Tag Archives: Turntable repairs

Fidelity Research FR-1 Mk3 Cartridge + RS-141 Headshell – Wow!

Over the last couple of months I’ve been ‘secretly’ acquiring some vinyl goodies. First, I purchased a mint condition Fidelity Research FR-1 Mk 3 moving coil cartridge…

I followed that up with a matching Fidelity Research RS-141 one-piece milled aluminum headshell. These wonderful pieces of Japanese analog engineering partner up with my Jelco SA-750D tonearm, Kenwood KD-600 direct-drive turntable and (of course) Fidelity Research XF-1 M step-up transformer.… Read more

TLC for Classic Hi-Fi Electronics & Turntables

Liquid Audio, located in Carine, Western Australia, offers audio TLC, premium service and repairs for all classic & vintage hi-fi electronics and turntables.

Liquid Audio provides a quality of workmanship and a passion for hi-fi, seldom found in this industry. With over 30 years experience with vinyl, that’s why people choose to bring their equipment to me for service, repair and restoration.… Read more

Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 Direct-Drive Turntable Review

It’s time I wrote a piece on the legendary Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 direct-drive turntables. These classic direct-drive decks hail from an era when things were built to last.

Indeed, if decks like the KD-500 / KD-550 with this level of bespoke engineering were to be built now, they would cost many thousands of dollars. The Technics SL-1200 is a classic example – it’s been reissued and costs literally thousands!… Read more

Repairing a Denon DP-1200 Turntable with Speed Issues

Hi vinyl lovers, I recently serviced and repaired yet another Denon DP-1200 direct drive turntable with speed control issues. This particular Denon DP-1200 was cosmetically good, but would not hold the correct speed. The fine speed adjustment control was also very ‘touchy’ and the platter speed would vary wildly when it was used. 

These are faults commonly associated with the DP-1200 and other direct drive decks, once they reach a certain age.… Read more

Luxman PD-555 / Ortofon RD-309 Turntable Set-Up and Service

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