Thorens E53P turntable with Fairchild arm

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  1. Sam Cogley

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    Cool. Thanks for sharing this!
     
  3. Joe Roberts

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    That was a "transcription table," advertised as such, before the 124. I have one but it seems to be frozen due to dried out grease. It is a direct gear drive unit, no idler wheel.

    A Dutch Thorens collector on Lenco Heaven is currently restoring one and I am awaiting his listening reports before I get all crazy fixing this one. The top plate is a relatively thin flat sheet of aluminum and the platter is kinda light weight, but I don't want to discount it beforehand because it is a Thorens product and probably not junk. I have been surprised before, more than once.

    There is also a changer model with the same basic mechanics.
     
  4. cyclotronic

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    I have a E53PA, which is similar to the one pictured but the speed control in particular is different. As noted, these pre-date the 124 (early-mid 50s?) and are direct drive. I had mine restored by Jim Campbell who is known for his 124 restorations, and he gave me a nice price on it as a repeat customer (he previously did my 124) and he liked the challenge of working on a model he'd never seen before. The major issue with these is motor noise, and I suspect it's why it was such a short lived model. Mine is used as a dedicated 78s turntable, and I was never aiming for audiophile perfection, but even with Jim rebuilding the motor, it is still quite noisy.
     
  5. Sam Cogley

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    I have a CD43 changer in the basement with a similar direct drive motor. I'd never seen this transcription model.
     
  6. cyclotronic

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    That went higher than I expected. But what does the Fairchild arm go for by itself? Maybe that was most of the value?
     

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