Category Archives: Turntables & Vinyl

Articles related to vinyl, turntables, records and playback using analogue systems that incorporate vinyl.

Pioneer PL-514 Belt-Drive Turntable Service

I have recently serviced a lovely old Pioneer PL-514 belt-drive turntable for a customer who lives in the wheat belt. My customer has asked me to restore the deck so that he can present it to his father for his birthday. This was naturally a priority for me!

As I was working on the deck, it occurred to me that the older Pioneer belt-drive turntables from the 70’s and 80’s really were very good for the money, and represent an excellent entry-level deck for someone today.… Read more

Turntable Service in Perth

With the resurgence in vinyl and the growing number of people discovering or rediscovering the joy of high-resolution analog playback, I have been reminded of just how critical it is to have your turntable serviced and set up correctly, by an expert with the right tools and experience to do the job properly.

The number of Perth customers I have been seeing recently has convinced me that turntable setup problems are as common as they always were. … Read more

Opera Consonance Turntable Service & Set-up

Whilst I perform servicing and repairs on all sorts of classic turntables, I can also service and optimise your new deck. For example I recently finished a complete setup of an Opera Consonance LP 6.1 for a client.

This was a new deck, but it had not been set up correctly and the unipivot arm was proving to be a nightmare for my client to set up, as they can be.… Read more

Luxman PD444 / Dynavector DV-505 / Audio Technica AT-1100 Service & Repair

I have just finished repairing and setting up a Luxman PD444 direct drive turntable, plus Dynavector DV-505 and Audio Technica At-1100 tone-arms. 

The Luxman PD444 is a classic direct-drive deck that is beautifully built and deserving of some real care and attention, especially with the set-up. More information on the PD444, along with owners and service manuals, can be found here.… Read more

Kenwood L-07D Direct Drive Turntable Repair & Restoration

Finally, the Kenwood L-07D I have been restoring is repaired and working perfectly.

I completed a very thorough overhaul and restoration on the deck after it arrived not functioning correctly. The platter was over-speeding and there were other operational malfunctions.

I decided that it would be a great project to restore this beautiful piece of equipment.… Read more