Special One-time Complete Package:

Original Thorens TD-160 Super, new rewired Rega (Moth) RB-202 arm, Ortofon 2M Bronze, many extras, $1595 plus shipping

 

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.

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.

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 only the most minimal signs of wear.  The metal portion of the plinth is in excellent condition with some sporadic fine scuffing only visible at some angles and in some light.  There is an area of circular scratches under the platter  (see pic)   Not visible with platter in place. The original dust cover is in very good condition: there are minor blemishes, light scratches, and some circular scuffing.  No cracks, though. If preferred, a new acrylic cover can be substituted for $125.

Included as extras in this ONE-TIME package: Bren weight, Cork-rubber composite mat, and upgrade Stainless steel stub/counterweight.

 

The Rewired Rega (Moth) RB-202Tonearm

Rega arms are continually hailed for their performance and value.  This new Rega RB-202, badged as Moth, is no exception.  The new three point attachment design mounts the arm rigidly to the new armboard.  The fit and finish are excellent. In this price range, it’s hard to compete with the performance.

All of our new Rega arms have been professionally rewired with Cardas wiring from clips to RCA.  Clips are also Cardas and the RCAs are ART Pop.  I am extremely proud of this rewire kit, developed and improved over the past several years by my arm tech and me. Our main goal was to provide a kit with great sonic performance that would not adversely affect the suspension. In my opinion, with the Cardas rewire and the stub/counterweight upgrade ($85), this arm surpasses the performance of the RB-303 which retails for $595.

Ortofon 2M Bronze, new

The Ortofon 2M bronze is the most common cartridge included with my packages. I believe it is the sweet spot in their lineup when looking at price to performance. I love how balanced it sounds across the sonic spectrum. Non-fatiguing and musical.  The cartridge will have been completely mounted and aligned for you to make set up that much easier. All original packaging will be included.

A couple of light circular scratches UNDER the large platter, not visible with it in place

 

 

 

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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