Thorens turntables are some of the best vintage turntables in the world. Their series of classic belt drives were regarded as mid to upper end in their day. They are also the producers of one of the best idler drives in the world, the TD-124. Thorens turntables continue to be produced, and continue to be well regarded.
History of Thorens Turntables
Thorens began in Switzerland in 1883 as a family company. After a brief period of manufacturing music boxes, they produced their first phonograph in 1903. To provide supplementary income, Thorens also produced lighters and harmonicas.
Interestingly, in 1929 Thorens produced the first ever direct drive motor and phono pickup, both in 1929. They also produced the first record changer in the 1940s.
Thorens’ standout year was 1957, when the first TD-124 was produced. This turntable would go on to be a classic half a century later, and provided the regular sales required to fund other projects. During the 60s and 70s, Thorens manufactured many of the turntables that are highly regarded today, including the TD 124, 126, 145, 150 & 160. Thorens also produced the very high end turntables: the Reference (1979) and Prestige (1983)
Who Should Buy Thorens Turntables?
Thorens turntables do not necessarily suit beginners. Although good in stock format, it takes a bit of tweaking to get a Thorens exactly right. Those with DIY skills and a willingness to learn will find a wealth of resources online. One of the best resources for modifying Thorens turntables is here. A new plinth and tonearm are some of the basic mods used,
Thorens Turntables To Look Out For At Sales
Almost all Thorens turntables are worth purchasing for cheap if you’re lucky enough to snag one. The turntables listed below all go for significant money on the second hand collector’s market.
All turntables prefaced with “TD-“