Gorgeous AR the Turntable with new Jelco 550 Tonearm


Gorgeous AR the Turntable with new Jelco 550 tonearm

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Why buy a restored vintage 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.

The Featured AR the Turntable

The AR the Turntable was sold by AR in the mid-80s.  It continues to be one of the most iconic styled turntables ever made. It features just 33 and 45 rpm. Speed is changed by manually moving the belt.

Cosmetically, this table is an 8.0 on a scale of 1-10. (I’m a hard rater.)  The walnut veneer is in very good to excellent condition.  If you look hard enough, you may find some super tiny nicks and scratches, but nothing significant. In photos, I tried to show a small 3/8″ ding on the curved part about 3″ to the right of the switch. The walnut itself features very attractive grain patterns. There are absolutely no signs of bubbling or delamination. The metal portion of the plinth is in fair condition, but notably, the scratching in in one picture is all covered by the 2 piece platter system. The solid black anodized aluminum armboard ($59 value) is brand new.  There is a dustcover,  in VG condition. There are minor scratches and scuffs, but overall the appearance is very nice.

In terms of modifications, I have installed a new spring/stud kit ($54 value),  and the feet and belt were replaced. The cork-rubber composite mat is included. The original Hurst motor has been thoroughly tested. If the buyer wishes, the Merrill upgrade motor and the Vinyl Nirvana upgrade pulley can be added for $269.

The new Jelco 550 Tonearm

I’ve been using Jelco made arms for years: AR, Mission, Audioquest, Sumiko…all were made by Jelco. The 550S is their latest self-branded arm, introduced in January 2018..  If you are looking for an arm with easily adjustable VTA and a universal headshell, this is a great performer at a tremendous value. I love the black and chrome finish. Looks amazing with the overall look of the Super with the black top plate! Note: All of my 550S arms will be sold with the upgraded HS-25 headshell, the same great headshell sold on the predecessor the 750 series.

The arm is mounted on a Vinyl Nirvana solid machined aluminum armboard, brushed and anodized. The arm comes with the 90 degree DIN cable I have specially sourced from the UK to provide peak performance yet not restrict the suspension in any way.

This high performance turntable can easily handle cartridges in the $400-1500 price range. I am a dealer for Ortofon, Dynavector, and Grado cartridges. If you purchase from me, I can mounted and aligned the cartridge making the set up of your turntable even more simple.  If you want to send me your own cartridge, it is $40 for me to mount and align it. Your cartridge must include a stylus protector of some kind.

The Details

110/120 volt 60 hz only

Note: Due to the nature and scope of my business, shipping your turntable package can range from 2-10 business days. After your purchase, I will contact you within 24 hours with my best shipping estimate date. 

Note: Turntables with sprung subchassis are wonderful in many ways for isolating your turntable from unwanted resonances, however, they are susceptible to footfalls. If this turntable is going in a room with bouncy floors, it will need to go on a wall shelf for proper functioning. 

We have over fifteen years experience shipping vintage turntables successfully. All turntables are packed with the utmost concern with them arriving in the same condition you see pictured here.

If the buyer needs it, I can supply up to a half hour 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. I also have many videos available to hel with various set-up issues.

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 15% restocking fee.  After ten days, all returns are for merchandise credit only. If you ever have an issue with your purchase, 3 weeks or months or years after the purchase, please contact me and we will resolve the issue in a way we mutually agree upon.

Read what Ben Folds and others have had to say about buying from Vinyl Nirvana.


Additional information

Weight 400 oz
Dimensions 24 × 18 × 14 in

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