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Old 11-22-2012, 05:52 PM
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Thorens TP16 Tonearm, TP60 Headshell mod to accomodate various cart mounts.

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.

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Old 11-22-2012, 06:45 PM
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Thats a great mod.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:44 PM
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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.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:38 PM
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Very cool! I've never been a fan of the stock cartridge mounting with these headshells.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:50 PM
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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.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:12 AM
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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.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:35 AM
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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.
I think some carts are designed to be mounted from the top only.

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Old 11-24-2012, 07:03 AM
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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.
Thanks.

The headshell wires are from a Technics headshell I had bought years ago.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:42 PM
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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.
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Great mod and beautiful, clear pics to boot. IŽll try this out on my TD-160.
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:17 PM
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I think some carts are designed to be mounted from the top only.

No?
Yes. The aforementioned wood-body Grado cartridges being one example.
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:24 PM
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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.

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Awesome...Thanks for the post and bump.
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Great mod, I'm not sure how I missed this the first time around, it has now been added to Helpful Thorens Links.
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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!
Perfect!
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