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‘Affordable’ vinyl turntable edging closer to market

Northeastern classmates left to right are Bob Hertig, Salt Maltzan, and Ben Carter won a grant to develop a turntable for vinyl records.

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Northeastern classmates left to right are Bob Hertig, Salt Maltzan, and Ben Carter won a grant to develop a turntable for vinyl records.

U-Turn Audio, founded by three Lexington High grads, is a few steps closer to bringing its affordable, sound-obsessed vinyl turntable to the mass market.

In March, the trio won a $2,500 Prototype Fund grant from Northeastern University’s Center for Research Innovation. Seven or eight prototypes later, the three friends are trying to raise the $60,000 needed to start manufacturing their Orbit turntable, which will retail for about $150, according to Bob Hertig, one of the company’s cofounders.

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Hertig, who graduated from Northeastern in the spring with a mechanical engineering degree, said the friends launched a Kickstarter.com campaign this month, and got about a quarter of the way to their goal in 24 hours. They have until Jan. 21 to reach their target, or the money evaporates.

“It sounds really great,” he said of their progress. “Hopefully we’ll be able to continue as a sustainable business.”

Lisa Kocian can be reached at lkocian@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeLisaKocian.

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