The legendary Thorens 124 I turntable offers incomparable musical performance. Famous for expressing the heart and soul of music through vinyl reproduction, the Thorens 124 was restored in order to realize its whole potential.
The chassis was restored. All parts including the motor were disassembled and cleaned with specific care. The motor bearing was cleaned of all the old oil and grease then oiled again with high quality oil especially recommended for this bearing system. At the end of the cleaning and reassembling of the parts, the motor is dramatically less noisy and works more stable. The main platter bearing was disassembled, cleaned and restored. Several components were replaced: the thrust bearing plate, the paper oil gasket and the bearing bottom plate. The new main platter bearing was oiled with high quality oil having a viscosity which accommodates a broad temperature band. The result of the bearing restoration is a more stable and smooth rotation, less mechanical noise and a system which is perfectly sealed.
All parts made of rubber (idler wheel, drive belt, rubber decoupling mushrooms, motor suspension dampers) were meticulously cleaned using only hot water and soap avoiding the use of any solvent which would have altered the elasticity of the rubber. This careful cleaning process allowed us to preserve the old parts. In fact there was no need to replace them as they work just as well as new ones would.
The switch suppressor condenser was replaced.
The big and massive plinth has super damping abilities which is especially important given the power of the Thorens 124 chassis. The material used is high profile Russian birch plywood which was selected for its optimal characteristics for audio purposes. We used following unique procedure: 15 cavities were dug inside of the wood body and filled with a mix of lead balls, sand and glue. This technique adds mass to the structure hence holding, dampens parasitic resonances and vibration without losing the natural harmonic richness of analogue instrument. It also balances the weight of the entire player. The plinth was finished in black mat.
The whole structure is carried by the massive spike foots.
SME 3009 tonearm was installed. It’s legendary and known to suit the Thorens 124 turntable perfectly. It was selected in an already good condition, then it was restored and the bearing was cleaned and oiled. This tonearm is equipped with Goldring 2500 MM phono cartridge.
The tonearm and cartridge were tuned with professional equipment.
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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