Kenwood L-07D - a second tonearm for a legend

Florian E.

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For over a year now I have owned a Kenwood L07-D, in my opinion an absolute top turntable from days gone by with a very neutral sound tuning and with a focus on transient reproduction. The "standard" tonearm L-07J, which came with every L-07D turntable, completes this impression.
Nevertheless, I was very tempted all the time to enjoy the sonic attitudes of my 9-10 inch tonearms such as Schick, SME 3009R or Fidelity Research FR-64fx on the Kenwood deck. How good that the L-07D offers the option of installing a second tonearm. Here is a picture of a original Kenwood arm board: Original TB-07 board picture

Btw: @shakti wrote a great small introduction about this turntable and he had the same armband issue: Kenwood L-07D intro

Although there is a supplier of a replica base in Australia, it can only accommodate SME and is not movable like the original Kenwood base. The material also looks like untreated aluminum. Not a particularly good match for an L-07D.

So I start thinking about a possible tonearm base and create the first models on the PC. Thanks to 3D printing, I was able to produce and test these promptly until the possible criteria were met and the above-mentioned tonearms could now be mounted on the Kenwood without any problems. So far to my utmost satisfaction.
Although 3D printing is a fascinating process, I like to have the bases made of anodized aluminium or brass-bronze. In terms of sound, these materials are superior to plastic due to their vibration behavior. I have been able to achieve very good results on my Micro Seiki, especially with brass bases or "gun metal" as a base material.

So I am currently thinking of having a small number of these bases produced.
Therefore the following call, are there any other L-07D owners in the forum?
Are you interested in a base for SME and Fidelity Research FR-64xx in aluminum or brass-bronze? Please let me know!



Regards,


Florian

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LouLO

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I have an L07 arm however I've been looking to fabricate a base to mount it on as I don't have the turntable. The original vernier style is amazing. If I could find a mount I'd be thrilled. I'd love to work with you on fabricating something for my project
 

andrzejwga

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For over a year now I have owned a Kenwood L07-D, in my opinion an absolute top turntable from days gone by with a very neutral sound tuning and with a focus on transient reproduction. The "standard" tonearm L-07J, which came with every L-07D turntable, completes this impression.
Nevertheless, I was very tempted all the time to enjoy the sonic attitudes of my 9-10 inch tonearms such as Schick, SME 3009R or Fidelity Research FR-64fx on the Kenwood deck. How good that the L-07D offers the option of installing a second tonearm. Here is a picture of a original Kenwood arm board: Original TB-07 board picture

Btw: @shakti wrote a great small introduction about this turntable and he had the same armband issue: Kenwood L-07D intro

Although there is a supplier of a replica base in Australia, it can only accommodate SME and is not movable like the original Kenwood base. The material also looks like untreated aluminum. Not a particularly good match for an L-07D.

So I start thinking about a possible tonearm base and create the first models on the PC. Thanks to 3D printing, I was able to produce and test these promptly until the possible criteria were met and the above-mentioned tonearms could now be mounted on the Kenwood without any problems. So far to my utmost satisfaction.
Although 3D printing is a fascinating process, I like to have the bases made of anodized aluminium or brass-bronze. In terms of sound, these materials are superior to plastic due to their vibration behavior. I have been able to achieve very good results on my Micro Seiki, especially with brass bases or "gun metal" as a base material.

So I am currently thinking of having a small number of these bases produced.
Therefore the following call, are there any other L-07D owners in the forum?
Are you interested in a base for SME and Fidelity Research FR-64xx in aluminum or brass-bronze? Please let me know!



Regards,


Florian

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Hello Florian.
I am lucky onwer of this wonderfull machine and thought about second tonearm too.
Would the base suit for both SME (3009, V) and FR64 tonarms? For now I do not own any second tonarm.
I am interested anyway for a such base.
Did not you think about a little more expencive modern tonarms as for example Kuzma 4 point?
I think that this turntable deserves very good tonarm.
with best regards
Andrzej
 

Florian E.

Member
Oct 9, 2023
8
25
15
22
Germany
Hello Florian.
I am lucky onwer of this wonderfull machine and thought about second tonearm too.
Would the base suit for both SME (3009, V) and FR64 tonarms? For now I do not own any second tonarm.
I am interested anyway for a such base.
Did not you think about a little more expencive modern tonarms as for example Kuzma 4 point?
I think that this turntable deserves very good tonarm.
with best regards
Andrzej

Hey Andrzej,

thanks for your interest!
At the moment I still collect some orders for the first order.

The mounting base is suitable for SME 3009(R) and also to Fidelity Research FR-64, 64s and 64fx tonearm.
The Series V has nearly the same pivot to spindle as the 3009, should also fit without a problem.

Further tonearms, such as the Kuzma 4 Point could also be realized in near future.

ps: if you are interested, please send me a DM!

regards,

Florian
 

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