Tag Archives: turntable

M83’s Brilliant ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ on Stunning 180g Coloured Vinyl 

So happy to have just received one of my all time favourite albums, M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, on gorgeous 180 gram coloured vinyl.

You can get a copy of M83’s amazing double-album too, for a limited time, from Amazon US. This is a remastered, limited edition, I doubt you’ll be able to buy one for much longer.… Read more

Denon DP-30L Turntable Service & Review

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 Legendary Kenwood KD-600 Playing Vintage Vinyl

Here a few images of my Kenwood KD-600 direct-drive turntable, spinning records from my collection. The KD-600 turntable is an absolute classic and has become highly sought after these days.

Lots has been written about the Kenwood KD-600, like this for example. I received mine from her original owner, with gorgeous SME Series Three tonearm, which I still have.… 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 & 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

Rega P5 Belt-Drive Turntable Service

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

Common Turntable Question: Service my Old Turntable or Buy a New Deck?

20131118-094152.jpg Common turntable question #1:

Mike – should I spend a little on my old deck or just get rid of it and buy a new one? I get asked this all the time. Is there a simple answer? Well yes, usually there is.

There is nothing new in turntable design and much of the best turntable engineering and design was done back in the 70’s and 80’s.… Read more