What a week it's been for fans of retro audio gear - just days ago, we brought you news of this cracking piece of ex-broadcast studio gear cropping up on eBay, and now we have a stunning new reel-to-reel tape machine and turntable to pore over.
First up is the Tonbandmaschine M 063 reel-to-reel tape machine. Ballfinger's background is in stylish objects such as anglepoise lamps and wristwatches, but it's clearly taking its plunge into the world of hi-fi seriously - so seriously, indeed, that it has manufactured all the components, including drive motors, servo units and pick-up systems, itself in its own factories.
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Given the company's design credentials, it's hardly surprising the M 063 is aimed at industry professionals (though it's also suitable for "the ambitious music lover").
It packs a three-motor drive that runs at 7.5 or 15in per second, and takes up to 12in tape reels. It also runs nigh-on silently, even in fast rewind 'archive' mode, thanks to tacho-controlled winding speeds and a processor-controlled drive which keeps the tape taut, preventing any stretching or forming of loops. There's also a digital counter on hand for precise readouts.
The turntable is named Schallplattenspieler PS 2, and is described as a "directly driven record player with active radial arm and moving coil system."
It claims to be the first record player whose radial arm has been combined with a processor-controlled linear guide. This makes for a completely straight tone arm "without skating force and tracking angle".
The short manual hold and plate drive also remain stationary during the plate change - just tap it to set it moving again.
It should be super accurate too, with two microprocessors operating independently of each other, with a chip constantly comparing the disk speed with the desired speed and keeping things in check.
Both the record deck and tape machine were unveiled at German hi-fi show Norddeutsche Hifi Tage.
As you might imagine, this kind of gear doesn't come cheap. The M 063 is said to cost €27,000 (£23,000). We've contacted Ballfinger for UK prices and availability, and will update this story when we hear back.