A question I am commonly asked is “why do you bother lubricating the spindle bearing and why use synthetic oil.”
The answer to this is quite simple. Turntables are mechanic systems and as such require maintenance. When these turntables were designed, manufacturers often paid little attention to explaining this need, probably thinking that the deck would be superseded or out of use by the time this became a problem.… Read more
Capacitors – I am always on about capacitors and how important they are. I have literally thousands of the damn things in my parts inventory and I like to replace them, especially in certain types of circuits – but why?
To answer this we perhaps need to look first at what they do and how they are made.… Read more
Clients will often ask “Mike, does my deck really need a service?” My answer is always the same and based purely on my experience – there are very few situations where a service won’t make a really noticeable improvement in operational and sonic performance.
I usually reply with “Have you ever had it serviced?”, “Has the bearing oil ever been changed?” and “Has your cartridge ever been properly aligned?” You can probably imagine that in most cases the answers to these questions are no.
Turntables are complex mechanical systems that DO need regular maintenance.… Read more