Another Turntable Offering:

Vintage Thorens TD-160B MKII Turntable w/ SME 3009 Series II Arm in Custom Bubinga Plinth, Extras, $1395 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.

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This Week’s Thorens TD-160B MKII with SME 3009 Series II Arm in Custom Bubinga Plinth, $1195 plus shipping

This table offers incredible value…might be the best deal I offer all year!  What makes this table  EXTRA special and an amazing value is the custom plinth in solid Bubinga.  I just love the depth and coloring of this exotic hardwood.  (See close-ups.)  As gorgeous as this looks in the photos, it is even more so in person.

Cosmetically, this table is a solid 8.5 on a scale of 1-10.  The Bubinga 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 just one blemish area to the  left front of the arm rest (see pic.) and one set of scuffs to the front and to the rear of the armboard.  The Bren record weight is included.

The custom Bubinga 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 stock plinth.

The new custom acrylic dust cover is available for $115. It is set-on style.

The SME 3009 Series II Tonearm

The SME 3009 tonearms have become the holy grail for vintage turntable enthusiasts.  The arms have consistently increased in value over the past 10 years. The Series II (non-Improved) is arguably considered the best of the 3009s.  Cosmetically, the arm is in very good to excellent condition, with no significant flaws to report.  It is 100% tested and functional.  Note the original SME connector cable has been replaced with a hard-wired rca cable with quality rca plugs.

Overall, this is a stunning table with a serious arm capable of handling cartridges in the $400 to $1200 range with ease. I would be happy to mount any cartridge for the new owner for $30. If I install the cartridge, it makes set-up incredibly easy for set-up.  I am a also dealer for Dynavector, Ortofon, and Grado.  If you buy the cartridge from me, the installation fee is waived.

One inch scratch beneath the headshell on top plate, hard to even photograph

Light scuff marks in front of armboard on top plate

Light scuffs to rear of armboard on top plate

The 3/4" solid bubinga plinth is gorgeous!

The Details

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.

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.  After ten days, all returns are for merchandise credit only.

Custom acrylic set-on style cover is $115 extra

These new covers are the perfect way to display and protect your heirloom.

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.