Another Turntable Offering:

Starter Package!  Thorens TD-166 MKII Turntable $575 plus shipping (Includes new Ortofon OM-10 Super Cartridge w/ new stylus!)

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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.

See our testimonial page.

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This Week’s Thorens TD-166 MKII Starter Package

What you are getting is implied in the name… this package comes with a cartridge ready to play. Cosmetically, this table is a 7.5/ 8.0 on a scale of 1-10. (I’m a hard rater.) The aluminum sides are in good to very good shape,  with some slight scratching and other signs of wear (See pics)   The top plate is truly exceptional, I don’t see many like this. Lettering crisp and clear.   There is a dustcover in overall good tcondition, with some light to medium scuffing/scratching.  Hinges are there and work.

What makes this an extra special starter package is the inclusion of a used Ortofon OM-10 cartridge with new stylus, all mounted and aligned for your easy set up.   The OM-Series is my personal favorite on this arm.  You can upgrade to the OM-20 Super for an additional $95 or OM-30 Super for $195

Table is 100% functional.  Feet, mat, and rca plugs have been updated. This one includes a 10MM bearing shaft rarely seen on the TD-166 MKII, usually found on their higher end models.

If you’ve been looking for a starter package from me with the cartridge a little better, this is the one!

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Near pristine top plate

Near pristine top plate

Includes drive platter with 10mm bearing, rarely found in the TD-166 MKII

Includes drive platter with 10mm bearing, rarely found in the TD-166 MKII

Cover is in good condition, many light to medium scuffs and scratches, but no cracks

Cover is in good condition, many light to medium scuffs and scratches, but no cracks

Slight blemishes at front right corner

Slight blemishes at front right corner

Scratching at left rear rail

Scratching at left rear rail

Blemishes at right rear rail

Blemishes at right rear rail

Overall a nice looking turntable with very good performance

Overall a nice looking turntable with very good performance

The Details

I will carefully pack the table in extra sturdy boxes and bubble wrap.  I prefer UPS. 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.  Any new parts are under full product warranty as I am a dealer.

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Email me if you are interested in purchasing this turntable or another one I have slated for restoration.