Special Thorens TD-166 BC Turntable, Grace 707 Arm, Solid Granite Plinth,

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Special Thorens TD-166 BC  Turntable, Grace 707 Arm, Solid Granite Plinth, $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 Turntable w/Grace 707 arm in solid granite plinth

This has been a fun project. I acquired this solid 3/4″ granite plinth from as seller who never completed the project.  He stated he had it professionally made, and to my eyes, I don’t doubt that.  The corner miters are clean, and the “fitnfinish” is impeccable. I especially like the bevel detail on each corner edge.  Granite can be “sharp” so that bevel is classy and safe.  The granite base will definitely help with resonance control…a typical TD-166 weighs 17 lbs, but this custom table tops in at 28 lbs.

Cosmetically, the TD-166 BC top plate is brand new, installed by me.   The new acrylic set-on style dust cover is included.    The new Bren weight is included too!

FYI, the TD-166 BC is fully manual and plays at 33 and 45rpm. It uses a wallwart for power.

Please note the arm rest is at a slight angle in photos; this will be corrected before shipment.  



The Grace 707 Tonearm

The Grace line of vintage arms is very well regarded.   This used 707 arm is in very good cosmetic condition   It looks and sounds wonderful!  It was installed with a new solid machined armboard. If you purchase this table, we can discuss cartridge options as part of the sale. I have several recommendations.  If I mount and align your cartridge, it makes set-up in your home incredibly easy, plus you get the peace of mind it’s been done right.  I am a dealer for Ortofon, Grado, and Dynavector cartridges. Please note the arm rest is at a slight angle in photos; this will be corrected before shipment.  


Note the special bevel detail in each corner
Note the special bevel detail in each corner


Clean, professional joining on the corners
Clean, professional joining on the corners


TD-166 BC Top Plate is brand new
TD-166 BC Top Plate is brand new


Please note the arm rest is at a slight angle in photos; this will be corrected before shipment.  

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