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Thorens TD 146 with SME 3009 tonearm

The classic Thorens 146 turntable with legendary SME 3009 tonearm and Nagaoka MP 150 phono cartridge.

This turntable is sold, but you can order the same. The only difference is that the wooden pattern could be a little bit different. We can also make an upgrade according to your wishes.
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The Thorens TD 146 is the classic model from the 1970s. It is a precision instrument which, with reasonable care, will deliver optimum reproduction quality and protect your records for years to come.
 
The player’s plinth is made from Bhandy wood. The tree is gently processed and painted with 4 layers of matte varnish. The bottom of the plinth, made of plywood, additionally damps parasitic resonances and vibrations without losing the natural harmonic richness of an analogue instrument. The whole structure is carried by height adjustable spike foots with locknuts for better stability. These spikes enable to isolate the equipment from external vibrations in the environment.
 
The top aluminium surface is painted in royal black lacquer. The Thorens logo and other prints are no longer visible, giving it a more exclusive appearance.

Restoration

The metal chassis and sub-chassis were damped with special acoustic material. This removes the specific metallic tinkle and also adjusts tonal balance to give a natural sound.


 
The platter bearing was cleaned of all the old oil and grease, and then oiled again with high quality oil especially recommended for this player’s bearing. The result of the bearing restoration is a more stable and smooth rotation and less mechanical noise.
 
Full list of restorations that was made

Upgrades

The player is upgraded with legendary SME 3009 tonearm. It’s known to suit the Thorens turntables perfectly. It was selected in an already good condition, then it was restored and the bearing was cleaned. The tonearm internal wires were upgraded to high-end Nagaoka TC-111.


 
The tonearm is equipped with Nagaoka MP 150 phono cartridge. It’s also possible to change it and install any other higher quality cartridge. We would recommend something like Nagaoka MP 110 (around 150 €) or MP 150 (around 300 €), Ortofon Blue (around 180 €) or Bronze (around 300 €), Audio Technica At 150 MLX (around 350 €). Installation and tuning is free of charge, and you can also just send us your cartridge.
 
The new armboard is a sandwich of plywood and resonant damped German “Panzerholz” wood known for its rigidity and vibration damping properties.
 
The old cables were replaced with new audiophile high quality cables and gold plated RCA plugs. All of the soldering was done using audiophile silver solder WBT-0820 and flux X-M3 (no traces of alcohol).
 
The new acrylic dust cover on hinges can be installed for additional 180 €.
 
The suspended sub-chassis will be tuned for use both with or without a stabilizer. The fully-loaded sub-chassis (platter, mat, vinyl and stabilizer) must be parallel to the supporting chassis. The stabilizer from the pictures cost an additional 60 €. You can also tell us your stabilizer weight and we will tune the sub-chassis for free.
 
The main platter disc edge is polished in matte and painted with lacquer to prevent tarnishing.
 
The complete package includes instructions for record player and tonearm adjustment and tuning.

Details

The shipping is not included. We will pack the turntable very carefully and securely, as if it were a crystal vase.

You may return the turntable within 7 days of arrival for a full refund, minus shipping charges. After 7 days and within one year, if a player has any problems, we can repair it for free or just for the cost of replaced parts, if replacement will be necessary.

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Tonearm

SME 3009 MK II Improved

Cartridge

Nagaoka MP 150

Weight

9 kg

Dimensions

44 x 35 x 20 cm

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