Category Archives: Equipment

All the hi-fi equipment you want to see, in one place. Every piece of equipment I’ve worked on and written about appears under this category.

Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 Turntable Motor Service

I’m sure every regular visitor to my site knows just how much I love the old Kenwood KD synthetic composite turntables, especially the KD-600/650 series. But the classic Kenwood KD-500/550 is far more common and so I’ve written an article about servicing their direct-drive motors, for anyone who can’t get their deck into me for service, or who just wants to do it themselves.
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JVC JL-F45 Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Repair

I’ve just finished servicing yet another direct drive deck I’d never seen before – a JVC JL-F45 – what a cool machine!

I was quite surprised by the weight and overall build quality of this lovely JVC direct-drive turntable. The JL-F45 is a fully automatic direct-drive deck. For those who don’t know, fully automatic means that the tonearm is controlled by the turntable, not by you.… Read more

Sonab 85S Belt-Drive Turntable Service

I’ve just serviced a rare Sonab 85S belt-drive turntable. The Sonab 85S is an unusual design, quite nice for a belt-drive deck and very solidly built. The deck should give years more good service, after the work we’ve done here.

The Sonab 85S is a 2-speed, belt-drive turntable with integral tonearm and comes fitted with a moving-magnet cartridge. … Read more

Pioneer PL-A35 Belt-Drive Turntable Repair

The Pioneer PL-A35 is one of those rare belt-driven Japanese decks that you don’t see very often. I’ve repaired a number of such unusual decks in the last 12 months or so, but this is definitely one of the nicest and in some ways, the most unusual.

According to Pioneer: “The PL-A35 combines studio-quality performance with the operational ease of a fully automatic!… Read more

Harman/Kardon T-20 Direct-Drive Turntable Service

I recently serviced this gorgeous little Harman/Kardon T-20 direct-drive turntable. Harman/Kardon, or H/K as they were known, made some lovely gear, all of it uniquely styled and much of it uniquely engineered as well. There are some quite desirable pieces out there and for a simple direct-drive vinyl spinner, this tasty little T-20 is well worth a look.
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Technics SL-23 Belt-Drive Turntable Service & Repair

The Technics SL-23 is a common and very cool belt-drive deck from the late 70’s. I highly recommend the SL-23, ahead of early Rega, Dual and Thorens decks, for someone wanting a first ‘proper’ turntable.

Technics is of course best known for the SL-1200 range of direct-drive turntables, but they made a range of machines, at varying price-points.… Read more