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Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending September 5, 2014

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Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending June 20, 2014

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Thorens Takes You from Music Boxes to Custom Turntables

In 1883, the Thorens family business was initially registered in Sainte-Croix, Vaud, Switzerland by Hermann Thorens.  A producer of musical boxes and clock movements, they transitioned into the production of Edison-type phonographs in 1903.

A Swiss manufacturer of high-end audio equipment, Thorens was known historically for the range of phonographs (turntables) they produced, included audio playback equipment, as well as producers of harmonicas and innovative automatic cigarette lighters.

By 1928, the Thorens family produced their first electric (motor drive) record player, and then proceeded to manufacture a wide range of audiophile record players in the 1950s and 1960s which are still highly sought after as collectible high-end audio equipment.  As of 2006, Thorens continued to produce well-regarded turntables for playback of vinyl and 78rpm gramophone records.

It’s remarkable that a small music box company successfully evolved into one of the premiere turntable manufacturers of the 21st century.  In fact the Thorens “Excelda” portable gramophone is showcased in the British Library and an interesting outline of The History of Thorens is also available.

However, if you’re looking for something a little more contemporary than a portable gramophone, yet a piece of equipment that looks elegant, sounds remarkable, and sets new standards for audio replay, look no further than the beautiful TD309 which assures perfect balance between form and function.  SoundStageDirect® has a wide selection of Thorens equipment and accessories , as well as an on-site audio advisor at your beck and call 1-877-929-8729 to answer any questions you may have and willingly provide knowledgeable advice on any equipment you have purchased.


Rega Turntables

“Rega’s philosophy is to make high quality products at sensible prices, with a goal of reproducing music as faithfully as possible.” They’ve been making audio equipment for over 39 years and their inventory has evolved from Turntables, to include Loudspeakers, DAC, Tonearms, MM/MC cartridges, Phono Stages, Amplifiers, and all types of accessories.

SoundStageDirect ‘s inventory of Rega turntables and equipment is impressive and indicates their commitment to Rega’s quality, design, price point, and performance, and we’d like to showcase the remarkable turntables that are available:

Rega RP1 is high-quality turntable and includes a new hand-assembled RB101 tonearm, precision main bearing, phenolic resin platter and an impressive high quality low vibration motor. The sound quality is extraordinary on this beautiful minimalist designed turntable

Rega RP1 Performance Pack turntable was designed and engineered for performance that exceeds a product at this price point. The Performance Pack includes the Rega Bias2 moving magnet cartridge, upgrade drive belt and a high performance 100% natural wool turntable mat.

The Rega RP3 turntable comes with or without an Elys2 or Ortofon 2M cartridge. The choice is yours. Tight and clean sounding, the RP3 was ingeniously designed and constructed using the very latest in 3D CAD and CAM technology combined with more than 30 years of tonearm development experience.

Rega RP6 will provide a lifetime of musical pleasure thanks to remarkable engineering, ease of use and high quality parts. Fitted with a RB303 tonearm, the RP6 comes with or without an EXACT Rega cartridge or Ortofon 2M cartridge, precision main bearing, as well as a low vibration noise 24v motor assembly, while the contemporary design and quality components ensures endless hours of listening enjoyment.

Rega RP8 represents the biggest step forward in the evolution of Roy Gandy and Rega’s turntable design philosophies. This infinitely reliable, state-of-the art turntable will allow you to extract more music from your vinyl. Rather than trying to improve only one component, Rega’s engineering and audio designers collaborated to improve multiple elements in order to fully optimize the RP8 for a lifetime of musical enjoyment.

Every Rega Turntable is exceptionally well built, incredibly reliable, easy to use and beautiful to look at. When you buy a Rega, you buy quality and elegance. Call SoundStageDirect for additional information on Rega products at 1.877.929.8729.

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One amazing US based audio company + one event + one spoiler + one vote + two extraordinary “never before seen” turntables = the next VPI turntable!

Join us Saturday, March 22nd from 12 – 4:00pm at SoundStageDirect to select the next latest and greatest VPI turntable in:


Mat Weisfeld and the VPI team will be joining the SoundStageDirect staff to showcase two new VPI turntable designs: the NOMAD and SCOUT Jr.

Music, food, drinks and an opinionated, friendly group of audiophiles will be on hand to democratically determine the next turntable to be rolled out by VPI.

Have a drink, cast your vote, and participate in the ultimate audiophilia experience…turntable history in the making!

Make sure you RSVP via or 267.247.5051 and let us know that you’ll be part of this fabulous event. We look forward to seeing you March 22nd at SoundStageDirect, 212 Decatur St., Doylestown, PA!

…and while you’re in the store on Saturday, don’t forget to preorder the newly remastered Led Zeppelin I, II, and III vinyls. Available for shipment on 6.3.14, these classics come in Deluxe Editions and Deluxe Box Sets – just in time for summer listening.

SoundStageDirect offers More Than Just Vinyl and we look forward to seeing you soon.

NOTE: Although we’re not trying to sway the voters, there’s actually a clip of Mat Weisfeld discussing the NOMAD on Bloomberg TV, however, we weren’t able locate anything featuring the SCOUT Jr.


We just got our RP1 REGA turntable setup complete with performance pack and we absolutely LOVE it! Our records never sounded so good.

We chose the white model. It looks pretty sharp!
We love the way it looks!
This cartridge comes as part of the performance package.

If you’re in the Doylestown, PA area stop by and check it out.