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
So, this is the other synthetic composite deck! The Kenwood KP-2055 is one of those elusive decks here in Australia that I rarely get to see. Think of this as the belt-driven cousin of the Kenwood KD-500/550 and KD-600/650.
The KP-2055 is a belt-drive turntable from Kenwood, featuring the same ARCB Anti Resonance Compression Base proprietary synthetic chassis as its more famous relatives.… 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
This lovely Denon SL-7D direct drive turntable needed a thorough service in order to play records nicely again. I figured it was a great opportunity to review this classic deck.
I’ve written about the Denon SL-7D previously, they are good, honest turntables and I enjoy working on them. The SL-7D definitely isn’t a super-deck, but they are well-engineered turntables, relatively affordable and, with regular service, should provide many years of listening pleasure.… Read more