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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2017, 12:21:25 AM »
The VPI or the Thorens? The VPI was a really great sounding table and really turnkey! If it was theThorens, well, that was also a beauty. The Origin Live motor, coupled with everything I did to it made it a really special table.

That being said, this current table is also something special. I just finished mounting the Audiomods arm and Benz cartridge and it is playing nicely, indeed. Over the next few weeks I will be tweaking the set up but right now it is playing like a charm. The dust cover should be in within 2 weeks and then I'll be putting it up for sale. Until then I'll be enjoying getting it perfect and ready for its new owner.
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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2017, 10:02:47 AM »
Inching its way towards perfection. I've decided to upgrade the power supply caps to maximize speed stability. Although it is already good, this should rest any minds and put them at ease considering these caps are 45 years old.

Last night I tweak and adjusted the table further and this morning I'm driving it with my Thorens stabilizer and TTW rim weight. Coupled with the Benz, pictured above, this table is crushing, Clashes, "London Calling". BTW, the reissue of this album is worth the price.

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2017, 02:08:06 PM »
Here is the tables progress to date. I have a dust cover on order and a nice clamp. I will also be upgrading all the power supply components and installing an ebony body on the modded Benz ACE. What are your thoughts on the mat carbon fiber? Should it stay or should it be glossy?


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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2017, 11:01:09 AM »
I'm still tweaking this table but it is coming along nicely. The dust cover is being fab'ed and should be in soon. I'm upgrading the power supply and have a nice ebony body that will replace the current wooden one on the totally hot rodded Benz Micro cartridge. This table is playing like a charm and really digs deep into the grooves and extracting every detail. I'm hoping to keep this as my second table but that might be difficult. When finished the price will be around $2,300 without cartridge and around $3,200 with the cartridge. This may be the last TD 150 I'll undertake as the prices for a stock TD 150 have climb to silly prices. Even a beater 150's are going for far more than they should. Needless to say, the one's I create are on a extreme level, design to perform and out perform tables costing 2 to 3 times as much. If you are a lover of vinyl and looking for your "end of days" table that is visually striking, this might be your table.

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2017, 01:40:59 PM »
New shots. Note chassis damping and carbon fiber spacer and finger lift.

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2017, 09:58:19 PM »
^ Why 33.7? Shouldn't that speed box be reading 33.3?

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2017, 12:55:58 AM »
Great question. The MHCC does not measure RPM's, so the read out is actually missleading. They most likely set the reading to a set voltage, thus 33.3 is their established voltage/RPM standard. It really should read in output voltage to be more accurate. 33.7 is just the setting which gets the actual rpm' set at 33.3. I use both a strobe and an RPM app to ensure the speed is spot on.

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #22 on: November 29, 2017, 01:20:34 PM »
The table is getting there! Just waiting on the power supply from Europe to arrive. The Glider has been fitted with an ebony body and sounds fantastic. Listening to several albums last night and everything sounded great. Top notch table for sure. Using this arm along with the Benz cartridge has proven to be a match made in heaven.

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2017, 03:32:16 PM »
ray i sent some pics to my buddy to see if he is still interested in a table. I gave him the ballpark of the $3200 you mentioned up thread. Ill let you know what he says
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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2017, 07:56:24 PM »
Thanks. Let him know that it comes complete with cartridge.....tell him 3000........just table 2300. However, it is a bit on hold due to what you read earlier. I have some friends that want to go that route and I love to make it happen for them. There is room on the bus for him if he wants to get on board.
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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #25 on: November 30, 2017, 12:14:11 AM »
I'm transferring Steely Dan, "Aja" and can make that available for folks to hear what this table and cartridge can do. PM your email and I'll Hightail you a needle drop.

I'm really happy with the sound.

BTW, the power supply will be to me tomorrow. By Saturday it will be installed and the table will then be complete.

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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #26 on: December 09, 2017, 09:51:19 PM »
The new power supply has been installed. No sound difference but at least the capacitor and resistor is good for another 30 years. It is also much better made than the stock one. I've been enjoying the table. I retransferred Aja last night to reflect the final upgrade and will get it out this week.

I'm completely happy with the outcome and plan on keeping the table, or at least, not actively selling it. I will probably make a second arm board, ala sandwich carbon, balsa. Until then, I'm going to enjoy the heck out of it. It sure look great to my eyes, too. Which encourages me to keep this as long as I can.

Again, I have some needle drops I can get out for those with inquiring ears. Just drop me your email address.

 

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