Analog Classifieds

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Thorens Dept.

Garrard Gallery

Thorens Gallery

Systems Gallery

Lenco Gallery


Articles and Reviews

Alignment FAQ

Interesting Vinyl

R2R Tape Gallery

Plinth Builder's Gallery

Idler Drive

Cartridge Gallery


What's Under Your Turntable

DIY Dept

Reading List



Misc. Photo



Welcome to: The Analog Dept. 

The Analog Dept. (TAD)

The focus at this website is to provide useful information freely to audiophiles interested in the hardware that plays the vinyl Lp.

Littering the web since 2002

FYI: This site does not use tracking cookies

What's New For December:

Review: Woodsong Audio Upper Platter Adapter for the Thorens Td124 (LINK)


above image from the Thorens Factory Drawings page

To view more here's a  Link


Every TD124 needs a dustcover........

.....and We have 'em -- with a  price reduction.  LINK


How to navigate this site:

Left column; click on link to reach the category/department indicated.

To return to previous location; 3 possible ways, 1) look for the "back to...." link at top or bottom of page you're in. 2) use left column to choose category/dept. to go to. 3) use back button on your internet browser.

 This site is organized by departments which, hopefully, are self explanatory by their link names. The home page (you are there now) functions as a site map and as a portal from which to delve further into the content within this website. Just below, the site map begins and you are now at The Analog Department.  Welcome.

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TAD Table of Contents



Thorens User Manuals / Service Manuals Dept:   

Turntable manuals and tonearm manuals in pdf and html format.  

(Mostly Thorens content, some SME, one Otari R2R set of manuals) Copy free to your hard drive.

 2pt_1.GIF (90061 bytes)            Alignment FAQ            

(answers to frequently asked questions)

A visual reference and definition of commonly used terms in tonearm alignment including 

vtf, vta, azimuth, effective length, overhang, pivot to spindle, etc.

a tutorial for setting vta and SRA

A page explaining cartridge and arm matching, effective mass vs compliance, etc.

How to calculate/estimate an arm/cart match-up prior to buying the cartridge 

Setting overhang with a 2 point protractor.  


  Thorens Dept  

An extensive collection of Thorens information

Thorens production data  

Thorens Tonearm vital dimensions, various models

Thorens Spare Part Numbers  

Thorens history

Thorens factory product technical drawings

Thorens user manuals a large assortment of Thorens owners and service manuals available for online viewing and download.

Vintage Thorens product brochures


TD124 Dept

Thorens TD 125/126 Dept.  

Thorens TD150 Dept   

Thorens TD 160 Dept.

Thorens Reference MK 1 taking a look at the most ambitious turntable the factory developed.

Restoring a Thorens Reference mk1 Rolf Kelch restores a Thorens Reference Mk II

Thorens Detail pictures:  Taking a close look inside the box.


TD125 MK I, Description

TD-145 MK I,  an inside-the-box photo of an "automated TD160", the TD145.

Looking inside the TD150 MK II. Photos contributed by Dave Roberts with a link to a more detailed description of the TD150 that Dave refurbished.

TD-160 MK I in detail with interior photos

TD-160 MK II in detail with interior photos

Various Detail Photos of a TP16 MK I

TD-166 BC in detail with interior photos

TD Platter Bearings.  Some photo documentation of the many variations to be found.

Thorens Maintenance pages:

Suspension Tuning  by Tim Bailey

More suspension tuning notes.....with lots of pictures....and movies.

TP16 MK I Tonearm maintenance and adjustment to the cueing mechanism. Installing RCA interconnect jacks.  Lot's of photos.

TD160 drive pulleys Taking one apart. It's a clutch pulley.

Setting Up My First TD160  Some tips for those beginning the journey.    


Finding a proper replacement belt Testing replacement belts from various belt vendors.  

Vintage magazine articles and test reports scanned magazine reviews on various Thorens turntables.

Thorens Photo Gallery: readers send in photos of their Thorens. A lot of readers.

