lumendog wrote:I currently have a thorens td 147 with auto stop and auto lift and without auto return. I do not know this exact feature works, because it stops at the leadout groove no matter how long the album is. Maybe it is inertial. Anyways, it is the reason I bought the deck. I have too many people fiddling with my gear to have them thrashing my records trying to return the arm to the proper position. This happened too many times with my Origin live arm. My friends are a little hamfisted, especially after a few drinks.
Magnet. Quite ingenious. But everything back then was. Everything was mechanical, VCRs etc.
Microprocessors have replaced mechanical operation in most areas.
Vinyl nowadays is supposed to be unnecessarily complicated. If a tonearm actually works it's not good. Audiophile certified turntables and tonearms are fiddly, delicate and break all the time. You usually need a backup deck.