Kuzma Ltd first started production in 1982. Founded by Franc Kuzma, it was born of his interest in music combined with a mechanical engineers education which, together with experience working on acoustic transducers, culminated in an interest in producing high quality playback from records. The first product was a turntable of basic design with a classic belt drive and emphasis on ease of use. It was named STABI in recognition of one of its greatest strengths stability.
This turntable was soon superseded by another model, STABI 2 which was introduced internationally by the name STABI. At the same time work on the first tonearm was completed and this was named STOGI which, in Slovenian, is short for rigidity. Both products soon dominated the domestic market because of their performance and appearance.
Internationally both Stabi and Stogi appeared first in Germany and UK. The Stogi tonearm was tested by the British magazine Hi Fi News and RR and a very favourable review by Martin Coloms was published in 1985, bringing the names Kuzma and Stogi to the attention of audiophiles worldwide. A year later the Stabi turntable also achieved international recognition and to this was shortly added a quartz controlled electronic power supply. Another tonearm was also added to the range, Stogi reference, which incorporated a conical tube and other design improvements.Worldwide, increasing attention was being paid to Kuzma products with universally favourable reviews. Products evolved with improved tonearm bearings, modified motor bearings, improved parts, damping and wiring etc.
In 1990 turntable Stabi Reference was introduced which differed quite markedly from its predecessor, having a sandwich construction of aluminium and acrylic for its base, subchassis and platter. It incorporated a unique silicon damped spring system , two motors and allowed for easy adjustment of suspension. This, together with the Stogi reference tonearm, was soon treated as one of the best vinyl playback systems available and is currently used by high end manufacturers and record producers.In 1997 work started on the design of a new turntable incorporating all essential elements necessary for a high quality, no compromise turntable but stripped of all non essential parts. The result was Kuzma Stabi S , a minimalistic turntable with a simple, purely functional design, which has caused a great deal of interest among the audio community. Similar in concept was Kuzma Stogi S, a unipivot tonearm, which followed a year later. Together they produce a highly stable platform for cartridges and compare favourably with far more highly priced systems. This view is confirmed by reviews worldwide.
In 1999 the Stabi XL turntable was added to the Kuzma range of products. . When first introduced in London Hi Fi Show by Audiofreaks, it created huge interest, due to its design, sound, appearance and ease of use, particularly for VTA adjustment.