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    Christopher

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  1. Lightstream

    Vintage HiFi

    Just finishing the upgrading of the phono stage today, all the new Nichicon FG electrolytic are in, just the smaller values to go. Considering making a wooden rack to fit the Akai amp and it's matching tuner sometime in the near future. Maybe I'll pop the almost finished restored Denon SL-5AS turntable on the top, with some nice feet and a much more solid base to it, rather than the floppy and resonant thin thing that was stock. Speaking of the t/t, guys, I need a hand here please; I cannot for the life of me find a service manual for this t/t and I simply cannot at this stage find out where the Auto Cut cable goes to switch the motor off. Naturally, it has to go to somewhere by the motor switch, but I can see no connecting point ... maybe I've just gone a bit thick, with too much on It doesn't make the t/t unusable, just that the Auto Cut mechanism doesn't work. See pics below for the cable mentioned, at the moment it's just flopping around. Be grateful for some help with this final touch, thanks a bunch.
  2. Lightstream

    Vintage HiFi

    Haha, me too. I wonder what that looked like!
  3. Lightstream

    Vintage HiFi

    Blow me down if my partner didn't arrive home yesterday with this little beauty, a circa 1973 Sanyo Quadraphonic system in it's original cabinet. What astonishes me is the quality of the turntable and it's in quite remarkable condition, more than can be said for the main amplification unit which if it actually works, will need a full strip down - the mains cable has been cut off and left in the lower section of the cabinet, not necessarily a good sign, although the mains transformer and big Rubicon supply cap looks fine. In fact there are Rubicon caps throughout the amp. The t/t arm is in brilliant condition, even without the head shell and mat, the bearings have no slop at all, yet move effortlessly. The mechanics, springs, dampers etc underneath are virtually perfect. Unfortunately ... or not ... no speakers with it. Even if the amp turns out to be too big a job, or simply not worth it, the turntable and cabinet would still look great with another amp in there. Maybe the Akai AM-2600? I AM having trouble finding a service manual, though, nothing on HifiEngine or Google .. yet. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
  4. Lightstream

    Vintage HiFi

    And today all the new caps I didn't already have turned up on my doorstep this morning, courtesy of Digi-Key's fabulous service! They were only shipped out the door last Friday, so, three working days and a weekend. Faster than I can get some stuff from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast. Turns out almost all the Nichicon caps were of the FG variety (Fine Gold) audio quality, brilliant! The phono stage now gets the first tune up and I'll have a hunt around and see if I happen to have any lower noise transistor equivalents in my collection.
  5. Lightstream

    Vintage HiFi

    Those Wharfdales sound fascinating! I would almost kill for a Townsend Rock
  6. Lightstream

    Denon SL-5AS Turntable - motor rubber mounts

    Thank you, it is a fun restore job so far and I'm looking forward to hearing it when completed. At this stage probably with an Ortofon OM20E cart (new), possibly with a new stylus on the Stanton 680EE that came with it. I like it that the arm is in such good nick, obviously a good one from the factory, I've discovered that a lot of the arms on these earlier t/ts leave a bit to be desired - the Pioneer SPL-110 I picked up cheaply has appalling arm bearings (and some serious pitting from corrosion), enough slop to lose at the very least a whole octave of bass, let alone any LP damage. The plinth and motor though are in excellent shape, the arm needs to be biffed in the bin. It might be worth transferring a good arm from another Pioneer that has a dodgy motor or damaged plinth, but for the moment, parts only. I. see you are a Grace fan, I used to own both a Garrotted, ahem, Microscanner F9E and a stock F8E on one of my Linns, some years back. I really liked the F9E, the F8E was really nice, maybe a touch softer ... but memory is not clear enough to be certain from back in the '80s
  7. Lightstream

    Denon SL-5AS Turntable - motor rubber mounts

    Thank you, Felix, I will be shopping for grommets tomorrow ... you young surfers look out! Then it's making a circular block to glue the main bearing to the sub-chassis. Should be good to go after a paint job on the top plate. I'll probably keep the t/t for myself for a while, I hear they are actually rather good sounding t/t's, especially since the arm bearings are excellent.
  8. Hi guys, I picked up a Denon SL-5AS turntable today, probably around 15-20 years old now, in overall good nick other than the main bearing needs tightening on the base plate and the rubber motor bushes have disappeared completely! Fortunately, the arm is in very good order, even the bearings are good and tight, came with a Stanton cartridge, looks like a 680EE, the last three digits are worn off. The top plate has some surface rust, though it's not a big deal to sand back and respray with new paint. Does anyone know where I could find a set of rubber motor mounts? Has anyone else come across this problem and solved it? I would love to know, as the t/t is well worth restoring. Thanks a bunch if anyone can help me out here!
  9. I've just picked one up with some other gear really cheaply, a whole Denon system actually. The turntable will need some work! You reckon your's isn't pretty! The bearing is loose, like, the whole bearing, plus completely re-lubing required, all the motor bushes have vanished, so I will have to hunt some down .. or improvise. Just as well the rest of the t/t is good and the arm has good bearings, plus there's a Stanton 680/681 on board. Hope you sold it ok, I wouldn't imagine you'd have had a problem there. Cheers, C.
  10. Lightstream

    Vintage HiFi

    They're nothing that special, I gather, I picked up a pair of MX 1500's for $40 that needed new bass driver foams, the main cabinets and other drivers are just fine and in good condition. Thought I'd fix 'em up and move them on. I initially thought they had 8" drivers, but the actual cones only measure 150mm, so really only close to 6". My main project at the moment is restoring the Akai AM-2600 amplifier, about to start on the re-capping of the phono stage. Currently sorting through my capacitor supply and seeing what I need to buy further. Missing a couple of the small odd sizes, like 0.47uF 50V electrolytics which seem to be a popular choice in the 70s and 80s gear. I really must buy a stack of them, most all of my supply went into re-capping my brother's Nakamichi ZXL1000 cassette deck a few years back. Meantime, I want to get the JBLs done and out of the way ... unless of course they sound any good.
  11. Lightstream

    Vintage HiFi

    Wonderful, thank you!
  12. Lightstream

    Vintage HiFi

    Wow, that was fast, just sold the MA84s to a local-ish collector! Glad they will be going to an enthusiast's home. Meantime, I could still do with those Sennheiser parts
  13. Lightstream

    Vintage HiFi

    Hey guys n gals, do any of you happen to have a knackered set of Sennheiser HD430/430SLs or HD250 Linear headphones lying around, maybe with damaged drivers? I could really do with a headband AND a set of the pad rings. Even a set of Senn HD202s would do just for a headband. My HD430s have had the headband usurped for use with my HD250s, as well as the pad rings, but it's a nuisance to have to swap them around, wearing out the plastic ball and socket joints in the process. I don't care if the drivers are stuffed, it's only the rest I need. I'd prefer to not have the shipping expense from overseas if possible, hence my local call out first BTW, my HD430s sound fabulous with Audio-gd R2R-11 DAC/Pre, despite not having any deep bass - they won't even tolerate heavier bass tracks without overloading. Transparency is fabulous, like an open window, they must have been stunning studio/radio monitors! For speech I've heard none better. Thanks, again, for any help here!
  14. Lightstream

    Vintage HiFi

    Thank you, bookmarked 'em
  15. Lightstream

    Vintage HiFi

    Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast, QLD. Yes, it is a shame, I just don't have another B200 - if that's what it is - or the tools to refurbish the veneer on the cabinets. Have contacted QSR as a starter, they seem to have the gear and it saves well over $30AU just for shipping for the time being.
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