Bob TIBBITTS' Thorens TD160 BC mkII
Above: TD160BC mkII equipped with Mission 774 LC tonearm and a AudioTechnica AT30E MC cartridge.
Bob's comments re: TD160 BC mkII:
" Hi, I have had this from new since the late 70's. 'Tried several tonearms, including SME and Gale (?). 'Settled for the Mission. Audio Technica AT30E moving coil which is stepped up with a NAD phono pre-amp. Taken the bottom off and is placed on Audio Technica isolation feet. I have never tuned it but have placed some blu-tac on the plate inside! Replaced the belt, and to me it sounds good. Original (dust) cover too. It has a plastic inner platter. I think that is odd and a catch so that it won't pull off completely. I use a felt turntable mat."
Bob TIBBITTS (UK)
Bob's comments re: the AT 605 isolation feet beneath the TD160 BC mkII
"The bottom of the AT feet has a circular area that is covered with little rubber sucker dimples and that is contains a decoupling ‘rubber’ device that when rotated, either way, lowers or raises the top element that sits under the deck. This is covered with some form of felt. Occasionally the feet need to be jiggled about a bit to re-shape them (over a long period they tend to give a little). "
...regarding the Mission tonearm….
"The 774LC is a well constructed tonearm that meets a real market need, providing the right product at the right price level. It gave a good all round performance, while to a large degree, its acceptance and use on a number of decks confirms our judgement here - £69 HiFi Choice 1984"