Listening to an LP a few days ago on my tweaked THORENS TD150 and it dawned upon me that it was really made to reproduce, don't laugh members, music! It was early in a listening session, whilst an organist was playing on one track, that I noticed far more clearly and beautifully the change of musical keys and pitch from the instrument. Basically I am realising that different styles and genres sound through this little Thorens, quite simply, on key. The more I listen to music through this turntable the more I realise that it is truly a music making machine. It has now made me understand (after all these years) that this is what HI-FI should be all about, hearing MUSIC, and to have an idea of what musicians are really trying to express. All credit to the Shure M97xE I use as well for, of course, this is doing most of the hard work on the vinyl.
When a person had wrote some years ago that the Thorens TD150 was the most musical turntable he had ever heard, I did not understand what he meant: but now I do. You can have slamming bass, a wide soundstage, shimmering highs, and microscopic details, all well and good, but I now realise that when you simply hear music, notes being replayed with glorious shades and colour, there is something more touching and simpler that warms the soul, and brings a sense of gladness to the heart. Here I believe is where vinyl really has the edge over its digital counterpart.
A big thank you to all on this forum who have helped us here in this home to benefit from the Thorens music making experience.