Category Archives: Restoration

This category contains articles about the restoration of hi-fi equipment. This work is complex and these are typically my biggest jobs and longest articles.

Sansui BA-F1 Power Amplifier Restoration Update

I’ve now finished restoring a lovely Sansui BA-F1 DC power amplifier. The Sansui BA-F1 is another beast of an amplifier from the golden era of hi-fi.

This Sansui BA-F1 has had a hard life, but will be good as new, once I’ve finished this restoration. I’m replacing all board-mounted capacitors, along with a few semiconductors.… Read more

Classic Quad 405-2 Amplifier Restoration

I recently acquired a classic Quad 405-2 power amplifier. Come along as I take on a classic Quad 405-2 restoration.

The Quad 405-2 is revered by many, even 40 years after its release. These are truly special amplifiers, don’t let the understated English looks fool you. What almost all of them need however is work, so come along for this Quad 405-2 restoration.… Read more

Marantz PM-8 Esotec Amplifier Repair & Restoration

I’ve been very busy repairing and restoring this stunning Marantz PM-8 integrated amplifier.

The Marantz PM-8 has to be one of the best integrated amplifiers from the golden era. These things are monsters, massively powerful and massively heavy. They are also massively complex to work on and this one had a massive fault!… Read more

Technics SL-120 Direct-Drive Turntable Restoration

In this older article, I undertook the restoration of a lovely Technics SL-120 direct-drive turntable. Let’s check out this repair.

The Technics SL-120 is basically an SL-1200, without a tonearm. Owners often chose to fit an SME 3009, as was the case with this old deck. This a quality direct-drive deck, featuring a brushless DC motor providing several notable advantages over belt-drive decks.… Read more

Luxman C-5000A Preamplifier Repair & Restoration

A customer recently asked me to restore a gorgeous Luxman M-4000A power amplifier and a matching Luxman C-5000A preamplifier. In this article, we run through the C-5000A restoration.

You can read about my M-4000A restoration here. This post looks at the C-5000A, a rare and beautifully built preamplifier, from the somewhat enigmatic manufacturer, Luxman.… Read more

ERA Mk 6 Belt-Drive Turntable Repair & Restoration

I recently was asked by a customer to restore her partner’s lovely old French ERA Mk 6 belt-drive turntable, as a surprise birthday gift. I was very happy to assist of course, and it gave me a wonderful opportunity to work on a deck I had never seen before. 

The ERA Mk 6 is a belt-driven deck from the early seventies.… Read more

Krell KSA-200S Class-A Amplifier Repair and Restoration

I am about to embark on a Krell KSA-200S Class-A Amplifier Repair and Restoration, in this case for a very good friend of mine.   

As many of you will know, the Krell KSA-200S is a beast of an amplifier, up there with the very best products Krell ever made. It is almost unliftable by one person, being hewn from solid slabs of steel and aluminium.… Read more