What tonearms can be used with a thorns td 150mk1

Snake charmer

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Hi all have just purchased a td mk1 in great condition,am loving the sound but wish to change the tone arm, only thing not happy with…any suggestions?
 

prince albert

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1 option would be a rega 250 cheapest solution
2 sme 3009 will be expensive
3 linn basik
4 linn akito
you will need a arm board cut out for what ever arm is chosen
 

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Cheers for that, an arm board cut out for a sme arm was supplied but as you say quite expensive. Would any of the other options work with the sme cut out?
 

nopiano

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Cheers for that, an arm board cut out for a sme arm was supplied but as you say quite expensive. Would any of the other options work with the sme cut out?
No, they’re different. You might find a cheap SME on another vintage turntable is cheaper than an arm alone. Local sales are where the bargains are - once on eBay with a specialist they’re mush costlier.
 

Snake charmer

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No, they’re different. You might find a cheap SME on another vintage turntable is cheaper than an arm alone. Local sales are where the bargains are - once on eBay with a specialist they’re mush costlier.
Cool, will check that out, cheers.
Origin Live offer arms with SME cutouts
hi am looking at a linn basik, anyone had any experience with these with the td150?
 
Cheers, the l vx looks pretty descent , not done any internal work ie fitting a tone arm, is this process easy enough?
I would say no if you have never done it before as getting arm placement and correct height is critical. If you can find a dealer to do it for you.
Where do you plan to get the cartridge from, or is the old arm fitted with one?
Only ask as setting these up is not that easy unless you have the right protractor etc.
 

Snake charmer

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I have a at vm95sh cartrigde, but considering a descent goldring , although not sure if they will fit a linn basik…any thoughts or suggestions?
 

nopiano

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I have a at vm95sh cartrigde, but considering a descent goldring , although not sure if they will fit a linn basik…any thoughts or suggestions?
The AT is a terrific cartridge. The Goldring 10xx series is getting on a bit but they’re very decent. They’re also the basis for Linn’s least expensive cartridge, the Adikt.

You seem to have lots of ideas, but ideally you need to fix a budget and cost some options. Otherwise, it’s a lot easier just to get something ready to go. There a quite a few smart Thorens with arm for £400 or so on eBay. Bear in mind unless yours has been overhauled it might need new springs, belt, oil and setting up.
 
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Snake charmer

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My thorens has been fully serviced including the motor chasis and wiring, before I bought it, everything seems o.k, just the tonearm isn’t great. Thinking of the just saving and getting a sme as the table came with an extra cut out plate for a sme upgrade.
 

nopiano

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My thorens has been fully serviced including the motor chasis and wiring, before I bought it, everything seems o.k, just the tonearm isn’t great. Thinking of the just saving and getting a sme as the table came with an extra cut out plate for a sme upgrade.
Great, so you’ve got a good base to begin with. Bear in mind that the contemporary SME 3009 are four or five decades old, so choose carefully.
 

nopiano

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I agree with Al, though it’s not quite so simple. Whenever was Hifi simple, especially turntable-related?!

The Linn arm is easier to setup and adjust because it has limited scope. It would suit your AT fine. The SME was pretty much state of the art for twenty years, but needs care and understanding, not to mention a full set of instructions and every part present and working. Those latter conditions are hard to meet 50 years on.
 
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I agree with Al, though it’s not quite so simple. Whenever was Hifi simple, especially turntable-related?!

The Linn arm is easier to setup and adjust because it has limited scope. It would suit your AT fine. The SME was pretty much state of the art for twenty years, but needs care and understanding, not to mention a full set of instructions and every part present and working. Those latter conditions are hard to meet 50 years on.
I would agree that the Linn would be easier to set up and would be sufficient for this turntable
 
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