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Kenwood KD-500 / SME 3009 Turntable Service

As a follow-up to my article on servicing the Kenwood KD-500/550 motor, I bring you an article detailing the comprehensive service of this gorgeous Kenwood KD-500 / SME 3009 combination.  The KD-500 is a heavy hitter from the late 70’s, still punching above its weight 40 years on. The Kenwood KD-500 and KD-550 direct-drive turntables […]

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Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 Turntable Motor Service

I’m sure every regular visitor to my site knows just how much I love the old Kenwood KD synthetic composite turntables, especially the KD-600/650 series. But the classic Kenwood KD-500/550 is far more common and so I’ve written an article about servicing their direct-drive motors, for anyone who can’t get their deck into me for

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Kenwood KD-500/KD-550 Turntable Review

Kenwood’s legendary KD-500/KD-550 direct-drive turntables are classics from an era when things were built to last. Indeed, if decks like the KD-500/KD-550 with this level of custom engineering were manufactured now, they would cost many, many thousands of dollars. The Technics SL-1200 is a classic example – it’s recently been reissued and costs thousands. This

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Kenwood KD-500 + Grace G-707 Set-up & Service

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

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Iconic Kenwood KD-650 Turntable Repair & Review

The beautiful and iconic Kenwood KD-650 turntable is one of the very best decks of its era. Come with me as I repair an elusive fault, overhaul and review this classic deck. It’s no secret that the Kenwood KD-600 is one of my favourite turntables. I’ve owned a KD-600 for many years and this is how

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Kenwood KD-2055 Belt-Drive Turntable Repair

The Kenwood KD-2055 is one of Kenwood’s other synthetic composite decks. Think of it as the belt-driven cousin of the famous Kenwood KD-500/550 and KD-600/650 direct-drive machines. The KD-2055, also found somewhat confusingly designated as a KP-2055, is a belt-drive turntable from Kenwood, featuring the same Anti Resonance Compression Base (ARCB) proprietary synthetic chassis as

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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 Kenwood KD-600 direct-drive turntable is an absolute classic, highly sought after and well worth keeping an eye out for. Much has been written about the fabulous KD-600, like this and this for example. I got my KD-600 from her original

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2023 Recap, Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday!

Merry Christmas and many thanks to my customers, subscribers, friends and family! Friends, it’s that time of the year again! Welcome to my 2023 recap where we look at a few numbers and enjoy a gallery of wonderful vintage hi-fi equipment. A massive thank you to all who’ve helped make 2023 another fantastic year and

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I’ve read that I should replace any capacitors measuring 10% under spec – is this correct?

No, this is misinformation typically found on the interwebs and spread by folks lacking the knowledge needed to parse such ‘facts’. Reality Check I need to preface this FAQ by noting that with all technical concepts, the real answers are layered. Understanding the layering comes with education and experience. Just as most people lack the

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2022 Recap, Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday!

Merry Christmas and a huge thank you to our customers, subscribers, friends and family. Yes, friends, it’s that time of the year again, welcome to my 2022 recap where we look at a few numbers and enjoy a gallery of wonderful vintage hi-fi equipment! Many thanks to all who’ve helped make 2022 another fantastic year

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