The phonograph was invented in 1877, and the basic design hasn't changed much in nearly 100 years. Miniot's Black Wheel turntable literally reverses the standard record player with its top-loading design. Load the record from the front, and the Black Wheel uses a digitally-controlled linear tonearm with Audio Technica Nude Shibata cartridge to begin playback. The system automatically detects the record size and selects the proper speed, with an audiophile-grade phono preamp accurately reproducing the sound. Each Black Wheel turntable is hand-made in Holland, with around five units produced per month.