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Preparing and packing a turntable for shipment

Preparing a turntable for transport.  So many customers have come to us with turntables that were damaged in shipping.  Often destroyed, or at least too expensive to restore.  It’s a shame, and not that hard to avoid. Original owners have hopefully saved the box.  If not, the turntable should be double boxed, and/or suspended in hard foam.  Most importantly, the… Read more →

Changing a turntable belt

Changing a turntable drive belt is actually pretty simple for most belt drive turntables.  The belts often last ten years or more, but then begin to slip, and will eventually fall off.  Some owners assume the turntable has died, and then proceed to dispose of it.  This video illustrates the process. Read more →

How to setup your turntable’s tonearm

Setting the stylus tracking force on a turntable is understandably mysterious to many owners.  Incorrect tracking force can cause problems ranging from poor sound quality, skipping, and potentially significant record damage.  The process is different for some turntables, but the basic process is the same for most. Read more →

How to connect and prepare speaker wire.

A major cause of amplifier (or receiver) failure is shorted speaker wires.  Even a single filament between the red and black terminals can cause severe damage.   In certain cases, the damage is so extreme it cannot be repaired cost effectively.  In many cases, especially with vintage gear, a bare wire connection with a high quality 16 guage wire will do… Read more →

Vintage hifi buying guide

Buying Vintage Stereo Equipment We feel, as do many, believe that the majority of amplifiers, receivers and turntables from the 1960’s and 1970’s are superior to the modern counterparts.  Of course, you can buy some very fine equipment today that will equal or surpass it.  The only catch is the cost will a good bit more. It should be no… Read more →