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Lenco L75

My first record player was a Lenco L75 that I got from my parent's system as a teenager.

It was the one with a white case which served me well until I upgraded to Roksan in 1988.

In the meantime I have discovered the virtues of idler wheel drives again so there was the wish to own a Lenco again.

There is a forum dedicated to Lenco Lovers, where you find more information on this and other fine Lenco record decks.

I got myself three Lencos in total, to see what can be made with them. One of them is the white version that I equipped with a SME 3009.

I am still impressed by the sound, it is pleasing to the ear. However, it lacks some definition, the sound stage is blurry, details are not presented a lot. It has some punch and directness on the plus side.

Notice the plexiglas rest. I took the original lift off the SME in order to fit the Lenco chassis. The Plexiglas was bend using a hot air gun. It fits in the slot of the original lift.

The idler wheel is the aluminum version with five holes. This is the perferable version of the idler wheel. Other L75s are equipped with pastic wheels and they have cheaper wheel bearings too.

The other model is also a L75, but in a wooden version. The third one is als a wood finish version, but with the plastic idler wheel.

Most Lencos suffer from a loose main bearing. If the platter is unmounted try to move the bearing shaft a little. like indicated by the arrows in the picture.

If there is a little play you will notice. Ideally it shold not move at all. If it does move, the bronze bushings are worn out. That has a weakening influence on the sound. It still sounds nice, but precision or definition is lost.

I want to try to biuld a new bearing unsing the nice heavy platter and a Papst motor.

 

 

Thomas Schick, Berlin, Germany

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