Author Topic: This one might just be a keeper - Thorens TD520 'professional' turntable with a  (Read 627 times)

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I picked this one up the other day - you might have spotted it on www.avsa.co.za

This one was just too interesting to pass up.

This table originally belonged to the Gallo pressing plant in the South of Johannesburg. When that operation closed the plant manager got the turntable. Being a finicky fellow he has kept it in good condition. It came with nice little bits and bobs too like a Stanton 981 HSZ cartridge and a Pickering with the 'pan' brush upfront...

Here is some great information about the table from a German website (if you spreuken nicht Deutch like me - then use Google Translate)
http://www.captndifool.de/…/plattens…/thorens/thorens-td-520

The only real problem so far is the auto stop mechanism. I opened the base and indeed the tonearm was setup with auto-stop. I took apart the mechanism and discovered that the LED had failed. The reason it failed was because someone before me has put black heatshrink around it to 'block' the light and disable the 'auto-stop'.

Replacing the LED was easy enough. Resetting the sickle (shutter) was not easy. As seems to be the standard with these turntables the shutter on mine has cracked at the point it connects to the tonearm.

There is a flaw in the implementation with the SME tonearm. I set the shutter with the arm aligned as I received it. Once I was happy with the operation I set about aligning the cartridge properly which brought the arm forward. This changed the 'stop point' slightly and I needed to go back and reset the 'stop' point on the shutter...






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Lovely.

What headshell is that?
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Lovely.

What headshell is that?

I am not too sure... No branding on it. I do have something a little more appropriate:



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Beautiful machine!  :thumbs:
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Beautiful  :thumbs:
Couldn't have landed in better hands

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Looks like it might be a later implementation of the TD125 and TD126 turntables.

That SME 3012 is a treasure.

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Very nice indeed!  :thumbs: That arm is a 3012-R right?

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Very nice indeed!  :thumbs: That arm is a 3012-R right?

Yip, it's missing a few pieces like the arm clip and the anti-skating hanger and weight. I am going to get those pieces soon... The bottom of the arm has been modified to accommodate the auto-stop shutter and sensor. The nice thing is that the modification is non-destructive and easily reversed (it would also mean getting more 'bits')...

Looks like it might be a later implementation of the TD125 and TD126 turntables.

That SME 3012 is a treasure.

It's based more on the TD320. It shares the same drive system and the same leaf spring suspension system as the TD320. The drive system has been modified with an added strobe run off a frequency generator (a 'variable truth' implementation loved by the Japanese) and with pitch control 'on the fly'....

The real peach for me is the main bearing. It's definitely one of the top bearings produced by Thorens.


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Lovely.

Your email to the previous owner beat me ....... :sd:

Enjoy it :thumbs:

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Lovely.

Your email to the previous owner beat me ....... :sd:

Enjoy it :thumbs:

I was surprised I got this one. I did uhm and ahhhh a bit as I am not a fan of buying expensive turntables without physically looking at them first. I sent my dad to pick up (and pack) for me... The first thing he said was that the seller was 'finniky' - I immediately breathed a sigh of relief! The biggest enemy of turntables is unsympathetic handling followed by careless storage and then non-use....

I was mucking around a bit and tried this out...



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The biggest enemy of turntables is unsympathetic handling followed by careless storage and then non-use....

That is so true. With my own turntables, which I treat like gold, handle sympathetically and store carefully, even 4 to 6 months' non-use usually means they need to be (lightly) re-serviced, re-adjusted, and all sorts of "how the hell did this happen" issues fixed before they play like they did before I put them away!  :thumbs: :groovy:

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JQ, congrats on the beautiful new toy and a great thread idea! Following up with my own ;)
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JQ, congrats on the beautiful new toy and a great thread idea! Following up with my own ;)

I hear you have been shopping  :giggle:  :giggle:  :giggle: LOTS OF PICTURES please  :whistler:  :whistler:  :whistler:

That is so true. With my own turntables, which I treat like gold, handle sympathetically and store carefully, even 4 to 6 months' non-use usually means they need to be (lightly) re-serviced, re-adjusted, and all sorts of "how the hell did this happen" issues fixed before they play like they did before I put them away!  :thumbs: :groovy:

With all the tables I sell I tell the guys to play at least one record a week. They look at me a bit strange when I tell them but we all know how modern life can get busy...


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