I recently serviced a lovely Denon DP-30L direct-drive turntable and decided to spread the word a little 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. It really is one of the very best decks to come out of the 1970’s and 80’s and if you ever get a chance to purchase either the KD-650, with Kenwood tonearm, or the KD-600, usually with an SME series 3, you should go for it.
The KD-650 is one of the best-performing turntables you can own for sensible money.… Read more
One of the decks I worked on recently is a very cool old JVC QL-F4 direct-drive, fully automatic turntable.
The JVC QL-F4 is a mid-range deck from the once great JVC. Even in the late 70’s and early 80’s, JVC were not really known for their hifi separates. This is a shame because this series of JVC turntables had great specs.… Read more
This is a short clip I made, using my USB microscope to obtain high magnification images of my Ortofon MC Jubilee moving coil cartridge.
This wonderful cartridge is now for sale – visit this article for more!
I have just completed the set-up and service of a gorgeous Luxman PD-555 belt-drive turntable, one of the best high-end turntables money can buy – a true statement piece.
The Luxman PD-555 was at the top of the Luxman range of belt drive decks in the late 70’s and early 80’s. This turntable was a statement product in the true sense in that it had a massive platter, huge main bearing, proper heavy-duty drive motor, phase-locked loop speed stability and massive drive torque, even though the motor does not control the platter directly.… Read more
A customer recently delivered a Kenwood KD-500 direct-drive turntable, with Grace G-707 tonearm and a couple of cartridges, for me to service and set up for him. I see quite a few of this particular turntable/arm combination as it was a classic partnership that was very popular at the time and sold very well in Australia.… 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