The TD 124 "drive platter", also known as the "main platter" or "sub-platter", is an essential element in the Thorens design concept. Thorens chose cast iron for the TD 124 series due to its outstanding properties: high density and damping capacity, great rigidity and extraordinary dimensional stability. These structural advantages, so important to the Thorens sound, involved one major disadvantage: the platter is magnetic.
A warped or deformed top platter can dampen the performance of even a perfectly functioning TD 124. Unfortunately it is no longer possible to meet the demand for a replacement top platter by replicating the technology employed by Thorens at the time of manufacture - the machine tools and technique no longer exist.
After years of experimentation using skilled machinists and considerable investment, we are pleased to announce that we have now succeeded in producing a top platter for the TD 124 which meets our demanding requirements.