Transrotor Classic. 3 with SME V9 + TA Merlot in the Test

Some Transrotor turntable look simply “rattenscharf”. This applies to the newly revised classic right. But thats not even the best thing about the fancy acrylic Dreher.

There were great musicians at all times. Musicians who shaped work, are much rarer. The Beatles belong in this category of exceptions, certainly Toscanini, Glenn Gould, or Miles Davis. For turntables that looks similar to: only a few designs have changed the course of events and became cult equipment. You think of the Technics SL-1210MK2 and the Linn LP12 or but the Transrotor AC and his legitimate successor, the Transrotor classic.

When I got a Transrotor AC to face for the first time, nothing was actually like before. Maybe the “Charlie’s Angels” had a similar effect at this time. The acrylic Turner by Transrotor looked this almost even hotter than Farrah Fawcett and was simultaneously incredibly cool. The AC was so quite rightly to the cult device and the archetype of all acrylic glass turntable. In short, The AC was style-setting.

About ten years after the AC Jochen Rake created the Transrotor of classic, existed from the outset in the classic chrome and classic gold. Including SME-MK2 – it cost 4000 DM arm. The classic went back on a request of the Grundig company needed an adequate addition to the turntable for her at that time highly acclaimed fine-arts series (see the history section, page 43).

Together with the AC is classic to this day Most popular Transrotor device. Over 4,000 copies changed hands over the decades. The classic was clear from the very beginning acrylic shine through the genes of the AC, was however less playful and more more puristically. The basic design with a base of highly robust Plexiglas, an AC motor with high mass and a drive with round belts was similar to both devices.

Departure from the AC

Was completely different than when the AC in the classic the platter: Räke here took a resonance very carefully crafted precision acrylic platter, in which he shifted the characteristic Transrotor device weights on the bottom of the plate. The reason: The Consumptives LP pressings of 80 – years would be stocking hung out between the weights on the top.

The new Classic. 3 (model 2014) is the meanwhile third stage of evolution. However, Jochen Räke has not only face lifted his bestseller, but new thought through in detail right, and accordingly improved. That and the fact that the classic. 3 only in very is made, explain at least in part the sharp price jump. Fully rigged up – with the currently best SME arm V9 and Transrotor moving-coil-system Merlot, with acrylic cover and PSU – the test pattern now 14215 euro amounts. Just for a back set classic that is a pretty bar money. But when Yes the classic has with 3 his little to do Ahn from Grundig days. It is the currently Latest Räke-drive – only with an exterior that is known for many years.

Everything you touch, feels so noble, fed up and built for eternity in the classic, that may be his finger it at all anymore. It is a sensual pleasure, to delete, its also perfectly polished and chrome-plated surfaces seem like permanent retina care with your hands over the perfectly manufactured metal components made of brass and bronze. Also, the hood and the acrylic glass base plate provide the same superior quality feeling.

Speaking of acrylic glass base plate: for the classic 3 Jochen Räke used a base that clearly massive than the predecessor model fails with a thickness of 2.5 centimetres. The feet on which rests the chassis, also got a number greater than: you have more diameter and correspondingly heavier and more stable. Even when the platter of Classic. 3 Transrotor put on it still one: he won significantly more solidity and thickness.

The plate of the classic. 3 comes out for the first time with five instead of the usual six weights. Räke has determined that the resonance behaviour of the plate so improved. Because the five weights altogether more six, two kilograms on the scale than the original while enhancing the dynamic mass. Especially with very dynamic rich musical material with strong grooves excursions as “Threading” improved. According to Rake brake such places on the plate. Metrological point of view, it was not detectable, but hear you could that.

Another important innovation is the bearing of the turntable platter, which comes from the Transrotor Zet 3. The axle made of hardened, polished bearing rollers to work according to Rake much quieter and more accurately than at the previous classic designs. Actuality Rake: “there are worlds between them.”

Goes like a rocket

Even new worlds did on: the classic 3 played fine – and coarse-dynamic in a completely different League than his predecessors. Great balls of fire: we no longer heard bass attacks a Räke with a such Verve. The classic 3 grooves, swings and carries, that it is just such a joy. Also tested in the booklet makes him also EAT Forte nothing before. In direct comparison it seemed slower to play, although fine with even more sonorous tones and generous space. This pace is certainly suitable for classic, the Räke is to touch as the first choice if you mainly pop and jazz.

The new classic 3 marked a jump to front, similar to one around, the the Beatles “Help” to “rubber soul” made. Jochen Rake and his team have thereby renounces all superfluous and left untouched the Classic aura of legendary plate screwdriver. How to reach the target with style.

Author: Marius Darji

Marius Dittert was member of the Stereoplay editorial board from 1995 to 1999. First as an intern, then as a volunteer and test editor, interrupted only by a small interlude at the AUDIO (1996 /’97). The analog fan remained stereoplay always friendly connected and also wrote for AUDIOphile. Today he works at the René Staud studios in Leonberg, Germany.