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 Australia.
This particular KD-500 was in good condition overall, with the exception of some damage to the fragile plastic section of the Grace tonearm that holds the arm lift mechanism to the arm body. A piece had cracked and broken away, as you will see in the photos. That being said though, the rest of the deck is good and this should not adversely affect the sound of records played on this deck.
What the Kenwood desperately needed was oil in its main bearing – I could literally feel the wobble in the platter when testing for this. To perform this part of the service I needed to open her up, disassemble the rotor from the motor, clean out the old dried up lubricant remains and add premium synthetic oil to the bearing assembly.
Once the motor was serviced I turned to the speed controls and switches which needed a clean and lube, touched up the master speed adjustments on the mainboard, put her back together and then carefully set up the tonearm and cartridge – an Empire in this case.