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Don't need new music until this is organized.

I’ve been on a huge Redd Kross kick.  This is one of the greatest TV performances I’ve ever seen.  

I've always liked this guy's tone and style... and a few excellent notes in the solo as well~

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Johnny b,

A-you think I'm dumb enough to miss a speed knob

B-gtrfaddy just Johnny b'd you into oblivion

But - I still don't know if the soeed can be fixed, unless it drowned in Gtr daddy's post.

I keed! I keed!

.-)

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Johnny b,

A-you think I'm dumb enough to miss a speed knob

B-gtrfaddy just Johnny b'd you into oblivion

But - I still don't know if the soeed can be fixed, unless it drowned in Gtr daddy's post.

I keed! I keed!

.-)

I just realized something it might be. Unless you lubed the platter bearing when you got it, it probably needs some oil there. You can find Technics DD spindle oil on this page. Scroll down about 3/4 of the way. It's a frameset within this website. They're supposed to get an oil refresh every couple thousand playing hours, and that TT is over 30 years old.

It could also be something with the servo speed control, and that's probably more complicated. Maybe gtrdaddy knows.

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Hey guys, I just saw the speed issue renarks. Hopefully it is only the spindle bearing that will need to be lubed (WITH A LIGHT OIL LIKE MINERAL OIL ONLY/NO MOTOR OIL!) You'll need to turn the table upside down and set it on supports that won't scratch the veneer surface; perhaps some 2 x4 blocks with fiber cloth; be careful not to rest it on the tone arm. Take the bottom off and remove the motor assembly; grab the spindle firmly and pull hard; it will pop out of the bearing assembly. Put a drop in the bottom and coat the sides where spindle makes contact. Press back into place and wipe excess off then reassemble.

Before you go through all of that you'll want to make a quick inspection of the magnetic encoded data strip that is embedded in the underside of the platter along the inner perimeter; you'll see a magnetic reader head like one found on a tape deck mounted beneath the platter on the plinth. This reads the data on the strip when the platter spins and sends the data to a microprocessor for speed control; there are 1000 data points embedded and read. Make sure the data strip is not scratched and do NOT try and clean it. If there is dirt, use compressed air to clean it. If it is marred or scratched this could be an issue. If it looks clean, make sure the reader head is not loose and mounted firmly. If it is loose, it will need to be placed in spec position which I can't tell you at the moment; If once it is oiled and everything here checks out ok, then you probably need a recap if the problem persists. Hopefully the micro processor is ok or you'll need a parts table. Bad caps will burn the processor.

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I just saw Johnny's link to KAB regarding a Technics bearing; are we not talking about a Denon Dp-45f?

My link was for the Technics bearing oil, which I thought would be a closer match to the Denon's required viscosity. But you're the one with a collection of top-line Denons and Kenwoods from the '80s, so if mineral oil works for you, have at it.

I also thought about the magnetic strip, but have never really looked inside much, and I certainly didn't know the Kenwood's inner layout like you do.

One handy thing about the Technics SL12x0 series: you can lube the spindle by removing the platter and doing it from the top.

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That's very true about the Technics spindle bearing. Mineral oil is a great alternative to many specialty oils that call for light viscocity packaged for specific products and can save you a fortune.

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Ok, I'm home now and don't need to take forever on the smart phone to type! There are as many opinions and recommendations about spindle bearing oil on the internet as there are types of oil! Maybe even more opinions than that LOL. The way I look at it, is when I first got into this hobby forty years ago, the most common recommendation from manufacturers for lubricating spindle bearings was mineral oil. Among those that recommended this were Linn, Micro Seiki (who also designed and produced tables and parts for Kenwood, Yamaha and Pioneer) AR, Dual, Thorens, and others. Since the good old days a lot of companies figured out they can sell a 1/2 oz of oil to people for $10/tube. Now everyone seems to have a specialty oil. While in rare cases, there are some tables that require something extra special, typical tight tolerance spindle bearings get thirsty for mineral oil.

