New Thorens TD124DD

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New Thorens TD124DD

Post by raphaelmabo » 11 May 2019 08:46

Thorens has showned at Munich High End Show an updated version of the classic TD124, now called TD124 DD. This comes with a TP124 tonearm with SME connection and ”weight on a string”-antiskate. No technical details, price or availability has been released yet.

Here is an image, from Thorens FB-page. It looks very much like a, well, TD124.
https://m.facebook.com/THORENSOfficial/ ... rdc=1&_rdr

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Re: New Thorens TD124DD

Post by zwarte-romantiek » 11 May 2019 17:13

Just like the Garrard 301. There should also be an updated version in Munich.

Interesting, but it is probably a lot chaeper to buy one "original" versions.

And there should be a new version of the GARRARD 301 as well.Thanks

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Re: New Thorens TD124DD

Post by raphaelmabo » 13 May 2019 11:12

Yes, SME bought the rights to the Garrad name last year and they have showned a 301 at the Munich show.
https://www.stereophile.com/content/gar ... -turntable

I believe the TD124 DD would cost at least 100 000 euro too. Personally, if I had the money I would go for a TD550 instead. :)

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Re: New Thorens TD124DD

Post by jbp » 16 Jun 2019 07:13

Seems that a new TD124 becomes reality :D - see newspaper (NZZ); 16.06.2019:

https://nzzas.nzz.ch/wissen/thorens-td- ... ld.1489187

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Post by zwarte-romantiek » 11 Jul 2019 17:11

It is an amazing price tag. Wonder what they changed from the original concept? Or what 'beter' materials they used.

Regards,

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Re: New Thorens TD124DD

Post by montesquieu » 21 Aug 2019 11:14

I saw this turntable at the Munich show and took some pics.

I didn't hear it play but the close up look and feel was very disappointing.

First of all it's direct drive rather than an idler - which I guess is ok but it means that the original isn't being recreated, it's merely the style / look of the original. Disappointment no 1.

Disappointment no 2 was the plastic body which is also the wrong colour.

Disappointment no 3 was the relatively flimsy platter though depending on the motor something I guess can be done aftermarket with that.

Disappointment no 4 - only two speeds (no 78) while the lever was just an electrical switch - no nice 'clunk' as you move between stepper settings.

Finally - the arm. I hope it's not compulsory to have that tonearm - not sure about the new version but the original is certainly capable of taking a lot better.

The price - the equivalent of £10,000 GBP - is probably unsurprising in this world of rip-off 'brand positioning' exercises but the least said the better. Its a bit dishonest recycling the visual design - which was always a bit pedestrian - rather than all the internal engineering stuff that made it a high performer and still desirable over 50 years on.

All in all a complete and utter missed opportunity.

https://i.imgur.com/kljcseP.jpg

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Re: New Thorens TD124DD

Post by zwarte-romantiek » 22 Aug 2019 17:50

Thanks for the photo. Too bad they did not try better.

I guess I stick to my 1957 TD-124 :D

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Re: New Thorens TD124DD

Post by montesquieu » 07 Sep 2019 16:59

And I stick to my 1964 TD124 MkII

https://i.imgur.com/K2ya356.jpg

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Re: New Thorens TD124DD

Post by 62vauxhall » 18 Sep 2019 00:00

montesquieu wrote:
07 Sep 2019 16:59
And I stick to my 1964 TD124 MkII

https://i.imgur.com/K2ya356.jpg
Apologies for deviating off course.

I very recently became a TD124 owner, purchasing a Mark II. Some time passed between my agreeing to purchase and taking possession of it. During which, I went online to read about them. One item I came across said Mark II’s were produced in 1967 & 1968.

You say that yours was made in ‘64?

A. post I saw elsewhere was from a Mark II owner saying he believed his Mark II, SN 8****, was made in ‘68.

That made me think that mine, SN 66225, was from 1967. But if they were made prior to that year, maybe what I have is older?

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