Brinkmann you probably have heard of. Here is a very stable and dependable company from southern Germany and they have been making beautifully machined, five star product for many decades now. Their turntables are neutral, natural, delicate yet dynamic and the range is generous with something for everyone.
Starting at under £6000 you have the direct drive Bardo, typically shod with the 10.5 tonearm to make for a sub £10,000 package. The Bardo is an extraordinary product for the money. Dynamic, precise, musically nuanced with great forward drive it is a true high-end sound and comfortably deserves the moniker of “giant killer”. It makes a mockery of the flagship deck from Scotland with Radikal, Keel even if shod with third party upgrades like Tranquility and Karmen. All of this for £5895.
The Taurus is Brinkmann’s newest turntable. A direct drive like the Bardo, it benefits from an upgraded chassis and brings about a more dynamic sound with even better low end performance. It can also accommodate up to 2 tonearms. Sonically it is a large step on from the entry Bardo.
The Balance is the company’s flagship. It is a belt drive high mass design and usually shod with the longer 12.1 tonearm. It can also be supplied in a dual arm format. The balance is characterised by utter composure and exemplary bass response. It is supremely dynamic but as the same time has a wonderfully relaxed delivery. Magisterial, olympian, commanding, it is a very classy performer.
All turntables can be upgraded by the vacuum tube RoNtIII power supply. This is a very worthy consideration some time during ownerhip if not at the time of purchase.