Willy's Elektronika B1-01 (Circa 1976)
Editors note: This turntable is in the Thorens Gallery because of the similarity in design between it and the Thorens TD125.
"Adjustable voltages 110 - 127 - 220 (all those voltages were found in the "eastern bloc" states)
I especially like the Soviet designed "Sci-fi" logo on the dustcover of this Elektronika,it looks like a tiny flying "Kosmonaut" returning to his Sojuz Spacecraft or some kind
of moon landing gear."
"That's my turntable, a real piece of history with excellent sound
I live in Germany and found this table at a flea market near to Berlin
around the Jelzin time when the Soviets (Red Army) left Eastern Germany.
I like the smooth operation and the nice finish of the surfaces.
The tone-arm looks just like an SME but this one is called RODINA and its made 100% in CCCP .
Its 1976 top quality "Breshnev era" cold war Soviet workmanship.
The shock absorbing subchassis-construction with softly spring loaded
cast alloy plate is just like Thorens TD125 and near to a Linn LP12.
No plastics, no fakewood, solid alloy dustcover-hinges, even the
adjustable feet under the plinth base are made of solid brass.
I think a swiss Thorens TD125 hardly can be more solid.