Another Turntable Offering: Black Beauty! Thorens TD-160 MKII w/ new Jelco 750DB

Another Turntable Offering: Black Beauty! Thorens TD-160 MKII w/ new Jelco 750DB arm, $995 plus shipping

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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.

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Black Beauty! Thorens TD-160 MKII w/ new Jelco 750DB

Cosmetically, this table is a solid 8.5 on a scale of 1-10.  (I am a hard rater.) The black stock Thorens base is outstanding with only the slightest marks of wear.   The metal portion of the plinth is in very good condition, except for one area of light scratching just behind the Thorens logo. The dust cover, also original, is in very good condition, with several light scratches and abrasions. There are also two surface cracks on the back side about one inch high.

The felt mat, genuine Thorens logo belt, and upgrade feet are all new. The platter is freshly powdercoated, but there is one small 1mm “pit” in the side of the platter that came through in the powdercoat.  Note the Thorens cueing lever is now vestigial and note the chromed bubble level is there to cover the original armrest holes for the stock Thorens arm.

The new Jelco 750DB Tonearm

I’ve been using Jelco made arms for years: AR, Mission, Audioquest, Sumiko…all were made by Jelco. The 750D is their own branded arm.  If you are looking for an arm with easily adjustable VTA and a universal headshell, this is a great performer at a tremendous value. I love the “bronze” and chrome finish. Looks amazing with the overall look of the Super.  Some unsponsored reviews

The arm is mounted on a Vinyl Nirvana solid machined aluminum armboard, brushed and anodized. The arm comes with the 90 degree Jelco 502 DIN cable. Very nice cabling.

This table and arm are capable of handling cartridges in the $200 to $800 range with ease. If your system can accommodate LOW output moving coil cartridges, the ideal mate is the Denon DL-103R which I can mount and align for $279.  If you don’t take LOW output moving coils, I am also an Ortofon, Dynavector, and Grado dealer. If the new owner wants to purchase one from me, installation and alignment is free. Or, if you want to send your own cartridge, mounting and alignment is $30

Music Hall Cruise Control adds $299. Black Record Weight adds $89
Black record weight adds $89
Note light scratch behind Thorens logo

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The Details

The shipping is not included.  This table will be packed like it is a fragile pane of glass. I simply care too much for these tables to just shove them in a box. I will carefully pack the table in extra sturdy boxes. and bubble wrap.

I love introducing someone new to the joys of vinyl, getting someone back into vinyl who left it for the “superiority” of cds, or helping someone else who does appreciate it to “move up.” In that regard, I do what few sellers do…if the buyer needs it, I can supply up to one 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.

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.

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