As a follow-up to my article on servicing the Kenwood KD-500/550 motor, I bring you an article detailing the comprehensive service of this gorgeous Kenwood KD-500 / SME 3009 combination.
The KD-500 is a heavy hitter from the late 70’s, still punching above its weight 40 years on. The Kenwood KD-500 and KD-550 direct-drive turntables are well-made, great-sounding decks, and highly sought after today.… Read more
The legendary Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 direct-drive turntables are classic decks from an era when things really were built to last.
Indeed, if decks like the KD-500 / KD-550 with this level of custom engineering were built now, they would cost many thousands of dollars. The Technics SL-1200 is a classic example – it’s been reissued and costs literally thousands!… Read more
A customer recently delivered a Kenwood KD-500 direct-drive turntable, with Grace G-707 tonearm and a couple of cartridges, for me to service and set up for him. I see quite a few of this particular turntable/arm combination as it was a classic partnership that was very popular at the time and sold very well in Australia.… Read more
The beautiful and iconic Kenwood KD-650 turntable is one of the very best decks of its era. Come with me as I repair an elusive fault, overhaul and review this classic deck.
It’s no secret that the Kenwood KD-600 is one of my favourite vintage turntables. I’ve owned a KD-600 for many years and this is how she’s currently set up, with Jelco arm, FR cartridge, headshell, and Kenwood TS-10 ceramic platter mat.… Read more
The Kenwood KD-2055 is the other synthetic composite Kenwood deck, a deck that I rarely see in Australia. Think of this as the belt-driven cousin of the Kenwood KD-500/550 and KD-600/650.
The KD-2055 is a belt-drive turntable from Kenwood, featuring the same ARCB Anti Resonance Compression Base proprietary synthetic chassis as its more famous relatives. The KD-2055 features a fixed tonearm and some other automated features.… Read more
Here a few images of my Kenwood KD-600 direct-drive turntable, spinning records from my collection. The KD-600 turntable is an absolute classic, highly sought after and well worth keeping an eye out for.
Much has been written about the fabulous Kenwood KD-600 direct-drive turntable, like this, this and this for example. I received mine from her original owner, with gorgeous SME Series Three tonearm, which I still have.… Read more