Nice write-up. I had a TD318 back in the day. While a step up from my 70s Technics, I can't say I liked it that much. A bit too dark and muddy for my taste.
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I think the 318 is slightly different, but that being said, it would probably have benefited from the same upgrades. I have heard some old thorens in the past sound sort of muddy, but this one doesnt sound like that at all. I would say quite the opposite in fact. Dynamic, wide sound stage, really brings the lp to life. Could be the system as well. Non the less, I am happy with the way it turned out, and hope to enjoy it for many years.
I would also like to add, one of the reasons for my post. The TD 320 I think is underrated and underappreciated. They are fairly inexpensive compaired to some modern tables. And with a few tweeks can give a modern table, in a much higher price range a run for its money. It also retains the old school look, without sacrificing sound quality.