Starter Package! AR ES-1 Turntable


A classic AR ES-1 turntable in restored condition with starter cartridge.

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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. See our testimonial page.

The Featured AR ES-1 Turntable

The ES-1 was in the upper echelon of turntables that AR sold in the mid-80s. It featured an upgrade spindle shaft and bearing, as well as a plinth with solid wood sides. Many were sold without arms so that owners could install their own.

Cosmetically, this table is an 8.0 on a scale of 1-10. (I’m a hard rater.)  The solid walnut sides and walnut veneer top are in very good condition.  In the gallery photos, note the small ding on the left front corner and also the light scratching on the front center rail.   It features very attractive grain patterns. The metal portion of the plinth is in excellent condition. (See photo without platters).   There is a dustcover,  in excellent condition.

In terms of modifications, I have installed a new spring/stud kit ($54 value), a new copolymer pulley ($59 value), and RCA jacks on back for using your own cables.  Finally, the feet and belt were replaced, and the felt mat is new.

The Stock Tonearm and new Ortofon OM-10 Cartridge

The stock tonearm, manufactured by Jelco, is in excellent condition cosmetically and functionally. The light mass arm has been paired with an Ortofon 0M-10 cartridge. I chose this cartridge because it can be easily upgraded by slipping the current stylus out in an upgrade stylus in. If the buyer wishes to upgrade before it is shipped, the 0M-20 adds $175 and the 0M-30 adds $275.  Both offer a significant upgrade and should be strongly considered by the buyer. The cartridge has been mounted and aligned for you, so set up in your home will be easier. I do have a video for a are turntable owners that goes over basic set up.

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.

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Additional information

Weight 400 oz
Dimensions 24 x 18 x 14 in