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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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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: Yesterday at 09:58:19 PM »
^ Why 33.7? Shouldn't that speed box be reading 33.3?

Nice looking table BTW.
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Re: Thorens TD 150 Project #3 underway
« Reply #21 on: Today at 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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