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Any Thorens users out there?

Postby vintage_dog » Thu Apr 01, 2004 1:21 am

Thorens TD166 Mark V: a budget table i got from Rene Rivo. fitted with a Grado Red cart, this

MINT Thorens TD-124 MK1 turntable with SME Model 3009 series 2 tonearm: i got this table though eBay from a seller in Canada. absolutely lovely and mint...i still have to find time to assemble the unit 8)
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Postby tnt » Thu Apr 01, 2004 2:52 am

I have a TD 160 mk1( I think) with stock tonearms fitted with Grado Blue.
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Postby jamants » Sat Apr 10, 2004 11:26 am

thorens TD 160 MK II, with stock arm and sumiko black pearl, got it from Rene too :)
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Postby red76 » Wed Apr 14, 2004 6:17 pm

TD-124 (Mk1) w/ SME3009 SeriesII Non-improved (steel knife edge bearings) and Benz Micro Ace M, and 'Platter Matter' mat. Solid 'molave' armboard and plinth. Might upload a pic soon if ever Hansen drops by and brings along his digital cam *Thanks in advance Hansen*.
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Postby red76 » Wed Apr 14, 2004 6:21 pm

As backup I also have a replinthed TD-160Super and SME3009II Improved with Audio Technica F3 cartridge. Needs a minor mod on the bottom (new) panel though to accomodate a longer phono cable plug.
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Postby highlander » Fri Apr 16, 2004 12:24 pm

An analog newbie using TD166 MKII
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Postby rsm2a3 » Fri Apr 16, 2004 1:14 pm

'was thorens user before;

TD124 SME 3009 arm Pickering carts..sitting in stock room for 4 yrs now.
TD125 stock arm grado carts...last time i check, the wood base and dust cover damaged by termites, including 3 boxes of records...

can't use these TT here, (singapore is 50hz)..so when i landed here i pick up rega P3.

not sure how many rega users here.
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Postby red76 » Sun Apr 18, 2004 6:14 pm

TD124 SME 3009 arm Pickering carts..sitting in stock room for 4 yrs now.


Oh, sayang naman, take care of the rubber parts that they don't warp in heat. The TD124 can be used in either 50 or 60Hz, just reverse the motor pulley. Search for a TD124 manual online, you'll see detailed instructions on how to do this. If you need tips on what lubes (for the 124) to use in the bearing and motor, just PM me.
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Postby ichabod » Tue May 04, 2004 8:11 am

This is the perfect thorens master analogue guru ArnoldC could be looking for? Pahiram?

Send it over rsm. ArnoldC can perhaps getting this going for you or even sell it for you if yon don't want it anymore.
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Postby rsm2a3 » Tue May 11, 2004 5:31 pm

ichabod wrote:This is the perfect thorens master analogue guru ArnoldC could be looking for? Pahiram?

Send it over rsm. ArnoldC can perhaps getting this going for you or even sell it for you if yon don't want it anymore.


will send the TD125 to arnoldC...
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Postby rsm2a3 » Tue May 11, 2004 5:46 pm

red76 wrote:
TD124 SME 3009 arm Pickering carts..sitting in stock room for 4 yrs now.


Oh, sayang naman, take care of the rubber parts that they don't warp in heat. The TD124 can be used in either 50 or 60Hz, just reverse the motor pulley. Search for a TD124 manual online, you'll see detailed instructions on how to do this. If you need tips on what lubes (for the 124) to use in the bearing and motor, just PM me.


i pick-up armboard for Rb300 for the 124 in one of the 2nd-hand shops here. 'you think RB is a good match for 124 compared with SME. on my next trip to manila, i'll PM you and maybe you can help me fix the 50hz conversion, and the rb300 arm.
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Postby taruc » Thu Mar 17, 2005 11:17 am

TD166 MKII W/ Grado Cart. but haven't played yet, just got it from a discount store.
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Postby m_shoe_maker » Tue Mar 29, 2005 1:42 pm

I used to own a bone-stock TD166. :)


