If my Kenwood KD decks can't be repaired?

I have 2 Kenwood KD decks and both are out of action. They are so well engineered and come with simple features that simply don't appear on modern decks - end of side motor shut down and arm lift. They also come with very good gimbal arms that are a doddle to set up. The bearing assembly because that is what it is is superb will go on forever.

There used to be a good D/D repair co. in the UK that imploded. If the inevitable has occurred what possible alternative exists, bearing in mind that I am at the point of wanting to digitise my LP collection, CDs I will keep to use on the hugely under rated Marantz CD6007 which walks all over the original Marantz and the 63KI.

So, suggestions for a new/second hand T/T preferably D/D.



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I think a used Technics SL-1200 would be a nice choice. It is a manual with no auto features!

My first turntable was a Kenwood, it ran like a champ until I sold it (wish I still had it for nostalgia sake).

One of the Technics turntables would be an obvious and very solid choice. With a bit of looking around, you could quite probably find a used Kenwood that still works.

I think there is every possibility that with some patience and diligence you can find someone qualified and willing to work on your Kenwood TT's.  It might help here if you would state what are the problems, exactly,  Some issues can be very simply resolved by simply replacing the electrolytic capacitors in the power supply.  These are now around 40 years old and likely to have failed or be failing, especially if the TTs have been idle for some time. (Lack of charge is not good for an electrolytic.)  Also, there is a worldwide network of individuals who own and love the Kenwood L07D, the top of the line.  Some of those guys live in the UK; they might know who can help.  So join the L07D group on Yahoo, and ask your questions.

If you have the KD990, as mentioned in your other treads, its worth repairing.

They are becoming quite sought after - sale of one would easily cover the repair costs.

Have you tried Time Step in the UK - they mod Technics, no reason they couldn't do the Kenwood I would have thought.

For digitising - not state of the art by any stretch - but have a look at the Audio Technics ATLP120USB - direct drive - has everything you need.