Category Archives: Service

Denon DP-30L Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Repair

I work on quite a few of these lovely Denon decks. Here’s a closer look at a Denon DP-30L I serviced recently, and a reminder of why it’s important to take your deck to the right person for work.

For more Denon DP-30L goodness, check out this service and review article. This particular unit came to me having just had an Ortofon 2M Red moving magnet cartridge fitted, plus a new lead-out cable.… Read more

Quad 44 Preamplifier Service

I’ve just serviced a Quad 44 preamplifier. In this article, I’ll show you what the 44 looks like inside and explain some of its features.

Along with a Quad 405 power amplifier, I recently serviced this Quad 44 preamplifier, both owned by the same customer. I’m told he purchased them after a chat we had about resurrecting his KEF speakers, and purchasing some Quad gear to power them!… Read more

Quad 405 Amplifier Service & Refresh

Visitors to my site will already know how much I like the Quad 405. A recent conversation with a customer inspired him to acquire some Quad gear, including this lovely, original 405. In this article, I cover a Quad 405 service.

Talk about great sounding amps. This particular 405 was completely original, with its original capacitors and connectors.… Read more

Luxman PD-171A Turntable On-Site Installation – Luxman Super-System!

I’ve just finished a fascinating on-site system installation with a colleague of mine. My job was to commission and set-up a Luxman PD-171A turntable, plus Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge, as part of a Luxman super-system!

My colleague and good friend, Kent, owns Douglas Hi-Fi, a famous Perth hi-fi store and one of the few places still selling stereo hi-fi gear.… Read more

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