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 Post subject: Not quite a "phonograph" nor yet antique, but in 2030?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 01, 2018 10:13 pm 

Joined: Jun Mon 24, 2013 3:00 pm
Posts: 1138
Location: Champaign IL 61822
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.

 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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Location: Ohio 45177
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!

 Post subject: Re: Not quite a "phonograph" nor yet antique, but in 2030?
PostPosted: Jan Wed 03, 2018 6:48 pm 

Joined: Nov Sun 01, 2015 11:52 pm
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A quick search at ebay shows very high prices for TD125 units. ... 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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