A while back, a customer came to me with two pieces of equipment he wanted to have restored – a gorgeous Luxman M-4000A power amplifier and a matching Luxman C-5000A preamplifier.
I restored the M-4000A here. This post looks specifically at the C-5000A, a rare and beautifully built preamplifier, from the somewhat enigmatic manufacturer, Luxman.
The Luxman C-5000A is indeed rare, so rare in fact that, despite extensive searches and contact with the Luxman Yahoo group and the Luxman Vintage Audio website, there are literally no service manuals available for the ‘A’ series models.… Read more
I recently was asked by a customer to restore her partner’s lovely old French ERA Mk 6 belt-drive turntable, as a surprise birthday gift. I was very happy to assist of course, and it gave me a wonderful opportunity to work on a deck I had never seen before.
The ERA Mk 6 is a belt-driven deck from the early seventies.… Read more
I am about to embark on a Krell KSA-200S Class-A Amplifier Repair and Restoration, in this case for a very good friend of mine.
As many of you will know, the Krell KSA-200S is a beast of an amplifier, up there with the very best products Krell ever made. It is almost unliftable by one person, being hewn from solid slabs of steel and aluminium.… Read more
In this second of two articles on the Marantz SC-80 preamplifier and SM-80 power amplifier, we look at the SM-80 power amplifier. Specifically I detail the work required to restore this amplifier back to full working condition. The earlier article looks at work done to matching Marantz SC-80 preamplifier.
The Marantz SM-80 stereo power amplifier is a reasonably powerful, well-made, mid-range consumer amplifier from around 1990.… Read more
A customer recently brought in his gorgeous matching Luxman M-4000A power amplifier and C-5000A preamplifier. Both pieces needed a thorough overhaul and the M-4000A needed repairs also.
The legendary Tim De Paravicini designed the original M-4000. The improved and even rarer Luxman M-4000A probably also came from De Paravicini’s hand, but nobody seems to know for sure.… Read more
A lovely customer of mine named Frank rang me to tell me that his beloved Pioneer SX-1250 monster receiver had died in a cloud of acrid smoke. Naturally he was devastated, and he asked me if I could restore the old beast for him.
The Pioneer SX-1250 is a monster receiver in the truest sense of the term.… Read more
I was at an old friend’s place recently, chatting to his father, who is very ill. Neil had always been a music lover and after chatting for a while, I saw that his cherished Thorens TD-125 Mark 2 was languishing, non-functional, in a pile of dust and dirt.
The Thorens clearly hadn’t been operational in a long time and when my Neil expressed disappointment that he wasn’t able to play his records any more, I decided at that moment to completely repair and restore it for him, hopefully finding the fault that had put it in the corner in the first place.… Read more