The Thorens Gallery
This is a photo gallery of Thorens turntables in use from around the world.
Indexed by model number, starting with the TD124 in 1957.
An open invitation:
If you have a Thorens turntable that is either; a) not already featured here, or b) is of exceptional condition, or c) is collectible no matter what condition please see this image upload faq link for submissions into the Thorens Gallery.
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In chronological order:
TD111, 121, 124,134,184,135 & 224: the idler drive models.
Pat OMalley's TD111 (USA)
Dave Archambault's TD111 (USA)
Joachim Bung's TD121 (Ger)
Robert Chamber's TD121 (USA)
Tom Bagshaw's TD124 (USA)
Beatlebum's TD124 (USA)
Tonni's TD124 (Denmark)
Carlo's TD124 (Germany)
user510's TD124 (USA)
Gary Dahl's TD124 (USA)
Tony Devitt's TD124 (NZ)
Dan Donovan's TD124 (USA)
Eugenio's TD124 (Italy)
Ferruccio's TD124 (Switzerland)
Jerry Giesting's TD124 (USA)
Guido's TD124 (Belgium)
Klaus Hassler's TD124 (Germany)
Neil Hollow (Ireland)
Ed Johnson's TD124 (USA)
Tom Jung's TD124 (Switzerland)
Monoment Vintage Turntables (Germany)
Pigdog's TD124 MK1 with Clearaudio TQ1 2000 tonearm
M_Zimon's TD124 (Israel)
John Hamm's TD124 MKII (USA)
John Kritikos's TD124 (Canada)
Tum's TD124 (Thailand)
Burt von Boltons' TD124 Mk II (Sweden)
Chris Bingham's TD124 MKII (Northern Ireland)
Peter Flemings TD124 MKII (Australia)
ken mccarty's TD124 mkII (USA)
Wolfgang Loos' TD124 mkII (Germany)
Paul Woodger's TD124 mkII ( Scotland )
Pitak's TD124 MkII (Thailand)
M_Prendergast's TD124 (USA)
Abe Revilla's TD124 mkII (USA)
Serge's collection of Thorens tables (Switzerland)
Allan Songer's TD124 (USA)
Shinji T's TD124 mkII (Japan)
Manfred Weibel's TD124 mkII (Austria)
Gert_Sorensen's TD126-III and TD124-II (Denmark)
Jean Veys TD124 Mk II (Belgium)
TD 134 - TD184 -TD135
Samy Kheloufi's Thorens TD135 (France)
Paul Woodger's TD135 (Scotland)
FGuerin's TD 135 mk1 (France)
Peters TDW224 (USA) A unique and very cool record changer that goes to extremes in order to maintain correct vta.
gadget-guys TD224 (USA)
Thorens Prototype machines:
A Reel to Reel tape recorder from the time of TD124 development:
TD150 MK 1 and MK 2 The first belt drive model Thorens
Bill Agee's TD150 AB (USA)
Sture Andreasson's TD150 A (mk 1) (Sweden)
Silvio Anfossi's TD150 (Italy)
Jon Bridgman's TD150 (USA)
Keith Burrow's TD150A upgraded by Inspire Hi-Fi ( UK )
Cham's TD150 with mods (Singapore)
Peter F....... Thorens TD150 mkII (Australia)
Klaus Hassler's "slate TD150" (Germany)
Per Karlsson's TD150 (Sweden)
John Koning's TD150 (NL)
Steve Oxley's TD150 (UK)
Dave Roberts' TD150 MK II (United Kingdom)
Par's TD150 (Sweden)
B_Price's TD150 Mk II (USA)
Monty Sexton's TD150 (USA)
Shinji T's TD150 modified (Japan)
TD125 mk 1 & mk 2: The 2nd Thorens belt drive. A higher priced model above the TD150 with electronic pitch control
Terry Alford's TD125 (USA)
JH's TD125 (Canada)
2Channelman's TD125 (Canada)
D_Ashton's TD125 mkII (Australia)
Beatlebum's TD125 (USA)
Steve Oxley's TD125 (UK)
Xico's TD125 (Brazil)
Marco Sandrin's "custom" TD125 (Italy)
Bushman's collection of Thorens tables (South Africa) All are very custom.
