The following are the sorts of problems we commonly encounter and have to deal with to get an old deck going again, and we mention this here so that you are aware of what may and what may not be possible to fix…
Most old decks were clunky RIM drive turntables, cheap & mass produced to bring 60s music to the teenagers.
These were made from plastic or pressed steel metals. Wind forward 40+ years and these now have brittle plastic parts and a lot of corrosion & rust.
So whats the chance of getting it back to like it was new…? None!… being truthful..
Is it going to sound great, better than it did when you played it in your bedroom as a teenager since everything sounded fab years ago …right? err NO…sadly it’s unlikely to .
Is it going to WOW a bit and drift it’s speed… probably YES…because that’s the big fault with RIM drive decks. Rust, rubber tyres going like tar and rattling bearings all mean that the smooth drive is no longer smooth enough to keep the speed stable.
But getting it perfect isn’t what this is about right…? Right… If perfect is what you want … stop reading now. No-one can deliver that dream and you will ultimately be disappointed in what these old record players can do. Consider maybe getting yourself something much better. There are plenty of fantastically well engineered decks around both new & used that can give you this…just don’t expect a 40 year old record player in-a-box to give you that.
Still reading? Ok, so duly warned over what it may and may not be possible to do… read on..
Most customers have had these old record decks in the family for years and it evokes for them, memories, of happy times as a teenager enjoying the sounds of the 60’s. If you love and cherish the thought of playing your old crackly vinyls again and are happy to hear the scratches and a bit of wow then please TELL US and we will see what we can do.
Hopefully you have the same passion as we do and it means we will go that extra yard to try to get it going for you…knowing our work will be appreciated.
Brothers Andrew & David each have over 30 years experience, in the cleaning & the repair of, or restoring many of the old Garrard, BSR, Dansette and Valve record players and radiograms (Hacker ECKO, Bush, Garrard, Dynatron, Pye Fidelity, Cossor, Rigonda, to name just a few). Most need an hour or two’s love and attention and they’ll come back to life. Some may take a lot more time of course.
Japanese Music centres are another speciality area. As I grew up with these as a youngster I have a real love for them and am always happy to at least have a go. The record decks will usually come back to life…and the amp is normally fixable…Cassette mechanisms are time consuming to sort out, as are dead tuners….but we’ll have a go.
B&O Music centre repairs It’s a Marmite thing…you love em or hate em. I hate them. I’ve wasted hundreds of hours on the various models and there is very little you can do with dead ones. Yes I know there are a loyal band of B&O lovers and I have no wish to put the product down, but all the plastic bits that break aren’t available as spares, the cartridges and stylii are all falling apart at this age…again with no spares…leaving you to pay £150 just for a stylus…really? they don’t deserve your support. PLEASE therefore NO B&O repairs
We’ve long had a passion for proper classic Hi-Fi and have spent our careers collecting both the equipment and many many spare parts and panels…(see below)
As a result, we really are specialists in the RENOVATION, REPAIR, SERVICING and MODIFICATION of almost any type of Vintage Hi-Fi, Record player, Radiogram and Music Centre. Nothing is sent away, we’ve full workshop facilities on the premises.
We can’t work for free, but often will work extra time on older or classic units at no extra charge to ensure we get something going again at a fair price.
Many items of old hifi will have sat unused for many years and so the common problems this causes are mostly seized mechanisms and leaky capacitors. If you are testing an old unit and it doesn’t really perform, don’t leave it powered for long in case the already failed components create even more damage.
By all means contact us to discuss what you’ve got, and we can tell you what it needs etc….though please try to keep calls as brief as possible…
Old valve radios or radio Ham transceivers. This is not our specialist area of expertise and prefer to pass on these…..