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Title: Thorens TD166MkII revisited
Post by: raymonda on November 17, 2014, 10:02:56 AM
Just added a few more tweaks. Replaced the stainless steel spikes for a more solid set of brass, steel and carbon fiber. I also added a peripheral rim weight. It is the lighter TTW 480 gram version made for suspended tables. Both changes have elevated the table to the next level. I'm hoping to add a carbon fiber top plate with in the next year, which should be about the last tweak I can add to the table. To date, this project is the best sound I've been able to obtain from a table. I'm very satisfied with the continued results from improvements I've made and feel that, as she stands, this table gives most hi end tables a run for their money.

It is a  example and great way for someone to build on a marginal investment. Start out with a small budget of $250 and build from there. When your done you will have a fantastic table for a very modest price, indeed. I think I have around $1 300, or so, not including the cartridge.

Changes from stock include the following:

1) Plinth and dust cover $250
2) Arm $225
3) Record Clamp $50
4) Peripheral Rim Clamp $145
5) New Spiked feet $50
6) Music Hall Speed control $300
7) Record Mat $110
8) Mitchell Counter Weight $80
9) New Belt $17
10) Damping kit for underside chassis $60

I bought the table in excellent condition for $250.

1) Sold the old arm for $75
2) Sold the old Plinth and dust cover for $100
 
Title: Re: Thorens TD166MkII revisited
Post by: Moke on November 18, 2014, 06:22:40 PM
what make of tachometer is that?
Title: Re: Thorens TD166MkII revisited
Post by: boltman on November 18, 2014, 08:13:41 PM
Nice job!  That's a really attractive 'table!
Title: Re: Thorens TD166MkII revisited
Post by: raymonda on November 18, 2014, 08:29:28 PM
Music hall
Title: Re: Thorens TD166MkII revisited
Post by: Moke on November 18, 2014, 10:26:54 PM
So, is it a controller? Or just a tachometer?
Title: Re: Thorens TD166MkII revisited
Post by: raymonda on November 18, 2014, 11:49:30 PM
It controls voltage regulation for synchronous ac motors and thus adjust speed. Although it reads 33.5, with my motor and supplied voltage, it is actually running at the correct speed of 33.3. It allows for speed adjustments of .1. Now I have pitch correct playback.
Title: Re: Thorens TD166MkII revisited
Post by: Moke on November 19, 2014, 08:08:36 PM
OK, thanks.
I've seen the development of a controller for larger capacity motors, the likes of the earlier broadcast decks with washing machine size motors. 
The controller was developed for Lencos, but can be used for just about any deck. It has had good results with the Garrard 301/401 crowd as well.
I'd read where a couple of people tried to use the VPI controller, with the older idlers, but burned it up.