Tag Archives: turntable repair

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 playback machine back to life and playing records is one of the more satisfying things I’ve done recently.… Read more

Dual 1219 Idler Drive Turntable Major Service & Repair

Every so often, a customer brings me a piece of gear that reminds me 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.… Read more

Denon DP-30L Turntable Service & Review

I recently serviced a lovely Denon DP-30L direct-drive turntable and want to spread the word about this great deck.

Denon’s DP-30L is an excellent turntable with great features like a quality motor, solid chassis and excellent speed-control circuitry. The DP-30L weighs in at just under 10kg, much more than today’s lightweight decks. … Read more

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 can own for sensible money.… Read more

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.

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 is a shame because this series of JVC turntables had great specs.… Read more

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 deter me and I found a new one selling for quite a bit less than that.… Read more

Luxman PD-555 / Ortofon RD-309 Turntable Set-Up & Service

I have just completed the set-up and service of a gorgeous Luxman PD-555 belt-drive turntable, one of the best high-end turntables money can buy – a true statement piece.

The Luxman PD-555 was at the top of the Luxman range of belt drive decks in the late 70’s and early 80’s.… Read more