Since 1883, 'Thorens' has developed and improved various designs that have lead to what we know today as the Record Player. With countless patents, designs and awards including the first magnetic, electric Phono pick-up, Thorens has been at the forefront of the industry for over a century.Manufactured in Germany, Thorens' Turntables are some of the best quality available in the market today. Their commitment to build quality, engineering and design has earned Thorens their accolades. Thorens also produces various other audio equipment including Phono Preamplifiers, Cartridges and Turntable related Accessories.You'll find with the majority of Thorens' Turntables, that they're semi or fully-automatic. This is of great benefit and really separates Thorens from the crowd of manual turntable manufacturers.