Category Archives: Rants

These articles are typically rants or me spouting off about things that have bothered me. They may also be of interest to my readers.

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

The Sansui Corrosive Glue Problem

The infamous Sansui corrosive glue problem is one that affects many vintage hi-fi amplifiers and other equipment. Resolving issues caused by this glue is time-consuming, but essential.

You maybe familiar with the scenario – over time, your favourite Sansui (or other) amplifier starts to develop faults. Maybe it won’t come out of protection, or maybe a channel becomes intermittent.… Read more

Common Turntable Question: Why Use Synthetic Bearing Oil?

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designed, manufacturers often paid little attention to explaining this need, probably thinking that the deck would be superseded or out of use by the time this became a problem.… Read more

Common Turntable Question: Service my Old Turntable or Buy a New Deck?

20131118-094152.jpg Common turntable question #1:

Mike – should I spend a little on my old deck or just get rid of it and buy a new one? I get asked this all the time. Is there a simple answer? Well yes, usually there is.

There is nothing new in turntable design and much of the best turntable engineering and design was done¬†back in the 70’s and 80’s.… Read more