Among the mass produced Thorens turntables, many consider this model to be the best after the TD-124 and the market reflects this.
The TD-125 is very well built and super heavy, about twice the weight of the TD-145 that just arrived. The weight difference speaks to the selection of materials and quality of the components. These tables are very easy to work on and parts are readily available if something should happen.
It arrived to us in near perfect working condition. It just needed the lift cable serviced and the arm adjusted. Also the veneer was peeling on the top edge so we upgraded it with aluminum strips that both look original but will also protect the edges which are hard to keep intact.
All functions work as they should, the arm lifts smoothly, the platter comes up to speed nicely and holds where it should, and the speeds are spot on.
The TP-25 arm is also in good condition and functions properly. The anti-skate line and weight are in place but I tend not to use it on this table and it works well without it. There is a tiny bit of pitting on the chrome but barely noticeable.
Installed is a Grado cartridge with a brand new stylus which sounds warm and inviting, especially on jazz. If you’d like a new cartridge installed and calibrated from Sumiko or ClearAudio let me know and I’ll price it for you.
The top plinth is in perfect condition and the paint is intact. The wood veneer is super clean and has just been oiled which makes it look super sharp. The matt is super clean which is pretty rare.
There is no cover for this table (they tend to get in the way anyhow) but are readily available if needed.
I’m listening to the table as we speak (a bit of Dave Brubeck) and it sounds glorious.