American metal overlords Metallica get into the vinyl revival with this spiky limited-edition turntable from Pro-Ject Audio Systems

pro-ject audio systems builds a turntable for metallica
(Image credit: Metallica Turntable by Pro-Ject Audio Systems)

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Band merchandise often goes off in unexpected directions as their audience grows and matures and domesticity trumps endless T-shirts. When it comes to leftfield merch choices, few genres are more inventive than metal. You can buy an AC/DC wheelie bag, a Queen bar stool, a surprising number of Guns n’Roses jigsaw puzzles or even a pair of Mötley Crüe slippers, just a few examples amongst thousands of other eccentric products.

pro-ject audio systems builds a turntable for metallica

(Image credit: Metallica Turntable by Pro-Ject Audio Systems)

Metallica are no strangers to intensive merchandising. The band that brought you branded baby clothes, the ‘Enter Sandman’ door mat Metallica baby-gro, and the Four Horsemen beach towel, has over 700 items in its online store.

pro-ject audio systems builds a turntable for metallica

(Image credit: Metallica Turntable by Pro-Ject Audio Systems)

From August, the band’s truly dedicated fans will be able to get their hands on a rather more relevant rock object, the first Metallica turntable. Designed and built by the Austrian manufacturer Pro-Ject Audio Systems, the Metallica Limited Edition Turntable blends the band’s signature lightning bolt form with a heavy glass platter and aluminium sub-platter and metal feet. The entire ensemble is mirror finished, making every spin of a disc a mesmerising experience.

pro-ject audio systems builds a turntable for metallica

(Image credit: Metallica Turntable by Pro-Ject Audio Systems)

Playback is handled by a diamond-tipped stylus needle, affixed to an aluminium tonearm. Standard playback speeds are easily switchable, and the manufacturer even includes an extra belt for 78 rpm discs (opening up another marketing avenue for the band, perhaps?).

pro-ject audio systems builds a turntable for metallica

(Image credit: Metallica Turntable by Pro-Ject Audio Systems)

Vinyl’s revival continues apace, held back only by the dearth of working pressing plants. Like all bands, Metallica keeps up a steady stream of re-issues and box sets to keep collectors busy (the Black Album box set includes two 180gm records, 4 more 12” records, 14 CDs and 6 DVDs, all for $240), but diehard original fans should be able to dig out their original discs from the basement.

pro-ject audio systems builds a turntable for metallica

(Image credit: Metallica Turntable by Pro-Ject Audio Systems)

Handmade in Europe, the Pro-Ject Audio Systems Metallica Limited Edition Turntable will set you back £1,149.00

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