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Kenwood KA-801 Project

Discussion in 'Kenwood-Trio/Kensonic-Accuphase' started by Depecheduran, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. Depecheduran

    Depecheduran AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Hey everyone! I just wanted to say that I scored a KA-801 at the goodwill auction website for just under $200! The problem is the same old same old with things being packed for shipping poorly. It took a hit on the front during shipping slightly on the volume knob and bent the stamped metal under the faceplate. It made the volume knob look crooked. On top of that, it just needed a real good cleaning and fuses tested n such. It's definitely not a perfect unit. The switch caps are all but one broke off and I'll make an effort at some point to fix that issue after I test this rough diamond out. Any suggestions anyone might have would be really appreciated.

    I plan on hooking it up through a pair of Infinity CS-3008's. As soon as I get everything back together, I'll post some pics.
     

     

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  2. gort69

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    Had the same issue.

    Disassemble it so as to get the vol pot out of the way. Figure out what size bolt - the longer the better - will best fit the hole (3/8, 1/2" metric etc). Thread a nut and a washer onto the bolt, put the bolt through the hole and put a washer and nut on from the back side and tighten the two nuts against eachother with the face frame sandwiched in between. . Use the bolt to bend it back in the direction needed. Will likely be a trial and error deal.
     
  3. eizner23

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    Fantastic idea!
     
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  4. Depecheduran

    Depecheduran AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I took the inner face off.. (the stamped metal part) then took it to the shed and gave it a few small taps with the rubber hammer and set it pretty straight. I'm putting her back together right now.
     
  5. Depecheduran

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    So I fixed the stamped metal inner faceplate. The knob is now sitting pretty in It's rightful place. I found a nice donor 701 that looked like it was sitting in someone's barn from the looks of the inside. It had all the toggle switches I needed to make the 801 look all pretty on the outside. The phono outputs were kaput and took it in for servicing so now it has been a long wait and I've finally hooked her up to my Infinity CS-3008's and it sounds AMAZING! Very clear. I can't wait to get my Infinity Kappa 7's restored so I can run both sets at the same time! I picked up a a KT-615 tuner and a GE-1000 equalizer but both need work to get them working as they should. Now I just need a cassette player.
     
  6. Depecheduran

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    Oh... I also have a KD-550 that needs a tonearm. Any suggestions?
     

     

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  7. Depecheduran

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  10. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    Well if that isn't hiding a question from us so we take a couple weeks to answer. It is all kenwood so it is fine here but this is a thread titled for the amp. Now on to the turntable.

    Budget has a lot to do with the arm chosen as does the choice of cartridges.

    I am not a proponent of setting something up that is period correct which would be a very low mass tonearm and some NLA cartridge with unobtanium or veryrarium replacement styli. I would recommend and arm that can use today's cartridges whether that be vintage or newer doesn't matter. To put this into choices:

    Arms that are very low mass and correct period for the table: Infinity Black Widow, Polk/Mayware/JMReproducers/Sonus Formula 4 (different makers very similar arms), SME 3009 III, some of the Grace arms. All these are looking for very high compliance cartridges >20 which are not as popular today as back then.

    Period arms that will handle today's cartridges are some of the other SME 3009 but not the Series 2 Improved (6.5 gram effective mass), Magnepan (7 gram but a unipivot and that throws the compliance match for a loop), some of the Fidelity Research models and the SEAC arms.

    But there are other arms available, too, Take offs from the Luxman tables similar to the Micro Seiki TA-1, even the original arm for the KD-550. I have a few arms here, vintage the Magnepan arm great unit, SME 3009 S2 Improved (not the Series 2 improved which is fixed headshell) with the removable headshell and a more modern AudioMods arm. In today's arms the Jelcos are nice and are really good at the 700 model numbers as is the Audiomods arm. Folks also like the entry level SME arm. Of course, there are lots of newer arms to consider and info no these is readily available on the web in general.

    Back to you on cartridge choices (for arm mass determination) and budget.
     
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  11. Depecheduran

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    Sorry about the elusive tonearm question. And the info you gave is a nice start. Gotta do some accounting and break a piggy bank open.
     

     

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  12. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    Let us know what you find and we can help you spend it.
     
  13. fernarias

    fernarias Super Member

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    There's a kd-550 tonearm on the bay right now. Just search "all" kenwood kd-550 (stupid ebay search bot).
     
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  14. Depecheduran

    Depecheduran AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Thank You but I have that tonearm. I wanna upgrade.
     
  15. fernarias

    fernarias Super Member

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    The original tonearm is very good. It would cost a lot to make a noticeable improvement.
     
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