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 powdercoated, 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.
Special Package Thorens TD-160B MKII
Before the TD-160 Super was introduced, Thorens offered the 160B MKI and MKII model as an armless table with an enlarged subchassis hole to accommodate a wide range of arms and no cueing lever to the right. Like the other 160 models, it is fully manual and runs at 33 and 45 rpm.
Cosmetically, this table is an 8.0 on a scale of 1-10. The original Thorens top plate shows wear. I took an extra large amount of photos than usual so you can see the various scratches and scuffs. Many are covered by the platter system, but some, particularly to the left of the arm and around the Thorens logo are visible. Please take the time to view them. The package is priced accordingly. If bothered by the scratches/scuffs, we can swap in a reproduction top plate as shown below for $160. Just write a note in check out: https://www.ebay.com/itm/224463742984
The table has undergone my usual regimen of restoration service. It is ready for its next 40 years of life! The 3/4″ solid cherry is brand new, fashioned by a finish carpenter who has worked his whole life with wood and recognized in the state of NH for his craft. The 1/2″ black dyed mdf bottom is custom fitted and holds the four adjustable feet.
The set on style cover IS included. A hinged dustcover can be added after the sale for $79. Just write a note in check out.
This a special one-time offer. When it’s gone it’s gone.
The rewired RB-250 Tonearm & 2M Blue Cartridge
The RB-250 series was the tonearm that put Rega on the map. It is a workhorse that continues to grace many turntables today. This particular arm is badged “Michell” but it is still a regular RB-250 made by Rega themselves. This is a lightly used arm that is newly rewired and serviced by my arm tech with our cardas wire based kit. Note: there are some slight marks and scuffs, in keeping with its age.
The RB-250 is mounted on a solid aluminum armboard used for the modern Rega variants, and so there are three machined screw holes exposed at the base of the arm.
To make this an extra special one-time package, I have mounted and aligned a new Ortofon 2M Blue. It’s a fantastic match to this arm, and the retail is $239.
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 twenty 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 help 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.
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