Gian Luca Marchetti, TD125 MK I with Rabco linear tracking tonearm. (Italy)
Percy Mistrys' TD125 (USA)
Klaus Hassler's TD125 in slate (Germany)
Alex Pointl's TD125 with custom plinth (Holland)
Silvio Anfossi's TD125 (Italy)
RJShyu's TD125 (Taiwan)
Robert Mudge's TD125 MKII (Canada)
Jorge Madeira's custom TD125 MKII (Portugal)
MC_Chia's TD125 mk2 (Malaysia)
Rene_F..TD125 Mk II (Germany)
Gordy's TD125 MKII (USA)
David I Ramsey TD125 MKII with SME 309 (USA)
HHSCOTTFAN's TD125 MKII (USA)
Jeff Starr's TD125 MK II (USA)
Volker's TD125 MKII (Germany)
Bill Way's TD125 mkII (USA) with custom plinth by Jim Campbell
TD125 LB: the LB designation means "long base" . This model was designed to include the longer 12 inch tonearms. This long base model is capable of playing back 16 inch diameter transcription disks...which makes it a true transcription turntable.
RonWill's TD125-LB (Singapore) This is a restoration article.
Holger's collection (Germany) An impressive collection of many different Thorens tables including TD124 models and the pictured TD125 LB Mk II.
Artur Santos' TD125-LB (Portugal)
Richard Weast's TD125-LB (USA)
Russian-made turntables that resemble the Thorens TD125
various 45 adapters found on different models of Thorens
These are from TD150/TD160 models. The far right adapter in both photos is from a TD150 mkII. Note the strobe ring to check 45 rpm speed.
Thorens in the movies:
The Thorens TD160 and its less expensive little brother, the TD165.
Successor to the TD150
The TP16 (mk1 tonearm) was standard equipment on the TD160C, TD125 mkII and the TD145 click link to see detail photos of a dissected TP16.
Terry Alford's TD160 in a custom plinth (USA)
Ron Hesse's TD160(Netherlands)
Carbonman's old TD160 MKII (Canada)
Antonio_Diaz's TD160B (Spain)
TD 160 White edition (NL)
Mark Feldshers' TD160 (Israel)
Peter F...... Thorens TD160 B (Australia)
Rolf_Kelch modify's his old TD160 MKII (Germany)
Werner Ogier's TD160 (Belgium)
Guy_Pallister's TD165 (USA)
Guy St. Pierre's "very" custom TD160 (Canada)
Shaun Smith's TD160 (United Kingdom) with custom stainless steel surround.
user510's TD160 (USA)
Jeff Vitale's TD160 (USA)
Simon_Wilson's TD160 (UK)
Chris Foden's TD160 (UK)
A 'Virtual' TD160 (USA)
OK, so what is different and what is the same between the TD160 and its little brother, the TD165..? Details, mainly. The 3-spring suspended layout is the same. The floating chassis forms a rigid platform for both the platter bearing and tonearm on both of these tables. Indeed, it is the same stamped plate. The cabinetry is identical and much of the tonearm is the same, but there are also differences. The platter bearing for the TD165 houses a 7mm spindle rather than the 10mm spindle shaft of its larger sibling. The inner driven platter for the TD165 is die cast resin (aka plastic) rather than the cast zinc metal of its brother. The tonearms differ in the anti-skate devices used. The TD165 used what was known as the TP11 tonearm. Essentially the same gimbal pivot design as the TP16, used by the TD160, but with a weight-on-a-string design to counteract the skating forces that all pivoting tonearms must deal with. The TP16 of the TD160 used, by comparison a pair of opposing magnets, one fixed, the other adjustable for position in location about a metal ring. Adjust the one magnet closer to the ring and anti-skating bias was increased. Who is to say which of the two arms was actually better..? However the TP16 was sold as the superior unit.
Which is actually the better sounding table..? In truth they are close but with slight variations in overall tonal signature.
