Thorens 166 MKII w/ TP 11 III Tonearm

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toby-lerone
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Thorens 166 MKII w/ TP 11 III Tonearm

Post by toby-lerone » 09 Nov 2018 19:19

I recently acquired a Thorens 166 MKII, w/ TP 11 III / TP 63 wand, currently fitted w/ a Grado Black. It sounds good. But, not great in my opinion. (Not like one of my father's tables, which I nostalgically remember from my youth.)

I'm looking to replace the cart... wondering if I should upgrade the tonearm as well (which isn't exactly in the budget at the moment). So perhaps a cart to get me by with this arm.. later to be transferred to a new tonearm? The TP 11 III w/ a mass of 7.5 seems to be a concern from what I have read whilst perusing thru old posts... I'm still left scratching my head.

Contemplating Ortofon 2M blue, OM 20/30 (only because the seem to be orig to the table), perhaps Bluepoint #2, or Denon DL 110. (Some of these are out of my immediate price range, however willing to wait and/or maneuver budget if necessary.)

I'm not really certain which direction to go, as my knowledge base concerning turntables is not huge. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Cart? Tonearm? If anything I am thinking is foolish, or I'm heading in the wrong direction, please let me know.

Thanks in advance. Great forum here!

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Re: Thorens 166 MKII w/ TP 11 III Tonearm

Post by macshifi » 09 Nov 2018 21:06

Okay, first things first. I have a TD 165, directly below what you have. It has it's original TP 11 arm and as such is a low mass arm which should be used with a high compliance cartridge for best results, such as a higher level Shure or Stanton cartridge or perhaps a Grado. You might also consider replacing the arm with something having a higher mass to it, such as a Rega 300 or similar, although you could still use the original Thorens arm, by just adding a little more weight to the headshell and rechecking the tracking force of the arm before actually using it to play records with.

Mark

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Re: Thorens 166 MKII w/ TP 11 III Tonearm

Post by bernard1 » 09 Nov 2018 21:31

I'm always confused by the numerous versions of Thorens tonearms / headshells. Could you post a picture ?

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Re: Thorens 166 MKII w/ TP 11 III Tonearm

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