Original Thorens TD-160 Super, Used Sumiko MMT arm, new Ortofon 2M Bronze

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Original Thorens TD-160 Super, used Sumiko MMT arm, new Ortofon 2M Bronze, $1495 plus shipping



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.



This Week’s Original Thorens TD-160 Super

Okay, you can tell from my website and my descriptions that I get pretty excited about turntables and the peripheries…even after all these years.  Well, multiply that excitement tenfold and you will know how I feel about this specific turntable. It has been a a few months since I even offered an original Thorens TD–160 Super on this for sale page because I usually have a waiting list for them.

Cosmetically, this table is an 8.5 on a scale of 1-10.  The original black painted surface was professionally sanded, primed, and finished in a very similar satin black.  The metal portion of the plinth is in excellent condition with some sporadic fine scuffing only visible at some angles and in some light.  There is also one fine scratch half inch long on the top plate under the headshell, difficult to show in pics. The original dust cover is in very good condition: there are minor blemishes, light scratches, and some circular scuffing.  No cracks, though. If preferred, a new acrylic cover can be substituted for $125.

The turntable has undergone my usual regimen of cleaning and adjustment. I have added a new belt, a new cork-rubber mat, and new springs.




The used Sumiko MMTTonearm

The Sumiko arms were made by Jelco, one of my favorite current arm manufacturers. The MMT is definitely the precursor to the present day 750 and 550 models which sell for around $500. The arm is in excellent cosmetic condition, with some very light scuffs on the arm tube. Besides that, there are scratches on the shaft but those are not visible as it goes to the underside of the turntable. It is 100% functional, including the cueing mechanism.

Right now the arm comes with the original cable, but if the buyer wishes, we can upgrade that to the cable I currently offer on the Jelco arms. That upgrade is $125 installed. If you have the funds, I highly recommend this upgrade as the older cable is typical of the quality you would find 30 years ago. It’s a decent cable, but cabling today is more serious business.

The package price includes the Ortofon 2M Bronze, mounted and aligned. The cartridge retails for $440, making this one time package an amazing deal.

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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