The TD124 Dept.
Now there are Four Hoods by Ferruccio in Switzerland.
The Hood -- An Acrylic Dustcover for the TD124 available now. Link to info page
Above:Annotated Section View Detail of the TD124 Platter and Bearing System
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.
A TD124 in disassembly Courtesy of Eric Breckpot (Belgium)
Do you need parts and/or service for your TD124? Here are some online links:
note: This site is not affiliated with the above linked sites in any way, other than that I do recommend them for service and parts.
Equipment reviews (written here) specific to the Thorens TD124:
Review Article: Woodsong Audio TD124 Platter Mat Adapter
Review Article: The Hood; a dust cover for the Thorens TD124,121,134,135 models
Review Article: Audiosilente idler wheel:
The ESL tonearm a frequent choice made by new TD124 owners in the North American market.
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.
Above (edited) photo: from Tonni in Denmark, a classic combo; TD124 situated on an Ortofon ST-104 plinth with Ortofon AS-212 tonearm mounted.
Thorens plinths taken from the Elpa product bruchure (circa early 1960's)
high mass designs
Typically these are done by individuals not associated with Thorens. High mass designs are often a mixed layer-by-layer build-up known as constrained layer damping. They feature less open space within the underside. Baltic Birch multi-ply is commonly used.
In recent years solid slate has been popular. However the slate plinths are usually done with few layers (no more than 2) and made from much thicker and heavier chunks of it.
Common Plinth materials:
Miscellaneous woods such as plywood, hard wood, various wood products such as particle board or MDF, Corian, acrylics, slate, carbon fiber, soap stone.
It should be noted that no hard science has been documented as to which method might produce a superior result.
hint: above 3 images, click on thumbnail to view image full size.
BTD12S tonearm. A design that inspired the EMT 929 tonearm.
Manuals and service bulletins:
TD124 Service Manual in English Thanks to JaS at The Vinyl Engine for this upload.
TP14 tonearm as fitted to the TD124 mkII
About the Papst motor.......
links to useful TD124 sites on the web
http://www.analogue-classics.com/ Holger's extensive collection of Thorens turntables
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.
Joachim Bung: Swiss Precision
The New 2019 Comprehensive Edition
Two Volumes in Slipcase
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