Another Turntable Offering:
Gorgeous Thorens TD-160BC Mkii in Quarter-sawn Cherry with Grace 707 arm & Shure cartridge, $1295 plus shipping
Why buy a restored vintage Thorens turntable from Vinyl Nirvana?
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.
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This Week’s Thorens TD-160 Mkii in Quarter-sawn cherry with Grace 707 arm and Shure cartridge
What makes this week’s offering EXTRA special is the custom plinth in solid quarter-swan cherry. I just love the elegant style of this wood’s grain. As gorgeous as this looks in the photos, it is even more so in person. The BC version of the TD–160 came without a stock tonearm, so there is no vestigial cueing lever. A nice clean look!
Cosmetically, this table is a solid 9.5 on a scale of 1-10. The solid wood plinth is brand new with not a single blemish to report. The metal portion of the plinth is in excellent condition. The new custom set-on style dust cover is included.
The custom plinth was crafted by a finish carpenter/cabinet maker with over thirty years of experience. It was finished in mulitiple coats of Tung oil finish. The custom plinth is substantially more dense and heavy than the MKII plinth. In terms of upgrades, I added a new felt mat, upgrade feet, and a 3/4″ MDF bottom.
Note the cork-rubber composite mat and Bren record weight in one photo add $120.
The Vintage Grace 707 Tonearm
The Grace line of vintage arms is very well regarded. It has always been one of my favorite vintage arms. This Grace 707 arm is in good to very good cosmetic condition. There are some slight marks on the arm tube and elsewhere. Everything is original and functioning 100%.
The Grace arms were very light mass, so matching the cartridge is crucial I have selected a Shure 95HE with low hours original stylus. However, I highly recommend upgrading to a Jico SAS stylus for the 95HE. Adds $145. Additionally, an upgrade RCA cable for Grace arms can be added for $129. (Silver wire and high end rca plugs)
The Audio Technica Safety Raiser
The vintage AT-6006 Safety Raiser by Audio Technica is still considered on of the best end-of-record arm lifters ever made. The regularly sell on eBay for $150 plus. This one works perfectly, gently lifting the arm off the record at the end of side.
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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