|History: 25 Years CD||Ortofon, Garrard, Decca, Tannoy||The Sound of Tubes and Transistors|
|Your Desert Island Discs||Lp Cleaning & DIY Cleaning Formula||Elisabeth Lugt Soprano|
|Turntable & Cartridge Adjustment||Marie-Claire Alain, Organist|
|The Universal Stabilizing Ring||SACD: Upsampling & Noiseshaping||Decca London Ribbon HF Loudspeaker|
|DIY: Turntable Weight/Clamp||The Joy of Well Positioned Speakers|
|URSR: Review in HiFi World||LP Lists||Vintage Equipment|
|URSR: Picture Gallery||The Long Playing Record Guide|
|The TD124 page||The SP10 Page|
|Joachim Bung: Swiss Precision||Stefano Pasini: German Perfection|
|Mengelberg's St. Matthew Passion||Plinth for Technics SP-10 mk2||Record Shops in Amsterdam|
|Paris Jazz||The Sound of The Turntable Mat||Acoustic Revive R77 Generator|
|CLASSIQUE 777 Lp Record Covers||The Treasure Trove||How to Correct WARPED Records|
|Klaas A. Posthuma - Remembered||Ernst Lumpe: Allegro-Royale Pseudonyms||Nostalgia: Violinists on 7" 45 rpm|
|Steinway-Lyngdorf Model D||Infinity KAPPA 7 A Loudspeaker Systems||DIY - Draaitafelconstructie - in Dutch|
|The Turntable Mat - Page in Russian||Ajuste de un giradiscos||NOTES: The Belt Drive Turntable|
|Phono Cartridge-Headshell-Plinth||Porgy and Bess||Active Loudspeaker System|
|Phono Cartridge Optimizing||Gold for Bernard Haitink||Rabco SL-8E Tangential Tonearm|
|Mercury Living Presence Records||HiFi Tunes: DAS KLASSIKERBUCH||DIY:Tonearm Building|
|The Bullet Plug||Violinist/Violist Paul Godwin||The Remington Site|
|Mercury Recordings on Fontana||CINERAMA and Trinaural microphone Placement||Concert Hall - Musical Masterpiece Society|
|Cook-Livingston Binaural Recording System||Willem Mengelberg and his orchestra filmed in Epinay in 1931-||Contemporary Records - Lester Koenig-|
The legendary TD-124 is still spinning.
The legend is still being spun.
My first record player was an "antique" HMV 101 wind up gramophone. Then I switched to a second hand two-speed (33 and 78 RPM) Philips belt drive with a featherweight arm, later replaced by the AG 2140.
As a student I had a Saterday afternoon job in a record store. When I had saved enough to improve my simple but musical audio system I of course looked at the Thorens TD 124. Too expensive for me!
had to content myself with a Lenco L-59 with the heavy headshell, springy
arm and in time deteriorating clumsy lowering device.
My next turntable was a Dual 1229 (with idler wheel drive!), which was eventually replaced by a Technics SL 150 and afterwards by a beautiful, second hand Thorens TD-125.
Thirty years ago a second hand TD-124 was offered in an electronics magazine. I travelled two and a half hours by train to collect the machine and two and a half hours back carrying the turntable under my arm. The deal included an SME 3012 with rumbling knife bearings.
acquisition meant a completely new experience in understanding turntables
and their mechanics.
The sales director of the electronics company who had imported the Thorens products in the nineteen sixties suggested that I would take out the bearing and the platter, add a motor, build a plinth and would construct a belt drive turntable. He knew very well that keeping a TD 124 alive was not easy. It would take much attention and care. He indicated that times had changed and the concept of a turntable had evolved.
Jean-Constant Verdier proposed his Platine Verdier with its 20 kg heavy platter and magnetic bearing, first described in l'Audiophile magazine from France. Melco showed the heavy three-legged platters. Thorens designed "Der Referenz" which seemed to have traits of an offshore oil rig that could withstand the heaviest storms and tides. See Notes on The Belt-Drive Turntable.
There were also the accurate Japanese top direct drives by Technics, Kenwood, Sony, Denon. As the Thorens TD 124 was considered an old concept, it was very easy to buy spare parts for the TD 124 for very little money.
A friend and I bought new TD 124 bearings and we designed a heavy turntable: shape, size and weight of the platter, the stone plinth filled with sand, the arm base which made the interchanging of arms very easy. This resulted in the construction in 1980 of my own turntable with a 9.8 kg heavy platter, called "Basic Turntable". My experiences led to the publication of a rather comprehensive series of articles about turntable building (materials, sound, mechanics, coupling, etc.) in the years 1986 to 1995.
In the pre world-wide-web days it was easy to buy TD 124 tables. That made it possible to re-assemble a well functioning 124 with an aluminum platter instead of the iron one.
When the internet was becoming more accessable I published The TD 124 Page in 2001. The www let the TD-124 cult come out into the open. More owners of TD-124 turntables manifested themselves on the internet and exchanged ideas and knowledge. In the beginning only belts were available and on occasion an idler wheel, and rarely a Papst Aussenlaufer replacement motor.
Today there are all sorts of newly manufactured parts available: idler wheels, belts, rubber grommets, arm boards in many shapes and sizes, spindle bearings and bearing housings, and a platter is being manufactured to replace a damaged or less well turning item. This is all to the benefit of a sound reproduction with less rumble, with good values for wow and flutter, and achieving good transients due to the idler wheel. Yes, the legend is still spinning.
IDLER WHEEL AND BELT
JOACHIM BUNG'S APPROACH
THE NEW EDITION
THE BIG SURPRISE
THE ENGLISH BOOK
A. Bruil. Page first published June 29, 2008