Category Archives: Tuners & Radios

AM/FM tuners & radios are the main focus of articles in this category. I’m a radio nerd, so expect to see some kooky stuff in this category.

Amazing Kenwood L-1000 Hi-Fi System in for Service

Wow, would you believe I’ve just serviced a complete Kenwood L-1000 hi-fi system?! Just incredible gear, beautifully constructed, with stellar build-quality.

The Kenwood L-1000 series of components are becoming rare now, so to find a complete system in the hands of its original owner is something pretty special. This stack of gear consisted of the Kenwood L-1000M power amplifier, L-1000C preamplifier, L-1000D CD player and L-1000T tuner.… Read more

Kenwood KT-3300D FM Stereo Super-Tuner Service & Alignment

A customer recently asked me to service and align his latest acquisition – a stunning Kenwood KT-3300D FM analogue stereo tuner.

Due to other repair commitments, it took me longer than I would have liked to get to this gorgeous KT-3300D. The wait was worth it though. As you’ll see, aligning a tuner like this is time-consuming but critically important.… Read more

Ten-Tec 1253 Regenerative Shortwave Receiver Build

I’ve just finished building a Ten-Tec 1253 Regenerative Shortwave Receiver kit and wanted to share some of the build process with you.

The Ten-Tec 1253 is a gorgeous little regenerative shortwave receiver, that is sensitive and fun to build and use. Building the Ten-Tec 1253 was fairly straightforward, there are a couple of little things to watch out for, but it was otherwise a relatively easy build for an experienced constructor.… Read more

Sansui TU-717 AM/FM Stereo Tuner Service & Alignment

I have just finished servicing and aligning the Sansui TU-717 I’ve had on my work bench. My customer Tim recently gave me the task of restoring his lovely Sansui AU-717 – you can details of this restoration here.

Tim’s matching Sansui TU-717 tuner was in its original box, complete with unused original accessories, although the tuner itself showed some signs of having been lightly used.… Read more

Marantz 125 AM/FM Stereo Tuner Alignment & Upgrades

I recently treated my Marantz 125 AM/FM Stereo Tuner to a very careful alignment and upgrade. This beautiful tuner, with upgraded power supply and output buffer, is easily the best sounding tuner I have had the pleasure of listening to.

After modification and alignment, I compared Marantz 125 to a Sansui TU-717 and several modern digital tuners including the gorgeous Kenwood L-1000T.… Read more

Kenwood L-1000 Series – Exceptional Audio Components

I was recently asked by a customer to service and repair two of his gorgeous Kenwood L-1000 series components. In the lab this time were an L-1000T tuner and matching L-1000D compact disc player. All I can is wow! This gear is seriously well put-together and just beautifully engineered.

In what was a great result, I successfully repaired both units.… Read more