Another Turntable Offering:
Custom Thorens TD-160BC MKII in Solid Cherry w/ SME Series III arm, $1095 plus shipping
Why buy a restored vintage Thorens turntable from Vinyl Nirvana?
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-160BC MKII in Solid Cherry w/SME Series III, Extras
What makes this week’s offering EXTRA special is the custom plinth in solid cherry. I just love the bold grain pattern. As gorgeous as this looks in the photos, it is even more so in person. The BC version of the TD–160 came without a stock tonearm, so there is no this vestigial cueing lever. A nice clean look!
Cosmetically, this table is a solid 9.0 on a scale of 1-10. The solid plinth is brand new with not a single blemish to report. The metal portion of the plinth is in excellent condition. The new custom set-on style dust cover is included, as well the Bren record weight.
The custom solid cherry plinth was crafted by a finish carpenter/cabinet maker with over thirty years of experience. It was finished in mulitiple coats of Tung oil finish. The custom plinth is substantially more dense and heavy than the MKII plinth.
The SME Series III Tonearm
SME arms are continually hailed as one of the best values in audio. This used SME Series III is from the period of super light mass arms and was considered one of the best made in that category. When paired with a heavy compliant cartridge, it really sings! Cosmetically, it is in very good to excellent condition. Note the damping trough and one “paddle” is included.
If you purchase this table, I can discuss cartridge options as part of the sale. When 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 have many premium vintage cartridges from the light mass arm era we can discuss mounting. (Including the V-15 IV shown in pictures.)
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.
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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