the comparisons to various vpi tables are subjective in many cases. i think unless you are going for that sota cosmos, you should sick with the mint 125 mkll
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I'd think with all the different spinners at your disposal you'd have a pretty good idea of the sonic finger print of the Thorens. I went from a TD-126MkII/TP-16(?)/V15VxMR to an SME-10/V15VxMR and the improvement was nothing short of amazing.
I donated my Thorens to the 9/11 charity auction and feel good about that but, I still have huge waves of nostalgia when I read about these great TTs. However, there is absolutly no way that I would give up the improvements that the SME-10 brought to the party. I had no idea vinyl could sound so good. The Thorens is good but, there are much better rigs out there and the state of the art has advanced since the 125 II.
I changed from the Thorens TD 125-II to a VPI Scout and arm with a Grado 'Sonota' about two years ago, and the difference is beyond discription.
The Thorens was a great TT, and I loved it, but it just didn't measure up to the new technology that has gone into turntables, since it was built.
Good luck and good listening.
Interesting. I have listened to both the VPI TNT jr and the Thorens now and, although the composition of the systems is so different, making comparisons almost impossible, is it possible that the VPI is "less alive" than the Thorens? The VPI is certainly more accurate, detailed - but am I detecting a lack of verve, life there?