Located at:

 

13 Sydney Street

Weymouth

Dorset

DT4 0NF

United Kingdom

 

 

Contact:

If you have any queries or wish to book your turntables in for a service, feel free to send an email:

 

info@technics-service.co.uk

 

Or use our contact form.

 

 

Notice to companies offering products and services:- I am NOT interested in anything you wish to offer. Companies contacting me offering me products and services will be liable to a £300 administration charge for each email, phone call and SMS received. Sending such communication automatically means acceptance of these terms. 

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Servicing, Calibration & Repairs

Has your Technics turntables seen better days? Maybe you have caught onto the vinyl revival and want to get your decks working like they were new?

 

You have come to the right place. With over 25 years experience working as both an electrical and electronic engineer, rest assured that your turntables will be well looked after. Book your turntables in for a service, and enjoy being part of an ongoing culture which is making its way back into the music scene in a big way. Unlike a lot of other service technicians, I carry out a very thorough service which takes at least 2.5 hours per turntable, going far beyond the few minor tweaks as stated in the service manual. Also exclusive to me is that I actually replace the pitch sliders for brand new genuine parts on all models (included in the price) as just cleaning them up is not sufficient for their continued performance, due to the slide shoe spring contacts becoming weak over time. My direct contact with the original manufacturer overseas ensures continued supply even though they may be discontinued elsewhere. 

Click on the photo to see why its important to have the pitched replaced rather than just 'cleaned' when carrying out a service.

 

This shows the slide contact mechanism inside the pitch itself, and what happens after time (typically after 10 years of average DJ use)

Because original Technics turntables are an iconic item, they are now very sought after and ever increasing in value. By having them professionally serviced by a qualified engineer you will increase their value even more. A receipt is issued stating the serial numbers for you to keep. 

 

Trashed - I mean really trashed? perhaps an ex-partner has thrown your Technics down the stairs snapping the tonearms, or they have been in a fire. Perhaps they have seen many parties outdoors, even got dropped in a river.... Dont worry, these are just some of the real scenarios I have dealt with, and have been able to repair turntables to working like-new condition.

 

With a direct dealership through Panasonic, I carry a large stock of well over 10,000 parts for all 1200 and 1210 models mk2 to mk6. I can even obtain parts which may not be available anywhere online, such as the better SFDZ122N11-2 pitch faders for the mk2, which are much more DJ friendly than the commonly available SFDZ122N11-1 (hi-fi) pitches which can cause speed conflict when beatmatching. More info about these on the Tech Info page. I always fit the better types when carrying out a service unless asked otherwise (eg if the deck is for hifi listening use you may prefer the SFDZ122N11-1). 

 

Servicing includes full electrical and mechanical checks which goes beyond that of the normal service manual. Full calibration carried out with oscilloscope.

Part of the servicing includes a load test under FLIR thermal imaging, which gives a great in-depth analysis of how main components are performing, showing up any defects which would otherwise affect performance. 

 

In this instance, the main regulator is within the 62°C operating limit. Click on the photo to see more detail 

Pricing:

Price for servicing & calibration (including most small repairs) is £125 per turntable which includes recommended service parts and labour. Genuine parts includes replacement pitch, both pitch felts & audio cables. Where small repairs are needed the only addition would be parts cost. 

Whats involved:

Servicing includes (but is not limited to):

  1. Pre check & diagnosis of faults
  2. Strip down and removal of chassis parts/tonearm mount
  3. CLean & calibrate tonearm adjustment assembly
  4. Replace faulty tonearm parts where needed
  5. Calibrate tonearm pivot bearings & lubricate
  6. Replace audio cables & ground lead
  7. Replace pitch and calibrate pitch gain.
  8. Fit new pitch underfelt
  9. Check & service target lamp mechanical components
  10. Check condition of operation base (33/45/power)
  11. Scope test and calibration on pitch clock zero point
  12. Reflow solder joints on main PCB to avoid known issues
  13. Function & load test of main IC's under thermal imaging
  14. Replace faulty PCB components where needed
  15. Check and lubricate centre shaft
  16. Speed stability & torque test
  17. Calibrate brake adjust
  18. Replace pitch slide felt
  19. Reassemble & clean turntable
  20. Carry out full operation load test.

Optional Extras:

Common Optional Extras

(Priced only when carried out with a service):

  1. Replace popup lamp  - £10.00
  2. Upgrade popup lamp to LED (Blue or White)  - £25.00
  3. Replace pitch trim - £25.00
  4. Replace Tonearm Clips - £10.00
  5. Upgrade to Technics OFC gold plated cable - £25.00
  6. De-Click mk2 pitch (remove ball bearing) - £10.00

Prices include fitting. 

 

Other parts/prices also available, please enquire.

Booking Details & Info: 

How to book:

Contact me to book your Technics turntables in for a service, or message me through the Facebook Page

 

Please advise if there are any additional faults you want looking at when booking for a service. Do mention if a fault is intermittent, or develops after the turntable has been switched on for a while. 

 

Payment:

 

If sending by courier, payment would be via bank transfer or paypal.

 

If bringing the turntables in person, payment can be made in cash. I currently do not accept credit/debit cards directly (although you can use paypal for this). You can also pay before collection via bank transfer or paypal. Note that if paying by bank transfer, you may need to pre-approve this with your bank (as new payee).

 

In either case please note that turntables cannot be released until cleared payment has been received.

 

 

Turnaround:

Usually within 2 to 4 days of receiving the turntables, either dropped off or sent by courier.


Same Day Service:

I can do a same day service by appointment. Often handy for those wishing to make a round trip here to visit Weymouth. I will need at least 6 to 7 hours to carry out servicing on a pair of turntables. Drop them off to me by 10am and they can be ready by 5pm. Or alternatively they can be collected next day etc if staying in accommodation. 


Sending via courier:

 

Click below for courier guide. Please make sure you read carefully :-

Courier Guide
Instructions on sending turntables via courier.
courier.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [225.8 KB]

 

The best way to send your turntables is in proper flightcases. Make sure the turntables are packed tightly (so the platter doesnt fall off, usually place sponge on top) and wrap brown tape around the case to seal the latches. Use a service like parcel2go.com and book using UPS as courier (they seem much more careful). Costs around £15 per turntable to send each way. Send each turntable as separate parcel. General details to book are:

Weight: 19kg

Service: 24 or 48 Hour

 

You will need to print off the label and attach to each parcel. Please make sure the cases are marked 'Fragile'. 

 

Once the turntables have been serviced, You would then arrange collection after payment. Email me the labels to print off. 

Same Day Courier (Premium Service):

Companies like courierexpert.co.uk can provide a dedicated vehicle to collect and deliver to me the same day if you need a quicker service. Turnaround would be within 24 hours and then you would book the return courier in the same way.  

Note: You are responsible for sending and collecting turntables by courier. No responsibility can be accepted for damaged items.

 

Please do not send turntables until after you have contacted me to book them in. Turntables which arrive un-announced may be refused. No responsibility can be accepted for any losses.

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