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Thorens TD 126 MKII Vintage Turntable With Shure Ultra 500 Cartridge

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Thorens Td126 Mkii Vintage Turntable With Shure Ultra 500 Cartridge

Thorens TD 126 MKII Vintage Turntable With Shure Ultra 500 Cartridge

SkyFi 479

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479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States


One of my favorite 'tables, working brilliantly and fitted with a high-performing Shure Ultra 500 vintage MM (Moving-Magnet) phono cartridge.

I serviced this unit resolving common issues with the lifter, cleaned and lubricated controls and moving parts, and repaired the RCA jacks.

Also features a desirable auto-lift function that will stop playing at the end of the record, and provides automatic up/down control of the arm. Great if you have shaky hands.

While we typically fit brand new Sumiko cartridges on the 'tables we offer, the Shure Ultra 500 was performing so well I chose to leave it in place. Of course I inspected the stylus for wear under our crazy powerful microscope to make sure it didn't show signs of wear.

If you prefer to have something new fitted, please look at our Sumiko line and add one to the cart during checkout. We'll then perform our well refined 12 step calibration prior to shipping.

Bulb on the 78 RPM is currently out and I'm waiting on a replacement from Europe.

The SkyFi Testing Process for Turntables:

First we try to identify any mechanical issues, particularly in the tonearm bearings. We check for freedom of movement or any resistance on both the horizontal and vertical range. There is a quick test for this which involves placing the table on its front edge and allowing the arm to swing freely like a pendulum. We then make any adjustments necessary to achieve minimal resistance and sometimes adjust the bearing pressure. On gimbal tonearms we inspect the cone tip with a magnifier.

We then asses the platter speed by using one of several methods, the most accuse is a playing a test tone on a test record and measuring the frequency out put with a frequency counter or oscilloscope. We also utilize test equipment to measure the wow and flutter to ensure its within spec. We do this for all speeds available for that particular model. Adjustments are then made to achieve proper speed which will vary depending on table drive design. Some require an adjustment of an internal or external potentiometer, some will require a pulley or motor adjustment. We also inspect the platter bearing to ensure its properly lubricated keeping in mind that some don't require lubrication at all.

We then inspect the power supply and address any issues with overworked capacitors particularly on Linn and later Thorens machines which tend to need attention.

On fully mechanical vintage tables like the Thorens TD124 and Garrard 301/401 we will go thought the entire mechanism, replace any worn parts and lubricate all components necessary to ensure smooth operation, speed change and low mechanical noise.

When fitting a new cartridge we will go through our detailed calibration process which can involve as many as 12 steps depending on the arm design. We perform this work on our custom turntable calibration rig which was developed in-house.

Some of these steps include:

Pivot to spindle adjustment

Tracing force


Tonearm height

Lifter height



Stylus Distance and Overhang

We then do a critical listening test using our test records and our test system to ensure proper sonics.



Original Box

Not Included


Not Included


Not Applicable


Yes - Power 

Physical Condition (Info Here)

7 / 10

Working Condition

10 / 10

SKU: 100656