CHERRY VINTAGE AUDIO / objets d'art (Since 2014) 

CHERRY VINTAGE AUDIO / objets d'art (Since 2014) 


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Thorens TD 124 MK1
Thorens TD 124 MK1

Thorens TD 124 MK1

(1957)  "Simply the best. Period."  $2200

In excellent condition and equipped with many extras, this beautiful Thorens TD-124 turntable hails from an era (the late 50's) when England ruled the world with its state-of-the-art turntable technology.

Besides the reliable high precision direct-drive motor, the TD-124 has a unique magnetic speed adjustment that has the unit running at precisely 33.3 and 45 RPM.  Conveniently, his unit does not require a separate power supply.
Copies of the operation and service manuals are included.  All documentation / receipts for accessories, parts and labor are also included.

The TD-124 is a manually operated unit with:
~AC 4 pole induction motor
~idler wheel drive
~4 speeds (16, 33, 45 and 78 rpm)
~mechanically switched
~pitch control
~platter weight 10 lb (cast iron)
~top platter (aluminium) with clutch

Accessories included:

~Jelco TS-350 tonearm & headshell
~Pristine Shure M95-ED cartridge & N95ED stylus
~Upgraded aluminum upper platter
~Upgraded top center bearing, belt and idler wheel
~Mushroom grommets
~New strobe lamp
~Swiss built custom Baltic birch-wood base 


~Speeds: 4-speed variable speed (+-3%)
~Platter: 12", 11.5 lbs table with separate non-magnetic upgraded aluminum shell cover
~Drive: precision built motor with new extra compliant belt plus idler isolates motor vibration
~Wow / flutter / rumble: exceeds NAB specifications
~Dimensions (Standard) : 17" W x 14" D x 8" H 
~Weight - 45 lbs.

About Thorens...
Here's an excellent link that does a deep dive into the origins and history of Thorens:


Realistic Lab 500
Realistic Lab 500

Realistic Lab 500 

(1979)  $375  (pristine full auto, quartz-locked, direct-drive)

In perfect cosmetic and working condition, this great looking, unique Realistic Lab 500 turntable was the top of the line at the end of the 70's.  It was made in *Japan for Radio Shack (Tandy Corporation).  It is, without any doubt, one of the top two of the finest turntables they ever sold (the other being the Lab 400)...
Essentially (in our humble opinion) the Lab 500 is absolutely one of the best of the high quality, superb tables to come out of the Orient during the "Golden Age of HiFi".  

The Lab 500 was a custom design by Tandy Corp but was actually built by Mitsubishi of Japan using Tandy's specs.  This beauty is a direct drive, fully automatic, quartz locked, 2-speed turntable with a repeat function.  All the controls are on the front so, even with the dust cover lowered, it's very simple to operate.  

Most of the LAB-500's functions are electronically controlled which ultimately means fewer mechanical parts to break down or wear out.  The superb motor is a 12 pole brushless dc servo type that maintains constant speed under any potential voltage fluctuations.The platter design visually appears to make the platter look smaller in height than most, yet it's heavier, thicker and wider than most at the same time.  It's also a great looking turntable.  The design features lots of wood veneer and stunning heavy brushed aluminum.  We've had a few of these over the years and believe it to be one of the most beautiful of all.

Mounted on the original integrated headshell (designed specifically for the Lab-500) is a pristine Shure/Realistic R9000e LWS cartridge and new (correct) replacement for the N95e stylus.  The cartridge is basically the same as the famous Shure M95ED.
NOTE: The Shure M95ED was a high dollar cartridge back in the day.  There were several editions with similar specs, most still putting a squeeze on the wallet.

The S-shaped tonearm keeps the stylus of the cartridge perpendicular to the radius of the groove over the full surface of the record, which means low distortion and excellent tracking at less than 1-1/2 grams

This Lab-500 comes with the original owner's manual, new crystal clear dustcover and custom anti-resonant foam feet

Besides the fact that the Lab 500 was built by Mitsubishi, in most cases, the majority of Realistic turntables were manufactured by C.E.C. (Chuo Denki who still exists today.)  It wasn't just Radio Shack but many other well known names like Hitachi, Marantz, Sanyo, Toshiba, etc had lots of equipment manufactured by Japanese OEM companies such as Foster/Fostex and NEC, Mitsubishi, Hitachi and C.E.C..