Prior to that, I used to own a Thorens TD165 loaded with a bunch of goodies such as a 8) Goldmund 8) Acrylic Platter Mat (mahal pa platter mat sa table :lol: ) + a 8) Magnepan 8) Unipivot Tonearm. :)

This table tasted old-school Grado cartridges (ZTE series ata), Audio Technica OC9, Denon DL103 (standard), old-school Sumiko Talisman. :)
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Postby taruc » Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:45 am

MSM,

Do you think i can put acrylic platter mat on my TD 166MKII? (kasing ganda rin kaya yan ng TD 165 mo? tingin ko kasi sa TD 165 with acrylic mat, poging-pogi ang dating)
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Postby m_shoe_maker » Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:43 pm

taruc wrote:MSM,

Do you think i can put acrylic platter mat on my TD 166MKII? (kasing ganda rin kaya yan ng TD 165 mo? tingin ko kasi sa TD 165 with acrylic mat, poging-pogi ang dating)


I'm not sure how different a TD 166 to a TD 166MKII is. :roll: But my TD 166 practically looks like my TD 165. :) My Goldmund Mat was a permanent stick-on thing. Parang may double adhesive tape under the entire mat. :roll: I was planning to remove the Goldmund Mat, and keep it as a souvenir (Goldmund ata yun :o ), but coudn't. :x It was stuck for good. :( Sayang, that's the first and last time I will have a Goldmund product. :cry:

My acrylic mat was relatively thick - about 3mm thick. :P Given this thickness, prospective Acrylic Mat users should see to it that their respective tonearms have VTA adjustments to compensate for the height. :wink: If not, you can place washers between the armboard and the tonearm. :wink:

IMHO, acrylic mats are not for everyone. :wink: In my experience, the typical "Old-School Thorens Sound" was lost when I placed this mat. :wink: This may be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on who you talk to. :D Some people buy an Old-School Thorens for collectibility purposes (cute magkaroon ng lumang turntable), some buy it coz of the "Thorens Sound". If you really like this "Thorens Sound", don't use an acrylic mat. IMHO :wink: IMHO :wink: IMHO :wink:

Para sa akin, the fact that one bought a Thorens, means something. :wink: If one wanted to have another type of sound, might as well purchase another brand. :wink:

Come to think of it, it would be a lot easier, not to mention cheaper if I just got another turntable brand, rather to put all those gizmos on my Thorens just to achieve the sound I wanted. :lol: So why did MSM do this exercise :?: Wala lang. :lol:

Verdict:

Audible Difference :?: Yes, relatively big change :o

Which was Better :?: With or without the platter :?: As always, this I leave to you.............


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Postby raffy » Wed Mar 30, 2005 3:32 pm

mint stock thorens td 126 mkIII which i got from noctilux. my first rig. will stay in my vintage set-up until i can find an even better 124
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Postby conspicuous » Fri Jul 08, 2005 1:56 pm

hmmm... i could have sworn i was already posted here :?: . anyway, i have:
td 166 mkII with stock arm
grado m1+ mm cart 1989 to 2004
presently using grado gold cart.

this has been with me since 1989 when i got it mint but i was 3rd owner (1st and 2nd owner wanted to focus on CDs). recently had ICs upgraded to XLOs c/o hypertriode. i still have original box and manual.

in the absence of strobe mat i clocked 100 revolutions in 181 secs. therefore it is still 99.4% speed accurate. not bad after 16 years. :)
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Postby pican » Fri Jul 08, 2005 2:18 pm

I'm still keeping, though not using at the moment, a TD160 Super with
SME3009R arm and Fidelity Research MC cartridge. Am waiting for the
Cambridge phono box to arrive so I can put the 160 to active use again.

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Postby afterglow » Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:38 pm

Thorens TD320MkII w/ stock TP90 arm.
Goldring 1012GX cartridge
XLO interconnects & upgraded power supply c/o hyper
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Postby conspicuous » Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:11 pm

so far it looks like there are 11 active members in the Thorens Inspired Turntable Society :D

there are several others who used to be TITS members :)

may our tribe increase! :D
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