Just a short post here while I am in the middle of repairing / restoring an absolutely massive Marantz PM-8 integrated amplifier.
These main filter capacitors sit in the power supply and do all the ‘heavy lifting’ required to make the power supply smooth and quiet. All four 15,000uF capacitors have literally spewed their contents all over the insides of this beautiful amplifier.… Read more
I’ve just had a classic Dual 601 belt drive turntable on my bench, in for a major service. This deck is owned by the gentleman who originally purchased it all those years ago and looks like it – it’s almost as good as new.
This particular Dual 601 needed recommissioning after an extended period of more than ten years in storage.… Read more
I recently restored a gorgeous Sansui AU-717 integrated amplifier. This AU-717 was not running properly and was in serious need of some TLC.
The Sansui AU-717 integrated amplifier is one of those pieces that I just love working on. Sansui designed and built the AU-717 at a time when labour was cheaper. Money went into build quality, parts and layout.… 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
I have recently been restoring a lovely old Rega Planar 2 for a customer of mine. It reminded me how great the older Regas are, and why you are better off restoring an old Rega than buying a new one.
The old Planars, like the one on my workbench, are much better made than the new ones.… Read more