New Teres Direct Drive Motor Available as Option

Hi Folks:
It looks like Teres is now offering a direct drive motor as an option on their regualar tables. As a Teres 255 owner I'm contemplating the upgrade. Has anyone tried the new motor on there existing/old Teres, and does it seem like the upgrade is worth it? Here's a link to the new product:

Jeff, I don't know what the force is on the o-ring but it's more than a gram.

We use a very simple but effective method to keep even pressure on the o-ring. The motor pod simply leans against the platter. There are two small rubber feet under the motor pod that are offset from the center that causes that pod to tilt. The pod stands straight up and rests on three points, the two feet and the o-ring. really easy to setup. No springs, pivots or hinges, just gravity.

"No springs, pivots or hinges, just gravity."

Sometimes the old ways are still best.

Thanks for the info Chris.
Gee, the opening statement in the advertisement for this new take on the idler wheel/rim-drive could have been torn out of my earliest - and current - writings on the subject...except for the inclusion of idler-wheel drive as a victim of speed instabilities. Ironic, in a way, since it is the controversy I started a few years back about the speed instabilities of belt-drives - which Teres built their name on - which started the whole debate about which system was superior, sorry if this is boring you, Viridian, I realize that belt-drivers are feeling severely put-upon these days.

Long ago and still now, the bedrock of my insistence the idler-wheel system was superior to the other two systems (DD and BD) was based in simple and actual verification, simple (the lesson in science I kept/keep talking about): comparison in the system of your choice. A theory stands or falls by the experiment, which either proves or disproves it. If experiment/comparison/verification proves a theory wrong (i.e. that belt-drives are not adequate to combating the VERY important and nefarious Stylus Force Drag, which idlers were actually and specifically designed to combat), then it is time to abandon theory. Apparently, by the release of this variant on the rim-drive, Teres now admits I was right, implicitly.

But is this new system superior to the venerable idler-wheel system in terms of speed stability, as advertised, which I have insisted from day one was THE Prime consideration in designing turntables (and only idler-wheel drives designed to provide adequately)? Only verification/experiment/comparison will tell. As with the growing list of megabuck belt-drives falling before the Lenco and other fine and properly set up idler-wheel drives in front of witnesses, this new Teres system will have to face the music, and eventually be compared to a properly set-up idler-wheel drive.

The Teres system is designed in such a way that the motor CANNOT provide the torque of idler-wheel drives, which with their massive 1800 rpm motors can actually lift an 80-pound plinth when engaged at high speed (i.e. 78 rpm), since such a powerful motor directly applied would guarantee rumble (which is non-existent in a properly rebuilt idler-wheel drive, due to its separate and spring-loaded wheel). Not only is it about SPEED STABILITY, it is also about TORQUE.

That said, it is music to my eyes/ears to see the speed stability of belt-drives questioned in a advertisement of a spin-off of the rim-drive technology (sorry again if this is boring you Viridian ;-), and to Teres I say Bravo. I also wish you luck in the coming comparison :-).
Well, John- who would have thought that that humility would be your most endearing character trait? ;~) I'm not a mechanical engineer or a physicist, but wouldn't torque mostly be an issue in terms of coming to speed from a stop? Once turning at relatively constant 33 or 45 or 78 rpms, wouldn't there be very little torque necessary to overcome stylus drag. I ask this as a serious question, based on my perception of torque as an attribute of a motor that contributes to its ability to accelerate from a stop or at least from low rpms, as in a drag racer from a starting line, where torque at low rpms is just as important as total horsepower at high rpms.
Swampwalker, I don't want to wade into an argument about belt drive vs idler drive vs etc, but "torque" is defined as angular force. So, torque is the product of mass multiplied by acceleration, like any other force. Then, if stylus drag could be thought of as the equivalent of a force that delivers "negative acceleration" to the platter, a high torque motor might be of benefit in overcoming it. The question you raise is however a good one which I have not seen addressed; just what in fact is the magnitude of the force we describe as "stylus drag"? I dunno myself. I think it's key that stylus drag is constantly varying during different musical passages. That's where idlers may have a real advantage, by offering relative immunity to minute changes in platter speed that might other wise result from stylus drag.