It has been possible for some time to make a very compact machine of
professional performance - the Lyrec "Freda", not to be confused with
the "Fred" editor, was such a device, with a small footprint, about 4"
thick, and taking NAB reels. This did use disc motors, as I recall.
However, it was a machine designed as a professional tool, rather than
whatever this Thorens thing is intended to be - it reminds me of a
Gaumont-British transport ca 1953...
On 13/04/2019 04:45, Tim Gillett wrote:
> The advert speaks of "disc" motors. I'm no expert but I think they
> mean printed circuit motors which are quite thin from front to back.
> Neodymium magnets allow for smaller sized motors for the same power
> these days. The Thorens advert speaks of an external power supply
> which of course saves space in the case, and then of course today's
> electronics can be made much smaller than previously.
> An early "compact" reel to reel machine which could handle 10.5" reels
> was the Revox A77. I suspect with modern motors and electronics it
> could be made even thinner and lighter but of course the size of the
> 10.5" reels limits the minimum dimensions of the front panel.
> As an old timer, when I have to move my machines or service other
> peoples' there are times when I'd love to work with smaller, lighter
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> The machine in the picture is no "thicker" than the turntable.
> What kind of motors would fit in such a small case? I'm not
> aware of a recent revolution in motor design. Surely they
> aren't using turntable motors. Or maybe...
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