“The Spitfire” AR ES-1 Turntable in Red, w/ Infinity Black Widow arm

Another Turntable Offering:

“The Spitfire” AR ES-1 in Red, Infinity Black Widow arm, $1695 plus shipping (Includes Cartridge!)


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Why spend more to buy a refurbished AR turntable from Vinyl Nirvana?

Buying vintage electronic equipment on eBay can be a gamble. To better your chances at winning, you want two things: 1) Plenty of information about the auction item; and 2) A seller you can trust. When an AR turntable is refurbished by Vinyl Nirvana, it undergoes a multi-step inspection and tuning regimen. Ask another seller of an AR table on Ebay these questions and see if you can get a response…

Is the motor running silently? Any unhealthy bearing noise?

Is the spindle straight? Was the spindle cleaned of old belt residue, which can cause rumble?

Does the belt properly interface with the spindle on both 33 and 45 rpm?

Is the belt new or in near mint condition?

Is the proper length belt installed? (Differences of less than an inch can result in speed changes.)

Is the proper width belt installed? (Differences can result in belt slippage or faulty change of speed.)

Has the platter bearing been inspected? Is it straight, true, and without significant wear?

Has the platter bearing well been inspected? Was it cleaned of old grease and contaminants? Was it properly lubed with appropriate oil?

Is the tonearm functioning properly? Any significant side-to-side motion, which can adversely affect tracking? Is range of motion appropriate? Is anti-skate functioning? Is appropriate tonearm weight installed?

Is cueing adjusted properly?

Were electrical connections cleaned and inspected? Headshell leads? Tonearm recepticle? RCA plugs? (Dirty connections can contribute to hum problems.) Are all connections tight? ( I use Dexoit products, highly recommended.)

Is transport screw intact? Is it functioning properly?

Was all wiring beneath the turntable inspected? Were worn solder joints re-soldered?

What is the condition of the AC cord? The interconnect cable?

Are springs in good working condition? Have worn springs been replaced? Has spring suspension been tuned? (This is an art learned through having set up dozens of these tables.)

Was the speed checked by strobodisc at 33 and 45 rpm?

Is the tonearm rest original? Is it functioning properly?

Is a proper mat installed?

Is the base intact? Are the rubber feet intact?

If an AR table fails to pass any of the above inspections, Vinyl Nirvana corrects the problem before it gets listed. If the turntable is unsellable due to too many defects, it becomes a parts unit to be used in the restoration of other AR units. In addition to this multi-step inspection, each turntable is thoroughly detailed with appropriate cleaners. The average cleaning takes up to two hours. Though the tables Vinyl Nirvana sells will vary cosmetically, they will always be clean. Can you trust Vinyl Nirvana as a seller? Please read our ebay feedback (username vinylnirvana3345) regarding sales of turntables. Notice references to item exactly as described. Notice references to excellent packing. Notice references to our service and committment after the sale.  Then see our testimonial page .

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This Week’s “The Spitfire” AR ES-1 in Spitfire Red, w/Infinity Black Widow arm

Inspired by the Triumph Spitfire, the car of my dreams as a teen,  I commissioned this special red base.  I want to emphasize two things: 1) This finish is professionally done. It is a professionally applied and built up finish.  2) The finish was applied over an existing AR the turntable plinth that was professionally prepared by an experienced auto body professional.   I would wager 99% of the original imperfections in the original plinth were accounted for, however, if you are a paint professional, and you examine it long enough, you will likely discover  those very slight imperfections.  For the rest of us, it is nothing but dropdead gorgeous.   Overall, with the top metal plate also newly and professionally painted, I would rate the unit a solid 9.5.

Because of the special nature of the plinth, I have begun to nickname the turntable “The Spitfire.”  Fitting that stature, I have completely added many mods: uograded shaft, upgrade co-polymer pulley, upgrade co-polymer armboard, and upgrade springs/studs. To power it all, it features the ultra-quiet Merrill Upgrade motor.

A dust cover is not included, but an original AR cover in truly exceptional condition can be purchased for $125. Hinges will be included with the cover.

Note: This is likely the only custom paint AR being offered in 2015


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The Infinity Black Widow Tonearm

The Black Widow  is an audio classic, coveted by many as THE vintage arm. It is simply one of the best respected and sexiest tonearms ever produced. This specific arm is in outstanding cosmetic condition, and functions perfectly.

The Black Widow is an extremely light mass arm, and so required a high compliant cartridge. I have mounted and aligned a vintage ADC XLM MKIII with a new ADC stylus.  (I have a small collection of NOS ADC stylus, so inquire if you want a spare)  This combination is audio dynamite…superb synergy.

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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 UPS. 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.

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


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