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Thorens TD 145 turntable

Post by brit01 » Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:11 am

Thinking of grabbing myself a turntable to spin some LP's.

There is an old model of Garrard for sale. Not sure of the model yet, it's got the white enamel top. Waiting for more info.

I heard these Brit tables are collectors items and can be hot-rodded.
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Also a TD 145 Thorens. Picture see following posts.
Any experience or advice regarding these?
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Post by snarffydoggy » Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:50 am

Yep, put a full race cam in it :^o :^o :^o :^o
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Post by TNRabbit » Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:18 am

Yeah; zero-to-33.333333 RPM in .2 seconds! :D
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Post by snarffydoggy » Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:32 am

Yep TNRabbit that's exactly what I was thinking
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Re: Garrard turntable?

Post by brit01 » Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:50 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Maybe I should rephrase my question to avoid the "Pimp my turntable jokes" :lol: :lol: :lol:

Seriously now guys should I turn the opposite way or take a look at it? :-k :-k :-k

I know very little about LP players.
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Post by OBI56 » Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:55 am

Guys, this belongs in the Misc section, not in Equipment reviews. BTW, in my humble opinion, the only Garrard turntables worth bothering with are the 401 and maybe the 301. Stay away from any of the Zero 100 models as the pantogram multiple tonearm pivots do not age well. There are enough great British turntables out there that are much better choices if sound reproduction is your goal.
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Post by snarffydoggy » Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:21 am

Well Put OBI
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Post by brit01 » Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:32 am

We can always rely on the man OBI.

Yes I read about the 301 fetching high prices in the US.

The problem I have is that turntables are non-existent here. The only other choice would be a 50 USD Sony deck from a midi system! :-k :-k
I can't imagine getting any sound reproduction out of one of those plastic things.
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Re: Garrard turntable?

Post by brit01 » Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:35 am

Looks like a Garrard Vintage Type A Mark 2.
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Post by OBI56 » Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:57 am

Found a few. Boy Brit, you are looking at a REALLY vintage item there. Definitely not what I would consider a good hi-fi turntable. Idler drive, foam platter insulation and a record changer to boot! Not even sure if that is a magnetic cartridge or if it is a ceramic cartridge. Definitely not my type of turntable but if this is what you are looking for, then get one that has been fully refurbished.
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Re: Garrard turntable?

Post by brit01 » Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:40 pm

Spotted a Thorens TD 145.

Any experience with this one? :-k
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Post by gdb » Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:41 pm

A friend from long ago had an old Garrard TT that was built like a tank, it seemed that the tonearm weighed approx. 3lbs. and exerted a tracking force of about 5-6oz. Neither vinyl or stylii lasted very long on that (Cutting Lathe) turntable and the sound was not too hot either.
Brit, I'll give you a no-frills Pioneer table that only needs a cartridge+stylus to operate. It's a very lightweight item and shouldn't cost much to ship,it still retains the original packaging and
transport machine screws. Send me a private message with your particulars and I'll see about
getting it into your hands. I think that there is a lot of "The Emperor's New Clothes" silliness attached to the turntable cult, and if a table is capable of rotating a record at the proper speed and has a decent cart./stylus set to the correct tracking force,only canines and people
with superhuman hearing are going to be able to discern a big difference between a $200 and a $4000 setup! Let me know if you are at all interested and CHEERS ! gdb :)

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Re: Garrard turntable?

Post by OBI56 » Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:52 pm

brit01 wrote:Spotted a Thorens TD 145.

Any experience with this one? :-k
MUCH much better choice! Is it a Mk II or just the normal TD-145? The regular TD-145 has the better motor/platter bearing, the Mk II has the better tonearm. The TD-145 will work fine with most cartridges except for the extemely high compliance ones, the Mk II will handle ANY cartridge you will care to mount to it.

The TD-166 is a better buy if you come across one both are identical except for the end of play auto arm lift on the TD-145. All of these TTs will hold their own against anything new under $500 performance and sound wise.

I'm pretty much the Thorens go-to guy on here. You can check out my dozens of posts on everything to do with turntables on here. Anything you want to know about vintage turntables form the 70s onwards, feel free to ask.
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Re: Garrard turntable?

Post by brit01 » Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:53 pm

Thks gdb but I'll have to pass on that one.

If I was able to get stuff through customs here in Uruguay then I'd be a very very happy man indeed with all the great Carver gear you have on ebay in USA.

Customs here in Uruguay is notoriously strict. Only books and cd's can get through!! Anything else is hit with up to 97% tax, and also a 110 USD min fee for the broker to release it, and that's if everything is by the book. A friend bought some face creams and they charged her huge fees to release it from the customs!!!!

I bang my head against the wall every day when I see great gear sold overseas.

I didn't believe it at first when I arrived but now my better half say "I told you so but you didn't believe me". I have a colleague who used to work in the customs also done a lot of research with TNT, UPS, DHL, you name it.

This is why prices are so high here because they know we can't buy from overseas!!

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Re: Garrard turntable?

Post by brit01 » Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:05 pm

MUCH much better choice!
Thks OBI.

I've asked the seller which one it is.

He's selling it without a cartridge for about 175 USD.
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