The Thorens TD-160 first launched in the ’70s and was a very successful spring suspended deck. However it wasn’t long before many enthusiasts starting customising it to improve performance. The stock Thorens tonearm’s usually went first, followed by lots of dampening to the plinth and chassis. Around 1980, Thorens launched the TD-160 Super version, which featured many of the more successful mods and uprated bearings.
Often classed as a poor man’s Linn LP12, it is certainly much cheaper, and performance isn’t too far off. The TD-160 is still a great beginner deck for those who like to tweak. Of all the 160’s, the TD-160 Super and TD-160B are the best spec’d.
Check out this example currently on ebay, it could make a great bargain:
Thorens still have a TD-160 HD in their current range. Of course its slightly more refined and comes with a Thorens branded Rega RB250 tonearm, but importantly features a £1500 price tag!
Brand new Thorens TD-160 HD