The Technics SL-1200 direct drive turntable, in its various iterations, will be well known to most vinyl lovers these days. They have become almost legendary for different reasons – DJs love them for their fast startup and solid build; home users love them for their engineering and audio bang for the buck.
Make no mistake – the SL-1200 is no audio weapon in the big picture – it is never going to scare an SP-10 or L-07D.… Read more
Clients will often ask “Mike, does my deck really need a service?” My answer is always the same and based purely on my experience – there are very few situations where a service won’t make a really noticeable improvement in operational and sonic performance.
I usually reply with “Have you ever had it serviced?”, “Has the bearing oil ever been changed?” and “Has your cartridge ever been properly aligned?” You can probably imagine that in most cases the answers to these questions are no.
Turntables are complex mechanical systems that DO need regular maintenance.… Read more
I have just finished restoring a lovely Systemdek turntable with Rega RB250 arm for a Scottish customer.
The deck had some strange symptoms: the platter would start turning in the wrong direction, there was a high level of vibration from the motor and the cartridge would not play a groove when it did turn in the right direction!… Read more
I have just finished a very successful service on a nice Linn Sondek LP12. This involved a thorough clean, fresh bearing oil, fitting a new cartridge, careful arm set-up and some suspension adjustments.
Setting up a Linn Sondek requires a little patience. One issue I find is that owners have often made modifications or had someone else make them.… Read more
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