Classic Thorens TD-160B w/ new Rega (Moth) RB-202 arm and Grado cartridge

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Classic Thorens TD-160B w/ new Rega (Moth) RB-202 arm and Grado cartridge, $1095 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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This Week’s Classic Thorens TD-160B w/ new Rega (Moth) RB-202 arm and Grado cartridge

To mix things up a bit, I decided to list this classic TD – 160B with its original plinth and dustcover. You just have to love this classic look. Cosmetically, the turntable is an 8.5/10.0. There are various small nicks and abrasions on the Euro walnut plinth. Additionally, there are some micro scratches on the original top plate. The dustcover is original with no cracks but there are some light scratches and scuffs. Both hinges are strong and working.

To keep with the classic look, I am including the original rubber mat and 45 RPM adapter to which it integrates.

In case you didn’t know, the 160B designation, means that the turntable originally came without a tonearm and so there is no cueing apparatus on the right side, giving the turntable a very clean appearance.



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The new Rega (Moth) RB-202 Tonearm w/Upgraded Cardas Wiring

Rega arms are continually hailed for their performance and value.  This new Rega RB-202, badged as Moth, is no exception.  The new three point attachment design mounts the arm rigidly to the new armboard.  The fit and finish are excellent. In this price range, it’s hard to compete with the performance.

All of our new Rega arms have been professionally rewired with Cardas wiring from clips to RCA.  Clips are also Cardas and the RCAs are ART Pop.  I am extremely proud of this rewire kit, developed and improved over the past several years by my arm tech and me. Our main goal was to provide a kit with great sonic performance that would not adversely affect the suspension. In my opinion, with the Cardas rewire and the stub/counterweight upgrade ($85), this arm surpasses the performance of the RB-303 which retails for $595.

To start you out, I am including a new Grado Black cartridge.  If you have the funds, I highly recommend upgrading to the 8MZ stylus for $150. It’s worth every penny in terms of the performance upgrade.

As noted above, if you wish, you can replace the RB202 counterweight and stub with the RB303 stainless steel counterweight and stub for $85.

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The Details

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 prefer UPS.

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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Email me if you are interested in purchasing this turntable or another one I have slated for restoration.