Special Thorens TD-166 BC “Hybrid” Turntable, Sumiko MMT Arm

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Special Thorens TD-166 BC “Hybrid” Turntable, Sumiko MMT Arm, $795 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.

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This Week’s Thorens TD-166 BC “Hybrid” Turntable

I am calling this a “hybrid” because I mounted this TD-166  in a TD-160 Super base with a brand new TD-166 BC Top Plate.  Cosmetically, this table is an 8.5 on a scale of 1-10. (I’m a hard rater.) There are small nicks and scuffs on the plinth in various places, none particularly large, but they are there.  The top plate is brand new, installed by me.   The dust cover is included, along with original Thorens hinges. The dustcover is in fair to good condition: no cracks but many scuffs and small scratches.  The bottom plate is 3/4″ mdf drilled in the original pattern of the Super base.

Used Sumiko MMT arm in excellent condition
Used Sumiko MMT arm in excellent condition


The Sumiko MMT Tonearm

The MMT was often paired with the TD-160 Super.  It is a well reviewed arm made by Jelco, a Japanese company that has manufactured tonearms for over 40 years.  This used arm is in very good to excellent cosmetic condition and outstanding functional condition.  The arm is installed on a brand new solid anodized aluminum armboard.

Overall, this is a stunning table with a serious arm capable of handling cartridges in the $200-800 range with ease.  If I install the cartridge, it makes set-up incredibly easy for set-up.  I would be happy to mount an owner-purchased cartridge for $40. Note the cartridge in the photos is not included.

Original Thorens dust cover in fair to good condition is included. No cracks. but several small scuffs and scratches.


Included NEW TD-166 BC top plate and used original Thorens "Super" mat
Includes NEW TD-166 BC top plate and used original Thorens “Super” mat


Note wear to right front corner
Note wear to right front corner
Note light wear to red mahogany veneer
Note light wear to red mahogany veneer
Note light wear to top right rail
Note light wear to top right rail
Music Hall Cruise Control II can be added for $299
Music Hall Cruise Control II can be added for $299

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 Fedex Ground.

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.  After ten days, all returns are for merchandise credit only.

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