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Old 3rd January 2018, 02:21 AM   #2541
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Old 3rd January 2018, 02:27 AM   #2542
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Haha. LOL!
Come on.


(I am searching for a good rugged tt for outdoor/pa use.)
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Old 3rd January 2018, 02:56 AM   #2543
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Old 3rd January 2018, 03:18 AM   #2544
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Thanks for the hint.
Yes, I know.
But I was hoping there would be a somewhat less expensive solution.
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Old 4th January 2018, 01:23 AM   #2545
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Well if you could find one of these in NOS condition (not likely), they were sturdy enough for the Swiss Army. Or just get one to go along with your Swiss Army Knife ;-)

ferrucios Lenco

I don't think of a TD124 in the terms of outdoor use, though I'm certain one could be prepared for it, not unlike that Lenco.

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Old 4th January 2018, 10:08 AM   #2546
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What`s so special about the TD124?
It's a work of art and a device of science. It was made at a time with very little to copy or build upon. I suspect Thorens looked at the Garard 301 and thought it a better idea.

It has the sound of a broadcast turntable. It's a bit like hearing the mastetape. Having used a Scully lathe as a turntable I can say that the LP is closer than you would think to that mastertape ( CD transfers are not as good ). It is rock solid in terms of imagine placement. It just sounds right. Records sound less damged sometimes. When it is the only copy you have it matters. A Lenco can do the same. I like SME M2 with the Lenco.
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I figured it is somewhat special.
Thanks for the detailed answer.
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It's a work of art and a device of science. It was made at a time with very little to copy or build upon. I suspect Thorens looked at the Garard 301 and thought it a better idea.

It has the sound of a broadcast turntable. It's a bit like hearing the mastetape. Having used a Scully lathe as a turntable I can say that the LP is closer than you would think to that mastertape ( CD transfers are not as good ). It is rock solid in terms of imagine placement. It just sounds right. Records sound less damged sometimes. When it is the only copy you have it matters. A Lenco can do the same. I like SME M2 with the Lenco.
Nicely summed up. Almost, if not poetic, even.
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I purchased all of my replacements on eBay. I figure they last a long time so $30 - 40 is not terrible, sometimes there are better deals.

Make sure that the 33K resistor on the back of the voltage change board is OK. (It should measure within 10% of nominal value, if it is outside this range it should be replaced)
I checked the 33K in circuit and it measures 34.9K. The bulb looks dark and smoky inside the glass. The new ones in the pics on ebay look clear. Also, there is someone selling replacement mirror kits that include the mirror, plastic window and the bulb for $25.00. The bulb does not look the same and the original. I contacted the seller and asked about it. The seller responded that the bulbs are not original. They are 1/4-watt not 1-watt like the original bulbs. However, the seller said they work very well. I did some surfing yesterday and found 1/4-Watt neon bulbs with the same as original base for about $5.00. I think I'd prefer to stick with an original though.

FYI My bulb has written on the base:

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I checked the 33K in circuit and it measures 34.9K. The bulb looks dark and smoky inside the glass. The new ones in the pics on ebay look clear. Also, there is someone selling replacement mirror kits that include the mirror, plastic window and the bulb for $25.00. The bulb does not look the same and the original. I contacted the seller and asked about it. The seller responded that the bulbs are not original. They are 1/4-watt not 1-watt like the original bulbs. However, the seller said they work very well. I did some surfing yesterday and found 1/4-Watt neon bulbs with the same as original base for about $5.00. I think I'd prefer to stick with an original though.

FYI My bulb has written on the base:

Philips GL 1W
Made in Holland
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Like this one I'm pretty sure. An original bulb after about 50 years of use. The one pictured still lights.
At present I am using a modern facsimile that has a larger diameter at the glass but otherwise fits the fixture. I wrote about it somewhere within this thread several years back. Use the thread search facility to find it. I believe it is a 125 volt bulb that I purchased from Mouser at $5.00 each. At present I can't find the part number within my notes. It is working fine at grid voltage in my area (125vac/60hz)

The bulbs Jurg Schopper offers, I believe to be NOS oem stuff. That would account for his pricing. That and the fact that it is in Switzerland where all things cost more.

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