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 Indian Bhandy wood, personally selected and transported from India. The tree is gently processed (with mild surface roughness in a few places) and painted with 4 layers of matte varnish. 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 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.
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 is upgraded with legendary “SME 3009 MK II Improved” tonearm. It’s known to suit the Thorens turntables perfectly. It was selected in an already good condition, then it was restored. The tonearm internal wires were upgraded to high-end Nagaoka TC-111 and tonearm is equipped with Nagaoka MP 150 phono 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 adulterated alcohol).
The main platter disc is polished in matte and painted with lacquer to prevent tarnishing.
The new acrylic dust cover is installed.
The suspended sub-chassis will be tuned for use both with and without a stabilizer. The fully-loaded sub-chassis (platter, slipmat, vinyl and stabilizer) must be parallel to the supporting chassis. The aluminium stabilizer from the pictures cost an additional 40 EUR, and the black stabilizer with stroboscope print and spirit level costs 50 EUR. You can also send me your stabilizer and I 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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