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The turntable output cables go into the input of the magnetic cartridge preamp. The output ones go into an a tape in or aux on the Onkyo. I'm assuming that it doesn't have a input that says deck on it. Apart from getting some good quality interconnects between the devices it's a very simple thing to do.
It will need earthing if you are getting hum. As it is used I would replace the entire cartridge and stylus with the best you can afford. Make certain you wire it up right. A good test is with the cartridge removed and your amp on, is to touch each wire (one at a time) with your finger. You should hear a buzz on two wires (one left one right) and nothing on the other two wires (earths). This will help you get the new one connected right.
You still need to determine if the main amp is at fault, before takling the turntable. Does the amp have seperate sockets for the turnatable, if yes then inside the amp it will have a pre-amp just for the the deck, which no other device will go through. This can be easily tested. First find it, by tracing the wires from the phono imput to the first PC Board you come to. This should have the pre-amp on it. Touching the left and right inputs (one at a time) to it should cause it to buzz. If they buzz at the same volume it's OK. If not there's a fault on it.
If that test is good then the turnatable is to blame, starting with the obvious fault of the cartridge. Other faults include broken or poor connections, plus a fault in a pre-amp on the turntable. You can test this by the same method as above.
Right, first off I don't know the deck very well in question....this is more advisory. Have a look on the internet at www.theanalogdept.com and you will find many things regarding THORENS decks including links to other websites. Myself, I own a Thorens TD166mk2.
Judging by your posting it SOUNDS like something needs lubricating - not quite sure what though - all depends on where you had it stored. If it was just put into an attic, remember that heat and cold will affect the deck in loft spaces significantly.
If you have any doubts about looking at the deck yourself, then take it to a reputable hifi dealership for servicing.
Just guessing, but it sounds like you haven't counterbalanced your tone arm. When a tone arm skips, it's usually because there's too much counter weight on the rear of the tone arm. You want between 3-5 grams, but first you have to calibrate your tone arm (balance it so you know where zero is). If you don't know how to do this, refer to the Ion directions called "Tonearm Setup" in the instructions.