Origin Live Belt for TD 160

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Origin Live Belt for TD 160

Post by dr. chemical » 19 Jan 2020 23:00

Hi All,
Recently I posted with regards to a noise coming from my TD 145 MK1. After many posts, I had come to find out that my Origin Live belt, which is wider than the Thorens belt, was ever so slightly rubbing against the metal hook that lifts or lowers the belt, in order to change speeds. What I did to remedy this issue; I bent the hook top piece upward slightly and then, removed a small strip of felt that was adhered on the top plate, just underneath the belt changing piece. Now, I have just barely enough clearance to play at 33 1/3 however, at 45 rpm (when the hook piece lifts up) the bottom side of the OL belt is ever so slightly touching the bottom part of that metal hook piece.
The only antidote may be to just play at 33 1/3 rpm and that's no big deal but I'd be surprised if I'm the only Thorens TD 145 or 160 to experience this. And, does anyone else have that small piece of felt underneath their metal belt changing piece? If so, your thoughts on removing it or thoughts regarding this OL belt predicament in general.
Thanks!

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Re: Origin Live Belt for TD 160

Post by ddarch » 19 Jan 2020 23:58

Only antidote??? How about a genuine Thorens belt?

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Re: Origin Live Belt for TD 160

Post by dr. chemical » 20 Jan 2020 00:22

ddarch, I do have a Thorens belt but I prefer the OL. So I should have said , 'the only antidote aside from using another belt.' Nevertheless, the issue stated in my post only applies to the Origin Live belt.

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Re: Origin Live Belt for TD 160

Post by tlscapital » 20 Jan 2020 01:25

Like this ?
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No never seen that before looking out for it on the net.

To damp the "chunck" noise while changing speed is just nothing I bother about.

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Re: Origin Live Belt for TD 160

Post by dr. chemical » 20 Jan 2020 01:40

ts, yes, that piece of felt in your photo is what I removed. And, I can't tell if your OL belt is slightly rubbing against the bottom part of your metal belt changer but from the photo, it does look close.

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Re: Origin Live Belt for TD 160

Post by Analogd » 20 Jan 2020 03:10

ddarch wrote:
19 Jan 2020 23:58
Only antidote??? How about a genuine Thorens belt?
Agree completely.
The Origin Live belt is clearly too wide resulting in rubbing on the speed change mechanism.
The genuine belt is the one to use unless you and Origin Live know better than Thorens :D

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Re: Origin Live Belt for TD 160

Post by Trius » 20 Jan 2020 15:45

I’m genuinely curious as to why you prefer the Origin Live belt.

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Re: Origin Live Belt for TD 160

Post by dr. chemical » 20 Jan 2020 21:25

Analogogd, I'm not claiming to no more than anybody. I'm not a zealot, this post is for me personally.

Trius, to my ears the overall sound with the OL belt is more stable and more precise. The instrumentation in large ensembles are better placed. It's really hard to describe exactly but when I got the OL belt and compared it to the Thorens belt, I sensed the OL belt was slightly more revealing. But of course to each his own.

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Re: Origin Live Belt for TD 160

Post by Trius » 18 Feb 2020 18:29

Thanks for the response, and I am sorry for not seeing this and not replying sooner. I think I’ll try the OL belt!

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