Tuners & Radios

AM/FM tuners & radios are the main focus of articles in this category. I’m a radio nerd, so expect to see some kooky stuff in this category.

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Amazing Kenwood L-1000 Hi-Fi System in for Service

Wow, I’ve just serviced a complete Kenwood L-1000 hi-fi system! This is incredible gear, beautifully constructed, with stellar build-quality. The Kenwood L-1000 series are becoming rare now, so to find a complete system in the hands of its original owner is something pretty special. This stack of gear consisted of the Kenwood L-1000M power amplifier, …

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Yaesu FRG-100 Shortwave Receiver for Sale

My Yaesu FRG-100B is up for grabs! UPDATE – SOLD!! This is the later ‘B’ model and I have owned her for the last 10 years. The radio works perfectly, comes with a linear power supply and original instruction manual and is almost completely unmarked. It would certainly suit a collector or someone wanting a superb …

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Kenwood KT-3300D FM Stereo Super-Tuner Service & Alignment

A customer recently asked me to service and align his latest acquisition – a stunning Kenwood KT-3300D FM analogue stereo tuner. Due to other repair commitments, it took me longer than I would have liked to get to this gorgeous KT-3300D. The wait was worth it though. As you’ll see, aligning a tuner like this …

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Ten-Tec 1253 Regenerative Shortwave Receiver Build

I’ve just finished building a Ten-Tec 1253 Regenerative Shortwave Receiver kit and wanted to share some of the build process. The Ten-Tec 1253 is a gorgeous little regenerative shortwave receiver, that is sensitive and fun to build and use. These radio kits were available here in Australia for $135, though as of 2018, they are …

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Sansui TU-717 AM/FM Stereo Tuner Service & Alignment

I have just finished servicing and aligning the Sansui TU-717 I’ve had on my work bench. My customer Tim recently gave me the task of restoring his lovely Sansui AU-717 – you can details of this restoration here. Tim’s matching Sansui TU-717 tuner was in its original box, complete with unused original accessories, although the tuner …

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Marantz 125 AM/FM Stereo Tuner Alignment & Upgrades

I recently treated my Marantz 125 AM/FM Stereo Tuner to a careful alignment and upgrade. After modification and alignment, I compared my Marantz 125 to a Sansui TU-717 and several modern digital tuners including the gorgeous Kenwood L-1000T. The stunning Marantz beat everything, leading me to the conclusion that it is one of the best …

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