Category Archives: Restorations

Restorations is a category of article where the overall theme is a complete restoration of a piece of hi-fi equipment. These jobs are very involved and restorations are therefore typically my longest articles.

Sharp VZ-2000 Record-Playing Boombox Restoration

I’ve just finished overhauling this absolutely incredible Sharp VZ-2000 linear-tracking record-playing boombox!

The Sharp VZ-2000 is one of the biggest and baddest boomboxes, from the golden era of boomboxes, the 80’s. This thing is seriously HUGE. I can hardly lift it and it took two hands to get it to this position for the photo-shoot.

More info can be found at the the Classic Boombox VZ-2000 page and this great page at the Laughing Squid.… Read more

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 real hi-fi nuts, even 40 years after its release.… 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

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

Luxman C-5000A Preamplifier Repair & Restoration

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

ERA Mk 6 Belt-Drive Turntable Repair & Restoration

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