Despite a healthy dose of writer’s block, I have lots of great service, repair and restoration articles coming. Stay tuned for the stories below and many, MANY more!

It’s worth mentioning how much I appreciate my customers, regular visitors and readers. What you see below is a tiny fraction of this year’s work alone, and that’s a big part of the problem, but I won’t bore you with that. There are hundreds of articles to come, I’m hoping my new laptop will help, along with a few workflow changes. Suggestions are always welcome.

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Ultra-rare Luxman C-10 line-level preamplifier. Another 25kg beast. “But hi-fi equipment now is better than ever…”. Is it, are you sure about that…?!

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6 thoughts on “Stay Tuned!”

  1. This is one of a tech like yourself, from U.K. he made this video about 5 months ago. On bad packaging of a shipped turntable .Very interesting. Almost destroyed. it`s about 10 minutes long. Best to you…… Brian.
    View it here;

  2. Hi Mike,
    Great to see you’re back in black …ink that is, have been missing your always informative articles and repairs as well as what you have coming up for sale on the odd occasion too. There are always such fabulous in depth information and details I love it all.
    Keep it happening mate

  3. I bought a PL-70L II from Japan in October and it was ruined in shipping, despite how well it was packed 🙁 Damn DHL. Apart from a broken lid, the lift action is not working. Is that an easy fix? I am hoping it is a capacitor/transistor issue rather than one of the SANYO ICs. If it was just an issue with the arm, I would send it to you to be fixed. I tried one of my PL-50L II arms on it and it was the same. Almost seems like not enough power is getting to it as the LED blinks for a fraction of a second, and then the table stops rotating. It thinks it is the end of the record. I am planning on re-capping it and changing the transistors whilst hoping for the best! If I was in Perth, I would take it there!! The damned VTA adjust ring is frozen solid, too.

    1. Hi Austin, wow what a shame. I assume you had it insured for the full value, in which case you should be able to claim that back. The lifter might be an easy fix but there’s no way to know without inspecting it and assessing the damage/fault. I strongly advise against re-capping or replacing transistors. This approach is fundamentally flawed and usually very bad for equipment. Much better to have someone who knows what they are doing trace and resolve the fault. I have a special tool for the VTA lock ring, they are usually quite stiff. I appreciate you wanting to send the deck here and, whilst I don’t know where you are located, try to find a really good turntable specialist near you with experience on these decks. Beyond that, if you need to discuss this one in more detail, I offer consults, available via the contact page.

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