It really is a privilege being entrusted to care for such an amazing range of hi-fi gear, brought to Liquid Audio for service and repair. Every so often though, I work on a piece that really makes me smile. The Marantz Model 6300 direct-drive turntable is one of those pieces.
One look at a 6300 and you’ll reach an inevitable conclusion – that you want and need to find one to add to your collection. That’s exactly what happened with the owner of this very pretty unit. Surely, the Marantz Model 6300 is one of the best looking turntables from the entire 1970’s.
It features some of the classic styling elements so typical of Marantz equipment from this era, including the Marantz font, mixed wood and metal finishing and elaborate feature designation on the front fascia.
Tonearm: S-shaped Effective length: 231mm Overhang: 15mm Stylus pressure: 0.5 to 4.0g Motor: Servo controlled direct drive Speeds: 33.33 and 45rpm Speed control: +-3% Rumble: -60dB Wow and flutter: 0.04% Platter: 31cm Platter weight: 1.6kg Dimensions: 435 x 180 x 381mm Weight: 10.0kg
Proper Turntable Service
This unit belongs customer who wanted her properly serviced and set-up. Sadly, and all too often, decks come to me poorly set-up, even after having been to other repairers.
A Liquid Audio turntable service involves a thorough cleaning of the lid, chassis, platter, mat, tonearm, stylus and headshell. I also clean and lubricate all deck mechanics, motor / spindle bearing, switches and controls, hinges, accurately set cartridge alignment, azimuth, tracking force and anti-skate.
Naturally, I also assess the correctness of the match between tonearm, cartridge and headshell. In this case advised the owner that he should also consider adding a better cartridge and headshell, but at this stage he just wanted her serviced.
Obviously, there’s much more to a turntable service than cleaning the stylus and checking the tracking force as some less than honorable repairers call a service, so beware!
Let’s step through this process, in pictures, starting with:
I love the look of the Marantz Model 6300. I think the combination of walnut veneer and brushed aluminium works incredibly well.
The Model 6300 motor appears similar to those used in many other decks from this era. In this case, it may be shared amongst other models and appears to have been slightly hobbled for this deck. A closer look shows only two of its possible four wiring phases are wound with wire, and two additional poles are missing. Whether all four poles/phases were present in other versions of this motor, I don’t know.
The Electronics & Mechanics
I really like the physical layout this deck. Even the parts you can’t easily see underneath are thoughtfully laid out and trimmed.
The Finished, Serviced Model 6300
I was sad to say goodbye to this gorgeous deck, but her owner is very happy and after service and a precision set-up, she played a record more quietly and with lower wow & flutter.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at and service overview of the Marantz Model 6300 direct-drive turntable. Don’t forget, Liquid Audio is a turntable specialist. Get in touch with me for all your turntable service and repair needs and to book in some turntable TLC for your deck!