Dual 1228 Turntable Service & Headshell Problems

The Dual 1228 idler-drive turntable is a great entry-level deck that is just a little cooler than many others around. You do however need to be aware of a few of the problems that can occur with this and other Dual turntables from this era. 

A customer recently delivered his newly acquired Dual 1228 idler-drive turntable for service.… Read more

Servicing a Gorgeous Apple Mac Pro 8-Core Beast!

My good buddy Paul ran a successful gallery and photo-art production facility for many years here in Perth. Paul owns several powerful Apple Macintosh desktop machines he’s used over the years in his studio and, because of their upstairs location, Perth’s notoriously hot weather and the near 12 hours a day operation in this hot environment, all three machines had suffered a real beating.Read more

Fidelity Research XF-1 Moving Coil Step-up Transformer Review

This is a review of the phenomenal Fidelity Research XF-1 moving coil step-up transformer. The short story – if you ever see one of these, grab it!

Fidelity Research is one of the most iconic and revered names in vinyl. No other brand has quite the same status and FR cartridges and step-up transformers have become legendary in audio circles, for many good reasons.… Read more

Yamaha GT-2000 Direct Drive Turntable – Tweaking the Beast

My friend recently had a little mishap with his beautiful Yamaha GT-2000 direct drive turntable. Naturally, I helped him sort it out…

The mishap occurred when my friend was cleaning his beloved GT-2000. While using a cleaning cloth near the headshell, he must have brought the cloth too near to the stylus and just caught it, moving the cloth and causing the whole cantilever and stylus to snap clean off his Denon DL-103R moving coil cartridge.… Read more

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