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!
After careful testing and some discussion I decided that the motor was faulty. This happens quite frequently on these decks and others powered by the same AC ‘clock’ motor used in Regas as well. After installing the new motor and making some minor modifications to suit the slightly altered wiring, I completed some general servicing, added a gorgeous new Goldring 1042GX stylus and a little TLC to bring it back to its best. It’s now better than new, quieter, smoother, it swings and boogies, a big improvement!
I am also working on another classic Connoisseur BD1 from Yorkshire in the UK. Like most of these decks, this one needs a new belt, bearing service, arm setup and a few other little things but will be great when finished. The Grace arms on these decks still look great and really suit the deck.
An update – this service was completed successfully and the owner is very happy with the result.
Get in touch if your deck needs service!