The Thorens TD160 Super
Analogfan's TD160 Super (USA)
Luca_D's TD160 Super (Canada)
Brian Kearn's TD160 Super (Ireland)
Patrick_Ng, TD160Super (Singapore)
Artur Santos, TD160 Super (Portugal)
What about the 'Super' designation....why is it so super..? Here's a little story.
The story begins with a UK Thorens distributor called Metrosound, and later to be known as Cambrasound. Metrosound was the kind of company that listened to its customers comments. When they began hearing numerous comments from TD160 owners who claimed to have modified and indeed improved the sound of their samples, Metrosound decided to investigate on their own. They set service manager Charles Trayhorn on a mission of producing a modified TD160 in an effort to persuade the manufacturer, Thorens, to produce such a version.
What Trayhorn built used a different mat, used no foam damping in the springs, and the undersides of the motorboard and sub-chassis were damped with bituminous felt. The plastic TD160 armboard was replaced with a high density version and left blank to incorporate many different tonearms apart from the standard Thorens TP16. The standard cabinetry surround was replaced with a larger, more solid one and the plastic dustcover hinges were replaced with metal ones and the top trim facia received a slightly different paint scheme. This is essentially what Thorens themselves built, dubbing it the TD160 Super. The factory TD160 Supers were all based on the TD160 mkII model.
Typically, the TD160 Super came without tonearm so that the customer could choose his/her favorite arm and allow the dealer to drill the armboard to fit. Metrosound/Cambrasound was just such a company that could do this. The TD160 Super sold in limited quantities and always cost significantly more than its standard TD160 MkII brother. Even without a tonearm.
Dirk van der Sloot's TD160S Mk V (Holland)
The TD160S, like the Mk IV and MkV versions are actually successors to the TD147 which came equipped with the TP16 mk IV and TP90 tonearms respectively. The Mk V is from 1988 to approximately1991. These models, like the TD145, 146 and 147 featured auto-lift and shut-off operations. Like the TD147 they feature a more solid cabinet. The TD160S should not be confused with the earlier and more specialized TD160 Super.
The Thorens TD145, the design of the TD160 but with the added complexity of auto-stop with arm-lift.
Rolf Eriksson's TD145 MkII (Sweden)
Ivan's TD145 (Croatia)
TD145 anon (Canada) inside the box photos show the mechanisms.
Allan Spivak's TD145 MK II with Mission arm (Canada)
TD166: Successor to the TD165
Gerwyn Bowen's TD166 mkV (Wales, UK)
Tito Dasgupta's TD166 mkII (India)
Galacticka's TD166 mkII (France)
Euvrard, Jerome's TD166 MK II (France)
Stefan_Ludke's TD166 with custom plinth (Germany)
Phil_M's TD166 MK VI (UK) This unit (mk VI) was sold by Thorens up into the late 1990s.
Napoleon's custom TD166 (Canada)
Frank Veldkamp's TD166 with custom surround (Australia)
Gary McGee's TD166 mk II (USA)
Martin Krauhs' TD166 mkV (Austria)
TD146: semi-auto version of TD166
Juergen Gammer's TD146 (Germany)
Adrian Schmidtke's TD146 (Germany)
Dirk van der Sloot's TD146 mkVI (Holland)
TD147: Successor to the TD145
Robert Veenema (Netherlands)
TD147 Jubilee JH (Canada)
TD104,TD105, TD110, TD115 (circa 1978) (a plastic TD125..?......evolved)
Jason Kelly's TD105 mkII (USA)
Philippe Kindt's Thorens TD104 (Belgium)
TD126 MK 1, 2, 3 and 4. Successor to the TD125
Reynaldo Mendez's TD126 MK III (Venezuela)
Carbonman's TD126 MKIII (Canada)
Eric Landry's TD126 II (Canada)
Yaxkin Restrepo's TD126 Mk II (Mexico)
TD127: a TD126 with a long base plinth to mount a 12 inch tonearm.
Tom C's TD127 (China)
TD226: a special TD126 that accomodates two (2) tonearms.
