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”
This recently purchased classic 1970’s British turntable was, for the most part, in excellent condition.
Garrard Zero 100SB Turntable
However it was described as “faulty”, which indeed it is. So let’s fix it.
Continue reading “Garrard Zero 100SB automatic turntable. The restoration”
Working on old turntables can be like stuffing an octopus in a string bag.
Turntable work stand.
I built this to help.
Continue reading “Turntable work stand”
I’ve just acquired this magnificent beast. It’s old, so I don’t expect it to work properly.
It’s time to go inside and see what needs fixing and how it performs.
Continue reading “8 Track Cartridge Stereo recorder deck. The repairs”
This arrived from eBay today. It’s something I’ve been after for a while so I’m keen to share my initial impressions.
I don’t do unboxing in the usual sense with new product, but this is something rather nice and I doubt you will find another out there any time soon.
Continue reading “Senn Sound 8 Track Stereo Recorder Deck. Unboxing”