Thorens TP16 Tonearm, TP60 Headshell mod to accomodate various cart mounts.

Discussion in 'Turntables' started by the_nines, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. the_nines

    the_nines AK Subscriber Subscriber

    I just thought I would share with everyone a simple modification which I did to the TP60 head-shell of the TP16 Thorens tonearm.

    I can now mount any cart, whether the cart screws from the bottom or from the top. The original TP60 configuration only allowed screwing the cart from the bottom, and with specific types of bolts, metric configuration. So cart mounting was limited.

    This is what I did:


    Gently push up against the metal from the underside. I used a small screwdriver without placing too much force. If you use a sharp object and apply too much force you may make an indentation on the metal which will show from the top-side. Something small (and blunt) should do the trick. Even a Q-tip:



    Top metal plate is now off:


    Gently pry-off this plastic clip by applying leverage on its extreme left and right:



    Once removed you should have this:


    You can now remove this piece:


    After removing the small piece where the bolts were originally meant to be inserted, you should have this:


    You can now mount a cart whereby the cart's mounting configuration requires the bolts to be secured like this:



    Simply place the metal cover back where it was:

    Keep the two original pieces removed (the black plastic thingy and the grey piece with the two holes).

    Thought I would share.

    Cheers all!
  2. bob06

    bob06 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Thats a great mod. :thmbsp:
  3. Mr. Lin

    Mr. Lin Lunatic Member

    Somebody recommended this to me years ago when I complained that I couldn't mount my Grado Platinum on my TD125 MKII, but I don't think there were pictures with that. These pictures are great (as is the suggestion itself), thanks a lot for taking the time to put it all together neatly for us. Couldn't be any clearer than this.

    EDIT: What brand/type of headshell wires do you use? Those looks nice and hefty.
  4. Sanc

    Sanc I'm Hiding in Honduras Subscriber

    Very cool! I've never been a fan of the stock cartridge mounting with these headshells.
  5. gadget73

    gadget73 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Doing this would make it easier to mount my Stanton cartridges. I could use the plastic inserts in the ears instead of having the stock dinky screws that barely hold the cart in place.
  6. musichal

    musichal Addicted Member

    Or you can just purchase metric "M2" screws in various lengths for five or ten bucks and use the appropriate length for your cartridge - some hardware stores even stock these, though they are easier to find online. Was my approach.
  7. the_nines

    the_nines AK Subscriber Subscriber

    I think some carts are designed to be mounted from the top only.


    Attached Files:

  8. the_nines

    the_nines AK Subscriber Subscriber


    The headshell wires are from a Technics headshell I had bought years ago.
  9. Brian

    Brian An Old Geezer

    This was common back when the TD150 came out with the headshell design. I agree that just getting the right screws is easy. Doing the mod and using nylon screws would reduce possible inertia issues, though.
  10. hifi_nut

    hifi_nut Vintage? I´m vintage!

    Great mod and beautiful, clear pics to boot. I´ll try this out on my TD-160.
  11. Mr. Lin

    Mr. Lin Lunatic Member

    Yes. The aforementioned wood-body Grado cartridges being one example.
  12. the_nines

    the_nines AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Bump! Thorens TP60 headshell mod for top mounting carts.

    It's been a while.

    For all Thorens turntable owners with TP60 headshell.

    Bump ......

    You may find this simple mod helpful. You are no longer limited to metric bolts, and are no longer limited to carts meant to be screwed from the bottom.

  13. John Hukill

    John Hukill Active Member

    Awesome...Thanks for the post and bump.:thmbsp:
  14. Divotdog

    Divotdog "I can fix it Grampa"

    Great mod, I'm not sure how I missed this the first time around, it has now been added to Helpful Thorens Links. :thmbsp:
  15. rx7rotary

    rx7rotary Active Member

    Simply fantastic MOD, and you have just helped me save 100 bucks buying a new headshell. the spacer with the thread inside the headshell is gone, the thread no longer exists so I started looking for a new headshell instead I will do just this!
  16. davidbeinct

    davidbeinct New Member

    Bumping this. It appears this would also work with a TD 150 headshell? I have the mkii with the "Kugel" arm, or will soon (being shipped right now). I own a very lightly used Ortofon 2M Blue I would love to use with this table and arm.

    Couple questions: Is the metal plate glued on or press fit? How easy is it to get it back in place once the cartridge is mounted? Is the mod as a whole reversible?
  17. GeoKost

    GeoKost AK Subscriber Subscriber

    It is glued on. Easy to put back on. Yes it is reversible.

  18. KentTeffeteller

    KentTeffeteller Gimpus Stereophilus!

    Better mod! Get an arm board or make one. Mount a SME/JIS compatible tonearm which is Thorens friendly. Enjoy headshell choice. And does not hack up original headshells.
  19. ranch 22b

    ranch 22b AK Subscriber Subscriber

    'Thought I'd pull up this old thread to give a big thanks to AK member "the nines" for doing such a nice job posting this conversion.

    After dealing with a partially stripped insert in the headshell for years, I finally threw in the towel today in trying to mount an AT-7V cart, as none of my screws/spacers would give me the correct length for the screw to get a good grip (w/o going too far).
  20. the_nines

    the_nines AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Much appreciated, thanks.

    Just happy to help.

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