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 Post subject: Not quite a "phonograph" nor yet antique, but in 2030?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 01, 2018 10:13 pm 
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Last night I brushed off my Thorens TD125 turntable and it rubbed.

Years ago the belt kept rolling off the stupidly "convex" roller,
so it fell off when turned on. I installed a piece of cardboard to
prevent this. I expected that it had caused the rub.

No, it turns out that somehow the suspension springs had drooped.
I had to take it apart and play with them. This got it floating nicely.

The arm (an SME2009-II) had gotten a bit dirty and corroded so I worked
on cleaning it. In the process I had to remove the counterweight. This
caused something to go "sproooooiiiinnnnggg". It was too tiny for any
metal spring I had. I fashioned one with a tiny piece of rubber. It just holds the
counterweight in place.

This gizmo has just worked since new. So far no need for recapping (it
has an oscillator-amplifier for the motor.)

At the moment I am listening to one of those "Direct to Disc" Sheffield Lab
recordings and it sounds great. Prokofiev Romero and Juliet.
By the end of mechanical recording they got it right.


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 Post subject: Re: Not quite a "phonograph" nor yet antique, but in 2030?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 02, 2018 1:49 am 
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Last year I was going thru estate records for a buck or two each, and found a sealed Sheffield. The content is not much interest to me, but the market value for sealed ones seems worthwhile to leave it as is rather than see if I can learn to love it!


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 Post subject: Re: Not quite a "phonograph" nor yet antique, but in 2030?
PostPosted: Jan Wed 03, 2018 6:48 pm 
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A quick search at ebay shows very high prices for TD125 units.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R ... 5&_sacat=0

Also shown are various small parts to optimize the ttbl, at what seem to be reasonable prices.

As for 2030 - who can tell? The pace of change is so rapid its hard to say how we will listen to music 12 years from now :lol:

Enjoy your Thorens!


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