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Old 2nd February 2016, 02:15 AM   #1
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Question Doing a Restoration of Thorens TD 165

Purchased an old TD 165 from Used Victoria dot com in fairly good shape but with issues as per the story and videos linked below:

Vintage Thorens TD-165 Turntable for Restoration | Audiokarma Home Audio Stereo Discussion Forums

Really looking for a place (other than Sound Hounds please - read post #54 in AK Thread above) to take my TT and get it tuned and setup correctly once I receive all the bits I ordered in the mail. I believe the suspension and motor alignment is all out of wack and I have club like hands. Any recommendations for a TT Tuner dude in Victoria, BC?

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Old 2nd February 2016, 12:03 PM   #2
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The knocking sound coming from the motor is not unusual. The good news is it likely isn't audible through the speakers. It is due to wear in the bearings inside the motor. If you Google a bit you will see kits available on-line which basically add a small thrust bearing on the bottom of the motor, and which are supposed to fix this condition. I don't think your spindle is bent.

Can't help with services in your area I'm afraid (wrong side of the country).
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Old 5th February 2016, 03:42 AM   #3
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Received Shure M97XE cartridge today and hooked it up. Night and day difference to the Stanton 4DQ I have to say. Taken with my BB phone so don't expect from the vid clip for sound:
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Old 8th February 2016, 02:47 AM   #4
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I also got a M97xe in my Thorens 165... using a Barewald alignment
I'm running it with the brush down at 1.77 grams.

That's it in my avatar.

It sounds great with absolutely no IGD.
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