Terrific Thorens

Classic Thorens turntables are enjoying a renaissance. The idler drive TD124s slugging it out with Garrard 301 /401s for heavyweight audio glory. While the suspended TD150 & TD160 family and the newer TD316 to 320 family show real benefits from upgrading their standard tonearm to a modern tonearm like The Wand Tonerm.
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Ice Cool TD160 / Wand Tonearm
Bas form the Netherlands has created thsi very cool combo..... . . #wandtonearm #Thorenstd160
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Thorens TD125 & Wand Master Tonearm
Tim's mighty TD125 should sound amazing with Wand 10in Master Tonearm and Phasmation 300 cartridge. He originally had a similarly massive TD160 with Wand Plus Tonearm and has now gone all the way!
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Thorens TD160 with Wand tonearm
One seriously modded TD160! complete with Wand tonearm and Hana cartridge. (Peter G, Australia) Sounds wonderful apparently.
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Design Build Listen, home of The Wand Tonearm, Turntable and DIY Hi Fi
Thorens TD160 with Wand Tonearm (and Hana EL cartridge) mounted using the TD160 mounting kitset from Design Build Listen, this allows the existing lifter to be used.
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A Thorens TD160 but not as you know it! Fitted with The Wand tonearm and an exotic Phasmation PP-300 cartridge, owner Tim says it "sounds fantastic!"
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Proving that a Wand 10.3in can be fitted on nicely on a Thorens TD126, Ian from Wellington (NZ) said “Having used it for a couple of weeks, among the (many) things I like about The Wand is the hole in the arm above the cartridge so one can easily see where the stylus will land …... Obviously a lot of thought went into the design - how it would actually work in practice. The setup was dead easy thanks to your clear instructions and the template. Best arm I have used - and sounds great.”
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Design Build Listen, home of The Wand Tonearm, Turntable and DIY Hi Fi
-TD160 mod / Wand /Decca London Maroon; Walter said of the combo “Decca London cartridges are notoriously difficult for tonearms to handle. I found that my Wand, however, coped magnificently with the London Gold, allowing its musical energy to come through, without any hint of the chronic mistracking generally associated with this temperamental cartridge. This is the most dynamic and engaging arm-cartridge combination I have ever heard.”
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-A TD320 / Wand Tonearm / Grado Reference Platinum; It’s a great starting system for Michael, a student in Wellington NZ. He commented; “I have had ample opportunity to listen to it though, and it sounds absolutely wonderful.”
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-Thorens TD160 (mod) / Wand 12in / Zu Denon 103; Joel’s heavily modified TD160 is representative of a tradition amongst French audio enthusiasts using a separate heavy arm mounting pod and allowed him to mount The Wand 12in.
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-TD160 / Ortofon Cadenza Bronze; This Australian TD160 has been beautifully modified with a change to DC motor and carbon fibre armboard to match the look of the resident Wand Tonearm. Walter commented; "I’ve had the Wand running for a couple of days now and I’m very impressed; the Cadenza Bronze-Wand-Thorens is a quantum leap from the Troika-Ittok-LP12, better in all respects. And the bass in particular is huge."
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Design Build Listen, home of The Wand Tonearm, Turntable and DIY Hi Fi
-Thorens TD124 / Wand 12in / Orotfon 2M Black Thorens TD124s have deservedly become popular again with their ‘idler drive’ and solid Swiss construction giving a drive and dynamics lacking in many modern turntables. Geriant’s beautiful example has a special arm board that allows The Wand 12in arm to be fitted.
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Design Build Listen, home of The Wand Tonearm, Turntable and DIY Hi Fi
-TD318 / Denon DL103R; The Wand Tonearm is a very nice drop-in upgrade for Thorens TD316-320 family turntables. This allows them to get to modern sound quality levels. It is even possible to use the existing Thorens arm lifter. Local customer Richard helped create a dedicated set of Instructions (on our website).