Hi Larry T,
Congratulations! A KD 500 with a Black Widow arm for ~ $150! I'd say you scored!
First off +1 to what Bill said. In fact I want to thank him again for posting this: https://www.vinylengine.com/turntable_forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=96650&hilit=Lube+KD+%2500
and inspiring me to lube mine. I had thought that it was some proprietary sealed bearing and I was intimidated of messing with it. It is really not difficult but you do have to move the optical speed sensor out of the way before pulling the motor rotor out. Use caution there as you don't want to mess that up. When you are putting the rotor back it will take some time to settle down to the correct height to where you can put the optical sensor back in place. Don't panic, it will get there in a few hours.
I would seek out a cleaner for Corrian counters tops to clean the plinth.
I do encourage spray cleaner in the controls, but for the caps, I'm a don't fix it if it isn't broken sort of guy. Mine still has all the OEM power supply caps and I've done some serious hacking on mine. It is now four speed, quartz locked.
Here is a 14" Pathe 80 RPM record playing on mine:
That speed is not quartz locked as when I did the hack it did not occur to me that I'd ever be into Edisons and other 80 RPM records. I need to use 78 variable speed and turn up the speed for these records.
Do post pictures.
Larry T wrote:Bidding ended last night and I got it for 148.50$. To recap, KD500 w/good dustcover, black widow w/ ADC cartridge. I need feet and a phono cable. I’ve already got the manuals and will do the caps and pots. What can I use to clean that syn slate? It’s got some staining but I don’t want to use to harsh a cleaner and make it worse. Also, should I lube the motor? The manual says it’s lifetime lubed but I don’t think they expected them to be around 40 odd years. Is it sealed or can I give it a few drops of something light? Thanks for all the Help, I’ll have my kid show me how to post pix. One more question. I was wanting to put the KD500 badge back on. I think the heat in an attic got to it because it’s all crooked and slid down the front so it’s almost falling off. I was thinking about the 3M trim adhesives. Good choice or is there better?