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

Rega P5 Belt-Drive Turntable Service

One of my wonderful repeat customers recently purchased a Rega P5 and asked me if I could have a careful look at it for him, servicing anything that needed attention.

My customer delivered the deck a couple of days ago and I am pleased to have now finished the service and inspection. The deck is in very good condition, with no major issues anywhere.… Read more

The Sansui Corrosive Glue Problem

While I am restoring this lovely AU-717 amplifier, I felt it was worth discussing the infamous Sansui corrosive glue problem.

Most equipment manufactured by Sansui, and others, during a certain period in the 70’s and 80’s will be affected by this nasty, corrosive compound. Its called polychloroprene and it literally eats through components like an acid.… Read more

Common Turntable Question: Why Use Synthetic Bearing Oil?

A question I am commonly asked is “why do you bother lubricating the spindle bearing and why use synthetic oil.”

The answer to this is quite simple. Turntables are mechanic systems and as such require maintenance. When these turntables were designed, manufacturers often paid little attention to explaining this need, probably thinking that the deck would be superseded or out of use by the time this became a problem.… Read more

Sansui AU-717 Integrated Amplifier Repair & Restoration

I recently restored a gorgeous Sansui AU-717 integrated amplifier. This AU-717 was not running properly and was in serious need of some TLC.

The Sansui AU-717 integrated amplifier is one of those pieces that I just love working on. Sansui designed and built the AU-717 at a time when labour was cheaper. Money went into build quality, parts and layout.… Read more

Latest Turntable Repairs & Servicing

Hi everyone

I haven’t posted for a while now because I have literally been flat-out with the latest turntable repairs and servicing! Seriously – I haven’t had a chance to even scratch my @#se.

Recently I have serviced a kooky Sharp RP-105 linear tracking, drawer-loading both sides player – crazy repair – the owner had dropped the damn thing and there were bits falling out of it.… Read more

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