Another Turntable Offering:
Starter Package! Vintage Thorens TD-165 Turntable, w/used Stanton 681 cartridge, new stylus, $599 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. See our testimonial page
This Week’s Thorens TD-165 Starter Package
I am excited to offer this starter package. The demand for starter packages has been so great, it has been difficult to replenish my stock. What makes this a starter package is the inclusion of a cartridge, a used Shure m91ed with NEW aftermarket stylus.
Cosmetically, this table is an 8.0 on a scale of 1-10. (I’m a hard rater.) The Euro-walnut real wood veneer is in very good shape with only the slightest signs of wear. The metal portion of the plinth is good condition. There are scuffs in front that ARE visible with the platter in place. There are also light/fine scuffs/scratches by and around both switches, as well in the area between the tonearm and the platter. I tried to take lots of pics of the top plate so you can accurately assess. The headshell is in very good shape. There is a used original dustcover included. Both hinges are whole. I would call the condition “good” for a Thorens cover, though do note the thin five inch scratch in the front.
For upgrades, there are new RCA plugs, new headshell leads, new upgrade feet and a new felt mat. Note I replaced the black plastic TD-165 levers with the TD-160 metal ones.
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 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 and a 5% restocking fee. After ten days, all returns are for merchandise credit only.
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