THORENS RHAPSODY - Completely Original - What's it worth?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Culper721, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. Culper721

    Culper721 New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Stony Brook, NY
    THORENS TD-124 MK 1 Turntable
    Thorens WB-309 Base
    Ortofon RMG-309 16" Tonearm
    Ortofon SPU G head shell with Sure M75E cartridge

    UNTOUCHED FOR AT LEAST 46 YEARS: Mechanically, the turntable was spared from approximately 46 years of wear and tear. My father converted an upstairs bedroom into a storage room and kept it there UNTOUCHED since at least 1971. (I know, because I grew up in the room next to it) The Thorens remained there until I took it for servicing in August of 2017. Other than having the original E-50 (square) motor serviced to ensure the grease was new, as well as having the switch serviced, the turntable has been left as close to the condition it was left in 46 years ago.

    Tested and fully operational (at shop where serviced -- I don't have an amplifier capable of phono input on hand)

    Also, any advice as to where and how I should list this?

    Thanks

    P.S. I had four pictures, but I don't know how to use a link interface to post them.
     
  2. Ozric

    Ozric Forum Resident

    Any Pics ?
     
  3. Manimal

    Manimal Forum Resident

    Location:
    Southern US
    Man that thing would be "priceless to me" wow!
    But I do like money:)
     
  4. Manimal

    Manimal Forum Resident

    Location:
    Southern US
    Try Postimage. To get pics
     
  5. action pact

    action pact ^^ Sandy Warner, "The Exotica Girl"

    It's probably worth north of $2k.
     
  6. PhxJohn

    PhxJohn Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    You can look at Ebay 'sold' listings to see prices for similar models. You can check trade in value at various dealers. SoundStage Direct has an online form that you can fill out and email. I would say multiply trade in values by a factor of two to get a private sale value. But, use Ebay 'sold' prices to temper that figure. Good luck. I am in a similar situation of finding the value of my turntable. I tried my own suggestions....I just do not like the end result. LOL.
     
  7. td19

    td19 Member

    I bought one similar (s/n 16543) to this two years ago, mint condition cosmetically and operationally, but w/o the Ortofon arm and headshell (unfortunately!). The deck cost me NZ2300, around US$1800-1900.
     
  8. Ken Clark

    Ken Clark Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Chicago Suburbs
    That sounds like an awesome setup!
     
  9. Culper721

    Culper721 New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Stony Brook, NY
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  10. Culper721

    Culper721 New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Stony Brook, NY
  11. Mike from NYC

    Mike from NYC Forum Resident

    Location:
    Surprise, AZ
    It will be worth what someone is willing to pay. I sold many identical items on eBay and they always brought in different amounts of $$$ based on the luck of timing.
     
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  12. Jimi Floyd

    Jimi Floyd Forum Resident

    Location:
    Italy
    100% true
     
  13. td19

    td19 Member

    I would think the arm might be worth more than the turntable?
     
  14. Benzion

    Benzion Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    To my taste, the plinth is a disaster - it's narrower than the length of the arm, precluding the owner from using a dust cover. Best case scenario - it needs to be totally re-finished, and a dust cover improvised to go over the whole assembly, like a sarcophagus. Better yet - replace it with a new beefier one. Overall, the table looks very much its age, which does not add $$$'s to my price estimate. I certainly would not pay "north of $2K" for it in its current condition.

    Try your luck at starting the bid ads around $1,500.00, and see if it attracts bidders.
     
  15. Ken Clark

    Ken Clark Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Chicago Suburbs
    Agree with Benzion. It doesn't exactly look pristine though would be worthy of a restoration and improved plinth.
     
  16. Culper721

    Culper721 New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Stony Brook, NY
    Thank you all for the thoughtful comments and suggestions. I can't hold on to this for the simple reason that vinyl is for the truly dedicated an attentive listener only. And besides I don't have a vinyl collection worthy of something like this. The only time I've ever appreciated vinyl as much as the truly faithful devotee is when a CD was created using a decayed master tape -- and the old vinyl I had sounded far superior. That happened with a couple of Ten Years After albums if I remember correctly. But again, that was 1989.
     
  17. I'd try the $2000 price on eBay. The whole setup needs a little TLC but that arm is uber expensive on its own, and I guess you had to pay something for the servicing of the motor.
     
  18. Ken Clark

    Ken Clark Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Chicago Suburbs
    Perhaps offer the arm and table separately.
     

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