Another Turntable Offering:

Stunning Original Thorens TD-160 Super, Sumiko MMT, Extras, $995 plus shipping

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Why buy a restored vintage Thorens turntable from Vinyl Nirvana?

When you buy a restored turntable from Vinyl Nirvana, the table has undergone a multistep inspection, tuning, and detailing regimen.  The work is performed by me, someone who has worked exclusively on belt driven, suspended subchassis turntables such as Thorens, Linn, and AR for over a decade.  I know these models intimately, and have developed techniques over my lifetime to restore them to the best condition possible.

In addition, since I have probably the largest selection of parts for these turntables in North America, if it is determined by inspection that something needs to be replaced because it is missing, broken or worn, it happens. Though all of the turntables I sell will be 100% functional, because of their age, cosmetic condition will vary.  It is my pledge to you that any and all cosmetic defects will be pointed out in the item description, and whenever it is possible, photographs will be provided.  When you buy from me, it is not like eBay where you have to wonder if you are getting what you are really getting.  If there is a flaw cosmetically, you will know it is there.

As a potential buyer, you should know I don’t just service these turntables, I love them.  Though I have restored hundreds of them, I still find great joy in bringing a vintage turntable back to its glory.  Likewise, if the turntable has been customized, I cared deeply that those items are the best possible ones I can source.  For example, my custom plinths are built by a finish carpenter with over 30 years of experience, someone who cares as much about their sound construction as their beauty.  Likewise, when something is custom painted or powercoated, I go to a professional company, one of the most highly regarded in New England.  Those are just two examples, but I have made it my mission, when I do farm out work, to get people who care about their finished product the same way I do.

Finally, because none of the above will matter if the turntable doesn’t reach you in one piece, I have extensive experience in safely shipping vintage turntables.  I know the tricks and the techniques to get your turntable to you without incident.  I literally ship over 100 turntables per year, and my success rate is over 99%.  In the fractional amount of cases where there is a problem, it is always resolved with your complete satisfaction as my goal.  A lot of businesses make that claim; with me you will find it is a way of life.

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This Week’s All Original and Complete Thorens TD-160 Super

Okay, you can tell from my website and my descriptions that I get pretty excited about turntables and the peripheries…even after all these years.  Well, multiply that excitement tenfold and you will know how I feel about this specific turntable. It has been a long time since I even offered an original Thorens TD–160 Super on this for sale page because I usually have a waiting list for them.  What makes this particular TD 160 Super even more thrilling is the completeness of the package: most everything you would find coming right out of the box in that era is here!

Cosmetically, this table is an 8.5 on a scale of 1-10.  The red mahogany veneer is in very good to excellent condition with one small nick on the upper right rail (see pic).  The metal portion of the plinth is in very good to excellent condition with some sporadic fine scratches only visible at some angles and in some light.  There is one larger area of abrasion behind the power switch. (see pic). The original dust cover is in  very good condition: there are minor blemishes, light scratches, and some circular scuffing.  Hinges are there.

I have also begun to sell Music Hall Cruise Controls (see pic) with many Thorens. Read more here. Adds $299.

Here is your chance to own an audio legend.

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The Sumiko MMT Tonearm

The MMT was often paired with the TD-160 Super.  It is a well reviewed arm made by Jelco, a Japanese company that has manufactured tonearms for over 40 years.  This used arm is in very good to excellent cosmetic condition and outstanding functional condition.  There is one area of slight wear on the arm stem and some very slight wear on the original Sumiko headshell. The arm is installed on an original Thorens armboard.

Overall, this is a stunning table with a serious arm capable of handling cartridges in the $200-800 range with ease.  If I install the cartridge, it makes set-up incredibly easy for set-up.  I would be happy to mount an owner-purchased cartridge for $40. Note the cartridge in the photos is not included.

Original dust cover w/hinges included

Original dust cover w/hinges included

 

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Slight ding on upper right rail

Slight ding on upper right rail

 

Top plate in very good condition

Top plate in very good condition

 

Area of abrasions directly behind the power swtich

Area of abrasions directly behind the power swtich

 

Original Thorens Manual for this model available for $25

Original Thorens Manual for this model available for $25

Add the Music Hall Cruise Control 2.0 for $299

Add the Music Hall Cruise Control 2.0 for $299

 

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The Details

The shipping is not included.  This table will be packed like it is a fragile pane of glass. I simply care too much for these tables to just shove them in a box. I will carefully pack the table in extra sturdy boxes. and bubble wrap.

I love introducing someone new to the joys of vinyl, getting someone back into vinyl who left it for the “superiority” of cds, or helping someone else who does appreciate it to “move up.” In that regard, I do what few sellers do…if the buyer needs it, I can supply up to one hour of help by phone with set up. (At a mutually arranged time.) In general, most buyers don’t need it, but if there IS a problem, I am there.

Your table is guaranteed to look and work as described, or you may return it within ten days of arrival for a full refund, minus return shipping charges and a 5% restocking fee.  After ten days, all returns are for merchandise credit only.

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