Special Package: Thorens TD-125 w/ rewired vintage SME 3009 tonearm, in solid Bubinga plinth


Special Package: Thorens TD-125 w/ rewired vintage SME 3009 tonearm, in solid Bubinga plinth

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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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Special one-time package: Thorens TD-125 MKII w/rewired SME 3009 Series II tonearm, in solid Bubinga plinth

As the title implies, once this package is gone, it’s gone.

The TD-125  was Thorens flagship model from the late 60s to the early 70s. It was and is a magnificent turntable using a belt driven, suspended subchassis philosophy, which I feel strongly is the pinnacle of turntable design.

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, transistors and other parts most likely to fail replaced! It is ready for many additional decades of service!

Worthy of this heirloom status, this custom turntable is mounted in a 3/4″ inch solid Bubinga plinth crafted by a finish carpenter/cabinet maker with over thirty years of experience. It is finished in multiple coats of  Danish oil finish. The custom plinth is substantially more dense and heavy than the stock plinth, which I feel further increases the performance of the turntable. Check out the gorgeous coloring and grain on this one. The 1/2″ bottom mdf helps with further damping.

The cork-rubber composite mat is included.  The new acrylic hinged dust cover is included.   All top plates now feature a brushed aluminum cover. (Painted finishes no longer available.) In this case, it’s black anodized and brushed aluminum.

Feature on the Thorens TD-125 in Issue 54 of TONEAUDIO on Page 30, with a shout out to Vinyl Nirvana.

Some Thorens History

The Vintage Rewired SME 3009 Series II  Tonearm

The SME 3009 tonearms have become the holy grail for vintage turntable enthusiasts.  The arms have consistently increased in value over the past 20 years. The Series II  has graced literally thousands of Thorens turntables. This was one of THE classic table/arm combo in the late 70s/early 80s.   The Series II (non-Improved, if you will) is the most sought-after of the 3009s for the higher effective mass, allowing a larger number of contemporary cartridges to be used. I have also added an aftermarket Sorane headshell, further increasing the effective mass so contemporary cartridge matching is no issue now.

Cosmetically, the arm is in very good condition, with some small scattered markings on the metal surfaces. The arm has been professionally rewired with Cardas wiring from headshell  to 1.2 Meter high quality male rcas. It is mounted on an new machined aluminum armboard, brushed and anodized.

I am a dealer for Hana, Dynavector, Ortofon and Grado. Inquire before or after the sale for a cartridge that fits your budget and your listening genres. If the cartridge is mounted and aligned by me here in the shop, it makes set up that much easier for you in your set-up.

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

Weight768 oz
Dimensions24 × 18 × 14 in

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