Top Ten Vintage Turntable Projects of 2013

With the door closed on 2013, I look back on my favorite projects…

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http://vinylnirvana.com/vintage-turntables-for-sale/rl-long-base-in-peruvian-walnut/

I won’t soon forget getting an email from Ray LaMontagne saying he was interested in buying a Thorens TD-125 Long Base, nor will I forget setting it up with him side-by-side.

http://vinylnirvana.com/vintage-turntables-for-sale/the-legend-lives-thorens-td-125-long-base-in-morado-plinth-sme-m2-12r/

The grain on this Morado was amazing…and Vinny did an incredible job centering it on the front!

http://vinylnirvana.com/baby-grand-ar-the-turntable-in-piano-black-sme-3009-series-ii-many-mods-including-the-new-aluminum-resin-platter/

I really enjoy these special painted AR projects!

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http://vinylnirvana.com/vintage-turntables-for-sale/custom-thorens-td-160bc-mkii-in-solid-caribbean-rosewood-w-new-rega-rb-251-extras/

Two words: Amazing grain!

http://vinylnirvana.com/restored-vintage-thorens-td-150-turntable/

For years, all I had ever done with TD-150s was part out the arm and put on another upgrade one. This was a restoration that forced me to really understand the “Kugel” arm.  I will never dismiss it so easily again!

http://vinylnirvana.com/vintage-turntables-for-sale/pristine-thorens-td-160-super-in-solid-brazilian-cherry-wsme-3009-tonearm-extras/

Brazilian cherry: the grain is always exciting to me.

http://vinylnirvana.com/vintage-turntables-for-sale/vintage-thorens-td-160b-mkii-turntable-w-grace-707-in-custom-bubinga-plinth/

Our first in Bubinga…or as Vinny calls it “Rock.” Of course, I always love the black of the MKII BC top as well.

http://vinylnirvana.com/black-walnut-td-145/

This was an upgrade project for a TD-145. I love the fact that the customer wanted to keep the classic metal trim piece in front. We will do more of these at some point!

http://vinylnirvana.com/vintage-turntables-for-sale/stunner-thorens-td-125-wblue-note-u3-arm-custom-cherry-plinth/

My first turntable with a Blue Note tonearm…love the elegant look and the “dreamy” cherry grain.

http://vinylnirvana.com/darkzebra-td-125-mkii/

Love the boldness of zebrawood, always. Check out the amazing finish work by Vinny.

With special thanks to my “support” team: Vinny, Bill, Andy, Hans, Don & Brodie of Powder Coating Alternatives, Kathy of DMR Industries, Chris of Spray Maine, Jay of  JMK Displays, Jim Campbell, and, of course, my friends and family!