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The TD124 Dept.

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above photo: td124 sn# 7888 in ML#2 plinth.  SME 3009 S2 tonearm.  Orsonic AV-101s anti vibration headshell holds the Uwe ebony bodied Denon DL-103R low output moving coil phono cartridge.

 

Notes on the TD 124 a practical guide/overview

For the hobbyist looking for how-to and where-is explicit detail to properly refurbish their TD124, I can offer that parts of the puzzle can be found within the project pages listed below.  Within those are lots and lots of photos to document each process.  And also the "Notes....practical guide" just above will offer a text only overview. Put the two together.  As yet I have not published a comprehensive all-in-one illustrated guide book.  Perhaps in time I will.  I write/document this stuff as I acquire more experience.

DSC_5374.jpg (173119 bytes) Motor maintenance procedural step by step with photo documentation

E50 sn25356 An E50 maintenance documentary

Individual Refurbishment Project documentation

DSC_2769.jpg (249770 bytes) project sn 64950

 

project sn 27520  DSC_2618.jpg (268190 bytes)bringing back to life a long neglected td124

  project sn57175 DSC_2301.jpg (419322 bytes) Assembling a completely disassembled TD124

 

DSC_0512.jpg (188000 bytes) project sn13943  This project will deviate from the sacred path a little.  

 

project 2078

project 2128  

project 2729  

project 7888

 

 

VizWP27A.jpg (267968 bytes) Viz Isotap WP-27A (mains isolation with adjustable AC output.)

The ESL tonearm  a frequent choice made by new TD124 owners in the North American market.

inca_3.JPG (143578 bytes)Non magnetic platter for the TD124

DSC_0551.jpg (245280 bytes) Checking the iron platter for magnetic attraction to various cartridges

rotor02.jpg (69944 bytes) A TD124 in disassembly Courtesy of Eric Breckpot (Belgium)

DSC_3605.jpg (188043 bytes) Detail close-up shows the commutator wire connections for the TD124

td124logo length.jpg (372486 bytes) td124 drive belts

 

 

Plinth design and variations on a vintage theme

open box designs

Most of the open box designs in use originate from the period in time when this deck was available new at your local audio dealer.  Typically soft rubber "mushrooms" were used to isolate the TD124 chassis from surface borne vibrations coming up from the fixtures the TD124 might be standing upon.

Ortofon ST-104 st_104rs.jpg (57544 bytes) from back when the TD124 was still being sold in its first iteration.

Thorens plinths taken from the Elpa product bruchure (circa early 1960's)

Thorens_SW series_rs.jpg (268368 bytes) The SW series

the prelude_rs.jpg (178585 bytes) The Prelude

the rhapsody_rs.jpg (141095 bytes) The Rhapsody

TD224 masterpiece.jpg (307835 bytes) The TD-224 Masterpiece

high mass designs

in a mixed layer by layer build-up known as constrained layer damping. Less open space within the underside.

in solid materials such as slate:

Plinth materials

wood / wood products, Corian, acrylics, slate, carbon fiber, soap stone

 

odds n ends dept

DSC_1303.jpg (210365 bytes) using a Garrard Type A plinth under a TD124. Was this a good idea?  More later.

Technical drawings

BTD12S03.jpg (67348 bytes) BTD12S  tonearm. A design that inspired the EMT 929 tonearm.

Manuals:

TD124  Owners Manual in English

TD124 Service Manual in English Thanks to JaS at The Vinyl Engine for this upload.

TP14 tonearm as fitted to the TD124 mkII

Pabst_01.jpg (122605 bytes) Papst Service Bulletins Pabst_02.jpg (173025 bytes)

Installing and listening to the Papst motor in the TD124

links to useful TD124 sites on the web

http://www.analogue-classics.com/  Holger's extensive collection of Thorens turntables

http://www.jelabs.blogspot.com  JE Labs. Thorens TD124, Garrard 301, homebrew S.E.T. Information...plus many more links  Highly recommended.

http://www.soundfountain.com/amb/td124page.html an informative and very useful page for the TD124 and TD224 

tdw224_1.jpg (56459 bytes) The TDW224.  A derivative of the TD124 and 135.  The TDW224 provides full automatic changer functions without suffering the errors of constantly changing vta.

 

TD124 history book:  This is the story of the TD124 and the company that built it.

Revised 2nd Edition in English  I have a copy and do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys owning the TD124.

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note: there is no affiliation to any of the sites linked on this page.  I just recommend them.