Another Turntable Offering:

Stunning Thorens TD-160BC  in African Mahogany with rewired Rega RB-300 arm & Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, $1495 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 Thorens TD-160BC with rewired Rega RB-300 and new Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge

What makes this week’s offering EXTRA special is the custom plinth in stunning African Mahogany.  I just love the elegant style of this wood’s grain.   As gorgeous as this looks in the photos, it is even more so in person.  The BC version of the TD–160 came without a stock tonearm, so there is no vestigial cueing lever.  A nice clean look!

Cosmetically, this table is a solid 9.0 on a scale of 1-10.  The solid wood plinth is brand new with not a single blemish to report.  The metal portion of the plinth is in very good to excellent condition with some small cosmetic issues mainly away from sight. (Under platter and under armboard) The new custom set-on style dust cover is included, as well as the black powdercoated platter and black Bren weight.

The custom plinth was crafted by a finish carpenter/cabinet maker with over thirty years of experience. It was finished in mulitiple coats of Tung oil finish.  The custom plinth is substantially more dense and heavy than the original plinth.  In terms of upgrades, I added a new felt mat,  upgrade feet, and a 3/4″ MDF bottom.

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The Rega RB-300 Arm w/ Upgrade Cardas Wiring

Rega arms are continually hailed as one of the best values in audio.  This used Rega RB-300 is excellent condition. (See pic of slight wear at headshell.) Wiring has been upgraded to Cardas from the clips to the nice quality RCAs. Separate ground added.  Completely tested and functioning perfectly.  Installed using a Vinyl Nirvana one piece armboard.

The Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge

The 2M Red is the starter cartridge in the 2M line-up, retail is $100.  It is continually hailed for its price to performance point. I love it because it’s also the body for the 2M Blue, so later you can easily upgrade for just the price of the Blue stylus.

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Custom acrylic set-on style cover IS included

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Original top plate in very good to excellent condition. Note faint 1/2″ curved scratch at front in black

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Note two small metal scrapes UNDER the new armboard

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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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