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Old 13th June 2008, 11:25 AM   #1
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I have the same old model , I start to think a return to analogue source , worth to try (I need prephono and pickup)????


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Old 13th June 2008, 11:30 AM   #2
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worth to try

Depends on your expectations. The 166 is kinda ok but certainly not amazing. The arm is horrible. It was worth having if you were a teenager in the eighties, but today?
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Old 13th June 2008, 12:15 PM   #3
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HI analog_sa

not at my home now...this tone arm is interchangeable ?

I forgot the analogic sound and I want to test the ground and yes I have 42 year ... I need if not the best ,the good


I have unused good diy tube pre-300b any decent-simply diy phono stage?

denon dl 103r for start ? (stanton in place?)


PS this thorens made me music lover
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Old 13th June 2008, 02:54 PM   #4
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You can change it but it's not so easy. The armboard is very small. I have had a very similar TD160 with SME3009 and another with a Helios and both worked well.

Don't think the Thorens arm is a good match for the 103 - it's too resonant.
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Don't think the Thorens arm is a good match for the 103 - it's too resonant.
Thanks !

suggestion 100-130 ?

Ok standard Thorens for start , tube or Pass for phono stage
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Any suggestion for MM 150 max ?
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Cartridge, possibly one of the Grados like the Grado Red which should be a reasonable choice, and inexpensive or step up to the Silver. Also consider a Shelter 201..

I had a TD-166MKII which I used a Grado 8MR (predecessor to the Gold) on for a short period of time as I started restoring my TD-125... Seemed to work well enough.

Use as is, and upgrade to a TD-125 MKII or similar when funds permit.
It's an ok TT, but not worth investing a lot of money in.
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my idea would be to buy a good cartridge ,can be used in future on a good TT


grado gold 127 only 30 fron red ....
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my idea would be to buy a good cartridge ,can be used in future on a good TT


grado gold 127 only 30 fron red ....
I had the 8MR which is a predecessor to the Gold. Currently I am using a Grado Reference Platinum on an SME 3009 Series II arm on my TD-125..
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