I’ve just finished servicing three Technics SL-1200 direct drive turntables, along with several other jobs. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this legendary design and look at some basic servicing.
I’ve written a review of the Technics SL-1200 series which you should also take a look at.
The Technics SL-1200 hit the market in 1972 and there was nothing else like it when it was first released.… Read more
I recently serviced a Sony PS-1150 belt drive turntable and want to discuss why I service the spindle bearings on turntables.
The spindle bearing is the central bearing about which the platter turns, rotating the record. This bearing can be anything from a basic narrow steel spindle, to an elaborate bearing with massive stainless steel shaft and ball bearing at the top or bottom.… Read more
One of the decks I worked on recently is a very cool old JVC QL-F4 direct-drive, fully automatic turntable.
The JVC QL-F4 is a mid-range deck from the once great JVC. Even in the late 70’s and early 80’s, JVC were not really known for their hifi separates. This is a shame because this series of JVC turntables had great specs.… Read more
I’ve just serviced two gorgeous Kenwood D-3300P CD players for a customer of mine. He loves his classic audio gear and owns three of these beasts!
The Kenwood D-3300P CD player dates to 1986 and is a superbly built component. In fact, this unit is built from such quality hardware and components, that it would cost way too much to make now.… Read more
I was recently asked by a customer to repair and service his Marantz CD-63 KI Signature CD player. The player was misbehaving, not reading the table of contents (TOC) with some discs and was also skipping occasionally. I was actually really pleased to work on one of these classic disc spinners again. The Marantz players were all very similar across the CD-63 – CD-67 range and the SE and KI Signature models really only brought parts quality improvements in key areas, rather than different circuit layout.… Read more