Vintage DD turntables. Are we living dangerously?

I have just acquired a 32 year old JVC/Victor TT-101 DD turntable after having its lesser brother, the TT-81 for the last year.
This is one of the great DD designs made at a time when the giant Japanese electronics companies like Technics, Denon, JVC/Victor and Pioneer could pour millions of dollars into 'flagship' models to 'enhance' their lower range models which often sold in the millions.
Because of their complexity however.......if they are 'unobtanium'....and they often cannot be repaired.
Congratulations, JP.  Perhaps having my TT101 in your shop had something to do with your pursuing the new purchase.  So far as I can tell, the finish on your escutcheon (the decorative rim that shows above the plinth and bears the switch panel) is the same as on mine.  Yes?
I'll check my SN and report it here.  

My TT101 was an "export" version, in that it can be adapted to work on 100V, 120V, or 220V, by selecting among power transformer primary windings.  I read that these were sold to US service men stationed in Japan, probably among many others who needed other than 100VAC.
Although my TT101 was not NOS, it obviously had had very little use prior to my purchase of it.  Possibly this is because the tiny crack in the PCB, that was causing it to fail intermittently, plagued all previous owners, as well as me, until JP identified the problem and repaired it.

I was in NYC for Thanksgiving and several days thereafter, and I thought about bringing you (JP) my SP10 Mk3 PS, so you could install your chip and re-calibrate it, but in the final analysis I figured it was best to send you the PS, when the time comes.  Meantime, I have no problems with the Mk3.
Wow big turntables Technics  mk3 and also mk2.

I finished these days to restructure my Mk2 working about 18 months but only in limited time ....... but I'm happy because everything is back exactly like new.After a while I will also restore the TT-101 and aesthetically and electronically have big problems and is not perfect.
Hi Lew, 

I don't have any pictures of yours that show the finish, but I thought it was painted.  

I've had a couple TT-101 through here since yours.  This one seemed like a nice candidate for refurb.  I'm not sure what its disposition will be as I've a PS-X9, L-07D, and a second MK3 in the refurb queue for my personal collection.

I hope you had fun in NYC.  It would've been fun to meet you regardless, though I was at our house in CT over the holiday.  I'm working on some other improvements to the MK3 controller, so waiting may be in your favor :)

I now realize that you guys may be referring to the area UNDER the platter.  Yes, mine is painted in that area.  Only the exposed outer rim of the circular escutcheon is brushed alu or chrome or whatever.

I remember going to visit Julius Futterman, in 1979, in his 2-room factory just off Broadway on 72nd St.  There to pick up my new pair of H3aa amplifiers.  I envision you toiling away in a similar space.  I'm from New Haven, by the way.

I'd never give up my L07D.  How does the PS-X9 stack up among these great DD turntables?

Best-groove, I don't know if you were referring to me having both a Mk2 and Mk3, but I sold off my Mk2 when I bought the Mk3.  I don't own a Mk2.  I do own a Denon DP80.
Hi Lewm

yes .... I was referring to your wonderful MK 3 but also the mk 2 ihmo is a excellent player.