more Funk Firm turntables in the future.
PETER JASZ3rd December 2017 at 7:48 pm
Paul: Great review. Comparisons with and/or against) competitor’s would have been valuable -for indeed, much of the impressive performance you noted is rather an exception (a big one) at this price point.
I enjoyed the ‘motor placement ‘ discussion. That’s amazing. The designer certainly has some impressive credentials/engineering chops.
I dropped the vinyl/analog game just after (as in the year 2000/2001) but retained my favorite (irreplaceable -to me) 100 or so. I had no desire or thought of re-entering the black vinyl waters, but damn if your review (and particularly this Gett table) didn’t stir my interest.
How would it one of the Ortofon Colors (Blue, Red, Bronze, etc.) match-up do you think ? (No more than $200 -for cartridge.
peter jasz. .
Paul Rigby3rd December 2017 at 8:30 pm
Hi Peter – I effectively did a comparison against my reference which was a Michell TecnoDec. Yes, I used the Red but it can certainly benefit from upgrading to a Black (MM), ultimately.
PETER JASZ3rd December 2017 at 7:50 pm
Opps, sorry Paul: I noticed you used the Ortofon ‘Red’. Good choice (I think) ! Lol
PETER JASZ3rd December 2017 at 7:56 pm
OMG, my third “reply” -but an important one: Does the table accept conventional RCA plug inputs (to connect the tonearm) or does it take a 5-pin DIN type tonearm cable?
I take it it comes with a ‘dust-cover’ ?
Paul Rigby3rd December 2017 at 8:34 pm
Standard, Peter. Yep – there is a dust cover (from memory, I’ve returned the turntable now). Thanks for you kind words, btw.
B Toh10th December 2017 at 12:49 pm
Just started on the vinyl journey with a number of hand me down vinyls…and finally settled on the Gett Funk after listening to a number of vinyl players (Rega P3,P6, Clearaudio concept, project debut carbon and classic) There isn’t much out there in terms of review for the Gett and relied on your review plus lots of listening session. I am keen on seeking your advice on whether you think the Grado Blue cartridges would work? And how would it compare to what you have used? The local shop let me listened to it with an additional linear power supply and it was a discernible difference …I was sold on the Gett immediately after (my P3 experience was also with the TTPSU) .
Paul Rigby10th December 2017 at 1:08 pm
As you know, I used the Ortofon 2M Red during the review but the Gett! has plenty of free upgrade capacity and will improve with further upgrades and tweaks. The Blue would be a good move or the similarly priced Goldring E3 but I would also seriously consider leaping above the pair of those to an Ortofon 2M Black with its Shibata stylus. Still MM but a superb sound with the Gett! Expensive but worth keeping in mind for the future, if now now.
Samuel Dodd22nd December 2017 at 5:55 am
How do you think this table compared to others in this price range, like the new Planar 3?
Paul Rigby22nd December 2017 at 5:04 pm
Hi Samuel – Well I tested the Gett! against the £850+-rated, top quality, Michell Technodec and the Gett! had the edge over that. That might give you a clue 🙂
Alex Ignatyev9th April 2018 at 12:17 pm
Hi Paul! I am not sure you are reading but will try.
I have got Yulong da8 ii and Adam A3x. Just want to join a turntable’s world and my choice fell on Funk Firm Gett. Though I may look at Rega Planar 3 / Elys 2. Am I right what I need now except a turntable is a phono preamp ( thinking of Musical Fidelity MX-Vynl or Rega Fono MM Mk3) And the chain is going to be the following: Yulong da8 ii – Musical Fidelity MX-Vynl – Funk Firm Gett – Adam A3x.(plus cables of course)
Thanks in advance,Alex.
Paul Rigby9th April 2018 at 4:21 pm
Hi Alex – yep, that looks good to me.
anthony flack11th June 2019 at 11:00 pm
I enjoyed your review and it certainly influenced my decision to buy. It was a pain to set up, though I found the belt straightforward enough. I struggled to get the stylus head vertical – but I got good support from Funk, who advised me well. Once I got over this, I think the thing is a bloody marvel. I am running it with a AT 95SH which Funk recommended. Since getting it I upgraded my amp to a Rega Elex and speakers to Monitor Audio Silver 300s – sadly decommissioning my old Castle Chesters…
I play a real range of tunes, from Chet Baker to Nirvana – I love it
Paul Rigby12th June 2019 at 2:35 pm
Good stuff Anthony – glad you’re enjoying it 🙂
Francisco13th August 2019 at 11:48 pm
Hi Paul, your reviews helped me a lot and I thank you. They are not boring, thanks God! After long research, my heart goes to a Flamenca with Achromat and Bo!ng. Flamenca is a litle better than GETT!. I hesitate between an Audio Technica VM760SLC and an Ortofon Black. What would be your choice in this price range? Thank very much! Francisco
Paul Rigby14th August 2019 at 10:01 am
Thanks for your kind words Francisco – to be honest, I haven’t yet heard the Audio-Technica so I’m afraid I can’t comment on that one. Sorry. I do know the Ortofon and like it a lot. You won’t be disappointed if you buy the Black.
