Thanks. Maybe I came across wrong in my retort. I didn't take your comments as doubt over mine. Replacement belts have been a problem all vintage Thorens owners have faced since at least the mid 1980's when stocks of the NOS belts were depleted. I've found virtually all replacement belts far too short - a problem Mssr Joel has pointed out himself - causing excessive strain on the motor pully shaft. I had partly solved that problem by using a rubber renew (not the best thing believe or not) and gradually stretching the belt which in itself can be problematic. I've actually used a Joel belt for a while which have been good and functional.sec4aa wrote:Ethoo,
Your review is fine and very welcome...only the second independent review, excluding the ones from OL site. The Linn forum review was referring to someone with a belt with a "possible" defect. It would be perfect to have an alternative to the Thorens logo belts out there. As far as I know the new Thorens logo belts are not even like the real original Thorens belt made in the 70's.
I hadn't previously thought of an OL belt until the question was posted on this thread. It prompted a cursory look at the review in the Brit audio press. Price point marginally more expensive than a Thakker or Joel etc. so what the heck, why not. What I wasn't expecting was the change in sound - that's all I wanted to point out. I no longer consider it a straight replacement, rather an upgrade. (by the way, I do not hold any financial interest in the business or friendship with any of OL employees).
The Linn site was sceptical of an improved grip, questioned the pattern on the belt or mentioned cost plus etc. which were all superficial reasons for dismissing the product and found lacking IMHO as they did not indicate the OL belts were actually used prior to their criticisms. I really hate uninformed opinions on the web as you can see.
I don't know why the OL belt works. I have no content in my information bag. I can't verify that the "grip" is better etc. etc. It just works for my Thorens. I believe the HiFi World review used a Linn and reported excellent results. I don't know if the replacement belt will offer the same results for other TT's. It will be interesting to hear other members experiences for other TT's.
FYI. The added bonus is they state the belt can last 3-4 yrs depending on use. Most conventional belts are good for 1 1/2 to 2 years before slippage occurs.