Music Hall MMF 5.0
Music Hall MMF 5.0

Music Hall MMF 5.0

(2000)  $400

In excellent condition, this  turntable is a 2-speed, belt-drive, manually operated unit.  It features their original and unique 2-plinth design with six rubber springs separating the bottom platform from the top. This gives the turntable an extra level of isolation.

The compliant feet, 2-speed synchronous motor, switch, wiring and electrical parts are on the bottom plinth while the critical sound reproducing components, the bearing, arm and cartridge are mounted on the top platform.  

The low-resonance glass platter and felt mat sit on a high quality, stainless steel ball bearing sheathed in Teflon providing fluid and noise-free operation.  

The length of the tone arm is 9.5" for a very shallow tracking arc on the record that reduces distortion.  The tonearm comes fitted with a very high quality Audio Technica AT30E low output moving coil cartridge with a pristine ATN-30E stylus.  (Note: unlike most MC stylii, the ATN-30E stylus is replaceable. There are several online sources available for a replacement stylus.)

Also included is the screw-on record clamp.  The dimensions are 5.5"H x 18.2"W x 13.2"D and weighs 29 lbs.

Founded in April of 1985, Music Halls is a company dedicated to manufacturing, importing and distributing well priced, top quality, high-end audio components.

Their emphasis is almost exclusively 2-channel (stereo). Music Hall has grown over the years to become one of the pre-eminent distribution and manufacturing companies in the US, but are represented across Europe by Audio Tuning and its local distributors.

Music Hall manufactures its own range of turntables in the Czech Republic. These are produced in a factory that has been making turntables for over 50 years. All Music Hall turntables come fitted with arms, cartridges and dust covers. They consistently make the “Recommended Components” list in Stereophile Magazine.

The company's electronics are developed and designed in the US and manufactured to strict specifications in the Far East. The range consists of integrated amplifiers, CD players, receivers, phono amps and D/A converters.


Audio Technica AT-LPW50PB 

(as new, 2022)  $300

This Audio Technica turntable is literally new and identical to those selling online for an average price $400.  With its beautiful piano black laminate and carbon fiber tonearm (with a universal-mount headshell and new AT-VM95E cartridge and stylus). 

It was first released in 2020 at the CES show in Las Vegas.  Similar in design and construction to the other well known "modern" turntables like ProJect, U-Turn, Orbit, etc, Audio Technica relied heavily on their name recognition and reputation when they entered this highly competitive share of the market.

Because it has a built-in phono preamp, with a flick of a switch, this turntable gives you a choice of using it either as a standalone turntable connected to a pair of powered speakers OR by simply connecting to a receiver or amp in the traditional manner.  This is NOT a bluetooth model.  In our humble opinion, simply because it's wired, the connectivity and sound quality is superior to wireless.
NOTE: you don’t have to use the built-in preamp if you don’t want to, because there’s a slider switch alongside the two gold-plated RCA outputs that allows you to take the output directly from the cartridge and send it to your own external phono preamplifier if you’d prefer.  

Rather than going into a detailed description, here is the link to its description:

About Audio-Technica Co. Ltd...
Founded in 1962, with a capital of one million yen and three employees, founder Hideo Matsushita worked in a rented one-story private house in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. 

Its launch product was the AT-1, a moving-magnet cartridge that claimed to “revolutionize sound quality” with a world-class technology that implanted a diamond needle without crushing the tip of the pipe cantilever, and which quickly became a bestseller. The founder remembered that he and his staff  “worked late each night, stopping only for dinner at the ramen shop in front of the premises.”

By the time he founded Audio-Technica, mind you, Hideo Matsushita was a 42-year-old vinyl fan.  %2 years later, just about everyone that ever spun a record knows the name Audio Technica.