You’ll find lots of articles about turntables & vinyl on my website. You’ll also find stuff about records and analogue systems that incorporate vinyl.

Luxman PD-171A Turntable Set-Up & Installation

I've just finished assisting with an on-site installation, my job - to commission and set-up a Luxman PD-171A turntable, with Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge in a Luxman super-system. My friend previously owned Douglas Hi-Fi, one of the last few proper hi-fi stores in Perth. Douglas Hi-Fi supplied some elements of…

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Stunning Ortofon MC Jubilee Moving Coil Cartridge for Sale

Here is a rare opportunity to purchase an absolutely stunning, one owner Ortofon MC Jubilee moving coil cartridge for $1495. Update - Sold! This MC Jubilee comes from my personal collection. I've owner her since new and she has enjoyed a very easy life, on a superb turntable, playing pristine…

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Sharp VZ-2000 Record-Playing Boombox Restoration

I've just repaired and serviced this absolutely incredible Sharp VZ-2000 linear-tracking, record-playing boombox. Now, THIS is a boombox! The Sharp VZ-2000 is surely one of the biggest and baddest boomboxes from the golden era of boomboxes, the 1980s. This VZ-2000 is seriously HUGE, I can hardly lift it and it…

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Fidelity Research FR-1 Mk3 Cartridge + RS-141 Headshell

Over the last couple of months I've been 'secretly' acquiring some vinyl goodies. First, I purchased a mint condition Fidelity Research FR-1 Mk3 moving coil cartridge... I followed that up with a matching Fidelity Research RS-141 one-piece milled aluminium headshell. These wonderful pieces of Japanese analog engineering partner up with…

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Pioneer PL-514 Turntable Service & Review

The Pioneer PL-514 belt-drive turntable is an absolute classic. There's really not much more to add, so let's find out why. The Pioneer PL-514 is a high-quality, great-sounding belt-drive deck from one of the big Japanese manufacturers. In terms of build and performance, like so much other Japanese gear, it…

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Another JVC QL-F4 Direct-Drive Turntable Repair

This is the second JVC QL-F4 direct-drive turntable with speed control issues I've repaired recently. Come with me as I resolve the problem. The JVC QL-F4 is a great direct-drive deck, perfect for someone stepping up from a belt-drive or lower-tier DD. They actually have stellar wow and flutter figures,…

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Kenwood KD-600 Turntable Service & Setup

In this video, I explain some considerations when correctly setting up a turntable like the legendary Kenwood KD-600. This particular KD-600 came to me very poorly set-up. The deck's owner received some very bad advice from, of all people, Ortofon! I'm a big fan of Ortofon cartridges, but clearly not…

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M83’s Brilliant ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ on Stunning 180g Coloured Vinyl 

I've just received one of my all-time favourite albums, M83's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, on gorgeous 180 gram coloured, translucent vinyl. You can get a copy of Hurry Up We're Dreaming, M83's amazing double-album too, for a limited time, from Amazon US (not any more), try here! This is a…

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Denon DP-30L Turntable Service & Review

I just 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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