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I'm on the Pulse right now and think it outpaces the originial two post Waters era Floyd albums. Of which both are nice too, but very different.

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Les Paul and Mary Ford: The Hitmakers

Yes, they were!!! It's still amazing to listen to his outrageous recording techniques and his astounding sound effects. This and the velvet voice of Mary Ford… even if the music sounds a little old-fashioned today. Still great!

Here on original late 50s/early sixties 60s vinyl...

By the way: I'm very pleased to see other guys here still using those big old turntables. Better and truer than anything else!

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I felt like I was due for this today. It's more of an experience than an album.

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This was a meticulous limited production run made from the original master tapes, and mastered at half speed. It was Sinatra's first commercially released live album, made in 1966 when Sinatra was 50. Great recording quality and it puts Sinatra and the Basie Band in the room.

When I ordered this in early 2011, the vendor sent me two. I returned one still sealed and as a thank you they gave me a permanent 11% discount for future orders. A couple days ago I looked the album up and it's long out of print. Lightly used copies are hitting $600 and Amazon has a sealed one at $999.99.

So I decided to give my thousand-dollar album a spin. I could never have bought it at that price, but I'm glad I have one.

What makes this recording special: Most of us are familiar with Sinatra's ability to really make you feel the essence of the song he's singing. He had an unusually strong ability to sing in a studio into a microphone in a way that playing the resulting record would feel as though he's communicating directly with you. As good as that is, however, the capture on this live performance where he's singing directly to a packed room full of eager, attentive listeners, bumps that sensation up several notches. The way he communicates to a live audience on "It Was a Very Good Year" alone is worth the entire album. I'm really glad I got it.

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I've been a huge Stan Ridgway fan since his late 80s solo albums, and I get to see him live a couple of times during the early 90s, after his Mosquito album. Very fun shows. During a recent road trip, I put on his "Snakebite: Blacktop Ballads & Fugitive Songs" cd, which came out in 2004 and which I hadn't listened to in a long, long time. I really liked this song, Talkin' Wall of Voodoo Blues, which chronicles his MTV rise to prominence and subsequent demise:

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Yesterday I also saw the Wall Street Journal article about Steely Dan creating Deacon Blues. So I just had to spin Aja in its entirety. The article mentions how they went about getting Tonight Show Band tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb to do the solo in Deacon Blues. According to the article, the whole meeting and his improvised solo only took about a half hour.

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I had the great fortune of hearing Pete Christlieb in 1975, three years before Aja. I was living in SoCal and Louie Bellson was performing live. I went. It was a great band, Louie was in his prime, but the outrageous thing was he had both Don Menza and Pete Christlieb as co-leads of the tenor sax line. I also have the Louie Bellson album recorded in SoCal at that time with the exact same personnel:

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Menza had made his reputation a few years earlier with a brilliant and extended solo on "Channel One Suite" with the Buddy Rich band live at Caesar's Palace. It's really more like a cadenza where the band stops playing altogether and Menza rips it any way he wants. I call it Menza's Cadenza. That solo is on this album (which I also have). Can you tell it was 1967?

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Anyway, it was an evening to remember hearing these two monsters of the tenor sax at the height of their vigor busting solos back and forth, each trying to outdo the other. I'll never forget it. But it was also great to re-acquaint with Aja in general and Deacon Blues in particular. It was the first time I'd played that album since getting my panel speakers and handwired tube electronics. Absolutely fabulous writing, arrangements, production, performance, mixing and mastering.

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Every once in awhile I just have to have a Rossini Overtures fix. This one really delivers with great playing and blow-you-out-of-the-room dynamics. Spinning it as I type. Those passionate Italian explosive fortissimos are a big part of the fun.

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this new boys and then ill sleep like an angel

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:)

Frank looks like Jesus in Wayfarers and a sombrero. I'll bet Jesus wished he'd had Wayfarers and a sombrero in that brutal Judean wilderness, but they hadn't been invented yet. I s'pose his Dad could have adjusted the timeline, but Noooooooooooo ...

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