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 MKII w/rewired SME 3009 tonearm, in solid African mahogany plinth
This is a ONE-TIME special package.
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 MKII 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, pots and other parts most likely to fail replaced! It is ready for many additional decades of service!
The idea for this specific turntable offering began about two months ago when I purchased one of the nicest SME 3009 Series II Improved tonearms I’d ever had on my bench. Right away, I knew that amazing arm had to go onto a special package. A few weeks later I got in a TD-125 MKII in excellent condition except for the plinth, and at that point I knew the SME arm was going on that table. For a plinth I chose African mahogany that echoes the original coloring. Unlike our usual TD-125 plinths, I chose 1/2 thickness, again, to echo the original. With the cosmetics of the original main turntables parts already in excellent shape, I knew this was going to be a stunner.
How else could I make this special? I dove into my personal collection of Shure V-15 cartridges and outfitted it with my favorite, the V-15 Type III. This was THE classic combination for this table in the seventies: TD-125 MKII with SME 3009 arm and Shure V-15. There are perrenial arguments about which is the best V15…no matter which one is supreme, the Type III is always #1 or #2.
How else could I make it even more special? I dug into my Type III stylus collection and found two SuperTrack styli with the least amount of wear AND a Jico VN35 SAS replacement I had with about 150 hours on it. (This SAS was from when they first introduced the SAS series, so it has the SAS diamond with boron cantilever. ) None of these styli is NOS, but I listened to several tracks with each and all were nicely textured across the spectrum. The SAS was just as stupendous as I remembered it! So yes, that’s TWO used original Super Track styli and ONE used Jico SAS styli (from arguably the best time to buy one. Three styli!)
How else, you ask? I dug into my archive of Thorens and SME paraphrenalia and found two rare original brochures as well as an original manual. (Unfortunately, the manual in the very best shape, also had some writing on the front cover) I will include a photocopy of the 3009 Series II Improved manual.
Worthy of this heirloom status, this custom turntable is mounted in a 1/2″ inch African Mahogany plinth crafted by a finish carpenter/cabinet maker with over thirty years of experience. It is finished in multiple coats of 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 grain on this one. The 3/4″ bottom is painted birch plywood.
The cork-rubber composite mat is included, as well as the original Thorens mat with integrated 45rpm adapter. There will also be a set on style dust cover supplied, however, due to Covid19, acrylic is a scrace commodity. The cover will ship once acrylic supplies are renewed…hopefully by July 1. (See last pic of cover on another turntable)
The upgraded SME 3009 Series II Improved 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 Improved has graced literally thousands of Thorens turntables. This was THE classic table/arm combo in college in the late 70s/early 80s. (Along with a Shure V15, I might add.) Cosmetically, the arm is in outstanding condition, among the nicest to ever cross my bench. The arm has been professionally rewired from headshell coupling to male rcas. This is our own Cardas based wiring kit, designed specifically for suspended decks. The rca cable is 1.2 meters. I mounted this on an excellent original Thorens birch ply armboard with original paint. (One I had set aside for a project such as this.)
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.
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You can view original Thorens TD-125 sales brochures with specs here.