Category Archives: Equipment

The Redgum RGi120 Integrated Amplifier – Australian Quality? You Decide…

This piece, about the Redgum RGi120 integrated amplifier, isn’t one I enjoyed writing. Redgum is an Australian brand and I really wanted to be able to write great things about the design and construction of this amplifier.

In the end, I couldn’t. I wrote this piece, considered not posting it, then hit go, only to pull it down after I was literally inundated with hits!… Read more

Sansui AU-717 Integrated Amplifier Repair & Restoration

I recently restored a gorgeous Sansui AU-717 integrated amplifier. This AU-717 was not running properly and was in serious need of some TLC.

The Sansui AU-717 integrated amplifier is one of those pieces that I just love working on. Sansui designed and built the AU-717 at a time when labour was cheaper. Money went into build quality, parts and layout.… Read more

Kenwood L-1000 Series – Exceptional Audio Components

I was recently asked by a customer to service and repair two of his gorgeous Kenwood L-1000 series components. In the lab this time were an L-1000T tuner and matching L-1000D compact disc player. All I can is wow! This gear is seriously well put-together and just beautifully engineered.

In what was a great result, I successfully repaired both units.… Read more

Technics SL-Q5 Turntable – Linear Tracking on the Cheap!

I recently serviced a customer’s Technics SL-Q5 direct-drive, linear-tracking turntable. This is a mid-range linear-tracking deck from the 1980s and well worth keeping an eye out for.

The deck is typical Technics in being well designed, well made and easy to service. The issue with this deck, and many others like it, is that it has not been serviced and has eventually displayed a fault that meant it could no longer play records.… Read more

Servicing the Technics SL-1200 Direct Drive Turntable

The Technics SL-1200 direct drive turntable, in its various iterations, will be well known to most vinyl lovers these days. They have become almost legendary for different reasons – DJs love them for their fast startup and solid build; home users love them for their engineering and audio bang for the buck.

Make no mistake – the SL-1200 is no audio weapon in the big picture – it is never going to scare an SP-10 or L-07D.… Read more

Opera Consonance Turntable Service and Set-up

Whilst I perform servicing and repairs on all sorts of classic turntables, I can also service and optimise your new deck. For example I recently finished a complete setup of an Opera Consonance LP 6.1 for a client.

This was a new deck, but it had not been set up correctly and the unipivot arm was proving to be a nightmare for my client to set up, as they can be.… Read more