Audio by mark jones

Precision engineering and classic design are embodied in the first turntable from AMG (Analog Manufaktur Germany), the Viella 12 or simply, V12. The AMG turntable line was created by a group of audio industry experts to advance the art of vinyl playback.

Werner Roeschlau, his son Julian Lorenzi and other master machinists developed the AMG products at their bespoke multi-story Bavarian factory located north of Munich.

All machining is done in-house, combining the latest Computer Aided Design and CNC machines with “classic analog” tools, including custom lathes and drill presses. Their factory has been manufacturing key, precision parts for some of the world’s most highly regarded turntables for over a decade. This expertise in the design and manufacture of turntables led to the AMG line, premiering with the Viella 12.

Other Products by AMG – Analog Manufaktur Germany
The Viella
Starting at $16,500 USD

Precision engineering and classic design are embodied in the first turntable from AMG, the Viella V12. Introduced at the 2012 CES in Las Vegas, the V12 immediately caught the attention of the press, the industrial design community, and audiophiles. All machining is done in-house, combining the latest Computer Aided Design and CNC machines with “classic analog” tools, including custom lathes and drill presses. This assures the highest precision and value.

The Viella’s unique industrial design with its oval shape and cherry wood or black lacquer skirt houses many proprietary developments. These all have the specific function of lowering the vibrational noise floor. The platter bearing is self-contained in an oil bath with integral sub-platter flywheel and convex polished 18mm steel axle against a PFTE thrust pad, eliminating potential noise. The massive aluminum platter with an integral PVC record mat and decoupled spindle further isolates the stylus in the record groove. The in-house designed and hand-built Lorenzi brushless DC motor uses both a flywheel and high-mass stainless-steel machined pulley for speed stability and is decoupled from the thick aluminum plinth. The V12 includes touch capacitance speed select buttons that allow fine speed tuning, integral spirit level, outboard power supply, and easy adjustable leveling.

The AMG Viella 12 turntable has one of longest tenures of any product in The Absolute Sounds’ “50 Greatest Bargains in Ultra High End”.
The Viella technical specs
  • MotorLorenzi 2-pulse, low-speed brushless, precision 24v DC motor with auxiliary reluctance moment
  • PlatterCNC machined in house using aircraft grade aluminum12.5″ (318mm) diameter, 24.25 lbs. (11Kg) weight
  • Platter BearingTwo-sealed, hydro-dynamically lubricated radial bearings with axial bearings featuring static lubrication
  • Tonearm Effective Length: 304.8mm Pivot to Spindle Length: 291.4mm Overhang: 13.4mm Offset Angle: 17.89 degrees Effective Mass: 13.9 grams Null Points: Inner: 66.04mm, Outer: 120.9mm
  • Tonearm BearingDual-pivot design replaces the standard gimbaled bearing Vertical bearing, similar to a technique used in the rotor heads of helicopters Uses two .5mm thick “spring steel wires,” allowing fine azimuth adjustment while eliminating bearing play Horizontal axle is a hardened tool steel, precision ground to a backlash-free fit with a needle roller bearing It is extremely precise, maintenance free, and never requires adjustment
The Viella Forte
$30,000 USD with Turbo tonearm

Analog Manufaktur Germany’s Viella Forte turntable, introduced in 2019, is the “super” version of our Viella turntable. The AMG design team focused on mass, rigidity, and refinement to create the Forte, resulting in increased macro-dynamics, more inner detail, larger-scaled presentation, and greater effortlessness. Machined in our Bavarian factory, the Forte incorporates the same platter bearing design, decoupled spindle, Lorenzi hand-built brushless DC motor, visual form and footprint of our highly regarded Viella. Utilizing new materials and machining techniques, the Forte features a new plinth, platter, platter clamp, arm base, updated drive electronics, new power supply design and power supply housing.
The Viella Forte technical specs
  • Upgrades To the Standard Viella
  • PlinthCNC milled from solid aluminum billet, 70 mm thick and 23 kg weight (+280% larger than the standard Viella plinth at 25 mm thick and 8 kg). Platter bearing housing, motor housing, and feet directly machined from 70 mm aluminum billet provides higher rigidity and mass damping.
  • PlatterCNC machined using aircraft-grade aluminum with decoupled spindle. Taller at 87 mm with a thicker inlaid PVC machined platter mat for a total weight of 14 kg.
  • ClampNew silhouette with larger shape, higher mass, and enhanced ergonomics. CNC machined in house using aircraft-grade aluminum and POM.
  • Power SupplyEnhanced circuitry for faster start-up with larger Forte platter, mounted within mass-damped solid plinth. CNC milled from solid aluminum billet to echo the Viella shape. New toroidal transformer, additional voltage filtering for increased isolation from mains line fluctuations, and LED indicator for proper mains plug polarity.
The Giro
$10,000 USD

The Giro G9 turntable brings AMG’s sonic and visual excellence to a larger audience. Conceived by AMG founder Werner Roeschlau, the Giro is brilliantly realized by managing director Julian Lorenzi. Sharing the key design elements of the highly regarded AMG Viella “V12”, the Giro “G9” is entirely manufactured in AMG’s Bavarian factory.

The Giro’s “double circle” plinth is machined from aircraft-grade aluminum and features both 33 and 45 RPM via electronic control. Both platter and bearing housing are CNC machined from POM, a high tech synthetic. The belt-driven platter uses the decoupled spindle design of the highly-acclaimed Viella V12 turntable and shares the high-mass stainless steel machined pulley of the V12, coupled to a precision Swiss-made DC motor. The platter bearing, a hydrodynamically lubricated radial 16mm axle with PFTE thrust pad and integral flywheel, is a scaled version from the Viella. The Giro uses the 9W2 9” tonearm with the identical, revolutionary bearing design of the 12J2, scaled for the arm length and the Giro’s smaller footprint.
The Giro technical specs
  • MotorSwiss-made 24v DC motor
  • Platter40mm thick platter CNC machined from Polyoxymethylene or POM (also known as Delrin®), a high-tech synthetic
  • Platter BearingHydrodynamically lubricated radial 16mm axle with PFTE thrust pad and integral flywheel Scaled version Viella V12 platter bearing
  • TonearmEffective Length: 229mm Pivot to Spindle Length: 211 mm Overhang: 18.1mm Offset Angle: 24.07 degrees Effective Mass: 9.1g Null Points: Inner: 66 mm, Outer: 120.9 mm
  • Tonearm BearingBased on the award-winning AMG 12J2 12-inch tonearm, 9W2 9-inch tonearm uses a scaled version of AMG’s patented dual-pivot bearing