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Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« on: October 04, 2017, 04:41:53 PM »
Okay, I'm sure that I maybe boring some with my continued postings of turntables or cartridges that I've modded out and, in turn, selling. But here goes a new Thorens TD 150 project. This one is going to be special in its own way. It will, of course have the full damping treatment, polished platter, heavy duty aluminum speed dial, carbon fiber arm board and carbon fiber top plate cover. However, it will also have the following upgrades:

1) Custom Maple plinth that is stained grey, (which really pops with the carbon fiber)
2) Cork/rubber platter mat
3) New Thakker belt
4) Music Hall Cruise Control (in silver, which looks great with the color scheme)
5) Audiomods polished tonearm with micro meter (Hands down a killer tonearm!!!!!)
6) Three point spiked footers with carbon fiber pads
7) Audioquest Power Cable

The tonearm should be to me in about a week and the build complete. As a tease, here a a few pics.

BTW, the dust cover will be forth coming.

This table should be something special with the Audiomods arm. The last two I sold went for $1750-2300. This one with the Audiomods arm will go for slightly more but should be well worth it for someone. I have a Benz ACE, that I had SoundSmith perform their magic and I potted in a wood body. This combo should sound great. The table will not be sold with cartridge, as it would be more than most would want to drop in one purchase. Plus, I love the cartridge. It is not as good as my Ruby 3 but better than the Glider and MO.09 I owned.

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2017, 09:17:34 AM »
I'm just waiting for the tone arm to arrive. I fabricated the footers yesterday. They are a combination of brass, stainless steel and carbon fiber. Here are a couple more money shots, sans tonearm and dust cover. I also added a shot of the very special Benz ACE that has been modded out with a wooden body and sapphire cantilever. This combination is going to be sonic nirvana!

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2017, 09:41:26 AM »
I really love you tables but I would love to see what you would build using a budget under $1,000. Maybe max out something that is still cheaply available like an old Garrard or something. Keep up the good work and if I find a spare 2.5 - 3k lying around, consider this sold.

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2017, 11:10:17 AM »
Here is the AR ES1 or "The Table" I did and sold to a member here....with cartridge for around $1250.00 or so.

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2017, 11:31:22 AM »
Very nice. Are you still looking for an Empire to hotrod?

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2017, 11:43:21 AM »
Maybe.....but I have to finish and move this current project.

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2017, 10:07:14 PM »
Tonearm should be here any day now. Waiting, waiting waiting!

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2017, 07:02:51 PM »
Rats! It's not here yet. Anticipation..........is making me wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2017, 06:39:37 PM »
Rats! It's not here yet. Anticipation..........is making me wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ray i mentioned your refurb projects to a buddy of mine. If you have a project about to finish or have a table you want to move let me know and ill see about getting you guys together

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2017, 08:51:28 PM »
Let him know that this one is almost done. The arm should be here soon. I'll pm you when it is here.

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2017, 11:27:26 AM »
Arm is on the table. Hopefully over the next few days I can finish set up. Here are a few shots with the arm.
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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2017, 12:20:59 PM »
That arm is really nice. Surprisingly affordable too.

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2017, 01:13:01 PM »
At around $1,200-1,400 new it is a great deal. When available used it is a steal, The problem is that they don't come up used very often. I'm glad I got this one from a dealer who got it in on trade! You can go 2 years without one coming up on the used market!

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2017, 11:05:03 PM »
Hijacking this thread ... but anyone else have the latest War on Drugs album?

Mine is full of noise, skips, pops. Pretty disappointed, and it is Atlantic.

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2017, 11:14:41 PM »
also, raymonda, I love seeing your posts. Wish I snagged that last table you sold.

 

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