The SR-929 is Sansui's most desirable turntable. It was designed at a time when competition between manufactures drove quality and design to high standards. For this reason, the SR929 can be compared to any of the latest "high-end" turn tables made today.
I received this turntable in original condition after being stored for a number of years. The speed was inconsistent and the audio signal was hindered by an annoying 60hz hum. I began with a mechanical restoration to the drive motor and speed sensor. The power supply was recapped and all voltages adjusted. The speed is perfectly stable and the "quartz-lock" function works beautifully.
The tone arm (rumored to be designed by Micro Seiki) was in good condition but the internal wiring was frayed at the pivot point. I elected to rewire the tone arm with Cardas twin-pair & shielded 33awg wire. I chose shielded wire to eliminate interference from the electrical circuitry and to provide protection inside the tonearm pivot. I rebuilt and lubricated the tonearm prior to reassembly.
I installed an Audio-Technica headshell and Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge for testing. Azimuth, tracking force, and alignment was easy to verify with the boxy design of the Ortofon.
Unsurprisingly, the turntable performs flawlessly with these upgrades. I've enjoyed this turntable for about 3-4 hours. I can confidently say this Sansui is an excellent machine and operates above my expectations.
The dust cover is original and has a few scratches, but is in great condition. The rear hinge covers are missing (why is that so common?). The plinth is gloss black and leaves no room to hide flaws. Please review the pictures closely, there are a few imperfections which I tried to detail using ultra-bright lighting. The original plastic platter mat is included however it has a few cracks near the spindle. I installed a replacement rubber mat which fits the platter perfectly. The new mat matches the factory thickness of 5mm so setup for the tonearm and cartridge is standard to original. I am including the headshell and cartridge because they are a great match for this turntable. As I mentioned, the Ortofon only has a few hours of use and will need another 10-20 hours before it's fully broke-in.
The price includes shipping and expert packaging. Care will be taken to pack the platter separately and the tonarm will be supported. There are provisions to lock the power transformer solidly with 2 screws, this will be done prior to packing and I will include notes in the packing.
Price Includes expert packaging and shipping.
Thanks for checking out this awesome turntable. Please let me know if you have any questions.