6 Months Old and Happily Growing

Turntabels and Trails is almost at the 6 month mark. WOOT! We are so excited to be successfully running a small local business in a niche market! We could take all the credit saying it has been all our hard work and dedication, but truly, the success belongs to you! All our wonderful customers and supporters in these first 6 months have been critical. If you stopped by and bought something, or stopped by and spread the word, you are the reason we are still here! THANK YOU.


So what have we learned in 6 months?

1: Invest in Good Shelving up front! It helps a ton!

This is what we looked like when we started:

Come shop at my store and be my first "REAL" customer

This is what we look like now!
Gear to the Ceiling P1012314 P1012315 P1012316


2: Don’t use a personal cell phone for your business purposes.

This should be self explanatory, but it took me a few months to realize. Luckily we now have our own shop phone and number (it’s 206-508-6841). This helps keep WORK and WORK.

3: Renting gear is AWESOME, but ALWAYS get a credit card number saved.


Yep, we rent snowshoes, and it’s great! We can provide a valuable asset to our community and neighbors at a low cost, but, we learned we need to ALWAYS get a Credit Card saved. As much as we expect people to be awesome and return items when they say they will, it doesn’t always happen. If perchance you happen to be that person who rented a pair from us and never returned them…. we would appreciate if you brought them back. 😉


4: Don’t change what makes us different!

We are a small local and specialty shop. That is what makes us great! Early on we tried to contact a bunch of companies to try and carry their new products in the store. We got a few companies to let us carry their product but they haven’t sold well (other than those sweet U-Turn Turntables!). Why is this? Well it seems obvious to me now. We are a niche store and the value we provide is in being DIFFERENT from say BEST BUY or another NEW retailer. So we want to provide BUDGET options, SAMPLE buys, CLOSEOUTS, or USED things for sale, not the generic AMAZON available option. Duh?


5: Another word for customer is friend.

Our customers are the BEST. In fact we don’t even like to call them customers, we call them friends! We aren’t here to make a million dollars, we are here because we LOVE what we do! So, if you come into the store and want to learn about outdoor gear, audio gear, or nostalgic games and toys, we are EXCITED to do that. A customer is someone you are trying to make money from. A friend is someone you want to help regardless of what they give you. We want to treat everyone that walks in our door as a friend, and we hope we do!



So thank you all for supporting us. Let’s hope that we will make it another 6 months, 6 years, and possibly 6 decades!



DIY: How to Replace Light Bulbs in a Kenwood KR-5400 / KR-6400 / KR-7400



We recently had a Kenwood KR-5400 come into the shop and all the bulbs were burnt out or dim (see photo above) behind the FM tuner. With some basic tools and about an hour of time you can easily replace these bulbs.

Tools needed:

-Wire Strippers

-Soldering iron


-Replacement Bulbs (6v or 8v should work)

-Possibly spare wire

To start we remove the cover (sorry I didn’t take photos). Basically it’s 6 screws on the wood paneling on the left and right side, then the screws on the top of the metal case. Set these aside.


Now look at the front and see the small spongy yellow rubber pieces which have bulbs in them.

Vintage Kenwood KR


My finger is pointing at one below:


Slowly pull this out carefully and it should look like this:


Knewood KR-5400 Bulb

The bulb is attached to the wires which run through the rubber sleeve. If you gently pull on the bulb and down on the rubber sleeve it will come out with the wires attached.


Now clip the wires as high as you can (as close to the bulb as possible). This will allow you to have more room to solder. If you can’t clip the wires high, or just don’t have enough room, feel free to splice in some new wire.

Tuner Bulb Replacement

Once you’ve clipped the bulb you will want to grab your new bulb. It should be similar in size. I bought the replacements for about $1.00 each. Now you will want to solder one wire to the very bottom of the new bulb, and one to the side (the solder job below is very poor and was redone.)

Kenwood Vintage Receiver Replacement Bulb


Once you’ve soldered it in plug the Kenwood back into power and flip the switch, make sure the bulb turns on. If it does power the unit back off and slot the bulb down into the rubber sleeve.

DIY Amp bulb replacement


Finally push the bulb and sleeve back into the Kenwoods matching hole. It should now look something like this photo:

Kenwood Bulb Replacement

Finally power the whole thing on and check if it looks good!



Hopefully this DIY on vintage bulb replacement was helpful for everyone even the Beginner! If you have any questions feel free to email us: turntablestrails@gmail.com, or if you are in Seattle you can always bring your vintage HiFi audio gear in to have it looked at and possibly repaired.