Accurate Record Reproduction: Thorens TD160, SME 3009 and Van den Hul MC Two

Modified Thorens TD160 B Mk II fitted with SME 3009 Series II improved tonearm
Modified Thorens TD160 B Mk II fitted with SME 3009 Series II improved tonearm

For some reason, the people involved with the manufacturing of vinyl records are rather stoic types. The rare occasion when they are in a talkative mood, they mostly talk about the manufacturing process and equipment. They are not often talking about what happens after the records have been manufactured, the actual reproduction of these records, for pleasure or for the most critical step of manufacturing: Quality control.

What follows is the story of the restoration, modification, assembly, calibration and testing, of some components, which, if used properly, can result in a highly accurate phonograph disk reproduction system.

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Cutting Master Lacquer Disks for the Naxatras debut LP on the AM44 system, directly from analog tape

 

John Delias, the guitar wizard of the popular rock group “Naxatras”, filmed J. I. Agnew while cutting the master lacquer disks, from which the vinyl records of their debut LP were manufactured, at Magnetic Fidelity, and edited the footage to produce this short informative video, offering an insight into this seldom seen, mysterious process.

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