The Thorens story begins in 1883 in Ste Croix in the Swiss Jura, when Hermann Thorens had the company entered in the commercial register. The purpose of the company was to manufacture music boxes and musical works.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the first rollers phonographs were produced, followed a few years later by gramophones, which remained in the range for several decades until they were replaced by turntables.  In the meantime, there are also harmonicas and lighters from the factory in Ste Croix.

In 1928, the first electric motor for gramophones was introduced, followed a year later by a magnetic pickup. In addition, there were newly developed tonearms, even according to the tangential principle, which at that time were far ahead of their time.
In the 1930s, the product portfolio was expanded by cooperation with the German Strassfurt-Imperial to include radio receivers and music cabinets, even with built-in turntables (“discophones”).  At the end of the 1920s, the company employed about 1,200 people.

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