The TD-124 ranks among the all-time-classic turntables. It’s so well-made that Bang & Olufsen and Tandberg sold variants of the TD-124 under their own brands. (Yep, once upon a time B&O actually sold regular ol’ hi-fi gear.) There’s even a web page that goes into incredible depth about the TD-124’s history and mechanical works.
“This was the best of the best of the best,” Sauck says. “The motor assembly is rock-solid. You can pretty much stand on the platter and it’ll still work.”
Sauck says that many audiophiles like to modify the TD-124 with different tonearms, and sometimes even by replacing the tonearm board with one made from an exotic material such as teak or slate. It’s unusual in that it’s a rim drive design, with a rubber drive wheel under the lip of the platter.
The price of a vintage TD-124 depends on the condition and the tonearm supplied with it. Expect to pay about $600 for a stripped-down model without a tonearm, and as much as $3,000 (maybe even more) for a fully reconditioned one with a top-notch arm.
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