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 (replaced by a thicker one made of bronze), 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 player’s plinth is made from Mahogany wood. The tree is gently processed and oiled with special furniture oil. The bottom of the plinth, made of 21 mm plywood, additionally damps parasitic resonances and vibrations without losing the natural harmonic richness of an analogue instrument. The whole structure is carried by 4 height adjustable spike foots with locknuts for better stability. These spikes enable to isolate the equipment from external vibrations in the environment.
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. The tonearm wires were changed to high-end Nagaoka TC-111.
The internal tonearm wires connected to RCA sockets directly (to avoid an additional audio contours). This wires are shielded with the tinned copper sleeve. This tonearm is equipped with Denon DL-304 MC phono cartridge.
The armboard is CNC (computer numerical controlled machining) milled from resonant damped German “Panzerholz” wood known for its rigidity and vibration damping properties.
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 7 days of arrival for a full refund, minus shipping charges. After 7 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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