Yes in keeping with the long distinguished belt drive tradition. Except that
this is a tape machine, not a turntable, so the mechanical isolation which
might help in a turntable situation doesnt apply.
Interesting to hear the 2017 Revox machine never came to fruition and that
Thorens only plan to make 100 of these. Doesnt sound like great confidence
in the claimed "rising like a phoenix from the ashes" of 1/4" magnetic tape
. ----- Original Message -----
From: "Ted Kendall" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, April 12, 2019 2:44 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Thorens TM 1600 ¼" Tape Machine Announced
> Since Thorens' marketing base is belt drive turntables, a belt-driven
> capstan is hardly surprising, given that this is an audiphool toy.
> On 12/04/2019 03:52, Tim Gillett wrote:
>> 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.
>> Tim Gillett
>> Western Australia.
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Aaron Coe" <[log in to unmask]>
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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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