Top Ten Vintage Turntable Projects of 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of my favorite projects from the past year.  Sorry folks, all of these units are SOLD.

Enjoy!

1. AR ES-1 in Cherry with Vintage SME 3009 Tonearm, Many Mods

I love the original cherry  the look of the vintage SME arm! And it’s got the terpolymer subchassis.

2. AR ES-1 with SME M2-9 Tonearm, Loaded

First AR I completed with the new classic SME M2-9 tonearm!  Many more to come now that I know what a great combo this makes.

3. AR EB-101 in Custom Cherry Plinth with SME M2-9 Tonearm

Custom plinth + SME M2-9 = Heaven

4. Classic Thorens TD-125 MKII with SME 3009 Tonearm: “The Master”

Very rare to get in a TD-125 in condition this great…love the classic pairing with the 3009…with upgraded wiring!

5. Thorens TD-160 Super with Upgraded Rega RB-250 Tonearm

The 160 Super always gets my pulse rate going…

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6. Loaded AR the Turnable with Rega RB-301 Tonearm

I don’t give many 9.0 cosmetic rankings….

7. Thorens TD-160 with Mission 774 Tonearm

My first TD-160 with a Mission 774!

8. Thorens TD-160 with Grace 707 Tonearm

Love this black version of the Grace 707…the first one I’ve seen in person.

9. Custom AR EB-101 with Upgraded Rega RB-300

My first AR offered with a custom cherry EB-101-style plinth from my long-time friend and finish carpenter

10. Rare and Elite Thorens TD-126 MKII

Only the third TD-126 MKII I have been privileged to restore. Lovely machines.

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