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    Default Vintage Thorens TD 134 - need help

    I have a chance to buy this TD 134, serial number 8363. I’m confused because of the arm lift handle on this 134 chassis. Is this pristine and original? I never see any TD 134 with arm lift handle!?!?
    Thank you in advance.






    Last edited by Mostec; 08-02-2019 at 10:06.

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    No vintage Thorens experts here?

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    Hello Primoz,

    The only 'vintage' Thorens decks I'm familiar with are the TD124 and TD124/II. I know a little about the TD135, but your TD134 is new to me.

    It is not clear to me what the 'MANUAL- STOP' control does, unless it is an arm autolift facility: lifting the arm at the end of the record.

    As a start I would clean out and refresh the old lubrication and grease and consider replacing the idler wheel and belt.

    I notice it has a magnetic eddy current speed adjustment, but there is no means to alter it. Presumably it was factory set. It might be worth getting hold of a strobe disc to check if it needs re-adjusting.

    Good luck - it's an interesting piece of vintage Thorens.
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

    Barry

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    Barry, thank you for your information, very kind.
    I just don't want to buy "Frankenstein" Thorens. Or this is very rare TD 134 because of arm lift handle or mixed with 134 and 135?
    That is the question now!
    If original I will buy it, if "Frankenstein" I'll avoid it.

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    I've done a little research, and can assure you the arm lift handle/control is genuine, but rare.

    Give me a couple of days and I'll be able to give you a lot more information on the TD134.
    Last edited by Barry; 10-02-2019 at 21:37.
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    Barry, that's Great. Looking forward to your reply.
    With Kind Regards, from Ljubljana - Slovenia.

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