Restoration of Thorens TD-125/125 MKII Turntables
What Our Service Includes.
Steps We Take While Restoring Your Turntable
Every Thorens turntable is slightly different in terms of adjustment of the suspension. I have resisted making a Youtube video about suspension adjustment because there are many small factors based on the idiosyncrasies of that table (spring tension, tonearm weight, platter weight, drive platter material, mat weight, cartridge weight, and whether or not a clamp of some kind will be used. Tuning AR suspensions is something I have done literally hundreds of times over the past years. I know the nuances that lead to the very best performance.
Lubricate drive platter bearing and test for quiet and true (Truing the platter, if needed, is additional $40)
If nicks or cuts are found in cables, owner is notified of cable options
Initial evaluation of motor, platter bearing, and basic tonearm function including bearings
Clean drive platter surface where belt rides of oxidation and staining
Clean and polish drive platter bearing shaft
Remove residue from motor pulley
Remove platters and other items that are removable
Lubricate motor, run several hours
Detail tonearm and area around motor
Clean top plate with appropriate cleaners discovered over years of working on them
Clean out platter bearing well
Clean and polish drive platter edge to satin finish
AC and tonearm wire solder points checked. Re-solder if needed.
Clean ground connections
Check strobe functions (strobe bulbs are $35 if need to be replaced)***
Check motor pulley function, especially the clutch on MKII
Clean smaller items in ultrasonic cleaner
Check corner blocks for splits. Glue, if needed.
Vacuum underside. If parts are corroded, they are treated with WD-40 to prevent further corrosion
Clean and treat mat, if included
Clean and treat plinth. (I can sometimes eliminate shallow scratches as part of this process)
Clean and polish dust cover, if included. (One coat polish inside, three coats outside)
If parts are highly corroded, owner is notified of replacement options. This rarely happens.
Detail all tonearm surfaces
Clean headshell terminals, in and out, with de-Oxit
Check cueing function. Clean out and replace damping fluid, if needed.
If cartridge is used, evaluate cartridge and report results to owner
Mount new cartridge, if needed
Reassemble/reinstall all cleaned parts
Align cartridge, setting VTA, tracking angle, offset, and azimuth
Replace belt with new
Adjust/tune suspension to maximize performance
Re-adjust suspension and/or cartridge alignment as needed.
Clean/vacuum bottom plate and re-install
Install upgrade feet
Re-pack turntable for shipment.
Return and enjoy your Restored Turntable