NOS Sansui SR-929 DD Turntable Unboxing & Recommissioning!

A customer of mine recently acquired a new-old-stock (NOS) Sansui SR-929 direct-drive turntable, in the original box! Tim asked me to take this lovely deck out of the box for the first time and recommission her. Given that she had not been running for over 30 years, this was a really great for both of us!Read more

ERA Mk 6 Belt-Drive Turntable Repair & Restoration

I recently was asked by a customer to restore her partner’s lovely old French ERA Mk 6 belt-drive turntable, as a surprise birthday gift. I was very happy to assist of course, and it gave me a wonderful opportunity to work on a deck I had never seen before. 

The ERA Mk 6 is a belt-driven deck from the early seventies.… 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

Arcam Alpha 9 Integrated and Power Amplifier Service

Arcam makes some nice gear and when a customer asked me to service his dual Arcam Alpha 9 integrated / power setup, I was happy to assist.

The Arcam Alpha 9 amplifier was a mainstay for Arcam for many years. The amplifier is fairly straightforward in design and neat in internal layout. There is nothing really serious about this gear, it is modestly designed and constructed, but well-made if that makes sense.… Read more

Pioneer PL-530 Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Repair

I recently completed a comprehensive overhaul of a lovely old Pioneer PL-530 direct-drive turntable. This model is not especially common, but it has a great vintage look and some great features that I think make it one to keep an eye out for.

Pioneer made some great belt-drive and direct-drive decks and many of them have a highly sought after ‘vintage look’ – like the PL-530.… Read more

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