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 Thorens TD-146
Thanks for looking at and reading about this upgraded Thorens TD – 146. Like its cousin the TD-147, this particular TD 146 comes with an original TD-160 Super base, improved hinges, thicker bottom plate, and wider plinth. The 146 came with a factory installed tonearm that features auto-shut off. The combination of Super features and the auto-shut off makes this more than your average “starter package.”
Cosmetically, this table is an 8.0 on a scale of 1-10. The black base is in good shape. There were small “dings” on both side panels I primed and then painted in satin black. The metal top plate is excellent condition, with only light scratches and scuffs visible from certain angles. The largest scratch is 2 inches to the right of the cueing switch. See last two pics for the worst ding and the best view of the scratch. Dust cover is in excellent condition. There are light scratches and scuffs, but overall very nice.
Cork-rubber composite mat and belt are new. RCA plugs new. This uses the original Thorens wallwart.
This turntable has undergone my usual restoration process. Overall, it is looking and functioning beautifully!
The Stock Thorens Tonearm and new Ortofon OM-10 Cartridge
The stock tonearm is in excellent condition cosmetically and functionally. The light mass arm has been paired with an Ortofon OM-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 wonderful OM-20 stylus adds $195 and the fantastic OM-30 adds $295. Both are 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.
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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