Back in 2018 I built my own record leaning 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”
I often use a fully automatic turntable for causal listening. For a small drop in fidelity I get the convenience of just flicking a lever and the record plays.
12 inch single on Zero 100
This worked great for LP’s and 7″ singles. Problem came with 12″ singles.
Continue reading “Manual only for 12 inch singles on Garrard zero 100.”
Figuring out when a stylus or cartridge needs changing depends on many things. Condition of record, how well your system is set up and how may hours use it has had.
PlayMate counter timer
Recording needle time is a useful thing to do then, but precision of 10th of a second isn’t really necessary. So why did I create this fancy automatic digital play counter called the “Play Mate”?
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The Garrard Zero 100 is innovative, gorgeous to look at and absolutely bonkers.
My love of these old British made turntables started three years ago when I picked up an example of the original Zero 100 at a boot sale.
Garrard Zero 100SB
Recently I treated myself to a fine example of the later Zero 100SB model. After an eventful restoration , it’s time to appreciate it. Continue reading “Garrard Zero 100SB Turntable. An appreciation”
Back in the 70’s I was a teenager with no access to any sort of decent audio equipment. That was until my brother in law treated himself to one of these.
Hitachi SDT-7675 Music center
It’s state of the art for it’s day, and a lot better than the Ferguson music centre we had in the family home.
Continue reading “My first hands on HiFi. Hitachi SDT-7675”
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.
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One of those usually ill advised late night eBay shopping trips led me to a short half hour drive to collect my purchase.
Garrard Zero 100SB
I got more than I bargained for. In a good way.
Continue reading “Garrard Zero 100SB Turntable, reel to reel tapes and banter.”