My old TD160B, I bought this about 35 years ago, it came in the black plinth. My infant son managed to break the cover (and damage the ADC something arm that was on it). I replaced the arm with an LVX… which also got damaged. I got the message and put the turntable away.
Years later, after a house move I unpacked it and set it up again. I’ve replaced the plinth and later the arm with an Audiomods arm (which I suspect is maybe too heavy for the deck although I have adjusted it and it bounces pretty evenly).
I made the mistake of fitting a DC Motor kit to it which added nothing, one day I’ll put the original AC motor back on it.
I hardly ever use it, I’ve got a Gyrodec with an SME IV which is far superior, but since I’ve owned the TD160 for so long I suspect I’ll hang onto it as an ornament for a while yet.
Two photos of my Michell Syncro with RB808 and Dynavector 20X2L; one with the Funk Firm Achromat and one without to see the true beauty of it Rega Aria phono just out of shot. Illuminated Naim logo on the ND5XS2 visible on the shelf below the turntable
Rega RP6 / Fono2 / Ortofon 2M Black. Purchased two years ago to help assess whether I wanted to return to vinyl as a source (alongside local UPnP streaming). Records were liberated from loft storage, cleaned and are now played more than UPnP via the UnitiQute2 - the vinyl collection is expanding steadily! I hope to upgrade at some point this year. Shortlist so far is Linn Majik LP12, Rega P10, Kuzma Stabi S, Clearaudio Innovation Basic and Vertere DG-1.
My rather lovely Clearaudio Emotion, nowhere near as good as some of the turntables we see here,
but a source off quiet contentment .
A new phono stage is on order a Pro-Ject dual valve , it was something I was toying with the idea of buying but I decided to buy it specifically to support my dealer through this time
That Emotion is a far better turntable than you give yourself credit for. It will definitely hold its own compared to many Rega and similar turntables. You have a very nice piece of kit, IMO.
Nice and simple for me (after years of upgrades to LP12s
Rega P8 with standard RB880 arm and Apheta 2 cartridge
All stood on a wall mounted valkan shelf
Only mod is additional sorbothane feet…that made a huge difference / improvement!
Phono stage is Rega Aria…and very good too
I totally agree, very, very good value . I had an LP12 which I foolishly traded in, when I asked what had happened to it, I was told it was broken up for its parts.
The inference being that I hadn’t had it serviced (which I hadn’t) - however the dealer that sold it me went out of business and I had no idea they could be that fragile.
So when I decided to go back to having a turntable , the idea of a suspended deck did not appeal , I started with a Rega, moved onto a Tecnodec and then to this. A great deal of quiet satisfaction and the pleasure of a fairly rare turntable in the UK (For some reason Clearaudio don’t promote heavily here)
Notts Analogue Dais, Reed 3P arm, and Lyra Kleos cartridge, on phase 5 Mana.
Clearaudio Emotion, with Satisfy tonearm and Aurum Classics Wood cartridge.
I bought one of these when I was considering whether or not to give my vinyl collection one more try.
The experiment failed, and I got rid of my albums, but I have to say that this package represented outstanding value at the time.
Here’s my 1982 Heybrook TT2 and Linn Basik. Brought out of storage, serviced and given a new cartridge for spinning the occasional 12" er
My lowly P1 Plus w/Carbon cart and built on phono.
What I had before the avid; clearaudio emotion package, traded in 12 years later for more than I paid for it, as they were originally £650 and I’d bought an ex dem one.
I had a LP12 from 1986 with original Afromosia fluted plinth until about 10 years ago. By that time it had fallen into disrepair. I have no local brick and mortar Linn dealer nor a jig to work on it myself. I thought it was too finicky to begin with, but definitely not worth keeping without support for it.
I got rid of it, bought a Rega RP3 and a year after that upgraded to the Clearaudio I have now. I’ve never looked back, and couldn’t be happier with what I have now.
Glad to see you made some money on yours … as when I’d decided to abandon the vinyl experiment ^^^^^ , I sold mine on for not much less than I had paid a couple of months earlier.
You might not remember, but the price of these almost doubled overnight in UK … needless to say, someone got something of a bargain!
That’s one of them newfangled vertical turntables. Cool!
Lots of very nice turntables here and i guess mine may not be as good but nevertheless…
Its a labour of love …took 18 months to make ( lot of interruptions due to work and other more important personal stuff )
Lenco L75 idler drive turntable - sourced from fleabay
Origin live Silver Tonearm - 2nd hand
Nagaoka MP110 cart ( MP 30 on standby )
Lehmann Audio SE2 PWX phono stage with its PWX power supply - 2nd hand
Belden 8402 interconnect from phono to Naim SN2
It plays beautifully i think and since i have worked on it i might be a little more partial towards it.
My friends helped me with it and in gratitude i have inscribed our names on the cover and named my turntable - Cacofonix - after the poor bard on Asterix comics
This involved a total strip down , re-work and re-calibration of speeds etc…
Well, it started life as a P1, slowly morphed into a mix n match of upgrades. Arm is now an Origin Live with a n AT VM95ML cart. Sub platter changed to an alloy job, platter changed from plastic to a delryn job from Germany. New iso feet fitted and standing on a cheap marble chopping board from Argos, itself sitting on three Isoacoustic Indigo feet. Singing through a Graham Slee phono stage into a Naim XS2.
Sorry…probably bored…will stop now.
If you can go from Clearaudio to Avid without losing a penny/ cent that proves the point.
The feet on mine are different, but it looks very close