That's a heartbreaking, beautiful and bittersweet story there, Sliptmickey! :( Mr. Thorner must have been quite a man, and your specimen may have been the VERY LAST turntable he worked on before he passed, so definitely all the more reason to keep this one in good service...Make sure you play some music in Mr. Thorner's honor sometime as a thank you! :DSliptMickey wrote:Hello--
It seems like these turntables are receiving their due in recent years.
Here is my 40H that my parents bought brand new just before my time in the mid-1960s. Even though they were of the big band generation, they did have copies of "Sgt Pepper's" and "Yesterday and Today" that I would listen to and draw on the covers of in crayon as a little kid in the 1970s. The turntable fell into disrepair over the years but still I dragged it with me throughout my various moves. I was about to finally toss it when I stumbled upon an inspirational and truly genius turntable repairer named Joel Thorner about 10 years back; he told me that it was absolutely worth saving and that it would be telling stories for another 40 years after he fixed it up. Sure enough it arrived back better than ever with spares presumably taken off of his parts units as well as a brand new Shure M55e cartridge. I never got to thank him for reviving my heirloom though: sadly, Mr Thorner died while the ELAC was en-route back to me.
Did yours come with a dust cover, too? :-k