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Thorens is quite possibly the world's most spoken about and accomplished phonograph company. Hermann Thorens founded his company in Switzerland in 1883. Thorens originally produced Edison-type phonographs, then developed two of the most important inventions in the format's history: the direct drive system in 1928 and moving magnet cartridge in 1929. Over the next 60 years, Thorens produced a prolific lineup of turntables, tonearms, and cartridges, while also inventing the record changer.