Restoration Services: AR and Thorens

Thorens TD-125 MKII Restored to Its Former Glory

 Sorry, slots for TD-125s are full. Please email after March 14th 2018 for the next “round” of TD-125s. 

It is my belief that the belt-driven, suspended subchassis models were the height of turntable design.  To replicate the design today, along with their exceptional fit-n-finish, would literally cost several thousands of dollars. (Perhaps this  is one reason why today’s turntables are primarily manufactured from plastic and mdf.)  So, if you are asking, Is it worth it to have this old Thorens or AR restored? the answer is a resounding YES! These turntables have survived forty-some years, and after my restoration process, they will be ready for the next forty!

The process begins with you emailing me.  As in all my transactions, I will give you frank advice as to what I would do in your shoes and with your budget.

At this link is a list of typical restoration services and their cost.  These prices do not reflect shipping costs either way. Please keep in mind this cost includes fully unpacking and repacking your turntable. Typical turnaround time is 7-8 weeks.  

Finally, to ease packing/shipping stress,  I offer the option for you to be shipped original AR or Thorens packaging for a twenty dollar rental fee plus shipping.   Many repair customers, once they realize the cost of a solid box and plenty of bubblewrap, have decided this is the safest option.  Watch the videos here to see how easy it is to pack your AR or Thorens in original packing.  I strongly recommend the packaging for the TD-125 models in particular, as those are very difficult to pack well.

Finally, I do not work on other turntable models besides AR and Thorens. If your model is not listed below, I don’t offer services for that model.

Sorry, slots for TD-125s are full. Please email after March 14th 2018 for the next “round” of TD-125s. 

>>> See 2017 pricing and detail sheets here

AR and Thorens Service Menu

AR Restoration Packages

For AR ES-1, AR EB-101, and AR the Turntable only:

Tune-up and Complete Detailing  (Includes new belt and upgrade spring/stud kit. Other parts extra) $250  Example of restored and upgraded AR ES-1

For AR XA and XB

Tune-up and Complete Detailing (Includes belt and felt mat.   Other parts extra.)  Email for pricing.

Thorens Restoration Packages

For Thorens TD-160, TD-165, TD-166 MKII,TD-160 Super, TD-160 MKII 

Tune-up and Complete Detailing $250  (Includes new Thorens belt, new rca plugs, upgrade feet. Other parts extra.) Before and After Pics of a Restored TD-160

Thorens TD-125 MKI or MKII

Tune-up and Complete Detailing  $425 (Includes complete update of power supply and speed control circuit and re-set to factory specs. Also, new belt, rca plugs, upgrade feet. Other parts extra.)   Example of Restored TD-125.  Note:  I no longer work on TD-126 models due to difficulty getting parts.

Thorens TD-145, TD-146, TD-147

Same as TD-160 above but add $75 if auto-shut off needs repair.

Please note, I do not re-wire tonearms. Also, I am a Thorens and AR expert, I am not expert in every brand of tonearm, nor do I have parts for every arm. Therefore, in some cases, arm repairs are not possible.

Sorry, slots for TD-125s are full. Please email after March 14th 2018 for the next “round” of TD-125s. 


>>>   See 2017 pricing and detail sheet here

Be wary of other restorations services that charge only for labor and then  parts are extra.  Once your table is in their hands, are you really going to be in a position to say ‘no’? In the pricing above, I’ve included the essential parts I typically replace in the units I restore to sell.


What service customers have said:

“I just had Dave perform a checkup on my TD160 and it sounds fabulous.  I was on the fence with this table and
now that the suspension has been tuned it has become my favorite table.  I think Dave does quality work and
once I have the money together I intend to get the arm upgraded by Dave as well.” Shawn M, MA

“Dave, thanks for the great service and upgrade on my Thorens TD165. I’ve had the turntable since buying it new in the 70’s. Before your service, it had gotten quite tired, and the sound was muddy. Your service was terrific, and the results exactly as promised. The turntable was back to me right on schedule. The sound is now excellent, with a high range I haven’t heard on decades. It is great to be able to play baroque trumpet vinyl again. Thanks again, PW.”

Local to NH TV show featuring Vinyl Nirvana

Other testimonials.

Example of Restored (and Upgraded) AR ES-1 Turntable

Thorens TD-145 MKII in upgraded plinth of 3/4" solid Peruvian walnut

Thorens TD-145 MKII in upgraded plinth of 3/4″ solid Peruvian walnut