Denon DP 59L

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Licorice_Pizza
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Denon DP 59L

Post by Licorice_Pizza » 06 Nov 2018 05:43

I am hoping that there will be someone knowledgeable that can direct me in resolving a few issues I am having with my DENON DP 59L turntable. The first and obvious problem is that when I turn on the TT the "LOCK" light is on and steady even though i have not pushed the START/STOP button and platter is not spinning. Now when I do push the START/STOP button platter does not immediately start spinning. (note: this is intermittent as it sometimes will start very slowly but never really gaining speed) I would have to push platter along just enough to get it started and then it would start to spin and gain speed beyond what the rpm of 33 1/3 as indicated on the LED monitor , maybe even faster than 45. ( I haven't clocked it as I'm not there yet) The SPEED INDICATOR seems to not be accurate. During this time LOCK indicator seems to be solid, not flashing as it should if platter is not spinning at the desired speed. Upon visual inspection of magnetic paint on underside of aluminum platter... all seems to be fine there are no indications of scratches are marring.

Second problem I'm faced with is that the LIFTER function doesn't seem to work. I tried simple tests as swinging tone arm/needle to cue at first track, actuate DOWN nothing. I move tone arm/needle in a couple of tracks and actuate and it will go down and up. I have not tested it needle will lift automatically at the end of all tracks near center of platter.
Anyone have any ideas how i can repair this and or links to respective how-to videos or can direct me to a reputable repair person that specializes on these Denon TT .

Spinner45
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Re: Denon DP 59L

Post by Spinner45 » 06 Nov 2018 08:44

Unfortunatly, those DP-xx models are highly complex, and impossible to diagnose across the internet.
People come on here all the time with "DP" troubles.
Yeah, they were sweet machines IN THE 1980's...but over time they all seem to go bonkers.
I unloaded a DP-59L through Craigs List a couple years back, while it still functioned, I didn't want the hassle, just the money, to be honest.
I knew about those impending issues.

In my opinion, simplicity and non-electronics are my preference.
Less to go wrong, and easily repaired.
I'd much rather enjoy the music than worry about failing capacitors and IC chips.

LN Cree
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Re: Denon DP 59L

Post by LN Cree » 06 Nov 2018 09:52

I have a DP-45F and maybe can give some tips instead of saying to just dump it coz it's too complicated. I really like mine, it plays and tracks everything just great and i've had it for going on 32 years. Press and play magic. Anyway, of course anything this age will start to show some strange behavior. your issues sound a bit like mine, what I did was check all the easy things first before deciding it's in the electronics. The speed problem may well just be that the lube in the motor spindle is not good anymore, so just clean out all the old stuff and relube with a couple drops of a quality synthetic multi-weight oil. And check the lube on the bottom mechanism and in the shaft of the arm, this may also need a good cleaning and lubing. Once i tackled these things the speed problem is gone and the arm lifts and tracks just like it should. Basically the same fix as on the "less complicated" machines. Haven't yet had to repair any of the electronics so if the re-lubing doesn't work it may require some specialist expertise. Cheers and good luck.

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Re: Denon DP 59L

Post by Licorice_Pizza » 09 Nov 2018 05:15

Can anyone Help me find someone that can refurbish my DENON DP 59L Turntable?

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