Category Archives: Equipment

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

Systemdek and Connoisseur Turntables Serviced @ Liquid Audio

I have just finished restoring a lovely Systemdek turntable with Rega RB250 arm for a Scottish customer.

The deck had some strange symptoms: the platter would start turning in the wrong direction, there was a high level of vibration from the motor and the cartridge would not play a groove when it did turn in the right direction!… 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

Musical Fidelity Trivista SACD Player Restoration and Modification

I have just finished the restoration and modification of a Musical Fidelity Trivista SACD Player for a client in Alice Springs.

This particular Musical Fidelity Trivista SACD Player was to receive an update of critical signal path and DAC electronics and involved changing many dozens of parts, including eight op-amps and what seemed like hundreds of electrolytic and ceramic capacitors!… Read more

Luxman PD444 / Dynavector DV-505 / Audio Technica AT-1100 Service and Repair

I have just finished repairing and setting up a Luxman PD444 direct drive turntable, plus Dynavector DV-505 and Audio Technica At-1100 tone-arms. 

The Luxman PD444 is a classic direct-drive deck that is beautifully built and deserving of some real care and attention, especially with the set-up. More information on the PD444, along with owners and service manuals, can be found here.… Read more