Here’s a closer look at a Denon DP-30L I serviced recently and a reminder of why it’s important to take your deck to someone you trust, even for a cartridge installation.
For more Denon DP-30L goodness, check out this service and review article. This particular unit came in for service having just been fitted with an Ortofon 2M Red moving magnet cartridge and new lead-out cable.… Read more
I recently serviced a lovely Denon DP-30L direct-drive turntable and want to spread the word about this great deck.
Denon’s DP-30L is an excellent turntable with great features like a quality motor, solid chassis and excellent speed-control circuitry. The DP-30L weighs in at just under 10kg, much more than today’s lightweight decks. This deck also has commendably low wow and flutter.… Read more
The Kenwood KD-650 is an amazing turntable, one of the very best to come out of the 1970’s and 80’s. If you ever get a chance to purchase either the KD-650, with Kenwood tonearm, or the KD-600, go for it.
The KD-650 is also one of the best-performing turntables you can own for sensible money. Featuring a brushless and slotless direct-drive motor, quartz phase-locked speed control, high-inertia machined and balanced aluminium platter and iconic ARCB synthetic composite chassis, this is a heavy hitting deck.… Read more
I’ve just finished repairing and servicing a lovely old deck that one doesn’t often see – a Denon SL-7D direct-drive turntable.
My customer received the run-around from several technicians and wanted me to have a look to see if I could get her going again. This Denon SL-7D came fitted with a gorgeous old AKG P25MD moving iron cartridge – more on that later.… Read more
I’ve just finished servicing this lovely old Kenwood KP-2022 belt-drive turntable. The owner asked me if it was worth servicing the old girl. You can imagine my reply!
They just don’t make them like this any more and this Kenwood is a particularly cool deck. The KP-2022 needed a full service, new belt, main bearing lubrication and motor lube as well.… Read more
I was visiting a friend recently, chatting to his father, Neil, who is very ill. I saw that his cherished Thorens TD-125 Mark 2 was languishing, non-functional, in a pile of dust and dirt.
The Thorens clearly hadn’t been operational in a long time and when Neil expressed disappointment that he wasn’t able to play his records any more, I decided to completely repair and restore it for him, hopefully finding the fault that had put it in the corner in the first place.… Read more
A question I am commonly asked is “why do you bother lubricating the spindle bearing and why use synthetic oil.”
The answer to this is quite simple. Turntables are mechanic systems and as such require maintenance. When these turntables were designed, manufacturers often paid little attention to explaining this need, probably thinking that the deck would be superseded or out of use by the time this became a problem.… Read more