The TD124 Dept.
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.
Motor maintenance procedural step by step with photo documentation
E50 sn25356 An E50 maintenance documentary
Individual Refurbishment Project documentation
project sn 27520 bringing back to life a long neglected td124
project sn57175 Assembling a completely disassembled TD124
project sn13943 This project will deviate from the sacred path a little.
The ESL tonearm a frequent choice made by new TD124 owners in the North American market.
A TD124 in disassembly Courtesy of Eric Breckpot (Belgium)
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.
Thorens plinths taken from the Elpa product bruchure (circa early 1960's)
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:
wood / wood products, Corian, acrylics, slate, carbon fiber, soap stone
odds n ends dept
BTD12S tonearm. A design that inspired the EMT 929 tonearm.
TD124 Service Manual in English Thanks to JaS at The Vinyl Engine for this upload.
TP14 tonearm as fitted to the TD124 mkII
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
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.