The Elektronika B1-01 is the high-end model from USSR from the 1970s. It’s a russian copy of the Thorens TD 125 turntable.
The player’s plinth is made from Oak wood. The tree is gently processed and oiled with special furniture oil. The bottom of the plinth, made of 18 mm plywood, additionally damps parasitic resonances and vibrations without losing the natural harmonic richness of an analogue instrument. The whole structure is carried by 3 height adjustable spike foots with locknuts for better stability. These spikes enable to isolate the equipment from external vibrations in the environment.
The metal sub-chassis were damped with a special acoustic material. This removes the specific metallic tinkle and also adjusts the tonal balance to give a natural sound. The top surface is painted in black matte lacquer.
The platter bearing was cleaned of all the old oil and grease, and then oiled again with high-quality oil especially recommended for this player’s bearing. The result of the bearing restoration is a more stable and smooth rotation and less mechanical noise.
The rubber drive belt was meticulously cleaned using only hot water and soap avoiding the use of any solvent which would have altered the elasticity of the rubber.
The player has original SME 3009 tonearm. It was restored and the bearing was cleaned and oiled. The tonearm wires were changed to high-end Nagaoka TC-111. The internal tonearm wires connected to RCA sockets directly (to avoid additional audio contours). These wires are shielded with the tinned copper sleeve. All of the solderings was done using audiophile silver solder WBT-0820 and flux X-M3 (no traces of adulterated alcohol).
This tonearm is equipped with vintage japanise Bellex BX u 50 NE phono cartridge. It’s also possible to change it and install other higher quality cartridge. We would recommend something like Nagaoka MP 150 (around €300), Ortofon Blue (around €180) or Bronze (around €300), Audio Technica At 150 MLX (around €350). Installation and tuning are free of charge, and you can also just send us your cartridge.
The main platter disc is polished in matte and painted with lacquer to prevent tarnishing.
The small platter disc is made from metal and has a bigger bearing shaft diameter (than the usual small patter discs by Thorens 146, 160).
The new acrylic dust cover on hinges can be installed for additional €170.
The suspended sub-chassis will be tuned for use both with or without a stabilizer. The fully-loaded sub-chassis (platter, slipmat, vinyl and stabilizer) must be parallel to the supporting chassis. The stabilizer from the pictures cost an additional €50. You can also tell us your stabilizer weight and we will tune the sub-chassis for free.
The complete package includes digital scales (to adjust the cartridge tracking force), spirit level (to adjust the turntable level) and instructions for player and tonearm adjustment and tuning.
The shipping is not included. We will pack the turntable very carefully and securely, as if it were a crystal vase.
You may return the turntable within 14 days of arrival for a full refund, minus shipping charges. After 14 days and within one year, if a player has any problems, we can repair it for free or just for the cost of replaced parts, if replacement will be necessary.
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