do I buy a TD126 MKII that I don't need... but want?

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do I buy a TD126 MKII that I don't need... but want?

Post by terzinator » 29 Apr 2019 21:01

Friend wants to get rid of his TD126 MKII with a Black Widow tonearm, an Ortofon MC20 cart and MCA76 preamp. He's got other TT's and this is sitting unused.

All supposedly in good shape, but having a look tomorrow.

What would be a good/fair price?

I figure the table itself could be $500, tonearm $400, cart $200, preamp $300 or so. But as a package deal what would you pay?

Just trying to figure out where the line between "can't pass it up" and "let someone else have it" is.

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Post by terzinator » 30 Apr 2019 05:52

hmmm woulda thought this right up all y'all's alley

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Post by terzinator » 30 Apr 2019 20:38

well just to wrap this HOT thread up in a nice bow, i bought the lot for $800.

In accordance with the prophecy.

Everything is gorgeous. Even the preamp. Black Widow looks brand new. Will be fun to listen through my system.

Main concern was the stylus, as it can't be replaced by me; it would have to be retipped. But it was retipped back in the day, and the seller (very reputable older guy) says there's maybe 20 hours on the current stylus. (Wild guess he says, as it's been in storage for years.) Anyway, stylus seems fine, as it plays and sounds great. (Through his mini test system anyway.)

Gonna make sure spindle is well oiled and I'll get a new belt, but otherwise, it's good to go. Photos when I get it set up.

If anyone cares. :roll:

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Post by Alec124c41 » 02 May 2019 05:51

We all like phono p**n. Post pix.

Cheers,
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Post by spensar » 02 May 2019 10:32

Sounds like a nice deal, and doubly so since you know the history and the gear was well cared for. Congrats. Love to see a picture of the table.

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Post by medwaybeat » 02 May 2019 12:40

Sounds like a nice buy. I have no idea of values so could not comment on your original post. As above it would be great to see some images.

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Post by Roberto C2H3 » 02 May 2019 15:01

terzinator, your avatar scared me :lol:

Regarding the stylus condition, if it sounds well its probably ok. It is very difficult to assess stylus wear unless you have a good microscope and proper lighting conditions. Even then its more challenging than one would imagine. Thankfully, careful listening of a record you are familiar with is a good way to monitor a stylus's condition.

Congratulations on your purchase! Myself, I got back into vinyl records because of the cost and inconvenience :lol: (borrowed that from a New Yorker cartoon).

Buying gear that you want rather than need puts you in excellent company in this forum 8)

Best from the Pampas,
roberto


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Post by medwaybeat » 08 May 2019 16:12

Nice

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Post by vinyl master » 08 May 2019 16:23

Looks like the real deal there, terzinator...Sorry we didn't post about it sooner! :(

I was going to say...Depends on whether anyone else was looking at it and what price it was going for...If you were the only one who could give it the TLC it deserves and you could afford it, I might have said, "Why not???"

In any case, a very nice exemplar, indeed! :D

Very classy! 8)

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Post by terzinator » 09 May 2019 19:36

Just for fun, i've added it to the main system in the house. A dining-room buffet makes a great turntable cabinet, I think. Looks are in keeping with the era of the house. =D>

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/468 ... 9906_c.jpg

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Post by vinyl master » 09 May 2019 22:18

Works for me! :wink:

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Post by AnalogueEric » 01 Sep 2019 13:19

I’ve been deep diving into Thorens and found a 126 MKII. All stock, excellent condition, and a fair price. I was looking at the 125, but man they’re expensive. I hope you’re enjoying yours.

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Post by user510 » 02 Sep 2019 21:55

Nice one!
Good photos.
re: stylus condition. If it sounds good it likely is. Although it sort of makes sense for us vinyl nuts to actually invest in a microscope suitable for inspecting stylii. I finally did that earlier this year. I think I posted about it somewhere in the cartridge/preamp forum here at VE. A 'real' microscope, not one of those cheapie USB scopes. We want good glass in the lenses we look through.

I like the Td126 in its three iterations. I currently own a TD126-III. It waits for me to dig in and do a full restoration, but I have had it up and running last year. And, I also have that tonearm, the Infinity Black Widow. I've tried three different cartridges on the BW arm so far; an ADC XLM-II, a Sonus Blue and a Technics EPC-205C II. The Sonus and ADC cartridges sound very similar to one another. (naturally, 'cause they came from the brain of the same designer) The Technics cartridge is in a similar class, I think, but produces a bit more bottom end weightiness. Also, I find that the BW arm benefits from the use of the damper trough. Definitely it is worth while to explore that.

-Steve

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