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Stuart Booth
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2006 7:20 pm    Post subject: "Get a Head Young Man" Reply with quote

Shaggy Dog (Part 11)

duringing the burglary of 1998, as well as my Quad & LS3's, I also lost my AR EB101 with DENON DL203...?. Thinking Vinyl was out, I put the insurance towards CD/Amp/Speakers etc. However, following a house move I found in the loft a TD160 Mk 1 with TP16 arm to which I fitted an SME headshell with el cheapo AT..... (20).

All was o.k untill in a subsequent house move, I neglected to remove the headshell, the cover slipped its hinges - goodbye SME headshell and stylus. The stylus was replaced and the cartridge attached rather loosely to the original Thorens headshell, which was well past its sell by date. Goodbye Vinyl and TD160 - confined to the loft!

Then I met you guys, who have collectively corrected all my missconceptions about L/S and I am now the owner of those wonderful PRO9TL's aforementioned. Colin has very kindly directed me to a DIY Thorens revival site, but comparing the way my cartridge is sitting I now require to purchase a useable headshell - either TP16 or SME or other make that fits. Believe me, mine is way beyond repair as everything is oxidised, spacers and plates are missing and screw holes don't tighten properly. There are a couple of SME's on ebay at the moment, but they are set to reach 40 plus.

So, anyone point me in the right direction please - or its off to Maplins.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stuart

You could try calling Technical and General (based in the SE somewhere, I think) on 01892 654534.

I got some SME spares from them a few years ago, but they also do spares for old thorens decks (if memory serves...). Very good prices, too.

Worth a try.

Good luck.

Martin
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 7:52 pm    Post subject: PANIC PANIC PANIC PANIC PANIC Reply with quote

Having found a beautifull Denon DL103 cartridge at a price I could afford, I am now unable to mount it. I tried the above and they were unable to supply a new or reconditioned Thorens head and I was assured that the SME did not fit the TP16 arm.

I was advised that the best way to revive my head was to drill it - I did, and it shattered. So now I don't even have a tatty head and I still can't play vinyl - yet!

I need a TP16 Head with mounting bits that work, or a heavy duty arm, or something like a GL75 deck which will allow me to use this excellent Broadcast cartridge which tracks at 2.5 grams - yes that's right 2.5 gms.

Believe me it is a wonderfull sound - I know because that is what I was using in 1998 when all my kit, computer, cameras and jewelry were stolen.

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