Category Archives: Service

Pioneer PL-514 Turntable Service – An Affordable Gem

There’s not much else to add here except to say watch the video and try to grab one if you find one for sale.

The Pioneer PL-514 is an excellent, high-quality belt-drive deck from one of the big Japanese manufacturers. It puts many other belt-drives to shame. Check out my video, below, and read on for more details.… Read more

Another JVC QL-F4 Direct-Drive Turntable Repair

So this is the second JVC QL-F4 I’ve repaired with speed control issues. These relate to the old ‘corrosive glue’ problem I’ve written about before.

You can read about my previous QL-F4 repair here. The JVC QL-F4 is a great direct-drive deck, perfect for someone stepping up from a belt-drive or lower tier DD.… 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

Kenwood KD-600 Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Set-up

In this video, I explain some considerations when correctly setting up a turntable like the Kenwood KD-600.

This particular deck came to me very poorly set-up. The deck’s owner received some very bad advice from, of all people, Ortofon! I’m a big fan of Ortofon gear, but clearly not everyone there knows what they are talking about.… Read more

Audiolab 8000Q Preamplifier Repair

Lovely little preamp the Audiolab 8000Q. It’s really only let down by poor quality factory-fitted parts, particularly the capacitors.

This 8000Q came to me with a fault which would see it sometimes take a really long time to turn on. It would sometimes take up to 30 minutes to become operational after turn-on.

In this case, I found one definite and one possible fault.… Read more