how did you come to this short list? If idlers are your thing... try lenco and spend the savings on more lps! :)
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I own a TD 124 beige, and I'm very happy with it. I'm using it with an SME 345 and Koetsu Black with excellent results. I rebuilt the motor with new felt and bushings and installed new spindle bearing bushings, silicon nitride ball bearing and thrust plate. The next thing on the list is a chassis refinish, if I'm up to the task.
It replaced a Diva II with the same 345 arm I'm using on the Thorens. They're more fiddly than a modern table, but well worth it.
I've not heard the 401, but I've been told they have more bass slam, but without the refined upper frequencies. I'm sure that's subjective.
Never got to listen to a 401 but I heard plenty 301. I prefer it over the 124 as I had owned three before and sold them all. Never got it to work right and was noisy. Simply didn't care for it but I wish I kept it long enough to capitalize on the rising collectors price. The 301 can sound really good and has the quintessential idler tone. Too expensive for me. Just a few days ago I finally got a Lenco set up for some listen. All I can say is... awesome. I still prefer my direct-drive turntables but the Lenco is fun to listen to due to that big fat juicy idler TONE. It's inimitable. Yes, sonically I prefer the Lenco over all the other idler tables I've heard.