Tips On Soldering Tonearm Wire? Kenwood KD-990/KP-1100 - Now with nudes!

fiddlefye

Senior Member
The way I was taught to solder by some old techs was at a grungy desk, with no ventilation, a soldering iron in one hand, and A cigarette in the other. I guess that isn't appropriate anymore.
Reminds me of my clarinet lessons in high school. I studied with the then-assistant principal of the TSO and he chain-smoked through every lesson, cigarette between his fingers while he played. Then there were the Royal Regiment military band rehearsals. They had custom music stands with a spot for an ashtray and another for your beer.
 

JP

Junior Member
Ran in to a compatibility problem tonight. I had to solder and vacuum clear these joints three times before I could get a clean filet. Not completely happy, but way better than what was there, and I don't think further processing will make them any better.

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prime minister

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And it's back together and playing through two channels.

A future as an audio tech I do not have. But it is rearmed and working.

With my questionable soldering skills, lack of a third or fourth hand, not quite enough light, and tiny wires, my killer tonearm wiring seems to be silver to solder to copper.

Time for a drink!
 

prime minister

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Listeing to an old Paul Williams album album, that I picked up in my favourite record store in Detroit on one of my visits to see @JohnVF , and it's sounding lovely. It ain't an audiophile recording, but it is quite lovely sounding, and it's doing great right now. My hamfisted alignment may not have been as bad as I thought, as it's throwing a HUGE image, and super nice, tight bass. And being a Grado, the vocals are just beautiful.
 

prime minister

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even more amazingly, the auto lift and auto shut off also work! Kenwood had a very slick little non contact sensor built in to lift the arm and shut it off. I was sure that I would get that wrong, but it worked just great. It really is an incredible piece of engineering.
 

JohnVF

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I’m happy it’s up and running, and this one really hits the spot. It’s such a cool table.
 

prime minister

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I’m happy it’s up and running, and this one really hits the spot. It’s such a cool table.
It already answers the usability concerns I had with the Rega. It's just nicer to operate.

And this motor is something else. DD's are really all about the motor, aren't they?
 

prime minister

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Its also much more nimble then any DD table I've heard. It makes the others sound ponderous.

I can't say its better then the Rega, but it might just be good enough that it doesn't need to be. Just the usability goes a long way.
 

240sx4u

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Its also much more nimble then any DD table I've heard. It makes the others sound ponderous.

I can't say its better then the Rega, but it might just be good enough that it doesn't need to be. Just the usability goes a long way.

I totally understand the usability argument. Congrats on getting it working.
 
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