SOLD - Thorens TD160B with SME 3009 Series 2 Improved tonearm, ready to enjoy
This Thorens TD160B turntable is in fabulous condition and sounds really lovely via the SME 3009 Series 2 Improved tonearm.
Condition of the deck is excellent. The top plate is almost completely unmarked, save one tiny ding at the back left (almost impossible to photograph - perhaps 3mm long). The wooden plinth is also in great condition, although there are some light scratches on the sides around where the lid locates on its pins. Again, nothing significant and could easily be visually improved. The lid itself is excellent, with just one or two tiny pock-marks but otherwise largely free of scratches and very much above average. The way the lid locates on its pins is also far superior to later Mk2 Thorens decks... this is a really good and simple method but which obviously made the lids expensive to make... Thorens went to a much cheaper plastic hinge on later models that often snaps. Love this method.
As a matter of course, I have replaced the belt with brand new.
The SME tonearm is in great visual condition and seems to operate exactly as you would hope. I've played this deck extensively and it sounds great. The Micro Acoustics cartridge is in superb condition and the deck came with a spare stylus that I suspect has never been played. I've fitted this and it sounds great.
This is such an impressive deck which seems to have far better build quality than later TD160B Mk2 decks I've sold. It just feels well made.
I have the original box (not internal packaging, but will make suitable replacements) and owner's manual for both deck and arm.
I would obviously much prefer collection, and I would also be happy to meet you if convenient - I travel around the UK quite regularly, so please do ask. Ultimately, I can post this item, but the price reflects the time and packaging required to do this safely.
The photographs show the actual item being sold. I use a studio to show the items in as much detail as possible.