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Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Posted: 24 Aug 2014 09:51
by Kei-86
Cheers. The main reason behind it's condition is a lack of use during the 80's through to 2011. (as my brother and I were growing up) I believe it did come with the Thorens dust bug when my dad bought it new in the mid 70's. I inherited it as he didn't get time to use it and it was also in need of some tlc. (Turned out the fault lay with his phono stage not the tt)

Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Posted: 29 Aug 2014 13:15
by ehtoo
My heavily modded Thorens TD160 which is presently in my vintage secondary system comprising a circa 1963 Fisher 500B and a pair of AR 2AX2's. Motor plate is damped with EAR Iso-damp. Inner platter was damped with automotive cork using silicone as an adhesive. The outer platter was left undamped but was polished out to a high shine (another polishing subsequent to this photo has brought out a mirror finish). The spindle itself was damped with a small circular cork piece sacrificing the aluminum adapter. New machined mounting plate from Vinyl Nirvana was added and an Origin Live Onyx tonearm installed. The custom plinth is 1 in. thick solid Padauk with the bottom plate 1/2 in. Baltic birch. I eliminated the rubber feet and added cones from turned Rosewood. I'm intending to switch out the tonearm with an Origin Live Endeavour which is currently on my Michel Gyrodec SE when I finally get my new Schroeder DPS.

The TT's performance is glorious.

Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Posted: 30 Aug 2014 03:52
by ehtoo
ehtoo wrote:... Origin Live Endeavour which is currently on my Michel Gyrodec SE!.
#-o Oiks! Should have said OL Encounter. I've been doing some research on the space shuttle of late and obviously have it on the brain.

Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Posted: 14 Sep 2014 20:41
by buddybopper
WHat do you use to polish the platter?

Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Posted: 14 Sep 2014 22:48
by ehtoo
buddybopper wrote:WHat do you use to polish the platter?
Started out with a polishing pad on my drill and polishing rosin for aluminum. That was not good enough so I then turned to Brasso and elbow grease. A lot better but, 4- 5 applications of "Colour of Metal" a very fine metal polish and of course elbow grease and I was there.
I've had this can of "Colour of Metal" for years and I'm not even sure if you can get it anymore. I hear Autosol is supposed to be very good and may very well be the same thing.

Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Posted: 17 Sep 2014 00:08
by rongon
I'm really happy with my new Wonder Toy:

https://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa1 ... bfbf7a.png

(sorry for the quick 'n dirty pic)

I bought this TD-124 back around 1990, played it for a while, then gave up on it due to excessive rumble. It's a good thing I held onto it. There were many times when I was thinking of selling it...

I just had it completely refurbed by Jim Campbell in Pennsylvania, who also made the birch plywood plinth and solid walnut arm board. The Audiocraft AC-3000 tonearm was something I had lying around. Jim did a great job.

It's a humble machine, but it's sounding better and better to me...

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Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Posted: 21 Sep 2014 20:31
by signe
Here is my Thorens TD 184. My father bought this beautiful turntable in the mid '60s as a young man. Recently he gave it to me, and also a finnish made radio Salora Riviera 59 that my grandmother bought in late '50s. The turntable is in excellent condition despite the fact that it was storaged in a garage almost four decades. They sound pretty good together :) These vintage items have retired from daily use, though they function perfectly.



http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz25 ... mage-1.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz25 ... /image.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz25 ... mage-2.jpg

Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Posted: 21 Sep 2014 22:58
by jkaivola
They look very nice together !

Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Posted: 22 Sep 2014 09:38
by operator71
Thorens TD 166 with Sumiko PeŠ°rl cartridge. NOS, original condition. Only replaced phono cable. Now set Neutrik cable for microphones with Canare connectors

Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Posted: 22 Sep 2014 17:38
by JDJX
just a couple of quick pics of my newly acquired (via E-bay) Thorens 165.

It's pristine all around except for a couple of minor issues with the dust cover.
It will eventually become my primary TT. :)

Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Posted: 22 Sep 2014 18:32
by cat9
signe wrote:Here is my Thorens TD 184. My father bought this beautiful turntable in the mid '60s as a young man. Recently he gave it to me, and also a finnish made radio Salora Riviera 59 that my grandmother bought in late '50s. The turntable is in excellent condition despite the fact that it was storaged in a garage almost four decades. They sound pretty good together :) These vintage items have retired from daily use, though they function perfectly.



http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz25 ... mage-1.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz25 ... /image.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz25 ... mage-2.jpg

Those are both beautiful pieces!! Nice ongoing memories for you of both your grandmother and your father.

Enjoy them!!

Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Posted: 22 Sep 2014 21:07
by JDJX
Yes, they are beautiful.
The radio reminds me of a vintage "Grundig". :)

Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Posted: 22 Sep 2014 22:24
by jkaivola
You must demonstrate them to me very soon ;)

Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Posted: 22 Sep 2014 22:42
by signe
jkaivola wrote:You must demonstrate them to me very soon ;)
Ofc, asap :D

Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Posted: 22 Sep 2014 23:11
by jkaivola
well, hmm, when we shall see pics of Your recently repaired Sony 5520 ? :P ;)