The Master! Thorens TD-125 MKI w/ new Jasmine TA-214J tonearm, in solid Caribbean Rosewood plinth


The Master! Thorens TD-125 MKI w/ new Jasmine TA-214J tonearm, in solid Caribbean Rosewood 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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The Master! Thorens TD-125 MKI w/new Jasmine TA-214J tonearm, in solid Caribbean plinth

The Story

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, what 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 additional decades of service!

Worthy of this heirloom status, this custom turntable is mounted in a 3/4″ inch solid Caribbean Rosewood plinth crafted by a finish carpenter/cabinet maker with over thirty years of experience. It is finished in multiple coats of  tung 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.

The cork-rubber composite mat is included.  The new acrylic set on style dust cover is included.   A hinged dust cover is available for a charge of $79. Just write a note in check out.

All top plates now feature a brushed aluminum cover. (Painted finishes no longer available.)

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 new Jasmine TA-214J Tonearm

The Jasmine TA-214J is being introduced to the US market by Vinyl Nirvana. Jasmine, based not far from Hong Kong, has been making analog products since 2001.  In particular, their phono preamps and cartridges have been well reviewed. However, when Jelco left the tonearm market in May 2020, Jasmine decided to develop a classic J-shaped arm with universal headshell. When they first showed me the design, it reminded me of the classic Thorens TP-25! It literally took my breath away. Then it was a matter of waiting to see if the machining, finish, and, most importantly, the sound would live up to those amazing looks. I am pleased to report it does.  This Jasmine 9″ arm will now be one of the many tonearms available on Vinyl Nirvana’s custom vintage turntables.
Very smartly, Jasmine designed this arm to be a drop in fit for all 9″ SME armboards/brackets/holes. (214MM pivot to spindle) As you can see from the photos, the fit is not just geometric…it has the looks of a classic J-shaped arm with the performance of an arm made now.  Amazingly, at this price, is included dynamic balancing, anti-skate, and lateral balance adjustment.    The Jasmine is mounted on a custom cnc machined solid aluminum armboard ($119 value).
Included with the arm:
  • Custom DIN cable made with  Mogami Mini Starquad Tonearm cable, an angled DIN connector and Starline RCAs. It also has dual grounding ($129 value)
  • Ortofon LH-4000 universal headshell with azimuth adjustment ($109 value)
  • Five year “bumper to bumper” warranty through Vinyl Nirvana. Any issue, just contact us.

NOTE: Due to the nature of the bearing design, the tonearm/armboard must be removed before shipment. I have a detailed video showing the re-installation. Should take less than 15 minutes.

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 Dynavector, Ortofon, and Grado. Inquire before or after the sale for pricing.  

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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