Acoustic Sounds
Wilson-Benesch GMT One Turntable
By: Michael Fremer

May 6th, 2024


Editor's Choice

"Walk on the Wildside" OG Played On Wilson Benesch GMT One Turntable

been playing this record for 50+ years!

Before returning the Wilson Beseech GMT One turntable I recorded a few additional tracks including this one: "Walk on the Wild Side" from an original American pressing that I've owned and played since 1972.

Mick Ronson's arranging skills played a significant role in the success of this record, musically and commercially. It was recorded at Trident in London and the sound is superbly natural. When those backup gals do their "do do do...." they end up right in your lap!

It's pressed on super thin RCA :"Dynaflex" vinyl at a time when there wasn't an oil shortage, which probably accounts in great part for the thin vinyl, but RCA insisted at the time it was thin because it was better, just as people today claim thick 180g is better than thin.

In the video I explain why all things being equal, thick is better but regardless of thickness, it's best for a record to be well-coupled to the platter, either by an effective mat or record clamp or weight (needn't be heavy) or both.

Remember: "Walk on the Wildside" is the final track on the side, which should provide the worst sound as the groove radii get smaller and the waveforms get more "scrunched". You tell me how this sounds after 50+ years of play! If you hear a very slight bit of hum, it's not audible on the playback, it's a function of the computer interface.


  • 2024-05-06 06:19:00 PM

    Bill Bird wrote:

    When I resurrected my turntable and transitioned, pun intended, back to vinyl from CD's this track was one of the first to get played. I had fond memories from back in the day of how much we loved the sound of this tune. You are right the arrangements are wonderful, the musicianship, the soundstage it all comes together. Sweet Lou never sounded sweeter.

  • 2024-05-06 06:35:39 PM

    Zaphod wrote:

    That was a Walk on the Wild Side!

    If I had $400K to drop on a turntable, the real dilemma would not be if I should, rather should I buy the Wilson Benesch GMT One turntable or the Oswald's Mill Audio K3 turntable?

  • 2024-05-06 09:19:12 PM

    DJ Spinner wrote:

    I find that, due to its thinness, the Dynaflex records couple to my SOTA vacuum platter much tighter than 180 gram pressings, and sound terrific. They make a nice pop sound too when I turn off the platter/suction to switch records sides.

  • 2024-05-07 06:58:53 AM

    Tim wrote:

    Some of my best sounding records are thin/flimsy..

    I have always thought that there are much more important aspects of the manufacturing and playback process than thickness of a record.

  • 2024-05-07 09:01:51 AM

    Tom wrote:

    The was the best I’ve ever heard it sound. The last time I played that album was back in 73. A lifetime ago, got to pull it out again.

  • 2024-05-07 09:46:07 AM

    Robin Wyatt wrote:

    By far the best piece of audio gear I have ever heard is that table Mr Fremer! It transcends belief

    • 2024-05-07 12:23:57 PM

      Come on wrote:

      Was this humor or did you review all comparable turntables by YouTube videos? ;-)

      • 2024-05-07 08:42:57 PM

        Zaphod wrote:

        All things being equal, why not review all comparable turntables by youtube video?

        Where I live there are Zero dealers, so the old fashion method of going to a brick & mortar to listening to a product is never going happen. Even if there was, his display is not your listening area nor associated equipment, etc.

        Besides, when it comes to this turntable, there are no comparable turntables as this is in a league of its own.

        This was Humour by the way.

        • 2024-05-08 07:05:55 AM

          Come on wrote:

          If your last sentence is related to the original post or to what came before in the last one as a justification for the opposite, I‘m fine and have nothing to ad ;-)

  • 2024-05-07 10:39:43 AM

    Georges wrote:

    I had the first one (called Lou Reed or untitled or even Park Avenue) in US dynaflex too but it scratched quite a bit but as I didn't like the album... Yes ultimately it's the end of the Spiders and therefore of Ronson (I like his solo albums... yes I know.) who precipitated Bowie's career as a rocker... Evoking Lou, whom I have seen in concert several times, makes me think of the sad fate of his SRE archives which are quietly rotting in some museum, one (!) 53' (!) record released in more than ten years. He died a second time.

    • 2024-05-07 06:52:24 PM

      Silk Dome Mid wrote:

      I'm sure I'm just misunderstanding something here. What is SRE? Does it have anything to do with Lou's archives that Laurie Anderson donated to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts? What's a 53 foot record? Sorry if I'm being dense.

      • 2024-05-07 07:34:11 PM

        Georges wrote:

        1. Yes, Sister Ray Enterprises ; 2) ' it's for minutes, i'm sorry for that ; you're welcome.
        • 2024-05-08 12:28:37 PM

          Silk Dome Mid wrote:

          Danke schoen.

  • 2024-05-07 06:58:10 PM

    tim davis wrote:

    I love everything about this post. The album being played, the track, Lou Reed, & especially Mick Ronson. I absolutely adore his arrangements as well as his lead guitar playing. If anyone here is unfamiliar with the following 2 things I urge you to go & check them out. 1 - His last performance as a guitar player in the studio on The Wildhearts eponymous debut, Earth vs The Wildhearts. Originally he was slated to be the producer but his failing health ruled that out. Instead, he contributed some lead guitar to one track - "My Baby is a Headf**k" which is as I understand it all about a disfunctional relationship. 2 - Ian Hunter's farewell song for Ronson called "Michael Picasso". My favorite version of it is on a live dvd titled Strings Attached. Here's a link to said version I do not know whether or not it will work on this platform but I had to try to post it nevertheless out of respect for Mick Ronson.

    • 2024-05-07 07:37:58 PM

      Georges wrote:

      Thanks a lot for your message and information.

    • 2024-05-08 02:28:05 AM

      Michael Fremer wrote:

      Yes, thank you for that information....

    • 2024-05-12 07:46:52 AM

      tim davis wrote:

      Thank you for the thanks fellers! Also, you're most welcome. If I had a dime for every piece of treasured information I've gotten from Mr. Fremer, I'd have (as Slim Pickens once stated) "A shitload o' dimes"!

  • 2024-05-08 04:49:43 AM

    Ian wrote:

    I've got some 'old' original releases, which are lightweight but still sound great in my opinion. I could watch that Wilson Benesch deck spin discs all day! Wonderful!

  • 2024-05-13 07:24:38 PM

    Jim D wrote:

    It's remarkable how the sound quality translates, even over my laptop. I played it for my wife and after listening for 10 seconds said, "That's amazing, I can tell already."