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  • Breaking Tape Deck News

    Thanks for Jonathan Horwich for sending me the link. Thanks to Google for translation. No idea of price yet.

    Ballfinger (http://www.ballfinger.de/) is a manufacturer of sophisticated, fine-art instruments. Currently, the product portfolio ranges from mechanical wristwatches to record player drives to analogue tape recorders. As a modern manufactory, we develop and manufacture the widest possible range of components and assemblies in our own company - such as all drive motors, complete servo units or pickup systems. The central elements of our product developments are the time-related application of design as a design process and the close cooperation between designers and engineers. You can find more about Ballfinger under About Ballfinger and Design at Ballfinger.

    After four years of development time, Ballfinger has introduced the first newly developed analogue tape recorder for around 25 years, at a time when everything tonal and visual fits into a telephone and vinyl enjoys the greatest popularity .

    In addition to the clear appearance and the sophisticated ergonomics, this belting machine has all the necessary features for professional use. For this purpose, the processor-controlled drive is directly driven by specially developed, brushless DC disk rotor motors. The remaining components are also up-to-date and technically up-to-date: from the silent servo drives to the brake, head block and pinch roller to ultralinear, low-noise audio electronics, all possibilities have been exhausted. On the other hand, the massive aluminum chassis remained consistently well-tried: the modular design is the basis for a variety of configuration options and offers a rapid expansion of Ballfinger's product portfolio. In the first set-up, the M 063 with ¼ inch tape run in 2-channel technology (stereo) will be shown. The machine can be operated with up to 38 centimeters of tape speed per second and has a high-resolution, digital counter with all the associated functions. The device has balanced as well as unbalanced inputs and outputs, can be equipped with up to 30 cm open coils and fits in every 19 inch studiorack. The M 063 is thus the beginning of a whole new generation of magneto- phones.

    New products from Ballfinger at the North German Hifi Days 2017

    The M 063 has been developed for the professional user as well as for the ambitious music lover. It features a highly dynamic three-motor drive and an ultralinear, low-noise amplifier technology with minimal distortion. Also new is the design of the torsionally stiff aluminum chassis: it has been led out on the back by 25 mm and serves as a stable support surface for horizontal operation. In order to ensure easy cable management, the connection terminal is offset by a further 25 mm inwards. In addition, the clear design of the back allows clear space in the room. The machine can be operated with up to 38 centimeters of tape speed per second and has a high-resolution, digital counter with all the associated functions. It can be operated with open coils of up to 30 cm and can be integrated in every 19 inch studiorack.

    The clear front design with the exemplary usability is due to the strict adherence to a design grid. All items for recording are on the right and for playback on the left. The drive functions are centrally located. Due to the flat front the insertion of the tape itself can be carried out without a hand: the belt path around the rollers is self-explanatory and the pinch roller can be lowered by pressing the stop button once. The stop button applies to all drive functions and extends over the entire area of ​​the keypad. Below is the setting control for the editing function: If this is switched on, winding motors and playback amplifiers are active. Thus, the tape can be transported precisely or manually by hand or by capstan motor, before or back.

    The precise digital counter is a useful addition: it is driven by a high-resolution rotary encoder and counts the elapsed time in hours, minutes, seconds and hundredths of a second. The counter reading is coupled to the selected speed and is halved or doubled during switching to 9.5 cm / s or 38 cm / s. For this purpose, the counter is driven without impulse losses.


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    Ballfinger turntable side viewFurthermore, Ballfinger shows the first tangential plate player with a conventional rotating arm and familiar operation. The PS 2 is directly driven by a newly developed, ironless and electronically commutated engine and has an almost 5 Kg heavier aluminum plate. The player is equipped with an in-house MC pick-up system in open aluminum construction. With a series of configuration options, the device is built with both puristic manual operation and as a semi-automatic unit. The PS 2 is the beginning of a new design line in the high end area. The North German Hifi Days will take place from 3 to 5 February 2017 in Hamburg. You can find more information at www.hifitage.de. You will find us on the second floor on Hall 5. We look forward to your visit! Click image for larger version  Name:	Turntable_PS2_Front.jpg Views:	1 Size:	82.9 KB ID:	41825
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    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
    -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

  • #2
    This is a win/win situation for the software and hardware factions. The whining about no software will cease with all the new companies releasing new titles and the availability of new reel tape decks. How things have changed.
    The tape deck is visually appealing which goes a long way with the bling crowd.

