AMG Viella Forte turntable and 12JT tonearm Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Description: Forte: Nonsuspended, mass-loaded, belt-driven turntable. Speeds: 33.3rpm, 45rpm, 78rpm. Motor: 24V DC. Speed adjustment: 0.1% with each button push. Wow and Flutter: not specified.
Description: 12JT: Dual-bearing aluminum tube pivoted tonearm. Effective length: 304.8mm; P2S distance: 291.4mm; overhang: 13.4mm; offset angle: 17.89°.
Dimensions: Turntable: 20 5/8" (508mm) × 9" (228.6mm) × 12 7/16" (317.5mm). Weight: 106lb (48kg).
Finish: black (engraved or nonengraved surface).
Serial numbers of units reviewed: V327 (turntable), T177 (tonearm).
Price: $25,000 (engraved) w/o arm, $32,000 engraved with 12JT tonearm (as reviewed). Nonengraved version is $2000 less. 12JT tonearm alone is $8500. Approximate number of dealers: not known.
Manufacturer: Analog Manufaktur Germany (AMG UG), Gewerbepark A7, Deining 92364, Germany. Tel: (49) (0)9184-8086389. Web: US distributor: Musical Surroundings. Tel: (510) 547-5006. Web:

Analog Manufaktur Germany (AMG UG)
US distributor: Musical Surroundings
(510) 547-5006

Anton's picture

Ribbed vs. smooth, a classic conundrum.

For 2K more, do you think the ribbed plinth offers greater pleasure?

Sujay's picture

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the comprehensive review of the the Viella Forte. I have owned the Original Viella for over 5 years now and have always been wondering how the Viella Forte ( and the original Viella) compare with the Brinkmann Balance.

Will be great to have your views



tonykaz's picture

How many readers live on this Planet of yours where values come at such high costs?

We just had the worst Quarter in the history of Capitalism.

What price is paid for hubris?

Tony in Venice

ps. "no play in the Vertical axis". hmm. All tolerance is measurable, certainly the manufacturer knows the actual measurements ( not that it probably matters to most people other than engineers )

Anton's picture

Tony, nobody who could have afforded this baby last year can’t afford it now.

For the people who couldn’t afford it then, it’s even more out of reach now...but that won’t affect sales!

The demographics of potential buyers for this rig have not been altered by recent events!

Michael Fremer's picture

Do you post similar comments on automobile websites under reviews of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bentleys etc.? Or do you do this only on a website that covers high performance audio gear? Just curious.You should know that according to people in the industry with whom I've spoken, well off consumers now stuck at home ares spending more than ever on upgrading audio gear especially big loudspeakers. Is this fair during this recession? No. But economic justice is not our field of expertise. The S&P keeps skyrocketing up and up. Makes no sense to me whatsoever. Actually it makes no sense to even economists! I'm going now to play some records. I can make sense of them!

tonykaz's picture

I'm an Industrial trouble shooter by trade.

My background is Engineering and Manufacturing.

I'm an Analytical Scientist, I work with Analytical Scientists.

I've worked in the Analog Field, I understand transducers and have manufactured Analog type of devices.

I also understand the hubris of presenting outrageously priced gear to an audience of financially struggling, it reads like intentional elitist smugness.

Tony in Venice

ps. I and my peers are critical of all Automotive developments, especially the extravagant Italian 'Look at me' $6 per mile type brands.

ps.2 ) I had a look at this turntable review because it reminded me of the Systemdeks that I imported back in the 1980s

Kursun's picture

Nice looking piece of mechanical engineering...
But $2000 for laser etching of the top plate? That's completely irrational!
I would probably buy a whole new turntable for $2000 that would give me same pleasure.

Ortofan's picture

... a turntable, it's an SME for me - or nothing.

Michael Fremer's picture

You know better than that! There are many great turntable designs out there.

Ortofan's picture

... equally expensive turntable/tonearm combinations out there, but if you were about to spend about $30K on a new turntable and tone arm, what would be your choice?