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    Default Custom Thorens TD150 Sole

    Here's some pics of a TD150 Sole I custom built for a guy in California. Robert is very happy with the outcome and has promised to write a review of his very special TD150. He's a member of the Vinyl engine forum and goes by the name rkay5 I very much guess his review will be published on the VE real soon.

    Achieving the correct the press fit tolerances was this issue with this upgrade, but it all shrunk in beautifully by freezing the bearing and heating the ally adaptor.


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    Nice John, instead of making it a one off you should offer this 'to order' theres a lot of Thorens out there.

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    ohh yes and ther problem has always been that thin subchassis!!
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    Thamks guysI


    I'm awaiting Robert's review and will guage the response to it (if any) before maiking a decision.

    John R.

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    Hi All,
    I working on posting my review of the Sole TD150 at VE maybe in about 2 weeks. I'm very happy with the Sole .Robert

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    thats great news!!

    also you could sell the bearing adaptor plate as a seperate unit....this would make useing the bearing on DIY much easyer
    any idea the retail price of the adaptor on its own?

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    Quote Originally Posted by j7 View Post
    thats great news!!

    also you could sell the bearing adaptor plate as a seperate unit....this would make useing the bearing on DIY much easyer
    any idea the retail price of the adaptor on its own?

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    Yes J7 it is nice news, Robert has helped me develop the Sole for the TD 150 and I'm chuffed he's very happy with the result.. I know there's plenty of TD150's out there, but the Sole still represents a significant cost in an upgrade path for 150 owners.

    Comercially selling the bearing adaptor separately depends very much on demand as with most things. One or two off is just not viable, I'd need orders of 20 plus to make them a goer at reasonable cost.


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    its a dam good bearing!!...it just needs to be liberated and diy guys will love it
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    Quote Originally Posted by j7 View Post
    its a dam good bearing!!...it just needs to be liberated and diy guys will love it
    Dead right J7! The Thorens bearing a is bloody nice bearing. Perhaps I'll have more interest in the Thorens upgrade options when rkay5 posts his review? I've not discounted the bearing adaptor on its own but I'll need more interest.


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    yip im sure it will help raise awareness of the products
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    I like a bit of Dover Sole, yummy.


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    TD 160 next please

    Some mk2's have wobbly bearings (as do 125mk2's) and it would be great if a precision re-bushing could be made available (or a new bearing perhaps?) in due course..
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSJR View Post
    TD 160 next please

    Some mk2's have wobbly bearings (as do 125mk2's) and it would be great if a precision re-bushing could be made available (or a new bearing perhaps?) in due course..

    Hello Dave.
    I expect the wobbly bearing issue is due to the fit between bearing housing and sub-chassis? If so I may have an answer without recourse to a complete sub-chassis. I'll have a serious look into this possibility, but may need some help /further info.

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    I've always liked the Thorens over the Linn, was just a couple of let downs , the bearing is great The Sub not, the top plate was a serious let down with the thin Aluminium laminate...The motor situation was a pain aswell.Only thing is soet all these out & it aint a TD150 no more but at the end of the day who cares about badges!

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    Well it's very much up to the individual. Take the LP12 as an example, the early incarnation and the latest version - presentation and components are a world apart. In this case it's still a Linn because Linn manufacture it. Alternaively, there are Linn - Naim enthusiasts for whom an ARO on an LP12 is simply subliminal, or J7's PU7 etc. THre anre manyhere who have fitted a PU7 and simply love it on their LP12

    So surely there nothing wong with an enthusiast wishing to keep his or her turntable going for many years with non OEM parts (maybe even improvong a little along the way). Variety is the spice of life after all.

    You are correct, the Thorens bearing is very good indeed. other components making up the whole less so.

    John R.

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    yea...with your better sub chassis must bring a td150 to a new level
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    Hi,
    I just posted a review of my TD150mkII with Sole Sub-Chassis over at the Vinyl Engine thorens forum
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    Cheers for the link J. Paragraphs would have been good Rob. Good write-up.

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    Thanks
    Writing is not one of my strong points. I'm great fixing or modifying turntable or making a pair of speakers but writing I suck.
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