TD-124, Oh WOW!

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Offline Grainger49

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on: October 18, 2015, 08:46:28 AM
Yesterday I brokered a deal between two friends.  We listened to Bob's Technics DD table then used the same cartridge shell in a Thorens TD-124 with an SME 3009 II. 

The Thorens just stomped the other table.  Bob is a drummer, he loved the drive and dynamics the Thorens brought to the music. 

This TD-124 looked new.  I have never seen one in this good a condition before.

Just had to rave about the sound.  Idler wheels are not bad at all.



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Reply #1 on: October 18, 2015, 11:16:37 AM
It's a great table! I sold mine and haven't looked back. If I were to do an idler over again I would try and Empire like Dan has. The others have gone over the top in price.

Aaron Johnson


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Reply #2 on: October 18, 2015, 11:33:00 AM
My Empire is belt driven from a Papst motor, no idler wheel.

(http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/analogengineering/3345spindle.jpg)

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Reply #3 on: October 18, 2015, 02:00:37 PM
Belt! How did I have idler stuck in my head. Well, the 124 is a great table if you can find one for cheap!

Aaron Johnson


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Reply #4 on: October 18, 2015, 02:42:21 PM
Yes the 124 is a classic. I've had two over the years. Interesting comment about the dynamics vs a DD turntable. I had a Denon DP-6000 DD that made me decide to sell the last 124 I had because of better dynamics. Over the years I have found it difficult to relate the sound of a turntable I really like to one particular type of drive system. There's so many different parts on a TT that influence the sound. It's enough to make a person want to switch to, I don't know, maybe reel to reel tape.

Dan "Doc B." Schmalle
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Bottlehead Corp.