Yamaha GT-2000 Turntable Major Service & Cartridge Install

The Yamaha GT-2000 is one of my favourite turntables so naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to work on another one, shipped from Japan. Let's take one of the first ever close-up looks inside this great deck from the golden era. It's true, I do love the Yamaha GT-2000 direct-drive…

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A New Reference Turntable is Coming…

If you love high-end turntables and a good story, you'll love my new reference turntable resurrection project - coming soon! The resurrection of this reference turntable has taken me a year and involved plenty of pain, suffering and obstacles. It's been totally worth it though. Bringing this extraordinary, heavyweight vinyl…

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Dual 1219 Idler-Drive Turntable Major Service & Repair

Every so often, a customer brings me something that reminds me just how much I love vintage hi-fi. The Dual 1219 idler-drive turntable is just such a piece. The Dual 1219 idler-drive turntable is a relic from an era when almost everything was made out of metal and wood. The…

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Denon DP-30L Turntable Service & Review

I recently serviced this lovely Denon DP-30L direct-drive turntable and want to spread the word about this great deck. The Denon DP-30L is an excellent turntable with a good feature-set, quality motor, solid chassis and excellent speed control circuitry. The DP-30L weighs in at just under 10kg, much more than…

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Kenwood KD-650 Direct-Drive Turntable Service & Repair

The Kenwood KD-650 is an amazing turntable, one of the very best to come out of the 1970's and 80's. If you ever get a chance to purchase either the KD-650, with Kenwood tonearm, or the KD-600, go for it. The KD-650 is also one of the best-performing turntables you…

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JVC QL-F4 DD Turntable Repair & Service

I recently worked on a very cool and lovely old JVC QL-F4 direct-drive, fully automatic turntable. Let's take a look inside. The JVC QL-F4 is a mid-range deck from the once-great JVC. Even in the late '70s and early '80s, JVC was not really known for their hi-fi separates. This…

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Ortofon MC Jubilee Moving Coil Cartridge Up Close

This is a short article and video about my Ortofon MC Jubilee moving coil cartridge. The Ortofon MC Jubilee is an amazingly good cartridge. My understanding is that Ortofon sold quite a few of the, despite the high price. Here in Australia, they retailed for around $2700 AUD. That didn't…

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