Thorens has a new owner and has launched a new model series, the TD 1600 (and 1601 with additional automatic lift/switch off and XLR connectors). Prices in Germany, as an indication, are 2500€ and 3000€ with arm and without cart. Whilst the looks are very retro, the design is completely renewed. It has a new suspension design and an improved motor(housing). An interesting feature is a tensioned wire that compensates the tension of the pulley on the sub-platter. The wire is dampened as well. The first review in a reputed German magazine is raving. With an AT ATR9 cart it impressed so much that is regarded as the new reference in its class. The ART 9 was chosen, as Thorens is planning to release its on MC cartridge (TAS 1600), which has similar features to ART9, like a boron cantilever and SLC shapes stylus. Is this the start of a new success era for Thorens? I really hope so, I grew up with Thorens and it got me into listening to music!