Details about Luxman K-03 Cassette DeckSee original listing
Aug 14, 2012 10:37:29 PDT
[ 21 bids ]
Anaheim, California, United States
Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition
Single Cassette Deck
Cassette Playback, Cassette Recording, Headphone Jack, Noise Reduction
Stereo L/R RCA
Up for auction is a Luxman K-03 cassette deck in excellent condition. One of the best sounding cassette decks of all time, it is as good as a Nakamichi Dragon and Tandberg 3014A, both of which I have owned.
The heads are in excellent condition with very little, if any, noticeable wear, and every function works as it should. Cosmetically in excellent condition as well with only a few minor marks and scratches that are to be expected of a unit now almost 30 years old. The power cord (not pictured) is included in the sale.
The diecast zinc alloy GT Transport holds a closed-loop dual capstan drive ; the casting includes the two pairs of capstan bearings for perfect geometry between pinch-rollers, capstans and chassis (and tape).
Three motors make everything go round but mainly the capstan-dedicated brushless/slotless/coreless DC motor ; the other two deal with reel spooling and movements of the head stack.
Despite Luxman's call on 3-D head-to-tape contact, there is no azimuth control here : Luxman (ie. Alpine) just had the headstack designd, fixed and secured with micron precision so that azimuth, parallelism and contact position would be prerfect and remain unaltered through time and wear.
The record head is a 3-layer sendust laminate, the playback head is HIP (Hot Isostatic Press) ferrite and the erase head a sendust&ferrite combination with assymetric dual gap.
Calibration is entirely manual but aided in its quality with Duo-ß circuitry, dual-FET DCinputs, separate power supplies for each record, playback and Dolby sections, and separate PCBs for the amp and control circuits.
Grounding is fine-tuned with current regulations in each of its parts, and maintained immune from varying signal current.
Added as novelty, even if Luxman made such accessories for MC cartridges in the late 1970s, the demagnetier switch allows to degauss the playback head ; the operation lasts seven seconds.
Payment and Shipping Terms
1. Payment must be received within 3 days from the auction end
2. Local pick up welcome
3. Domestic shipping: flat $40 within the continental US
4. International shipping estimate: International shipping will be expensive due to weight and the size. Please figure at least $150-$200 to Europe and Asia. For other places, please use the box dimension and the weight to get a quote from USPS.com. You are welcome to arrange your own shipping.
5. PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR A SHIPPING COST TO A SPECIFIC COUNTRY, BUT INSTEAD USE THE ESTIMATE ABOVE TO GET A BALLPARK IDEA. I WILL PROVIDE THE ACTUAL SHIPPING TO THE WINNING BIDDER ONLY. I ONLY CHARGE ACTUAL SHIPPING COST.