I am completely new to restoring old turntables and am open to any and all suggestions, especially those who have experience with this model. :)
As mentioned in other threads, I bought a Thorens TD 165 TT off of Ebay that is nearly complete, but in rough shape1 It looks like the plinth is either not original (unless some 165s DID have rear hinges in slots in the plinth) or at least, poorly re-finished where it was aged from being stored in an attic for an undetermined period of time. The seller said he found it in the attic of a foreclosed house he bought and claimed to know nothing about turntables, but that this one DOES turn at both speeds.
The items missing are as follows:
- Dust cover
- Second weight for anti skate bias
- Cap for gimbal
- Thorens badge on TP-60 headshell
First things first: I will need to evaluate its current mechanical state and any info on what I should look for will be very much appreciated.
Also, from digging through these forums I found that the main platter bearing is a sintered bearing? This immediately gets my interest and tells me that I need to pay really close attention to what oil I use in this application. Believe it or not, I used to work for a company where we used 3-in-1 oil for use in sintered bearings! My understanding of sintered bearings is that the oil used (that is soaked up by the material the bearing is made of) is intended to flow towards the heat. My concern is that there may be a best solution that both works well with sintered bearings and the way in which it was applied by Thorens. My thoughts are also that the wrong oil could have a damaging effect on this bearing, or bring up the noise floor in the S/N ratio.
I will upload better photos when I take them. In the mean-time here are the photos from the ebay listing: