Reduced to $1,000. It's not going any lower. This is a badass turntable that has the benefits of a suspended deck with a shitload of mass.
This turntable started out as a stock Thorens TD166MK2. Which is the same as the 160, except a piece of the subplatter is plastic (pictured) in the 166. For anti-resonant reasons it makes sense to me to have this piece as plastic and not stainless steel.
I put a Rega RB600 Arm upgraded with an Origin Live counter weight and rewired by Audio Origami in Scotland. The rewire includes Cardas ofc internal wire., gold tags, and the external wire is a cocktail of silver and copper with Neutrik Pro Gold RCAs as connectors. It's got a ground wire, which I don't think Rega's have stock. Hurray!
I installed all the "Ultimate Thorens Enhancement Kit" mods from SRM-Tech. The jury is still out on the rubber ring thing around the platter though. It looks like butt and is impossible to maintain flush to the platter. I will include it and you can try it out. Everything else in the kit I liked. I'll include the bearing oil, but I'm not sure if I've got any of the grease left though.
I rebuilt the plinth completely. The 160/166 plinths are a complete joke - I mean, real pieces of shit. My build has the plinth as solid oak with a 1.5 inch, 22 ply birch plywood base. A 1/2 inch of the base is exposed like the original to get that tiered look, but it's got some mass to it at this point. Helps with footfalls, which stock Thorens are dogs about. Black oil stain and several layers of satin poly on it. Vibrapod feet. The cover is scratched and scuffed, but intact and functional. One of the hinges is broken, but the cover will still open and close without any undo babysitting.
I'll include a few washers and nuts for the Rega arm in case you want to dial it in a little different. Also included are 3 mats. The original Thorens (sucks), the SRM-Tech felt mat and a cork mat I got somewhere else. The latter 2 are both great, but sound different from each other - pretty cool.
Does not come with a cartridge. I'd be happy to put one on for you if you're not a cart DIYer. I've got a AT ML440a that I could dial in for a $100? Low mileage. I think a more shielded cart would work better for this table though. And coincidentally for my VPI Scoutmaster.
Issues with the turntable: My plinth rebuild is very slightly off-square, which you can only tell on close inspection against the cover, which drifts 1/16th of an inch against each other. It's pretty tight and you probably wouldn't notice, but I'd feel funny not mentioning it. It's a super upgrade from the previous plinth. Also, to adjust the suspension, you have to take the base off completely. The original Thorens base has holes in it so you can access the suspension, but that base is 1/4 inch thick. This base is just as easy to take off as the original. You can also keep it unscrewed and just resting on the base. That works great too.
6/10 just cause it an old modded Thorens with a beat up, but funtional cover.
Hit me up with any questions. Send me a check and let's not pay Paypal 3%? It's your call if you want to give them your money though. I'll be smart with the shipping, don't worry.