Another Turntable Offering:
Superb Thorens TD-160 w/ Rega RB-303, Extras $849 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-160 w/ new Rega RB-303 Arm
The Thorens TD-160 was my first “audiophile” turntable, so it holds a special place in my heart. Everything about this table says quality, from the well-machined drive platter to the fit-n-finish of the levers. Best of all, this table is built to last…my wager is it’ll outlive most of its owners.
Cosmetically, this table is a solid 8.5 on a scale of 1-10. (I’m a hard rater.) The real wood veneer is in outstanding shape except for one nick on the top front rail. (See pic) Otherwise, no splits or blemishes besides ultra- small areas of wear on the corners. The metal portion of the plinth is in very good condition, with some very fine scratches difficult to show in photos. In addition, there is a blemish to the left of the arm. (see pic) A genuine Thorens dustcover included! It is in typical condition: many scuffs and scratches, but no cracks.
In terms of upgrades, I have replaced the stock TP-16 tonearm with a Rega RB-303. The 303 appears in most stereo mags as an incredible audio value. I heartily agree. If you have never compared the RB-303 to the older RB-300, it features a 3-point mount which adds more stability and a much beefier/better quality rca cable. The arm and custom armboard are a $500+ value!
Overall, this is a stunning table with a serious arm capable of handling cartridges in the $300 to $800 range with ease. I am a dealer for Ortofon, Grado, and Dynavector cartridges. If I install the cartridge, it makes set-up incredibly easy for set-up.
Note: The lever to the right no longer functions as a cueing lever. The Rega features its own cueing. Also, the attractive chromed bubble level is permanently attached to conceal the old Thorens arm rest mounting holes.
Original box/packing included. Note water marks. However, to my sensitive nose, there is no mustiness or mildew. Box will be double-boxed, of course. The Bren record weight is available for $70.
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 truly love my job. What I love best is 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.
Some comments from buyers….
“Outstanding & dedicated craftsman. Helpful hints. Personal attention.”
“The best! A great communicator who goes above and beyond in the service dept.”
“If you want an excellent reconditioned vintage turntable, Dave’s the Man! Thanks”
“When eBay was invented, nobody dreamed there’d be a seller as great as Dave!!”
Email me if you are interested in purchasing this turntable or another one I have slated for restoration.