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THORENS TD - 124 MK II Vintage Turntable With SME 3009 Tonearm & Shure Cartridge


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Model: TD124 MKIIMPN: Does Not Apply
Country/Region of Manufacture: SwitzerlandBrand: Thorens
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THORENS TD-124 MK II Vintage Turntable with SME 3009 tonearm & Shure CartridgeMore and more individuals re-discover the quality of a time long past, the timewhen vinyl records delivered an experience unmatched by anything that cameafter in the field of audio reproduction!To enjoy their collection of LP records, aficionados seek-out qualityturntables which allow them to play their records over and over againwithout harming their priced vinyl records. Among the top turntables isundou...btedly the THORENS TD-124. The TD-124 has the reputation to beindestructible and at the same time unmatched when it comes to precisionand specifications. Built in Switzerland more then half a century ago,the TD-124 offers everything you will ever need, four speeds, built-in stroboscope, convenient fast stop which will keep the heavy platter turning while you flip the vinyl record, built in bubble level, built-in adopter for 45 RPM discs. It has a spring and when you push it lightly and turn it to the right the cylinder in the center moves up, when you push it lightly down again and turn it to the left, it will lock and stay put. The TD-124 has a side-mount wooden board which allows the installation of any high-end tonearm, and so much more!These Swiss precision turntables are built to such a precision that the bearings of the motorand other bearings are not turning freely when not used for an extendedperiod of time. The dryed oil is all that is needed in the precisemanufactured bearings to restrict motion! Most individuals "rebuild" these motors bydrilling out the rivets holding the end-caps of the electric motor.The bronze bearings and felt ring holding the oil reserve are mounted to the motor housingwith these end-caps. I do not believe in this course of "rebuilding."What I do instead, and did with this turntable, is, I remove the motor(all wires need to be UN-soldered), takethe motor apart (unscrewing four screws) and soak the two end pieces with the end-capscontaining the bearing and felt-ring in carbon tetrachloride. This dissolves all thegrease and oil residue. Warning, if anybody who reads this is attempting todo the same, please do not inhale the fumes; use a closed glass containerand do it outside! I leave the parts in the container for one week andshake it each time I walk by the glass container so there is movement ofthe tetrachloride. The colorless liquid will turn brown after a few days, henceall the old oil residue is dissolve in the liquid. After a week, the twoside-parts of the motor housing need to be dried, (do it outside!). Once they are dry, twenty oil drops isenough on each bearing. All the twenty drops are being absorbed by thefelt ring inside the end-caps and the bearings are like new again. A motor cleaned andoiled this way will do miracles to your TD-124! When switched ON, theturntable is up to speed in less then one revolution! The mirror of thebuilt-in stroboscope is clear and has no signs of being cleaned in aninappropriate way.The turntable will be packed with the heavy platter removed from the turntable.The right amount of Thorens-oil will be supplied in a small syringe. Just empty the syringe intothe main bearing once the turntable is setup at its intended place.
I have been around Thorens turntables for the last 50 years and have restored many!This turntable will serve you another 50 years. This particular TD-124 is the more sought after series II, or MK II. It comes with eight brand new grommets. Yes, this plinth has the double base with two sets of grommets. The black painted board the turntable sits on is again suspended by another set of grommets which are located in the four corners.The plinth has some scratches and is not perfect and the potential buyer may want to refurbish it. The turntable chassis is well above average condition; there are a couple of very minor dings in the paint, hardly noticeable! The underneath of the heavy platter is extremely clean; here it shows how many times the platter has been removed as there are usually fingerprints left behind which can not be cleaned of the finish. This platter is extremely clean. The cartridge is a SHURE M44E.These turntables are not rare; to find one in this condition however is rare!Even underneath the heavy platter there are no finger prints as you usually would find. There is no corrosion on any parts. A trulynice and clean machine. The original paint has still the glossy shine as it had on day one when it left the factory about 50 years ago.
Please ask all questions before you bid. What you see is what you get, if it is not shown and not mentioned it is most likely not included; ask if in doubt. Items listed are already packed and I can therefore not combine shipping unless it is stated in the listing.Package weighs 24 lbs and 0 ounces and measures 21 by 18 by 16 inches. To calculate USPS postage to your destination, click here! If you find a cheaper way, send me an email indicating the service you want and the price you figured and I will send you a new invoice. However, eBay requires me to post size and weight as I list an item; items are therefore already packed and ready to be shipped. I can therefore not combine shipping, sorry!
PayPal is the default payment method, but OTHER METHODS ACCEPTED! Please no e-checks or credit card payments through PayPal; checks only accepted through the mail.There is no handling charge. Shipping costs is depending on destination zip code. I have never had any problems with breakage and pack very carefully. On principal, I WILL NOT ISSUE A PARTIAL REFUND for any reason; just mail it back, no questions asked, and you will get a full refund of the purchase price. Thanks for looking...
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