Special One-time Package: Thorens TD-125 w/SME M2-9 tonearm, Solid Black Walnut


The Master!  Thorens TD-125 MKII w/SME M2-9 tonearm, Santos Mahogany, $3195 plus shipping ($3695 plus shipping if equipped with SME M2-9R arm instead)

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Why buy a restored vintage Thorens turntable from Vinyl Nirvana?

When you buy a restored turntable from Vinyl Nirvana, the table has undergone a multistep inspection, tuning, and detailing regimen.  The work is performed by me, someone who has worked exclusively on belt driven, suspended subchassis turntables such as Thorens, Linn, and AR for over a decade.  I know these models intimately, and have developed techniques over my lifetime to restore them to the best condition possible.  In addition, since I have probably the largest selection of parts for these turntables in North America, if it is determined by inspection that something needs to be replaced because it is missing, broken or worn, it happens.

Though all of the turntables I sell will be 100% functional, because of their age, cosmetic condition will vary.  It is my pledge to you that any and all cosmetic defects will be pointed out in the item description, and whenever it is possible, photographs will be provided.  When you buy from me, it is not like eBay where you have to wonder if you are getting what you are really getting.  If there is a flaw cosmetically, you will know it is there.

As a potential buyer, you should know I don’t just service these turntables, I love them.  Though I have restored hundreds of them, I still find great joy in bringing a vintage turntable back to its glory.  Likewise, if the turntable has been customized, I cared deeply that those items are the best possible ones I can source.  For example, my custom plinths are built by a finish carpenter with over 30 years of experience, someone who cares as much about their sound construction as their beauty.  Likewise, when something is custom painted or powdercoated, I go to a professional company, one of the most highly regarded in New England.  Those are just two examples, but I have made it my mission, when I do farm out work, to get people who care about their finished product the same way I do.

Finally, because none of the above will matter if the turntable doesn’t reach you in one piece, I have extensive experience in safely shipping vintage turntables.  I know the tricks and the techniques to get your turntable to you without incident.  I literally ship over 100 turntables per year, and my success rate is over 99%.  In the fractional amount of cases where there is a problem, it is always resolved with your complete satisfaction as my goal.  A lot of businesses make that claim; with me you will find it is a way of life.

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One-time Special Package: Custom Thorens TD-125 w/SME M2-9 Tonearm

Note: The Ortofon 2M Bronze in photos is NOT included.

Thanks for looking at and reading about this gorgeous Thorens TD-125.   Though I love the TD 160 line, there is something about the substantialness of the 125 series that excites me.  One thing is for sure, it is an ideal mate for the SME arms. THE classic combo.

On to the listing…I would rate this particular turntable an 9.5/10.0.  The custom solid black walnut plinth was crafted by a finish carpenter/cabinet maker with over thirty years of experience. It was finished in multiple coats of Danish oil finish.  The custom plinth is substantially more dense and heavy than the stock plinth. The rich grain looks even more amazing in person than it does in photos!

The original top plate is covered with one of Vinyl Nirvana’s top plates, in black brushed and anodized aluminum  The original  brushed aluminum faceplate is in excellent condition.  All lettering crisp and clear.

The TD-125 features three speeds: 16, 33, and 45.  There is a pitch controller and a stroboscope for precise speed adjustment.  The speed control unit has been completely serviced, with the caps and transistors most likely to fail replaced! It is ready for another 40 years of service!

The new acrylic set-on style dust cover in included. You can add hinges after the sale by emailing me, adds $79.

As “Special One-time package” means, once this one is gone, I have no idea as to when I will see another SME M2-9 arm. Don’t miss out.

The SME M2-9 Tonearm

The SME tonearms have been lauded for their excellence for over 50 years. The M2-9 is one of their later production arms.  (Original retail $1600) It incorporates many of the classic SME characteristics, yet belongs solidly in the here and now.  As many of you know, SME stopped producing tonearms for the general public about 5 years ago. (They only accompany their own turntables now.)  Since then, these sought after arms have only risen in price, particularly the ones produced in the last decade or so, such as this one.   It’s been quite a five long years since I listed a turntable with an M2-9!

The arm is original and tested, except for the tonearm cable. I have added a custom aftermarket cable produced by Art Pop. It’s a low capacitance cable with quality wire and rca plugs. Cosmetically, I would rate it at 9.5/10. Some very light scuffs on the arm tube.

Overall, this is a stunning table with a serious arm capable of handling cartridges in the $400 to $2000 range with ease.   I am a dealer for Hana Dynavector, Ortofon, and Grado.  The Ortofon 2M Bronze in photos is NOT included.

The Details

110/120 volt 60 hz or 220V 50hz

Note: Turntables with sprung subchassis are wonderful in many ways for isolating your turntable from unwanted resonances, however, they are susceptible to footfalls. If this turntable is going in a room with bouncy floors, it will need to go on a wall shelf for proper functioning. 

We have over fifteen years experience shipping vintage turntables successfully. All turntables are packed with the utmost concern with them arriving in the same condition you see pictured here.

If the buyer needs it, I can supply up to a half hour hour of help by phone with set up. (At a mutually arranged time.) In general, most buyers don’t need it, but if there IS a problem, I am there. I also have many videos available to hel with various set-up issues.

Your table is guaranteed to look and work as described, or you may return it within ten days of arrival for a full refund, minus return shipping charges and a 5% restocking fee.  After ten days, all returns are for merchandise credit only. If you ever have an issue with your purchase, 3 weeks or months or years after the purchase, please contact me and we will resolve the issue in a way we mutually agree upon.

Read what Ben Folds and others have had to say about buying from Vinyl Nirvana.

You can view original Thorens TD-125 sales brochures with specs here.


Additional information

Weight720 oz
Dimensions24 × 18 × 14 in