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  1. derek92994

    Schiit USB Modi Cap Upgrade

    Acquired this one, big thanks to VSAT88 for sending it to me for the cost of Postage. The purpose was to upgrade the poor sound on the new PC, since the upgrade I have lost the Asus Xonar as it is not PCI express and wont work in the new mainboard, so it remains in the old PC. I tried the...
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    Jamo THX One LCR Speaks

    Picked up a nice pair of Jamos cheap, great speakers for the WOPL 1000. Rated at 250 WPC they have a very nice punch down to 20hz, pest control taken care of shortly after their arrival. Tweeters are working fine, but need replacement due to rotted foam surrounds. Still very much up to listening...
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    Nakamichi 670ZX Restore

    This 670 ZX needed a lot of work. Mechanism was seized due to hardened grease on pinch roller pivot points. To my Horror the heads look terrible, only left channel works, right is dead. Most Likely the head, tested the deck electronics and it has output, just not getting signal from the head. I...
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    NAD 3150 Amp Re-Cap

    Hey all This one came from a friend, symptom was going full volume without notice randomly. So I decided to recap the whole thing, maybe 4 caps not changed due to lack of stock. Removed all that nasty glue off circuit board. Singing nicely now. Old Caps (Below): Nasty...
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    Nakamichi BX-300 (The Second One)

    Picked this one up for a good Price. Nakamichi BX-300, Idler Tire version. Heads look fantastic, Pinch rollers average. It was advertised as a unit that plays for 5 minutes but then kept stopping after. Checked it out, replaced idler tire and to my horror the problem persisted. It came down to...
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    Nakamichi RX-303

    Picked up this one recently for a reasonable price. Of course there was the "All Functions Working" Claim. Once it arrived I set it up on the work bench to do some basic tests. Sure enough all functions were working, idler tire in good shape, pinch rollers needed a clean but not too shabby. When...
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    Project Tube Box DS Phono Preamp

    It was time for an upgrade from the Cambridge Audio 651p, which was my first external Phono Pre. Diving into the land of valve pres since building that Line Level preamp, I was curious about how valves would sound in a Phono Stage, only one way to find out and that was to buy one. The...
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    Altronics K5192 Valve Preamp

    Bought this one as a kit to assemble, with a mounting box (to be fitted later) and upgraded 15 volt power supply (instead of 12 volt). All parts required for assembly, operation and mounting to case are included, as well as a 12 volt power supply which has not been used. The instructions are...
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    Nakamichi BX-1 Service

    This BX-1 is the first ever Nakamichi cassette deck I ever bought. It had a worn idler upon purchase, very cheap price too $20. Got it up and running, after about 3 years the Idler tire gave in, and it has been sitting in the storage room for 1-2 Years. I ordered a new pinch roller, belts and...
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    Nakamichi BX-300

    Finally decided to purchase a fully serviced/restored deck, so I contacted Perry from TH who has an excellent reputation working on these machines. Requesting the best performing BX-300 that he had in his stock, either 110 or 230 volt model, as I have a step down transformer handy. He found one...
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    Thorens TD 160 Super Speed Adjust

    Ok I'm tearing my hair out over this. Can't find a simple straight explanation on the internet, or in ANY manual for the turntable, apart from an inkling that the Motor angle has to be adjusted to adjust speed on this table, but no idea how to do it. I do see some screws which are have some sort...
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    Parallel Resistive Loading

    I have found a cheap and simple way to change cartridge loading and tame overly bright cartridges. By purchasing some line plugs, y adapters and resistors. Found some very handy info on this site and must credit the author so will put a link in down below. You put the resistor plug and phono...
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    Altec 3 Speaker System Amp Repair

    Having a look at this one for a friend. Would power up but no sound. I'm suspecting these resistors are at fault as where the glue was on the circuit board had turned dark brown near these components. I removed them but can't remember what order they go back in. There is two different types and...
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    Marantz SR320 Amp Repair

    A childhood friend of mine wants this amp fixed. Many good times and parties with this amp (not to mention the amount of drugs we did), has been in his family since the early 80's. I'd like to see it working as much as he does, got him by for many years. Symptoms were a loud buzz through the...
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    Sanyo VTC-9300PN Top Loading Betacord (PAL Version)

    Picked this one up yesterday, have it working good after cleaning and re-lubing. 20kg monster. Got a bunch of tapes with it with recordings off analog tv from 80's/90's. 1978-1979 model so its 35+ years old, its the second "Non-Sony" beta machine ever made in the UK. Picture is much better after...
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    National NV-850-A Hi-Fi Stereo VCR (1984 Model)

    Just acquired this unit. It is in need of some gold capacitors. I may have to do more fault finding yet but am determined to get her up and running. My father bought one back in 1988 and I used it to death, some nights would record up to 12 hours of music videos with it and then play them back...
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    Some Oldies.....

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    Technics M253X

    The M253X arrived today, the big brother of the M245X. Heads look good and sound fine, slight adjustment on playback gain in right channel, but not much. As I thought, the mode belt needed cleaning and will be replaced down the track, its the number 1 thing that goes wrong with these units. Much...
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    Denon DR-M4

    Finally received this after a 9 day wait. Gave it a head clean and demagnetize (was clean anyway). Am testing it with a few tapes recorded in my JVC, the sound is magical, much better than the JVC playback wise (better OP amps in this unit) its good to know that this Denon is compatible with...
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    Yamaha K-560

    Another deck brought back from the dead. Received with gooey melted belts. Put some spares on, cleaned all mechanism, idlers etc. Idler drive clutch is lacking torque for proper ff/rew, but will wind most cassettes. Azimuth re-aligned, demagnetized heads, Speed adjusted, take up reel torque is...
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