I’m not particularly attracted to this auto changer. However, it does use several components which were shared with other more desireable units.
Garrard Synchrolab 65b
For just £30 in a charity shop it was worth getting as a parts donor. So what did I save from it?
Continue reading “Garrard Synchrolab 65B stripped for spares”
These cartridges recently came into my posession very cheaply. A couple of old school classics for sure, so well in keeping with my vintage gear.
Two old cartrdges
They both came attached to 2nd hand turntables Were they worth it?
Continue reading “Perils of 2nd hand Cartridges. Nagaoka mp-10. Shure M75ED.”
Hiding in a dark corner of a local antiques centre was this chunk of fine German Engineering.
Dual 504 as bought
The label declared that it was “running slow”. For just £35 it would be rude not to find out just how slow.
Continue reading “On the case of a Dual 504 turntable”
Back in 2018 I built my own record cleaning machine. It did the job, but wasn’t pretty.
PlecRec RCM II
I recently acquired a better donor turntable and have built a new machine, addressing some of the annoying quirks of my original.
Continue reading “PlecRec RCM II. Updated Record Cleaning Machine”
Few would dispute that these receivers are a marvel of styling. Their “lifestyle” presentation made them very expensive in their day and equivalent sonic performance was available for less money in more conventional packaging. from other brands.
This one came to me from a cousin. It was an exchange for some vinyl records. It’s been stuck in the back of his wardrobe for years, so needs some attention. I’m not paying through the nose for aesthetics, so maybe I can now appreciate this 40 year old design classic.
Continue reading “Danish Delight. Bang & Olufsen Beomaster 1900-2”
Within a week I acquired these two pairs of headphones for very different outlays.
Both are rather nice, but quite different.
Continue reading “Headphones. Open or Closed back.”
This was a sorry looking set of separates lurking in a builders skip. Missing parts, dents, scratches and broken plastic aplenty.
It’s always worth a look, so I recovered a very sorry Technics SL PS670D CD Player and RS-BX501 cassette deck. Two Sony TA FE370 amplifiers completed the haul.
Continue reading “Skip diving for parts. Motorised pots and a headphone amp”
Restoring equipment can be as simple as replacing missing wires, as was the case with my B&W 600i speakers (£2 at a car boot sale).
At the other extreme is the Garrard Zero 100SB turntable (£45 e bay) I’m currently restoring to health. This needs hours of work, including a motor re build.
Continue reading “Pleasures and Perils of Vintage HiFi”
My latest acquisition of a splendid vintage Garrard turntable has turned from a simple restoration to something of an epic job.
Zero 100SB Donor.
All was going well. I had got it working and was about to re unite it with it’s plinth. Then
I dropped it. Now I have new damage to fix. Continue reading “Garrard Zero 100SB Turntable. Transplant surgery.”
By combining induction techniques for torque and synchronous operation for speed precision, Garrard produced a motor which was revolutionary for its time.
Garrard Synchro-lab motor
An unfortunate moment of butter fingers led to the demise of this one when I dropped the turntable it was inside.
Weighing in at 3/4 of a kilo it fell hard. Hopefully I can fix it. Continue reading “Garrard Synchro lab motor repair for Zero 100 SB turntable”