Tweaking your Thorens:

Tweaking the TD125 -126 ala Rolf Kelch

Tweaking a TD150 Mk II.  

Tweaking a TD160 ala Rolf Kelch advanced techniques.

Tweaking a TD160, simple, easy-to-do mods to get better sound.

Rewiring a TP16mkII with silver wire.

Bushman's TD166 "Ambiance" taking it well beyond the next level.

Turntable photo galleries.  All photos sent in by their owners.

The Thorens Gallery:  

Garrard Gallery  models: 301 and 401 

Lenco Gallery   photos of all Lenco turntable models sent in by their owners.

SP10 Gallery     The SP10 Gallery includes the Technics turntable models; SP10, SP10 mkII, SP10 mkIIa, SP10 mkIII, and the upcoming SP10R


Readers send in photos of their listening room and sound systems.  The one main requirement is that the system must play vinyl. Some of these systems are very expensive, others are ingenious in their DIY build qualities. Others represent years of evolution.  And they are all works in progress.

Plinth builder's Gallery: A photo gallery of custom bases and surrounds for high-end record players. Both commercial and ameteur (diy) examples are included. All photos are sent in by their authors.

What's Under Your Turntable?  a photo gallery of TT support systems 

The Idler Drives (under construction)

DIY Dept.

This page is for those crafty folks who want to build some of their own bits and pieces.

DIY Record Players

Create your own turntable...! 

Turntable Concept Drawings 

Skeleton TD150/TD160 Based on Thorens parts.

Constrained layer plinth and sub-chassis for a Thorens TD150.

A simpler, non-suspended approach using TD160 or TD150 parts

DIY Platter Mats: make your own platter mats  here are some ideas.

Armboards: fitting an SME 3009 Improved tonearm to a TD160 is not simple.

Tweaks page.  Improving a TD160 simple mods that make dramatic improvements

Tweaking a TD160 ala Rolf Kelch: Advanced techniques.

 Shelves, platforms and plinths by Bushman: Advanced techniques.

 Shelves and platforms  by user510: some simple frame building, and some not so simple,  to support your turntable.

Interesting Vinyl

Many, many photos of Lps I've encountered and some that I have lusted for.

Free LP database Software for that vast LP collection you're hoarding.  Link here, it's free..

Decoding UK EMI Parlophones 

plus other interesting labels and finds.

 Teres (now history)

A high end turntable from Teres Audio

A history of maintenance and tweaks

Articles and Component Reviews:

articles, component reviews, and projects 
system development, 
philosophical approaches to enjoying audio, 
turntable restoration projects
turntable enhancement projects
commentaries on the audio hobby

a few examples:  

Garrardzilla (A Garrard 301 with more muscle, lots more muscle)

Review: The Sonic Research Sonus Blue induced magnet phono cartridge

Retro:  looking back at the Infinity Black Widow tonearm...when it is partnered with its classic match-up; the ADC-XLM mkII.

Boston Audio Mat 2: review  (for the SP10mkII)

Checking out the Minus-K isolation platform

Hagerman Trumpet phono stage

Project #79209  A TD150 restored and transformed 

Project #13943 A TD124 starts off with a bare metal chassis and then proceeds to build with some non-traditional components and thinking.  

The SP10 project page  now history, it documents my experience with a good example of the SP10 mk2. 
Review: Boston Audio Design Mat 1 J. Noble ---
Diy'ing A Time Machine, J. Noble


SME Dept.

Detail photos of SME 3009 and 3012 tonearms assembled and disassembled. 

Restoring an Audio Classic by Brian Kearns

For SME owners manuals refer to the manuals page.

Analog Links Page

Analog Classifieds 

Otherwise known as The 'Stuff for Sale' Dept.

Web Log commentary, opinions, ideas and perspective, navel gazing and misc. ramblings.

Misc Photo: photos, not necessarily in line with the subject matter of the rest of the site.  Here I exercise my interests in photography..



I buy used Thorens, AR, Garrard and Technics SP10 Record players

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