Thorens TD-166BC Reproduction, Rega (Moth) tonearm, solid Iroko plinth


Thorens TD-166BC Reproduction, Rega (Moth) tonearm, solid Iroko plinth includes Ortofon 2M Blue 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 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

Mastering Engineer Steve Hoffman reviews the Thorens TD-160 Super Reproduction

The Audiophiliac Steve Guttenberg recommends Vinyl Nirvana in this video

Shout out to Vinyl Nirvana on page 38 of Issue 54 of TONEAudio.

Feature on Vinyl Nirvana on local NH News Program

Interview in Perfect Sound Forever by Marc Phillips

Thorens TD-166BC Reproduction, Rega (Moth) tonearm, solid Iroko plinth

The Table

I am calling this a “reproduction because I converted a regular TD-166 MMKII by using a brand new TD-166 BC Top Plate. The BC designation eliminates the stock cueing mechanism, allowing a cleaner look when installing an aftermarket tonearm.

Cosmetically, this table is an 9.5 on a scale of 1-10. (I’m a hard rater.) The solid 3/4″ Iroko plinth was crafted by a finish carpenter with over 30 years experience.   I just love the golden hue and

The top plate is brand new, installed by me.   Note the hinged style acrylic dustcover is included.

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.  This is the 166 MKII that uses the wallwart power supply, a new aftermarket one is included.

The new Rega (Moth) Tonearm and new Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge

Rega arms are continually hailed for their performance and value.  This new Rega RB-330, badged as Moth, is no exception.  The new three point attachment design mounts the arm rigidly to the new armboard.  This includes the stock Rega factory wire, which is very good quality at this model level. Also, unlike the 220, the stub and counterweight are metal. ($599 value)

The new Ortofon 2M Blue Cartridge IS included.  A $239 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.


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 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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Additional information

Weight576 oz
Dimensions24 × 18 × 14 in

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