Thorens TD-124 on its way back from the shop

Peguinpower

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I bought a Thorens TD-124 mk I last September.

Bought it on impulse with full intention of restoring it myself. I wanted to hear it and was hoping to find a keeper. When I got it, I took it apart and took measurements of the main bearing. Its was off. The idler wheel was cracked, belts toast, rubber parts worse for wear, among others. I was disappointed, but not surprised. It is a 1964 unit and it mustve seen a lot of use through the decades.

I did some research and found a place that remanufactured the bearing. Cool. Talking with the guy, I found that he did complete restorations. Hmmm. I already have the TT apart, looked at the work in front of me, and assessed that it would take me two Saturday mornings to clean, relube, replace and reassemble the TT. That doesnt include sourcing and logistics for getting all the parts, manufacturing new wiring harnesses and replacing some electronic components. I also figured a good amount of adjustments are required to get it just right being completely mechanical.

Being that I also have a service business, I decided to let the guy do the resto and I’ll just take some extra work to pay for his services. From a time and preoccupation perspective, I think it’ll be a wash. My wife hates it when Im contemplating this kinda stuff in my mind. It can turn me into an absentee husband for.a couple of weeks.

So I agreed to get my TT restored. The works is as follows:

1) New parts - idler wheels, pulleys, belts, rubber parts, all new wiring, strobe bulb, new modern pcb board, etc
2) Ultrasonic cleaning of all parts and relube
3) Blueprint main bearing
4) Blue print motor, new improved coils
5) Replace tweaked upper platter
6) Replace cracked speed knob and assembly
7) Refinish chassis
8) Reassemble and adjust all linkages and operation

I may have missed some stuff and misstated some things. Thats what I remember at this point. He got the TT in November. Turn around is 8-10 weeks.

While the TT is there, I got the following

1) Panzer Holz plinth
2) Jelco 12” arm (550L)
3) Jelco Eazy VTA
4) Corian arm board for arm
5) Jelco premium arm cable
6) Sound Smith Zephy HO moving iron cartridge

In January, I found out that the guy got COVID and was out for a month. This pushed my timeline out and it became indefinte. He is swamped with work and is trying to catch up.

Got a call today and the TT is on his work bench. I was on a line 30+ deep and my number came up.

i expect my TT to be headed to me in the next week. Im pretty excited.
 
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Alrainbow

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How much is total cost ? I Own one as well. was cleaned and rehabbed . Tests good only issue is speed for 45 i cant get propper speed . 33 is fine.
i run out of adjustment but locks on fine.
 

Peguinpower

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Im waiting on the final bill, but the resto and standard parts is around 1200. The Upper Platter and replacement speed knob is more.

Its a lot of money, but I can make it back elsewhere. I can do the resto myself but likely not as good (I suck with refinishing) and with a lot of trail, error and tweaking to get it right. Works busy and I’ll just take it out of that than have my work suffer from being preoccupied restoring this turntable. Im the kinda guy that let these projects consume me.
 

Peguinpower

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She’s here. 1964 Thorens TD-124 idler drive turntable restoration.

6 months with a professional restorer. It took that long to pool together 30 turntables to have the main bearings and spindles custom machined by an aerospace machine shop.

Ultrasonically cleaned, reassembled with modern upgrade parts from Audio Silente in Italy and Hanze in Germany, lubed and tuned. New Jelco TS-550L 12” tonearm, Jelco premium wire harness, German Corian arm-board, new wood plinth from Moldovia, Soundsmith Zephyr MKIII cartridge, Retrotone machined upper platter, and new internal wiring/electronics. Paint was refinished too.

Just waiting on a dial indicator to mount the main platter on the new main bearing and spindle to minimize run out, incoming are new isolation feet and cable holders.

I went overboard. Labor was 650, restoration and upgrade parts another 1800. All in, about 6500 into the table.

Probably 1 more week to finish it. Ttaking my time installing the tone arm, adjustable VTA option and centering the platter.

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Peguinpower

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It's coming along. I was glad to see the arm board was made in a way that I have a few mm's to position the tonearm correctly.



 

Peguinpower

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I am going to use a dial indicator to mount the main platter to the new spindle. Hoping to get minimum runout.
 

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Very nice, enjoy!
 

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