My TMS is a TMS1, rebuilt and rewired at Roksan by your friend, not long before he left, with all of the TMS2&3 elements that could be added to the 1, so an unusual hybrid TMS1 and a bit. Listening to it and the DG-1 at the Vertere factory, I preferred the TMS and Touraj preferred the DG1, but they were both superb, the DG1’s bass was incredibly controlled and musical, I preferred the drive and involvement of my TMS (known to me as Siggy for 25 years).
To FR’s point about the arm, I was very cynical about the flat arm until I heard it, I was immensely impressed by the performance of the deck and the arm, with an MM cartridge (an AT I think). I did comment that I’d find it hard to get over the fact that it looked like the arm on music centres of our parents’ generation, but actually after a few minutes I was over that. I think the DG-1 looked great.