Common Turntable Question: Service my Old Turntable or Buy a New Deck?

20131118-094152.jpg Common turntable question #1:

Mike – should I spend a little on my old deck or just get rid of it and buy a new one? I get asked this all the time. Is there a simple answer? Well yes, usually there is.

There is nothing new in turntable design and much of the best turntable engineering and design was done back in the 70’s and 80’s.… Read more

Servicing the Technics SL-1200 Direct Drive Turntable

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

Servicing Your Turntable Will Improve Its Performance

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

Systemdek & Connoisseur Turntables Serviced

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

Pioneer PL-514 Belt-Drive Turntable Service

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

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