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Thorens TD165 - and parts
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Old 10th February 2006, 11:04 PM   #1
robjsewell is offline robjsewell  United Kingdom
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Default Thorens TD165 - and parts

I have a TD165 with a cracked lid (hinge corner, no surprises there), a looseish belt and no anti-skate counterweight.

Can anyone help me find a belt and a/s weight please? Also, I have no idea how good a turntable this is, apart from the fact that it bears the venerable Thorens name. Is it worth restoring to it's former glory? All works fine otherwise and it's in nice condition.

I'm assuming the stylus is none too special, so what would be an ideal cartrige for this deck?

Many thanks in anticipation, Rob
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Old 13th February 2006, 01:42 PM   #2
stewartwen is offline stewartwen  United Kingdom
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The Thorens TD 165 is almost identiucal to the TD 160. It uses the same belts which are avaliable from Thorens direct. If you have any difficulty get in touch with Mark Baker of Origin Live he may be able to supply a new belt for you.
I have a couple of thorens turntables and always clean the belt in a bath of methelated spirit. Remember not to leave the belt immersed for longer than ten minutes! This may solve your problem.
Another point to be borne in mind is that the drive surfaces should be as clean as possible! You could always take a look at the anologue dept website.This is a site run by thorens enthusiasts and is full of usefull information.
Good luck
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Old 13th February 2006, 03:48 PM   #3
sreten is offline sreten  United Kingdom
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maplin do a range of 5mm flat belts :

YW58N Drive Belt 121mm 95 in Stock £2.99
FJ19V Drive Belt 189mm 1 in Stock £2.99
FJ20W Drive Belt 195mm 166 in Stock £2.99
FJ23A Drive Belt 210mm 107 in Stock £2.99

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Old 16th February 2006, 02:20 PM   #4
wmeyer57 is offline wmeyer57  Germany
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Default Thorens TD 165

Hi Rob,

a good place to go for getting information about Thorens decks is: www.thorens-info.de . Sorry, but it's a german website.

A former Thorens employee, Rolf Kelch, bought all Thorens spare parts (and is willing to sell them ), you can reach him under:
[URL=http://www.rolf-kelch.de[/URL] .


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Old 16th February 2006, 03:42 PM   #5
dnsey is offline dnsey  United Kingdom
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This eBay seller does Thorens belts:


I can't vouch for him or his products personally, but he has good feedback.
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Old 16th February 2006, 04:36 PM   #6
sreten is offline sreten  United Kingdom
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In in English.........

which arm do you have fitted ?
the lightweight (7.5g effective mass)
or the older heavier version (16.5g effective mass).

what sort of budget are you considering for a cartridge ?

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Old 19th February 2006, 08:18 PM   #7
ingvar ahlberg is offline ingvar ahlberg  Sweden
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Well the belt issue seems taken care of, so the cartridge then, as always i would suggest a Grado, the Black for instance wich is cheap and makes many multi$ esoterica look (sound) ridicoulus.
Also take time to set sunspension correct, have a look at:
http://www.vinylengine.com/ the Thorens pages are good and You will find all manuals etc that You need.
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