Hah! Good points, Shai. I’d like to also point out the silly pressphoto - first you realize she is sitting on the wrong side of the tape deck. Then wonder why a turntable is in there - is she comparing a record to a tape?

Then it dawns - there is a man taking the photo, and he set itup with the model (wife?). Since she is female, it must be beyond her to work all that complicated high end gear! Her hubby/SO set her up to look stiupid, if appreciative of the headphone feed, wherever it is plugged in. Oh, and there is no phono preamp or power cords either. Sheesh.

One highly offensive picture to a 21st Century man. And the deck is priced way out of reach of - well, the rest of us.

Lou Judson
Intuitive Audio

> On Apr 11, 2019, at 8:17 PM, Shai Drori <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> A few pointers.
> The Revox was a mock-up and was never produced. The Thorens gets some of
> its parts from another manufacturer called Ballfinger.  A ridiculously
> overpriced pile of crap designed and sold to audio fools. The PB only unit
> is 11k euros.
> Thorens said only 100 units will be made so they will find 100
> Idiots dumb enough to buy it.
> I’ll keep my atr100. Thank you
> On Thu, 11 Apr 2019 at 22:53 Tim Gillett <[log in to unmask]>
> 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.
>> ----- Original Message -----
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>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> 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.
>> -Aaron
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