Another Turntable Offering:
Gorgeous Thorens TD-147 Jubilee, Exceedingly Rare, $725 plus shipping
Why spend more to buy a refurbished Thorens turntable from Vinyl Nirvana?
Buying vintage electronic equipment on eBay can be a gamble. To better your chances at winning, you want two things: 1) Plenty of information about the auction item; and 2) A seller you can trust. When an Thorens turntable is refurbished by Vinyl Nirvana, it undergoes a multi-step inspection and tuning regimen. Ask another seller of a Thorens table on Ebay these questions and see if you can get a response…
Is the motor running silently? Any unhealthy bearing noise?
Is the spindle straight? Was the spindle cleaned of old belt residue, which can cause rumble?
Does the belt properly interface with the spindle on both 33 and 45 rpm?
Is the belt new or in near mint condition?
Is the proper length belt installed? (Differences of less than an inch can result in speed changes.)
Is the proper width belt installed? (Differences can result in belt slippage or faulty change of speed.)
Has the platter bearing been inspected? Is it straight, true, and without significant wear?
Has the platter bearing well been inspected? Was it cleaned of old grease and contaminants? Was it properly lubed with appropriate oil?
Is the tonearm functioning properly? Any significant side-to-side motion, which can adversely affect tracking? Is range of motion appropriate? Is anti-skate functioning? Is appropriate tonearm weight installed?
Is cueing adjusted properly?
Were electrical connections cleaned and inspected? Headshell leads? Tonearm recepticle? RCA plugs? (Dirty connections can contribute to hum problems.) Are all connections tight? ( I use Dexoit products, highly recommended.)
Is transport screw intact? Is it functioning properly?
Are dust cover hinges intact and not stripped?
Was all wiring beneath the turntable inspected? Were worn solder joints re-soldered?
What is the condition of the AC cord? The interconnect cable?
Are springs in good working condition? Have worn springs been replaced? Has spring suspension been tuned? (This is an art learned through having set up dozens of these tables.)
Was the speed checked by strobodisc at 33 and 45 rpm?
Was headshell inspected? Is there any stripping? Do the cartridge screws hold tight? Are the leads brittle?
Is the tonearm rest original? Is it functioning properly?
Is a proper mat installed?
Is the base intact? Are the rubber feet intact?
If a Thorens table fails to pass any of the above inspections, Vinyl Nirvana corrects the problem before it gets listed. If the turntable is unsellable due to too many defects, it becomes a parts unit to be used in the restoration of other Thorens units. In addition to this multi-step inspection, each turntable is thoroughly detailed with appropriate cleaners. The average cleaning takes up to two hours. Though the tables Vinyl Nirvana sells will vary cosmetically, they will always be clean. Can you trust Vinyl Nirvana as a seller? Please read our ebay feedback (username ddarch44)regarding sales of turntables. See our testimonial page.
This Week’s Thorens TD-147
The Thorens TD-147 is the auto-shut off version of the legendary TD-160 Super. It sports all of the same modifications Thorens used to “sup up” their stock line: heavier base and plinth, better damping, improved hinges, thicker mat, and continuing the all metal drive platter with 10mm stub. The Jubilee version of the TD 147 was produced for one year only: the year of Thorens 100th anniversary in 1983. It featured a Rosewood veneer base, a gold/champagne finish, and a special drive platter design.
Cosmetically, this table is an 8.5 on a scale of 1-10. (I’m a hard rater.) The rosewood veneer is in outstanding shape, except for a very tiny nick on top of the front left corner. ( I can treat this area before shipment, if the new owner desires.) Take the time to appreciate the beauty of the rosewood veneer…just gorgeous. The metal portion of the plinth is in excellent condition, the only flaw being some slight wear in the Thorens logo. (see pic) There is a dustcover in good to very good condition: there are light scratches and other blemishes I could not remove with polishing, however, there are no deep scratches or cracks.
In terms of upgrades, Thorens mostly did it all, however, I will upgrade the rca plugs with new gold-plated ones free of charge if the new owner desires. Lastly, the Bren record weight in champagne finish is NOT included, but may be purchased for an additional $65.
Cartridges for the Thorens TD-147
If you purchase this table, we can discuss cartridge options as part of the sale. I have several recommendations. If you allow me to mount and align your cartridge, it makes set-up in your home that much easier. You may also ship me a cartridge of your choice, for which I charge $30 to mount and align.
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 prefer Fedex Ground. Lastly, I am truly not in this for the money. What I love best is 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. After ten days, all returns are for merchandise credit only.
Some comments from buyers….
“Outstanding & dedicated craftsman. Helpful hints. Personal attention.”
“The best! A great communicator who goes above and beyond in the service dept.”
“If you want an excellent reconditioned vintage turntable, Dave’s the Man! Thanks”
“When eBay was invented, nobody dreamed there’d be a seller as great as Dave!!”
Email me if you are interested in purchasing this turntable or another one I have slated for restoration.