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 Beech wood. The tree is gently processed, toned and oiled with special furniture oil. The bottom of the plinth, made of 24 mm plywood, additionally damps parasitic resonances and vibrations without losing the natural harmonic richness of an analogue instrument. The whole structure is carried by 3 height adjustable spike foots with locknuts for better stability. These spikes enable to isolate the equipment from external vibrations in the environment.
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.
The rubber drive belt was meticulously cleaned using only hot water and soap avoiding the use of any solvent which would have altered the elasticity of the rubber.
The player has an original Thorens TP11 MKII tonearm which is in very good condition. It’s also possible to upgrade the player with other higher level tonearm, like SME 3009, Jelco or other. The player is equipped with Audio Technica AT440MLa phono cartridge. It’s also possible to change it and install other higher quality cartridge. We would recommend something like Nagaoka 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 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 adulterated alcohol).
The main platter disc is polished in matte and painted with lacquer to prevent tarnishing.
The original acrylic cover can be also installed for additional €30. It’s not installed yet because you may prefer not to use it (for design reasons). We didn’t want to install hinges on the back of the plinth before we know you need them, so this depends on your preference. The acrylic cover is not in very good condition.
The new acrylic dust cover on hinges can be installed for additional €170.
The suspended sub-chassis will be tuned for use both with or without a stabilizer. The fully-loaded sub-chassis (platter, slipmat, vinyl and stabilizer) must be parallel to the supporting chassis. The stabilizer from the pictures cost an additional €50. You can also tell us your stabilizer weight and we will tune the sub-chassis for free.
The complete package includes digital scales (to adjust the cartridge tracking force), spirit level (to adjust the turntable level) and instructions for player and tonearm adjustment and tuning.
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 14 days of arrival for a full refund, minus shipping charges. After 14 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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