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Detailed Info pages for various models of Thorens turntables:

TD124 Dept

tdw224_1.jpg (56459 bytes) TD224 Changer.... Yes Thorens did make a record changer.  Like a robot, See the movie..!

Thorens TD 125/126 Dept.  

Thorens TD150 Dept   

Thorens TD 160 Dept.  

 

Thorens Data Pages:

Thorens production data various models and dates of production.

Thorens Tonearm vital dimensions, various models

Thorens history   

A corporate history of the company is found within the archives at the old production facility in Lahr.  This and other documents become the basis for a new page here at The Analog Dept.

Above image: a Thorens Rumpelmesskoppler (rumble measuring coupler)

 

For lots of gallery photos of the various Thorens models   The Thorens Gallery

Thorens Spare Part Numbers The official factory list from just before the bankruptcy.

TD2001_1dwg.jpg (164285 bytes)Thorens factory product technical drawings

FrontCover.jpg (59745 bytes) Thorens user manuals and factory service manuals. Online, Downloadable and Free.  Power to the people.

TD226bro_1.jpg (150272 bytes)  Vintage Thorens product brochures

 

 

Q-up_1.jpg (83221 bytes) Q-up_2.jpg (102874 bytes) Package from a Thorens Q-UP.... Now quite rare.  

This was an inexpensive add-on to provide an automatic arm-lift at end of play for manual players.

 Restoring a Thorens Reference mk1 By Rolf Kelch

 Restoring a Thorens Prestige By Rolf Kelch

Thorens Tuners:

Ready.jpg (33237 bytes)Thorens made more than just turntables.  Here is a tuner they made in the mid sixties.

Tweaking your Thorens:

RK13.jpg (82677 bytes) Tweaking the TD125 -126 ala Rolf Kelch

Tweaking a TD150 with the R7 mods

RK160II_004.jpg (41841 bytes)Tweaking a TD160 ala Rolf Kelch

Tweaking a TD160, an interpretation of the Chadwick Mods... 

Rewiring a TP16mkII with silver wire.

Bushman's TD166 "Ambiance" taking it well beyond the next level.

tp60tp13_1.JPG (17992 bytes) Here's a NO-NO 

Detail pictures inside the box:

top_v_no_platter.jpg (92619 bytes) TD124

TD125 MK I, Description

TD-145 MK I,  an inside-the-box photo of an "automated TD160", the TD145.

Looking inside the TD150 MK II. Photos contributed by Dave Roberts with a link to a more detailed description of the TD150 that Dave refurbished.

TD-160 MK I in detail with interior photos

TD-160 MK II in detail with interior photos

DSC_5576.jpg (217955 bytes) Various Detail Photos of a TP16 MK I

TD-166 BC in detail with interior photos

166sbpltrweb.jpg (60042 bytes) TD Platter Bearings Some photo documentation of the many variations to be found.

Thorens TD160 head shell kit as used on the MK I TP16 arm equipped with TP60 plug-in magnesium headshell.  The clear plastic jig is provided to set  mounting distance of the stylus in combination with the plastic shim pads shown (and thus VTA), Azimuth, and Overhang.  The overhang setting will be 14mm with this jig.  

 

Maintenance and upkeep pages:

Setting Up My First TD160  Some tips for those beginning the journey. 

2pt_1.GIF (90061 bytes) Tonearm Cartridge Alignment FAQ an illustrated definition of terms

TD160section_1 copy.jpg (57055 bytes) Suspension Tuning  by Tim Bailey

  Suspension Tuning by Steve Clarke

 

  Finding a proper replacement belt some notes and guidelines

 

TP16 MK I Tonearm maintenance and adjustment to the cueing mechanism. Installing RCA interconnect jacks.  Lot's of photos.

motor_1web.jpg (42987 bytes)TD160 drive pulleys  looking at the disassembled parts.

   Thorens Photo Gallery. Various photos sent in from Thorens owners around the globe. From the everyday models to the rare and highly prized.  The entire spectrum.

 

Vintage magazine articles and test reports:

Three Reviews from Hi-Fi Choice circa 1989.  A TD320 Mk II, TD160S Mk II and a TD166 MkII.

Thorens review articles from British audio mag. "Hi-Fi Answers". 

The Thorens TP14 is NOT an EMT929.  See link below for the full story. Link

Thorens Articles and books:

http://www.stefanopasini.it/images/Thor1215.pdf an informative Thorens history article by Stefano Pasini. (highly recommended)

Now Available (click on link for more info)

"Swiss Precision, The Story of the Thorens TD 124 and Other Classic Turntables" 2nd ed.  English language.

Thorens Links:

http://www.vintagethorens.com  A source for parts to restore your vintage Thorens turntable.  

http://www.analogue-classics.com/ English language site with info on TD124, TD150 and SME 3009 tonearms

http://www.stefanopasini.it/Audio_index_Thorens.htm  a great site with a picture history of Thorens tables.

http://www.soundfountain.com/amb/td124page.html an informative and very useful page for the TD124.  There is also some information on other Thorens models which the site author rates in terms of 2nd hand value and quality.

http://www.audioasylum.com/audio/vinyl/bbs.html  a great place to hang out and learn about vinyl.

http://www.pinkfishmedia.net/forum/ A forum site with references to various Thorens models