The TG27 was a lemon and could not be given away. Norbert Kotschenreuther or NoKo as he is know on the German Dual board, also states in his excellent book titled Black Forest Precision- World Acclaimed, that the European dealers where "invited" to take at least one of these with an order of turntables - or else...
I had a hell of a time with these under-performing things of which the 2pole motor was barely able to move the tape. Fast(slooow)Forward, was painful to watch...
In this same mag., towards the end, a discounter is offering this "tremendous" Dual taperecorder with immediate delivery with a "fabulous price"!
The Tg28 had a slightly stronger motor was more reliable plus looked better and somewhat more robust. This machine from Schaub Lorenz should have not seen the light of day after the superb Dual designed TG12a deck. The only item brought forward from the old machine was the fantastic Dual made recording/playback head.
This ad also shows the half-hearted attempt of presenting a Dual line-up, similar to the half measure with B&O importing; we'll revisit B&O. If they would at least have brought over the matching tuner (thanks to Dennis Rollinger, dual-board.de- creator):http://www.dual-plattenspieler.de/galer ... /ct12.html
to the amp and allowed Noresco to replicate the speakers with the Dual logo, it could have made a difference. It is however noteworthy that the Dual amps and the tuner were at best average at this time and also not made by Dual but contracted OEM's. The later Dual amps and tuners, receivers and speakers would be an improvement, but Noresco never imported the complete line. An amp without a matching tuner just does not cut it!
Flipping through the mag there still is no Japanese TT, but we will see one soon!
Here are some other fine competitors:
and now for a real nice heavy weight:
It's too bad there is no pricing on this ad! I would have loved to see a bit more technical info as well on this deck, since a comparison to the Thorens TD124 is just a natural.
And now for something completely different....:
any similarities to a certain Black Forest product is strictly ... what's the word I'm looking for.....
Lastly we'll let an engineer do some talking:
Next time we'll see a new Dual entry and a real humdinger!