One of my friends owns the Airforce One and will buy the Model 3 because he said, the precision to adjust Arms here is much better than with the fixed Armboards from his Model One (or Model Two), when the pre drill is not absolutely 100% correct, there is no way to change it. I have to agree and I am also no friend from the wood plate in the Armbase, the energy transfer from the Arm to the suspension is inferior compared to the old Seiki solutions (or Model III) The Manufacturer told us, from the Performance quality this Model 3 is only in lower Bass not of par with Model One/Two....anyway, there is so much junk out there which is good for nothing, that Model 3 would be my choice when I would look for something serious. The majority of other Turntables are cheap everywhere or show "features" (multi-motor ....) which do not raise the Performance in reality. Compared to those, these TechDas units are made like (brain, material costs, selection of parts, brain for increasing playback quality...) from outer space.
Years ago Romy wrote a bit about his Seiki and quality and asked, he would be curious how much "these" would be in comparison price today. Now we have the answers. But price Japan and the following Distributor chain worldwide has its own rules :-)
I don't think they surpass the older Seiki 5000 / 8000 from Playback quality when those are a bit tuned (Active suspension, Boston Mat on platter...) ... some are sold in USA, mainly with Graham Arms because he is the Importer but in Asia they sell quite well and most use different Arms with those. I listened quite often to Model One and all I can say, I did not hear something I did not hear before with my unit.. but this can be a compliment, too. The majority of the "modern" Turntables I wouldn't even touch even when I would get paid for....
Based on that, I think, the Model 3 will find a lot of customers.
Pic of Model 3
Pic of Model Two cut
The Manufacturer told me, the Model 3 has a lot of identical parts from Model 1 (Motor-management, Materials, Vacuum, Air bearing, Glass platter...) and they want to serve more customers, Price is 50% of Airforce Two.