From: ctman2001 on youtube
Thorens is a Swiss manufacturer of high-end audio
equipment. They are historically renowned for the range of phonographs
(turntables) they produce. In addition to audio playback equipment, they are
also a historical producer of harmonicas and cigarette lighters, most notably
the button activated automatic lighter.
In 1883, the
Thorens family business was first registered in Sainte-Croix (Ste-Croix),
Switzerland. An initial producer of musical boxes and clock movements, they
started producing Edison-type phonographs in 1903. In 1928, they
produced their first electric (motor-drive) record player, and went on to
produce a range of audiophile record players in the 1950s and 1960s which are,
even today, regarded as high-end audio equipment, and are well sought-after. As
of 2006, Thorens continues to produce well-regarded turntables for playback of
vinyl and 78rpm gramophone records.
from wikipedia, entry: Thorens