Pictures of your Thorens

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Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Post by ehtoo » 28 Dec 2014 14:35

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Thorens TD150 MkI done with a Bubinga plinth and fitted with an SME 3009 SII Improved arm...
=D> The use of Bubinga has elevated the table significantly. Well done. I trust you have also noticed a sonic improvement using a solid hard wood plinth.

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Post by alternativeroute » 30 Dec 2014 13:19

ehtoo wrote:
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Thorens TD150 MkI done with a Bubinga plinth and fitted with an SME 3009 SII Improved arm...
=D> The use of Bubinga has elevated the table significantly. Well done. I trust you have also noticed a sonic improvement using a solid hard wood plinth.
I have done loads of TD150/TD16x plinths and I am not entirely certain that they make a difference sonically. What I do know is that the effort to make the plinth and then to service, fit and setup the donor table pays off handsomely. And it looks good :D

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Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Post by ehtoo » 30 Dec 2014 14:54

alternativeroute wrote:
ehtoo wrote:
alternativeroute wrote:
Thorens TD150 MkI done with a Bubinga plinth and fitted with an SME 3009 SII Improved arm...
=D> The use of Bubinga has elevated the table significantly. Well done. I trust you have also noticed a sonic improvement using a solid hard wood plinth.
I have done loads of TD150/TD16x plinths and I am not entirely certain that they make a difference sonically. What I do know is that the effort to make the plinth and then to service, fit and setup the donor table pays off handsomely. And it looks good :D
I found when I made a new plinth from Padauk, the added rigidity alone solidified the bass, imparted more drive and the table was much quieter. The wood itself might have warmed up the sonics which for some is a horrifying thought but to my ear it grounded the table and made it less fatiguing over long listening sessions. Both Padauk and Bubinga are used in musical instruments so I'm sure some of the qualities they bring to that realm are also imparted to the TT. Changing arms and carts can compensate for any colouration one finds unacceptable.

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Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Post by cat9 » 03 Jan 2015 17:08

alternativeroute wrote:https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos ... 0005_o.jpg
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Thorens TD150 MkI done with a Bubinga plinth and fitted with an SME 3009 SII Improved arm...

The grain and colour in that wood is stunning!!
Well done!

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Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Post by cat9 » 03 Jan 2015 17:09

plb112 wrote:
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A picture of my Thorens TD 226 with SME and Ortofon Cadenza Red

Welcome to VE!
....lovely and interesting table...never seen one like that before.

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Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Post by gator1234 » 05 Jan 2015 17:58

I have 2 decks that I have modified. One is a TD 166mkII. I built a new MDF plinth with a 3/4" thick birch plywood base plate, rewired the tonearm to RCA jacks, added a power cord connector, and lined the chassis and sub-chassis with cork. I then polished the platter and installed an AT 125LC.

Also a TD 160 Super that I modified with a new plinth as well. It came with the Infinity Black Widow tonearm. I did install a NOS Grace F9E I have had some time, just needed a deck worthy! Great tracking from this combination!
The plinth is an "outrigger" deign I made from solid oak, with mortise and tenon joinery. A friend made the Thorens logo plate and I inset this into the front. I wanted the turntable deck to be a bit lower than the plinth, so I had to rout an arc out of the plinth at the back and side to accommodate the bounce. I also polished the platter as well. If anyone is interested I could post some pictures of the build process for each of these.
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Post by alternativeroute » 15 Jan 2015 17:21

Squiffything wrote:Projects coming along nicely :)
=D> I like the oversized plinth thing... Looks great!!

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Post by Squiffything » 15 Jan 2015 19:01

Thanks AR it is oversized :) Still gotta bit of work to do and tweeks to make before its finished but I'm pleased with how it looks for now.

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Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Post by wbael » 19 Jan 2015 09:31

Here's my basic TD160, with TP11-tone arm and the headshell 'hacked' so I can install cartridges that mount from above:

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Doesn't it look great in my interior? ;-)
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Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Post by nezbleu » 30 Jan 2015 03:23

gator1234 wrote:I have 2 decks that I have modified. One is a TD 166mkII. I built a new MDF plinth with a 3/4" thick birch plywood base plate, rewired the tonearm to RCA jacks, added a power cord connector, and lined the chassis and sub-chassis with cork. I then polished the platter and installed an AT 125LC.

Also a TD 160 Super that I modified with a new plinth as well. It came with the Infinity Black Widow tonearm. I did install a NOS Grace F9E I have had some time, just needed a deck worthy! Great tracking from this combination!
Wow gator, those are beautiful! I especially like the Super/Black Widow/Grace combo, that must be awesome. The F9E really needs a low-mass arm, and the Black Widow was, to me, the ultimate expression of that 1970s low-mass tonearm. For that matter, I saw and heard some Supex moving coils in that arm and it worked better than one might expect.

My TD 160 is a Mk I but with mods that I hope get it close to Super performance-wise.

What did you use to polish the platter? I have heard of a few things to do that but haven't seen them in Halifax. (Yeah, fellow Haligonian here :) )

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Post by Try1256 » 08 Feb 2015 23:20

My TD-160. Just finished modding and restoring. Love it.
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Re: Pictures of your Thorens

Post by ehtoo » 09 Feb 2015 02:52

Try1256 wrote:My TD-160. Just finished modding and restoring. Love it.
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Very nice work. =D> I'm sure you're going to enjoy spinning on that table. What did you use for your plinth? Hard to tell from the pic. Looks like Cherry.

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