Thorens TD121

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alfa_doctor
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Thorens TD121

Post by alfa_doctor » 21 Oct 2019 00:47

My go-to turntable is a Thorens TD121 #1181 33 1/3. I can't believe the value these bring, so I must have a really nice unit.

I have no idea what tonearm it has. The turntable came out of an estate sale back in the late 70s minus the plinth (could use one) The tonearm is about 290 mm (straight arm, curved at the stylus end) tip to tip and sits in a ring. The back end of the tonearm is black and flat going out in a Y shape. I suspect it may be the factory-installed unit.

What do I do for a replacement stylus if I need one? It looks to be a unique part of the tonearm. Looks to be a black plug in.

Any maintenance items that need to be done as I have done anything since I acquired it. The idle wheel seems to be in good condition. The motor runs quiet and seems to come up to speed quickly.

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Re: Thorens TD121

Post by alfa_doctor » 21 Oct 2019 08:47

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Here is a photo of the tonearm. I spent some time this afternoon looking for one like it and came up empty-handed. Anyone know who made this?

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Re: Thorens TD121

Post by Alec124c41 » 21 Oct 2019 14:07

That proprietary cartridge says B&O.

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Re: Thorens TD121

Post by abs1 » 21 Oct 2019 17:05

If the cartridge is a B&O I'd recommend checking with Peter Ledermann @ Soundsmith. He pretty much is the go-to guy for B&O knowledge.

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Re: Thorens TD121

Post by alfa_doctor » 21 Oct 2019 20:43

B&O to me were always the ones that seem to lead the pack in audio.
I thought that I was missing something about the anti-skate, and this article explains it very well.
https://www.beoworld.org/prod_details.asp?pid=903

Looks like i have a great tone arm.
You guys are a great help and I appreciate it.

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Re: Thorens TD121

Post by nat » 21 Oct 2019 22:25

I think Gary at VOM may actually have NOS replacement styli. And someone else I was looking at appeared to have them also.
I think Dynaco imported that arm into the US.

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Re: Thorens TD121

Post by alfa_doctor » 22 Oct 2019 02:30

Looks like you can just replace the "can" with the stylus and not have to buy the coil set up. I removed mine, cleaned the needle and put some DeOxit gold contact on the terminals. That should improve the signal.

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