Thorens TD-126 MKII TurnTables

5/5 (5 Reviews)


Product Description

Introduced in 1976.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Les a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2012

Bottom Line:   
I bought my 126 MKII in 1976/78. It was new and took ages to get it set up. Was it worth it? Thirty something years later and still running, you bet it was worth it. The cost at the time was of course horrendous, however the 126 has been and still is the smooth operator it always was. bmac50 says he paid $240 in london for his, well he did very well, I paid over £300 and that was a special offer. (cheap at the time) The sharp bit was not included in the price, so, about £400 in all. For my vote, this Thorens is a peach of a machine. May it run for ever! les.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bmac50 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I bought mine when Thorens was in the middle of the model change (125 to 126). I actually took the station aircraft from Iceland to London just to get one of these plus save a ton of money. I had been using Pioneer turntables mostly up to this point so this was a huge jump.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $234.00

Purchased At:   London



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by reynaldo a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I fully agree with the other reviews: I've owned a 126 Mk III for 26 years and it´s been my beloved toy ever since. Previously I had a 145 Mk I while in college and that one I also recommend to anyone who can get their hands on one. The 126 broke the mold as far a a solid, massive and quiet table. I remember when I bought it (1981) some "experts" not liking the tone arm that came with it (TP-16 III) at the time but I also remember hearing spectacular sound comming from my cartridge of choice at the time ( Shure V-15 type IV). Currently I´m running a Dynavector 10X5 and the sound beats any CD in my collection. Sure, 21st century tables are sexy but I'm keeping my big tank that seems to be indistructible.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ddarch44 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I have listened to/lived with almost all of the Thorens suspended turntables from the 60s, 70s, and 80s...and this one is by far the nicest when speaking of units with stock arms. I have owned several TD-125 of various vintage and style, but none of those match the sonics and features of the 126 MKII. Again, this is with the stock arm. I am really anxious to upgrade to an SME or Linn, and see what it can do then!!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Belgarchi a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I bought it with a Grace tonearm and a Supex MC cartdridge, in pristine condition.
This turntable is superb : very heavy, so well suspended that you can knock it violently when playing a record without any detrimental effect ! The platter, made of 2 parts, weights more than 3 kg. The speed can be tuned, there is a stroboscope. It is easy to change the tonearm, and I installed a SME 3009 serie III. I don't ear any rumble nor speed variation. It is my last turntable : I don't think another one can better it.
Compared to a Thorens TD-125, it has many similar features (the platter, for example), but is better build (casing, etc.). I don't know why the older TD-125 is better known today, it doesn't make sense. The value rating of "5" is for one in perfect condition (rare) at less than $500.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $410.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon




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