The value and sound from these golden era pieces is hard to deny.
Much more forgiving to install say,on a coffee table,as opposed to a purpose built wall mount shelf which you can aspire to as you upgrade,if so desired.
Direct drive tables really should be on a wall mount shelf to isolate the vibrations.
Here is a link to a Thorens overview:
Stick with the classic suspended models : platter weight > 3 kg = metal subplatter,look for arm lift off.
You can install a device to do this on some manual models that do not have arm lift off.
I have tried new turntables but found the models produced during the vinyl peak to be preferable,unless you are ready and willing to venture into modern high end.
Without concrete floors,this shelf is the way to go.
The turntable actually sits about 5" away from the wall, and there is a full-length slot in the back of the shelf, so your wires will hang down nice and neat.
I've had JVC and Sansui direct drive turntables work perfectly when I resided in basement dwellings with no shelf.
But then that's partly why I like a Thorens,it will forgive you walking around while the music plays.
Others can steer you down the 'new' path,I have been there and back.
Still have yet to go beyond a Thorens TD 160 Super though...
Edited by 5aces - 2/5/12 at 8:28pm