Vintage Thorens TD-166 BC “Hybrid” Turntable, Rega Arm

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Special Thorens TD-166 BC “Hybrid” Turntable, Upgraded Rega Arm, Extras

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 “Hybrid” Turntable w/upgraded Rega Arm

I am calling this a “hybrid” because I mounted this TD-165  in a TD-166 MKII base with a brand new TD-166 BC Top Plate.  It features the TD-165 drive platter with the more desirable 10MM bearing.  Because Thorens used the same suspended subchassis platform for so many of their tables through the 70s and early 80’s, these parts from disparate models fit together seamlessly.

Cosmetically, this table is an 8.0 on a scale of 1-10. (I’m a hard rater.) The 166 MKII base is original, in good condition. There are some slight nicks in the .  The top plate is brand mahogany veneer.  Additionally, the black bottom edge shows signs of wear typical to the model.   The dust cover is included, along with original Thorens hinges. The dustcover is in fair condition: no cracks but many scuffs and some minor stains. The Bren weight is  NOT included, but is available for $75.

Arm is upgraded with the well-reviewed Isokinetic wiring kit
Close-up of Isokinetic wiring

The Upgraded Rega (Moth) RB-250 Tonearm

Rega arms are continually hailed for their performance and value.  This used Rega RB-250, badged as Moth, is in excellent cosmetic condition. In addition, it has been upgraded with an Isokinetic wiring kit, new wiring from headshell leads to RCA plugs. A major upgrade over the original RB-250 wiring. In addition, a metal stub and counterweight have been added. All in all, the upgraded arm plus armboard are valued at over $400.

This table is capable of handling cartridges in the $100 to $400 range with ease. I am an Ortofon and Grado dealer. If the new owner wants me to purchase one from me, installation and alignment is free. If you want to send your own cartridge, mounting and alignment is $30.

Dustcover in fair to good condition is included, with hinges.
Note tiny nicks along the veneer edge and also wear on bottom black edge
Overall, very presentable…
166BC Top Plate is brand new…looks amazing
Plastic drive platter has the more desirable 10MM bearing
Bren record weight not included, adds $75
Note wear to bottom black edge

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 double boxing and layers of bubble wrap. I prefer Fedex 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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