“Thorens after coming out with classics like the TD124, caused a strange thing to happen in 1965. Thorens introduced a cheaper (by far) table, with a simple belt drive, and called it the number: 150. By current standards the Thorens TD150 turntable is tiny; just big enough for a 12″ platter, and an arm that looks, well, small, simplistic, and decidedly un-German world. Examining the 150 is rewarding. Back in the 60s Thorens just didn’t have the know-how to make a bad bearing; cleaned and relubricated, to spin one of these heavy (3.4kg) two part platters is to be reminded of what Swiss engineering means. Tolerances were extreme – ‘good enough’ in German or SchweitzerDeutsch was just another way of saying “just you try to make it better”, and even after five decades of use the way the inner cast platter slowly slides into the spindle well commands respect. The motor, a relatively simple synchronous device has enough torque to get things up to speed surprisingly quickly, and that speed is utterly stable: it well should be, as the two-piece platter is seriously heavy with a lot of mass at the periphery.”
So what’s the fuss?
Simply this. In my opinion, after restoring three of these little vinyl spinners I would go as far as saying they deserve the award for the most underrated turntable of the last 50+ years.
The refurbished Thorens TD150 has a superb, clean and under-used motor, chassis & spring assembly and is one of the best condition Vintage Thorens that crossed my way. Re-plinthed with burned pine wood, the TD150 looks and perform its very best: sonically and aesthetically, truly a sight to behold and a pleasure to listen to.
Asking: RM1800 without cartridge or RM3000 with Ortofon Vivo Blue MC cartridge
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