Torqueo Audio - B 12GH Exclusive (Italy, 2016)
Torqueo Audio started developing a pulley operated record player for personal use, since those produced in the past didn't fully satisfy their requirements. Once completed the study of mechanical systems and materials able to satisfy Torqueo Audio's expectations, they started the design phase of high precision mechanisms and a Plinth able to exalt the pulley system reproduction quality and to host any arm of new or old production.
The philosophy of Torqueo Audio is to consider the record player a musical instrument. In fact, the mix of materials and architecture, combined with technical criteria, creates the desired sound result. The aim is to give the listener the emotional content of music, rejecting the current trends that mortify the musicality of the sound message.
The design of the mechanisms is the result of a 3-year study and scrupulous tests. All the mechanical and structural parts are fruit of CAD design and realised in AISI 316 non-magnetic stainless steel, brass for musical instruments CuZn19Sn, top quality aluminium alloy, processed with CNC machines and very low tolerance laser. The precise calibration of all the components allows obtaining very high movement precision and absolute noiselessness.
All the motors are subject to accurate inspection and cleaning, with complete disassembling of each single mechanical and electric part and replacement of worn or dead parts if necessary. Torqueo Audio use rotating stator oversized synchronous motors, therefore of very high precision and stability, additionally improved with ultra-silent bearings with polyamide cages. The motor/condenser coupling is carried out using the stethoscope, in fact, the phase shifter capacitor must be absolutely precise, and therefore, many must be tested until the complete absence of noise and vibrations is achieved.
Maximum importance is given to the structural aspects of our plinths. The aim is to model the resonance with the suppression of undesired vibrations without altering or mortifying the harmonic richness of analogue reproduction. This occurs by using various types of natural and composite wood combined with metal parts and viscoelastic materials of different hardness. Each piece is handcrafted by experienced master carpenters, using top cabinet-making techniques.
In the models with natural wood, the lute manufacturing finishing techniques are used. Apart from the technical, musical and aesthetic aspects, Torqueo Audio's plinths are built to remain stable over the years. Torqueo builds handmade audio components to satisfy the most demanding music lovers. Each Torqueo record player is a unique piece, this allows us to pay careful attention to the finishing and precise tuning of the mechanism. http://www.torqueo-audio.it/