My entrance to Thorens Camp! Techical planning and more please chip in!
Hi I purchased nearly unused Thorens TD 160 made in 1974 and have a hefty line of questions, but prior there's story:
The chassis, platter, arm, motor all around looking very nice, but once I opened to inspect what needs done, problems appeared.
1. I had to clean and re-lube platter spindle bearing-- obvious. I used firearm oil few drops to lubricate.
2. It does not use original belt so switching to 45rpm can only be done by lifting belt than re-fitting back outer platter, because it does not use a belt of correct thickness(smaller than needed) and width size to be able to slide during motion off the speed switch lever. The diameter of belt is perfect, but it more seems to fit those black chassis newer crosley decks with thin and small motor spindle. I'd like to find out the EXACT original belt size. As I'm technically inclined, I'd like to order drive belt from mcmaster catalog that supplies ALL the drive belts in the world of any size and for any purpose(and where I've always been ordering and not only belts for all possible turntable services or repairs) -- so not necessarily will be looking for original belt for $40+shipping from Jerry Raskin. I also noted that there are aluminium pulleys not only plastic. Will I benefit if I find one?
3. WIRES. One channel is out... wiggling RCA plug brings it back so I decide to replace wires and only find in my 'bank' Technics 1200 wires that I possess in quantities. Since there's no patience to hear what it can do, I mounted them in instead of just splicing and repairing original RCA plugs with similar attached. The Technics wires I normally use for my DJ rentals 1200 decks so definitely I plan to change and seek for following best or better options vs. original to consider:
a) build RCA female plugs into the chassis and use conventional interconnects or outboard turntable interconnects -- have vintage bonded AR ones with bonded ground wire with spades from 80's with silver plated 22awg copper strands or can make one with thinner gauge. Please recommend descent not pricey interconnects of fine gauge. Will still be thinking of getting probably bulk 26AWG Mogami microphone cable already designed to connect to the conventional RCA plugs.
b) when I pulled out the original wires, they didn't seem bad to me at all which are only 33 awg. I was thinking first to re-terminate to the after-market RCA plugs, but want to make sure the RCA plugs have proper solder terminals. I can also make a sleeve accurate enough to be perfect tube shape so my connectors aren't easily breakable with glue gun. I don't think that my aesthetic factor will be higher than conventional commercial manufacturers, but certainly will be very near.
c) ground wire. This turntable is self-grounded. Will I benefit from separating the ground onto the phono preamp chassis?
d) so far on my search the product I can consider to be ready to use is AudioQuest WildCat
4. Finally Chassis and feet. The original chassis looks like new and shiny, however I heard that there are better chassis for this deck. Need to know benefits. Feet of course are joke and would most-probably look for something descent or strip the feed and land it on vibrapods.
In advance appreciate everyone taking time to go through the post and enjoy the rest of weekend.