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    • Rob
      Rob commented
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      agreed it is win-win. good affordable hardware was just around the corner and at an average of $400 a tape, someone has figured out how to make a profit at this. with economies of scale the cost should eventually fall and be accessible to more and more 'philes.

  • #3
    Breaking Tape Deck News

    I thought i'd see a pic of someones deck that fell over and shattered into a hundreds of pieces, instead we get this great news indeed.
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    • #4
      Very cool....what's the projected cost ?
      Christian
      System Gear

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      • #5
        Originally posted by rockitman View Post
        Very cool....what's the projected cost ?
        Don't know yet Christian. Have emailed Ballinger and invited them onto the board to talk more about their machine. Think Bandicat was at the audio show in Germany and perhaps he saw/heard the machine there and can add his comments.
        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
        ________________________________________

        -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
        -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
        -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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        • #6
          Great news. I bet they will be in Munich.

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          • #7
            Blessed be the Germans!

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            • #8
              font is too small to read on the original post. I am using a standard 1080P monitor over HDMI
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              • Per Sundell
                Per Sundell commented
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                Try ctrl+ to make fonts bigger!

              • JCOConnell
                JCOConnell commented
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                thanks

            • #9
              Well since it has started to look like the new Revox / Horch House deck may not come to fruition, it would be awesome if this deck does! I hope it's imported into the US in a 120V version...
              TAPE: Studer A807, A810; Revox B77 MkII; Technics RS-1700; Pioneer RT-707, RT-909
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              DIGITAL: Bryston SP-3, Marantz NA6006/Pioneer N-50, Schiit Bifrost
              SPEAKERS: B&W Nautilus 800, Pioneer DSS-9, Velodyne FSR-15
              AMPS: Cary SLP-05/Sunfire Signature 600, Pioneer SX-1980

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              • #10
                Originally posted by Skylab View Post
                Well since it has started to look like the new Revox / Horch House deck may not come to fruition, it would be awesome if this deck does! I hope it's imported into the US in a 120V version...
                I was going to mention the Horch House/Revox machine in the Fine Audio show report. Right now it seems that that machine won't be at Axpona as previously mentioned.
                Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                ________________________________________

                -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
                -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
                -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
                -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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                • #11
                  I will be watching this machine. Look forward to learning more.
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                  • #12
                    Nice! This tape thing must be real.

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                    • Bruce B
                      Bruce B commented
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                      If we can get half as many new tape machines as turntables that came on the market in the past 5-10yr., then we can say this tape thing is real!!!

                    • MylesBAstor
                      MylesBAstor commented
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                      The more machines out there, the more demand there will be for tapes. And the more tapes, the more demand there will be for machines. One feeds the other.

                    • Joe Pittman
                      Joe Pittman commented
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                      A self fulfilling prophecy.

                  • #13
                    What I like about this new machine is that unlike the Horch House proposed deck they have not crammed the motors into a contracted space. Horch House has done that for a very streamlined look. Hopefully, the motors will work out fine on that. But here with Ballfinger they have not done that. Gorgeous deck.
                    JLH

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                    • #14
                      Hopefully the tape tension is servo-controlled. That's pretty important.

                      Am I the only person that thinks it looks "Asian". As in something China or Japan would build? (not that there's anything wrong with that).
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                      -Professional RTR restoration and modification for 47 years.
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                      • #15
                        Yes.
                        I think it looks very german but a design inspired by japanese 1980s tape aesthetcs.
                        Think of it a the love child of a Braun TG1000 and a Pioneer RT-909!

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                        • Bruce B
                          Bruce B commented
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                          I had the Pioneer... LOVED IT!!!

                        • Per Sundell
                          Per Sundell commented
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                          The Pioneer in black is on my list of object of desire.
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