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Welcome To The Electric Warrior Project

The Thorens TD 160 is a piece of classic modernist design.   Forty seven years later it exhibits the sonic performance of a contemporary high end turntable.   Revered by aficionados, it remains the most affordable portal to quality audio. We set out to explore all aspects of this undeniable design classic.

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Tuning

We are hosting a library of how-tos supporting turntable maintenance and restoration. Share your information and experiences with us.

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Upgrading

We have complied a comprehensive upgrade strategy in modular kits.

TD 160 Vintage Vinyl Turntable

Special Editions

We are constantly exploring the possibilities for developing the sonic and aesthetic possibilities of Electric Warrior TD 160s.

The Vinyl Tuning Works

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What To Expect From A Forty Seven Year Old Thornes TD 160

Looking a random sample of Thorens TD 160s, what do they reveal.  What parts are susceptible to wear?  What should you look out for and avoid?

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Mounting A Cartridge

this tutorial is under development.  Please come back in April

Special Editions

 

 

 

 

This is idea lab from which special editions are conjured up, debated and tested.   It is the heart of the Electric Warrior project.

Well actually it is still under construction.  I don’t even know how you found yourself her but feel free to browse the site, leave comments and by all means come back later.  By which time, I hope we have filled this void with content you are seeking.

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The Electric Warrior

I came to understand that the The Electric Warrior is a celebration of survival when I felt compelled to buy this from Ebay.  It was being sold the daughter of the original owner who was cautious to ensure it would find a good home.  This edition of the TD 160 was inspired by T Rex’s 1971 album The Electric Warrior.  It is dedicated to Marc Bolan who survives, though this album which catches his the vitality at its zenith.   The Electric Warrior was the sound of 1971 and that year’s album of the year, in a year that was beef to heels with great albums.
Duchamp the turntable came about as a result of a shipping accident – no lives were lost.  The process by which kinetic vibration is converted to electricity before emerging as music is more magic than science.  It is, for me, an alchemist transformation.  I bought a used TD 160 with the expressed purpose of using it as an experimental turntable, and in my head, named it Duchamp.   Contrary to my advice it was shipped with the outer platter in place.  It platter came lose and wrecked the turntable.   I was inspired by the irony.  Duchamp’s great work, The Large Glass, was smashed in a shipping accident.  Duchamp viewed the accident as a form of completion.  The turntable was smashed at the beginning and thus its destruction was an instigation.