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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
>
> Perth,
> Western Australia.
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> ----- 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
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> Available Summer 2020 for the low, low price of $13.5k.
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> https://www.thorens.com/en/thorens-news-m/231-high-end-2019-thorens-tm-1600-–-high-end-tape-machine.html 
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