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 engage outside specialists, 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.
More Background information on Vinyl Nirvana
Shout out to Vinyl Nirvana on page 38 of Issue 54 of TONEAudio.
The Featured Thorens TD-166BC Hybrid, new Jelco TS-350 tonearm, solid Sapele plinth, and includes new Ortofon 2M Blue
I am calling this a “hybrid” because I mounted this TD-165 in a 160 “Super” custom base with a brand new TD-166 BC Top Plate. It features the TD-165 drive platter with the more desirable 10MM bearing.
Cosmetically, this table is an 9.5 on a scale of 1-10. (I’m a hard rater.) The solid 3/4″ Sapele (an African Mahogany variant) plinth was crafted by a finish carpenter with over 30 years experience. The top plate is brand new, installed by me. Note the set-on style custom acrylic dustcover is included. It can be upgraded to a hinged style cover for $85. Write a note in check out.
Besides the new genuine 166BC top plate, the belt, feet, cork-rubber composite mat, ac cable, bearing damping ring, and suspension springs are also new.
The new Jelco TS-350 Tonearm and new Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge
I’ve been using Jelco made arms for years: AR, Mission, Audioquest, Sumiko…all were made by Jelco. The TS-350 was introduced in January 2018 to replace the SA-370. It has improved bearings, counterweight style, and mounting collar. If you are looking for an arm with easily adjustable VTA and a universal headshell, this is a great performer at a tremendous value. Retail is $655+/-. Additionally, if you want to someday upgrade to the Jelco 550 or 850, it uses the exact same mounting collar, so the swap can be made literally in less than 15 minutes.
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.
The new Ortofon 2M Blue Cartridge IS included. A $236 value. Watch my youtube videos for set-up, and with the cartridge mounted and aligned, you’ll be playing music in less than a half hour.
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 5% 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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