The Thorens Dept.
Detailed Info pages for various models of Thorens turntables:
Thorens Data Pages:
Thorens production data various models and dates of production.
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
TD124 Dept (click on link to go there)
Thorens Spare Part Numbers The official factory list from just before the bankruptcy.
Thorens user manuals and factory service manuals. Online, Downloadable and Free. Power to the people.
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
Tweaking your Thorens:
Tweaking a TD160, an interpretation of the Chadwick Mods...
Bushman's TD166 "Ambiance" taking it well beyond the next level.
Detail pictures inside the box:
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 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.
Tonearm Cartridge Alignment FAQ an illustrated definition of terms
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.
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.
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.
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