Category Archives: Turntables & Vinyl

You’ll find lots of articles about turntables & vinyl on my website. You’ll also find stuff about records and analogue systems that incorporate vinyl.

Technics SL-10 Direct Drive Turntable Review

The Technics SL-10 direct drive turntable continues Technics’ tradition of innovation and beautifully designed products. Find out why this deck is one of the best vintage turntable buys today.

The Technics SL-10 direct-drive turntable represented the pinnacle of design, engineering and product marketing when it arrived on the scene in 1979.

img_8175 Technics SL-10 Direct Drive Turntable Review

Ground-Breaking Design

The SL-10 was the first linear-tracking turntable to feature direct drive and was a radical departure from conventional design.… Read more

The Gorgeous Technics SL-10 Playing Vintage Vinyl

Just a very quick video post today, showing a stunning Technics SL-10 I’ve just finished  servicing, playing some vintage vinyl.

The Technics SL-10 was and still is a groundbreaking deck in many ways. I’ll be doing a full service article and review soon, but in the meantime, enjoy some specs, and a video!

Specifications

Platter: 300mm aluminium die-cast
Speed accuracy: within +-0.002%
Wow and flutter: 0.025% WRMS
Rumble: -78dB
Tonearm type: Dynamic balanced linear tracking gimbal suspension
Effective length: 105mm
Cartridge type: EPC-310MC moving coil stereo
Frequency response: 10 to 60,000Hz
Dimensions: 315 x 88 x 315mm
Weight: 6.5kg

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

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 someone you trust, even for a cartridge installation.

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

Sound Foundations Record Stabilizing Ring Clamp Review

Record clamps are an important part of a good vinyl replay system, most commonly in the form of center or spindle clamps. I wanted to find an affordable peripheral clamp I could recommend, however. I may have…

Searching online for a peripheral or ring-type record clamp to review, I stumbled across Sound Foundations, operating out of Mumbai, India.… 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 Harvey, owns Douglas Hi-Fi, a famous Perth hi-fi store and one of the few places still selling hi-fi stereo gear.… Read more

Stunning Ortofon MC Jubilee Moving Coil Cartridge for Sale

Here is a rare opportunity to purchase an absolutely stunning, one owner Ortofon MC Jubilee moving coil cartridge for $1495. Update – Sold!

This MC Jubilee comes from my personal collection. I’ve owner her since new and she has enjoyed a very easy life, on a superb turntable, playing pristine vinyl.

img_6992 Stunning Ortofon MC Jubilee Moving Coil Cartridge for Sale

The beautiful Shibata diamond and boron cantilever are in perfect condition, as you’ll see from the images below.… Read more

Sharp VZ-2000 Record-Playing Boombox Restoration

I’ve just finished overhauling this absolutely incredible Sharp VZ-2000 linear-tracking record-playing boombox!

The Sharp VZ-2000 is one of the biggest and baddest boomboxes, from the golden era of boomboxes, the 80’s. This thing is seriously HUGE. I can hardly lift it and it took two hands to get it to this position for the photo-shoot.

More info can be found at the the Classic Boombox VZ-2000 page and this great page at the Laughing Squid.… Read more

Fidelity Research FR-1 Mk3 Cartridge + RS-141 Headshell – Wow!

Over the last couple of months I’ve been ‘secretly’ acquiring some vinyl goodies. First, I purchased a mint condition Fidelity Research FR-1 Mk 3 moving coil cartridge…

I followed that up with a matching Fidelity Research RS-141 one-piece milled aluminum headshell. These wonderful pieces of Japanese analog engineering partner up with my Jelco SA-750D tonearm, Kenwood KD-600 direct-drive turntable and (of course) Fidelity Research XF-1 M step-up transformer.… Read more

Pioneer PL-514 Turntable Service – An Affordable Gem

The Pioneer PL-514 belt drive turntable is a classic. There’s not much more to add except watch the video and try to grab one if you find one for sale.

The Pioneer PL-514 is a high-quality, great sounding belt-drive deck from one of the big Japanese manufacturers. In terms of build and performance, like so much other Japanese gear, it puts many other belt-drive decks to shame.… Read more