Richard Cheong's TD226 (Hong Kong)
Rolf_Kelch's TD226 incorporates autolift function to SME tonearms (Germany) Very custom.
TD110 and TD115
The Thorens Reference: The factory turns their designers loose to build a 'cost no object' best sounding turntable.
Jürgen Loos' Thorens Reference (Switzerland)
Pham Thanh Cuong (Viet Nam)
Thorens Reference (unknown)
Thorens Reference (SN#34)
Found in a NY garage. Now resurrected and ready.
Thorens Prestige: After making the limited edition Reference, Thorens offers this flagship model
Dani Triode's Thorens Prestige (spain)
Pham Thanh Cuong's Prestige (Vietnam)
Thorens Prestige restoration project (Germany)
This forlorn Prestige test mule is found abandoned deep within an old German Turntable factory. Watch it transform into full glory.
The TD321, 320, 318, 316 and Phantasie
Tom Jung's TD-320 (modified by Rolf Kelch Electronics) (Switzerland)
Jan de Groot's TD316 with mods (The Netherlands)
Carl's TD320 (NL)
Soren's TD320 Limited (Denmark)
Bill_Hayes TD321 (USA)
Paul Johnstone's TD320 (Australia)
Rolf_Kelch's Thorens collection (Germany)
Brian Kearn's TD321 (Ireland)
Colin Royle's 'four' TD321 / SME players (United Kingdom)
Heikki's TD316 mkII (Finland)
HP's Thorens Phantasie (Australia)
Note about the Phantasie: It was a special model TD320 constructed in solid clear cast acrylic instead of the usual medium density fiberboard. (MDF) These were issued to Thorens dealers worldwide as a marketing device to gather attention to the brand. These models could be ordered from the factory by customers but the price was not low.
TD520 / 521
Circa 1985 - 2001
Thomas Appel's TD520 (Germany)
Christoph Hegemeier's TD520 (Germany)
With its wider plinth to accommodate 12 inch tonearms, the TD520 carries on in the tradition of the TD125 LB (Long Base), and the TD127.....only in an updated design more akin to the TD3xx and TD2001 models
R A Webber's TD521 S Acrylic (Canada)
Ferruccio's restored Thorens TD524 (Switzerland)
This model circa 1988/89
From the booklet; Fascination of a Living Legend:
"In the same year the Thorens team created the "concrete" which had a mixture of granite and concrete die-cast to a heavy base. This left behind all nasty resonances and provided a solid foundation for the suspended chassis (taken from the TD320) and the massive glass platter (3kg) with felt mat. All other structural parts were made of high density aluminum, except for the tonearm base which was made of MDF that could also be pre-drilled for taking almost any 9" tonearm"
TD2001, TD3001/ Ambiance.
Mario Mueller's TD2001BC (Germany
Lise Steen's TD280 MKII (Denmark)
ramossp' s TD290 (USA)
Above: Thorens PR15 Mono integrated amplifier (valve) currently undergoing restoration
Thanks to Paul Woodger for sending in these photos.
Various non hi-fi Thorens turntable models dating from the turn of the 20th century and its acoustic wind-up gramophones to the portables and compacts made throughout the first half of the 20th century.
Camera Box Portables
Grammophones (acoustic models)
Electronic pick-up models
above: circa 1943 / 44.
Cabinetry: in shape of a book that is bound in hardwood. Exact model of this unit trim is unknown.
editors note: I welcome any additional information the reader may want to share.
above: type: 831X , (South Africa)
above.... Thorens type: CB33 Alan Ehrlich (Switzerland)
* info source: "Thorens, The fascination of a living legend" indicates that this tonearm / pickup will also use sapphire stylii.
Above....Thorens Symphony CD50 changer (circa 1943 / 1954) Two motors......Capable of tracking above and below as displayed in the two photos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgsloOKK-EY Link to youtube video of another CD50 in action.
Thanks again to Alan Ehrlich (Switzerland) for sending in these photos of his CD50/
CBA-83N (mid 1950's gear drive model)
Rene's Thorens Model No. 244 (Holland)
Thorens Musico (Germany)
Note: all photos supplied by owners....