Mitsubishi X10 Vertical Music Centre

The X-10 Vertical Music Centre was a genius idea from the early 80’s to mount the turntable vertically with linear tracking.  Combines a tape deck, tuner and turntable in one, with a satisfactory amount of knobs and buttons. Sounds OK, looks friggin’ cool and fits into places where you wouldn’t normally be able to fit your turntable. Also the cat can’t sleep on it.

These kinds of vintage audio equipment provide us with hours of entertainment here at the OEA workshop, and we love restoring them to their former glory.

Technics SL1200 & SL1210

We see the classic Technics SL-1200 and SL-1210 regularly. They are just like our extended family who just keep popping to to say ‘hi’.

They have gained a reputation in DJ circles and with avid vinyl listeners as being a solid, reliable and reasonably priced deck. As reliable as they are though they have a few elements that are prone to problems. Fortunately our Turntable techs have lots of experience with these and can service and calibrate your SL-1200 so that you can get back to doing what you do.

Connoisseur BD1 Turntable

Connoisseur BD1 Turntable …

This lovely old classic turntable came in a little worse for wear.  The drive belt had given up the ghost and the tone arm adjustments were well out of whack.

Like all high-end models, this vintage turntable is a very simple yet precisely engineered machine. An AC synchronous motor drives a nice heavy platter with a solid round belt that reduces vibration and transmission noise.

A new belt had this turntable running smoothly and the new Ortofon 2M Blue moving magnet cartridge was a perfect match.

All the usual alignments were undertaken and this elegant Grace tone-arm made it a breeze to get it absolutely humming.

Harman Kardon T40 Turntable

A great turntable – nice heavy platter and solid plinth, fine tuned and free moving low resonance tonearm. Throw in the fact that it has a cut-off feature that isn’t physically coupled to the tonearm and you’ve got a really top notch turntable there. Pity the motor has packed it in. This one needed work on the drive circuitry and motor itself. Initially when delivered to the workshop the motor was spinning OK but would intermittently switch off or lose RPM. After a while the motor gave up the ghost and a new one needed to be sourced.