This appears to be an audiophile tape machine designed for listening to
newly manufactured tape dubs of commercial releases. A US company called
The Tape Project has been offering such tapes for some years. Revox offered
a probably comparable playback only machine in 2017 and I think was
planning to make pre recorded tapes to go with them. I've occasionally been
asked to repair open reel tape machines for the purpose of listening to
these very expensive pre recorded tapes. A tape I listened to seemed to have
been competently dubbed. It would need to be for the price.
The Thorens TM 1600 belt driven capstan motor suggests a design compromise.
Good direct drive capstan motor machines (electronically controlled) have
been around since the late 1950's when Nagra, then Studer and Revox,
Teac/Tascam, Sony, Akai etc put out their own direct drive capstan models.
Direct drive motors and their electronic controls were very expensive to
make back then but these days are so much cheaper to manufacture. I notice
one audiophile review of ther Thorens (StereoNET UK) curiously omitted the
reference to the belt drive.
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Sent: Friday, April 12, 2019 1:29 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Thorens TM 1600 ¼" Tape Machine Announced
Available Summer 2020 for the low, low price of $13.5k.
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