Category Archives: Restorations

Sansui BA-F1 Power Amplifier Restoration Update

I’ve now finished restoring a lovely Sansui BA-F1 DC power amplifier. The Sansui BA-F1 is another beast of an amplifier from the golden era of hi-fi.

This Sansui BA-F1 has had a hard life, but will be good as new, once I’ve finished this restoration. I’m replacing all board-mounted capacitors, along with a few semiconductors. I am also cleaning and tidying up wiring and board goofs made by whoever repaired this previously.… Read more

Classic Quad 405 Power Amplifier Restoration

I recently purchased a classic Quad 405 power amplifier to use as my main stereo amp. It sounded fantastic even before my overhaul, read on for the gory details and, for some extra reading, check out my Quad 405-2 review.

The Quad 405 is revered by many, even 40 years after its release. It’s not hard to see why, the 405 does an amazing job of just getting out of the way and playing music.… Read more

Marantz PM-8 Esotec Integrated Amplifier Repair & Restoration

I’ve been very busy repairing and restoring this stunning Marantz PM-8 integrated amplifier. In my opinion, this is one of the best integrated amplifiers from the golden era of the 70’s and 80’s.

More photos and details of the Marantz PM-8 restoration soon. You can find my article about the exploded filter capacitors, here!

In the meantime, here’s a video summary of the testing and setup of bias, DC offset and power supply voltage.… Read more

Stunning Marantz 1152DC Integrated Amplifier for Sale

I am very excited to present this absolutely stunning, completely overhauled and restored Marantz 1152DC integrated amplifier for sale. I’m asking just $1295! UPDATE – SOLD!

This 1152DC would suit a collector or vintage audio lover, it’s easily the nicest example I’ve seen. The Marantz 1152DC is a legendary Marantz integrated amplifier. It’s a rare and collectible model, thanks to its unique look, great sound and famous Marantz battleship-like construction.… Read more

Technics SL-120 Direct-Drive Turntable Restoration

I was recently asked to undertake the restoration of a lovely old Technics SL-120 direct-drive turntable. The SL-120 was basically an SL-1200, without a tonearm. Owners often chose to fit an SME 3009, as was the case with this old deck. This one though, had seen better days…

The Technics SL-120 is a quality direct-drive deck, featuring an ultra-low speed brushless DC motor.… Read more