2020 Special Order Opportunity:
The Legend Lives! Vintage Thorens TD-125 Long Base, Jelco TK-850L Tonearm, and Custom Plinth in Your Wood Choice, Starting at $3795 plus shipping
Thorens TD-125 Long Base Reproduction w/ 12″ Jelco Tonearm in Custom Plinth of Your Wood Choice!
In the back of my mind I knew that there was a Thorens TD-125 turntable that accommodated a 12 inch tonearm, however, it wasn’t until a faithful customer named Scott D started talking about the “Long Base” model that I realized it was something that Thorens actually produced themselves, direct from the factory. At first, I spent a few weeks trying to search out a TD-125 Long Base that Scott could purchase. There were various owners who had pictures of their prized possession on various forums and websites. One long base model even came up for sale on eBay, but it turned out to be just a chassis, with no plinth.
In my research, I began to realize that there was very little difference between the stock TD – 125 and the Long Base model: 1) larger plinth; 2) larger armboard; 3) larger aluminum switch/fascia plate. The first two differences were very minor, a matter of woodworking. However, the larger switch/fascia plate was going to take some planning to implement. First there was the actual manufacturer of the plate, and then there was the reproduction of the silk-screening. After three months, working with a variety of companies getting estimates and discussing various plans for implementation, the switch/facia plates were done and looked fantastic.
While that process carried onward, I had extended plinths made and a series of extended armboards. The plinths were three-quarter inch solid hardwoods. The armboards are solid acrylic and offer exceptional resonance control/damping. As a final touch, because I have always disliked the battleship gray/green color of the 125’s top plate, new top plate covers in either black or clear anodized and brushed aluminum are available. (Example photos show the clear anodized aluminum (silver).
Why a 12″ arm? Based strictly on geometry, it improves tracking performance. That may not be evidenced in everything you play, but on certain tracks, you can clearly hear that. Likewise, 12″ arms are just perfect for SPU cartridges.
The turntable can be converted to 220v/50hz and shipped overseas, if interested
Thorens TD-125 Long Base Turntable Special Order Opportunity!
For 2020, just
six three TD-125 Long Base Models left. These will begin to ship in February 2020, in the order in which they were received. Our hope is to ship the last of the six units no later than June 1st 2020. Send me an email to start the discussion process.
The solid wood plinth in your choice of wood** will be made by my finish carpenter…the photos here are examples only. Unlike the original TD-125 plinth which was veneered, yours will be solid 3/4 wood. It will been finished with three coats of finish, one recommended to highlight the beauty of your wood. Additionally, modern adhesives and reinforcements ensure this will become an heirloom. The top plate cover is available in clear (silver) or black anodized and brushed aluminum. The brushed aluminum switch plate is new. The acrylic arm board is new. A new 1/2″ MDF bottom has been added with adjustable feet (not shown).
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! After replacement, it was completely reset to original spec. It is now ready for another 40 years of service! Here is a detailed list of how a TD-125 is serviced by Vinyl Nirvana. See here for thorough TD-125 documentation.
Dimensions: 21.5″ wide by 14.5″ deep.
A solid acrylic set-on style dust cover with handle cutouts is available for $135. (my wholesale cost)
**Occasionally, our wood supplier is out of a given wood or the selection is not ideal. You will be given the opportunity to choose another wood or to wait until inventory improves, the latter of which will obviously delay the ultimate completion date.
The new Jelco TK-850L Tonearm
The Jelco 850L, new to the market in January 2018, is Jelco’s venture into higher end tonearms, but continuing their philosophy of exceptional value. Unlike their previous arms, this 12″ features a knife edge bearing made of superior steel which contributes to very stable and smooth operation. This knife edge is precision handmade and the result is very low friction. It features a universal headshell design and a counterweight that can account for cartridges in a very wide weight range. Like other Jelco arms, this leans on the side of being heavy in mass.
The included custom cable, sourced from the UK, is specifically designed for suspended decks. It also has dual grounding. I’ve been using this cable for two years on all of my Jelco arms; it’s an exceptional cable, and it’s included at this price! Most angled DIN tonearm cables made today are too thick/stiff for suspended decks.
The arm is mounted on a custom acrylic armboard. The acrylic offers exceptional damping/isolation of the tonearm/cartridge. (Armboard in photos is birch plywood, now discontinued.)
Note: The tonearm is partially disassembled for shipping. I have a detailed video showing exactly how to re-mount the arm. I would call it medium-easy DIY, requiring only the supplied allen wrenches and a single phillips screwdriver. Estimated install time 15-20 minutes. (If the installation is beyond your skills, I am willing to work with a technician local to you, offering one hour of phone help at no charge.)
Recommended Cartridge Options
Ortofon Cadenza Red, $1095 Special Package Price
Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, $2195 Special Package Price
Ortofon SPU Classic GM E MKII, $995 Special Package Price
Ortofon SPU Royal GM MKII, $2395 Special Package Price
Dynavector 20X2 High or Low Output, $995 Special Package Price
For 2020, special pricing is available on these five cartridges as part of the complete package. I would enjoy the opportunity to discuss which cartridge makes the best sense for your current system, your listening habits, and your budget. I can also mount/align the owners cartridge, if sent, for $40.
Generally, 50% down at time of order and the rest due at completion.
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.
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 powercoated, 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 99.7%. 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.
See our testimonial page.