I am pleased to say I just received a TD -160B with SME 3009 Series II (improved) tone arm and a Shure M97Xe cartridge (less than 30 hours on the cartridge).
I won it on ebay. It appears to be well packed and looks like a clean unit that can operat out of the box. I have been studying everything I can on the Thorens websites and in the various manuals.
After I loosened the transport screws I was amazed by the spring suspension. I never owned a belt drive or anything like this before. I don't want to touch the spring system for awhile but before I play this unit I want to clean it , re-lube the spindle bushing, clean the drive pully, replace the belt, and set up the arm properly.
My problem is I cannot remove the small inner platter. I lift it up maybe 1/2 inch and then it hits a stop. Upon inspection there are two metal posts (with prongs) under the platter that are preventing removal. The prongs catch on a plastic plate that appears to be connected to or stuck to the spindle shaft. This arrangement does not look like a "normal" TD 160. The pictures I have seen indicate that the inner platter lifts straight out of the bushing and oil well.
Anyone know what is happening here?
Yes the motor turns, the belt appears to be loose and in ned of replacement. It might be rubbing on the chasis or the speed selector guide. The platter turns quietly at 33 rpm setting.
I am lost?
Thanks for your help.