Thorens TD 125 (1968) and TD 125 Mk. II (from 1972)
TD 125 with tonearm TP 25
TD 125 Mk II with tonearm TP 16
AC synchronous motor, belt drive, 16, 33 and 45 rpm, electronically switched, pitch +/- 2%, platter weight 3.2 kg (with subplatter), platter and armbase suspended by three-spring-subchassis, manual operation
My story :
The Thorens TD 125 Mk. II that is shown here is a quite special one - it’s the very rare LB version (LB stands for “Long Base”) that was produced in small numbers to carry the SME 3012 tonearm.
It carried a hefty price tag in the early Seventies - with perspex dust cover and tonearm it did cost nearly 1400 Deutsche Mark, and a cartridge was NOT included. For comparison : in 1972 1400 DM were c. 450 USD or c. 200 UKP.
And even today this version is rare and very sought after, so I’m very happy that I got this one for just 159 Euros including an Ortofon MC-10 cartridge plus matching step-up transformer STM-72. I saw it on the pages of eBay Germany only minutes after the seller put it in, and within a second my mouse pointer hit the “Buy it now”-button.
The turntable is in great shape as you can see in the picture, I just had to blow off the dust and polish the veneer a bit. I sold the MC-10 to a friend and installed my SPU GM/E which now feeds an ASL Mini Phono via the STM-72 transformer (ASL = Antique Sound Lab).
The sound is absolutely stunning ...