Given the great interest in turntables now, especially quality decks like the Kenwood KD-600/650, I thought I would share some images I took whilst servicing the motor and bearing of my own KD-600.
The Kenwood KD-600 / 650 is a classic direct drive turntable from the late ’70s. The KD-600 is a superb deck technically, for a number of technical reasons: 20 pole, 30 slot brushless motor, synthetic concrete-composite chassis, 3 kg platter, massive main bearing assembly and so on.… Read more
I’ve just finished repairing and servicing a lovely old deck that one doesn’t often see – a Denon SL-7D direct-drive turntable.
My customer received the run-around from several technicians and wanted me to have a look to see if I could get her going again. This Denon SL-7D came fitted with a gorgeous old AKG P25MD moving iron cartridge – more on that later.… Read more
I’ve just finished servicing this lovely old Kenwood KP-2022 belt-drive turntable. The owner asked me if it was worth servicing the old girl. You can imagine my reply!
They just don’t make them like this any more and this Kenwood is a particularly cool deck. The KP-2022 needed a full service, new belt, main bearing lubrication and motor lube as well.… Read more
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