Faraday Blue, if you aren't pulling my leg, I have to tell you the bad news that the 166 is not one of Thorens' finest, and not worth a high-end tonearm, or to put it more accurately, an expensive tonearm. Thorens models which could be considered of great quality include the TD160, TD125, TD124 'tables. The TD166 has a plastic inner platter, a no-no. If you want to keep it and upgrade it, then go no further than an RB250 (which would still outclass the 'table, however), as this cost would be minimal. For the price of a higher SME you could buy a whole new high-end 'table, and then put an RB250/300 on it, and have change left over. Suggestions for good 'tables abound on this website, but beware and trust your ears: never buy sound unheard.
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