This beautiful Revox B795 Linatrak turntable was manufactured from 1979 on through the mid to late 80’s and was near the top of the line among the Revox offerings. It retailed for about $900.00 in the U.S. and is definitley one of the better fully automatic direct drive linear tracking tables around. It incorporates and very short and light weight tonearm that is specifically designed for for high compliance cartridge use.
Very similar to the Revox B790 the B795 has a smaller motor, lacks pitch control and has a platter that is nearly twice as heavy as the B790’s. The motor used in the B795 may be smaller but it runs extremely quietly and was used in most Revox turntables thereafter. It’s based on a 200 pole tacho wheel allowing precise frequency reference and therefore a better signal to noise ratio. There are touch type controls for Speed selector as well as stop and start.
Setup of the B795 without a cartridge mounting gauge isn’t easy but once it’s done right the table will perform brilliantly. That is why you’ll see a lot of people looking for that gauge. What used to be a $40-$50 gauge has climbed in price to $200-$300. Tonearm setup can be done without the gauge but, as I mentioned, it is a fairly involved process.
One nice feature of the tonearm is that there is a maximum drop adjustment. You can set it so that the needle will stop before engaging the mat if there is no LP in place. This could possibly save you from accidentally damaging your needle. I believe the original supplied cartridge was the Revox MDR20 which was made by AKG.
The B795 had an optional remote control, the B202, which used a cable from the remote to the table. There are aftermarket remotes available as well but they are fairly pricey. I’ve seen the B202 sell for around $225.00 when it comes up on auction.
The Revox B795 is a great turntable and those looking for a high end table will not be disappointed. These turntables command pretty high prices but compared to newer turntables that are priced upwards of $10,000 these are a bargain. I’ve seen them sell for as low as $250.00 in working but poor cosmetic condition. In good working order and very good cosmetic condition they will sell for $700.00 to $900.00. Fully restored units are available for over $1500.00. If you’re looking for parts to restore one or want to purchase one fully restored try Revox-bandmaschine.com. The site is in German but the link I provided should translate it to English. There is a lot of information on the B795 and other Revox units as well as restoration parts. The unit pictured at the top is one of their fully restored B795’s and it’s nice!