Every so often, a customer brings me a piece of gear that reminds me how much I love vintage hi-fi. The Dual 1219 idler drive turntable is just such a piece.
The Dual 1219 idler drive turntable is a relic from an era when almost everything was made out of metal and wood. The deck is German, and old, so this type of solid construction should be no surprise.… Read more
I’ve just finished a fascinating on-site system installation with a colleague of mine. My job was to commission and set-up a Luxman PD-171A turntable, plus Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge, as part of a Luxman super-system!
My colleague and good friend, Kent Harvey, owns Douglas Hi-Fi, a famous Perth hi-fi store and one of the few places still selling hi-fi stereo gear.… Read more
I recently serviced a Sony PS-1150 belt drive turntable and want to discuss why I service the spindle bearings on turntables.
The spindle bearing is the central bearing about which the platter turns, rotating the record. This bearing can be anything from a basic narrow steel spindle, to an elaborate bearing with massive stainless steel shaft and ball bearing at the top or bottom.… Read more
The legendary Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 direct-drive turntables are classic decks from an era when things really were built to last.
Indeed, if decks like the KD-500 / KD-550 with this level of custom engineering were 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
One of my wonderful repeat customers recently purchased a Rega P5 and asked me if I could have a careful look at it for him, servicing anything that needed attention.
My customer delivered the deck a couple of days ago and I am pleased to have now finished the service and inspection. The deck is in very good condition, with no major issues anywhere.… Read more
With the resurgence in vinyl and the growing number of people discovering or rediscovering the joy of high-resolution analog playback, I have been reminded of just how critical it is to have your turntable serviced and set up correctly, by an expert with the right tools and experience to do the job properly.
The number of Perth customers I have been seeing recently has convinced me that turntable setup problems are as common as they always were. … Read more