Mauro Monte22nd December 2019 at 5:58 pm
I have a question regarding the Funk Firm Gett.
I have a Rega Planar P3 (new 2016 model) with Exact cartridge and Neo Power Supply.
Which are in your opinion the main differences between the Gett and the Planar 3?
Do you think the Gett is superior to the P3?
Thank you very much and Merry Christmas.
Paul Rigby24th December 2019 at 2:11 pm
Hi Mauro – yes, I would consider the Gett! as a superior turntable. Generally, in sonic terms.
Lee28th August 2020 at 10:51 pm
Hi Paul recently found your channel and enjoy your reviews very much. Especially grateful for your audiolab 6000a review as this let me to ultimately make the purchase.
I know I’m late io the thread but I just recently purchased this turntable. As I am writing this I am actually awaiting delivery. Analog Seduction became the eventual dealer of choice as they were selling it for £500! Bargain as the F7 tonearm alone is almost 500 quid.
The strange thing was that I was actually meant to buy a fully automatic like the thorns 240–2 or a dual equivalent. Reason being I have lost most of my sight in the last two years so just wanted something of adequate quality with ultimate functionality. Then I came upon the funk firm gett! at a total steal imo. Oh well I’m not quite fully blind as yet. So (insert religious deity here) permitting, at least I can enjoy music with less compromise
Paul Rigby31st August 2020 at 8:50 am
Great deal you’ve got yourself there, Lee. Nice one. It will certainly reward you in sonic terms.
Dafydd Waters24th September 2020 at 12:55 pm
I got one of these and it hums, unfortunately. That said, I have found that any TT grounded via the RCA jacks hums for me, while TTs that are grounded with a dedicated ground wire don’t. I wish I could solve this problem as the Gett! sounds like it would sound great if it were not also humming.
Paul Rigby30th September 2020 at 9:33 am
Talk to Arthur at Funk Firm if you have hum issues. He’ll help you direct. He is the company and the designer: http://thefunkfirm.co.uk/contact/
Marti28th December 2021 at 1:56 pm
Hello. I am planning to buy one that is on sale here locally, Because the distributor is abandoning representing Funk firm products here…However i am hesitating between the gett and the rega planar 3. And i see it is listed as a reference when testing the gett!…could you please say how they compare sonically and technically?. I am planning to install a Denon dl103r. Is it a good choice?. For mc cartridges, is it really much better or recommendable to use a step up transformer to mm output instead of a phono preamp with mc input?. Thank you. Martí nb i enjoy very much your reviews ..
Paul Rigby31st December 2021 at 11:32 am
Hi Marti – the Gett! sounds better than a Planar 3. The Planar 3 sounds excellent, that’s true, but the Gett! is better. Unless you have a quality external phono amplifier and a hifi system to support it (not sure what you have there) then I’d go for a higher-end MM cartridge like the Goldring 1042.
marti24th March 2022 at 12:55 am
Hello, Thank you for your reply. I finally bought the funk firm gett with the f7 tonearm…For the time being i am trying to fit the denon dl-103r…BUt i find there is no instruction manual on the box nor on the internet about how to set it up…I think i managed to find how to set the alignment and azimuth (by adjusting the three nuts on the cartridge). BUt i find trouble setting the vta…I loose the screw on the left side but the arm column does not move up nor down…just wiggles…am i doing something wrong?. IS there any instalation manual online?. Also i have no clue how to set the antiskating on this arm…Anybody can give me an idea how todo it?. I wrote to the funk firm but I have got no reply yet. THank you, Marti
Paul Rigby24th March 2022 at 9:47 am
Hi Marti – blimey it’s been what, five years I think since I last had my hands on a Gett! so I’m rather rusty in terms of VTA and the like (unless anyone out there has more recent knowledge you can pass on?). I’ll send an email to Funk and see what’s going on.
Paul Rigby24th March 2022 at 10:52 am
Got a reply from Funk – I think they’ve been hit by ‘the germ’ so things have slowed a tad but everything’s getting back to normal now so you should receive some sort of communication pretty soon. Hang on in there 🙂
marti25th March 2022 at 8:49 pm
Hello, thank you for your reply…i will wait for their answer then…but it is strange no info is availble on their website nor in the web….And i find ithard to figure out the setting since the f7 arm is unlike most others…
Paul Rigby26th March 2022 at 2:41 pm
I think the website is one of those jobs they have on their list 🙂
Ben13th April 2022 at 6:12 pm
what pw did you have. I have a 9 volt ps and cannot adjust it to run to 33 1/3 rpm!
Paul Rigby13th April 2022 at 6:33 pm
If you’re having issues with the Gett!, Ben. Give the company a call. They’re normally very helpful.