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Old 22nd February 2012, 03:09 PM   #21
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I was lucky. I was working B&W in 1979 and they gave me a pair of DM4s as a leaving present.

Not in the superleague but certainly very respectable.

I then spent years trying to match up a nice system.

I had an original Denon PMA737 amp, which, at the time was pretty reasonably priced.

NIRVANA.

My original CD player was a Technics (I cant recall the number).

But it was all a good start.
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Old 22nd February 2012, 03:15 PM   #22
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My first amp magically appeared in my room when I was about 5 years old -- my mother learning how to take pictures has a pic of me sitting on my dresser beside it somewhere. A friend of my father's was getting rid of his "old" equipment for something new. It was a battle worn Sansui AM/FM receiver tube amp with silver face and black plastic knobs. And it took what seemed to be a very long time to warm up compared to the flip digit clock radio my parents had in their bedroom (Lloyds!).

So my father having just got a Lloyds (!) all in-one (probably the same as what Cal Weldon's set up was mentioned above) 8-track that would go "ker-shuck" when you switched tracks, crappy crisscross wood lattice speakers, receiver amp, and cheapo turntable. This meant that this ugly, heat producing, non vinyl stickered wooden chassis could not be seen by the general public. So he decided to leave this vacuum tube gem in my bedroom hardwired with lamp cord to a couple of old 6X9 car speakers (no box).

I was warned NOT TO TOUCH PARTS INSIDE as it had no cover. Yeah, that is safe setup for a kid... but I heeded the words and didn't zap myself or burn my fingers. But man, what a glow and what heat it gave off compared to the other radios. I'd fall asleep at night listening to the radio and my father or mother would come in after work and turn it off. Well, it was mine and I loved it. I used it almost everyday -- we had a big TV with a Space Commander that went CLANK, but I liked music and the way the speaker cones would move if I turned it up, though I didn't do that too much because it would sound horrible and the tunes would not be so tuned.

I came home from school one Spring day probably I'm seven or eight by now and head to my room and something is amiss... the stereo -- MY STEREO was missing! Gone! It couldn't have fallen off in behind my low and wide dresser where it was perched since day one. The speakers were gone too!

My mother had sold it to one of the delivery boys at the restaurant my parent's owned. For $10. Back in the late 70's, that was pretty good. After being sad for a while, I ended up with a JIL Candle red digital display clock radio that was moved from the kitchen shelf instead.

After that, it literally has been a dry spell for good sound and tubeyness. Nothing remarkable for about 20 years, and it got slightly better in the last 15 or so. So here I am full circle looking to make a vacuum tube stereo (still to my father's dismay as I mentioned it once last year).

Crazy, huh?

Wish I knew which model Sansui it was though, most of it is a blur other than the name and the lack of cover. I think I'd go back and buy one now, re-cap, re-everything that might have rotted in it, and see what I've been missing all these years.
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Old 2nd March 2012, 02:34 AM   #23
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YES! My first system was a Hafler DH100 preamp with DH110 power amp, a Dual turntable, and a pair of Advent speakers. I think the Advents were their fist model. Was that the first mass-marketed acoustic suspension speaker? I knew it was pretty good stuff, but when I traded it all in I didn't know they would become landmarks in audio engineering history. I would love to see how that DH110 stacks up against any chipamp today.
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Old 2nd March 2012, 02:42 AM   #24
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My 1st kit was a Noresco receiver with a Dual 1210 mounted on the top, with a set of Patterson Industry speakers fitted with an RSC 8" FR. Don't miss it at all, althou the speakers are still fairly decent.

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Old 2nd March 2012, 02:53 AM   #25
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YES! My first system was a Hafler DH100 preamp with DH110 power amp, a Dual turntable, and a pair of Advent speakers. I think the Advents were their fist model. Was that the first mass-marketed acoustic suspension speaker? I knew it was pretty good stuff, but when I traded it all in I didn't know they would become landmarks in audio engineering history. I would love to see how that DH110 stacks up against any chipamp today.
Nice. Around the vintage you speak of Dual made a lot of nice tables. Later there was a period where they made some flimsier gear. Do you remember what the phono cartridge was?

As for the Advents, they were lovely speakers. I guess it depends on your definition of "mass-marketed" but I would have said AR, Dynaco, KEF, KLH... well, a ton of folks made and sold a lot of acoustic suspension speakers before Advent. But the "big" Advents were very good speakers, claims to historical firsts not withstanding.
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Old 2nd March 2012, 03:28 AM   #26
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Not my first gear but I still have an Akai X360 reel to reel tape recorder and a Teac A450 cassette recorder from the mid 60's.
Both were fairly high end gear at the time and a big strain on the finances of a trainee technician.
Both are still working but rarely used and only when I want to recover or transfer some old material to another medium.
I also have a pair of Wharfdale 10 inch full range speakers, also still OK.

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Old 2nd March 2012, 03:38 AM   #27
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Fond memories of my old Altec class A mono amps, big and grey I think, bought them at a garage sale. I had them mounted in plastic milk crates, they would keep you warm in winter, and melted the crates a bit, but I didn’t mind. Then the Dynaco Mk iii that started me with some tweaking, remember using the Cursio kit on it.
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Old 3rd March 2012, 12:41 AM   #28
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Do you remember what the phono cartridge was?

As for the Advents, they were lovely speakers. I guess it depends on your definition of "mass-marketed" but I would have said AR, Dynaco, KEF, KLH... well, a ton of folks made and sold a lot of acoustic suspension speakers before
Either a Grado or Ortofon phono cartridge. The statement that Advent made the fist AS speaker may have been something the sales person said. Wikipedia says Acoustic Research, also cofounded by Henry Kloss, was the first to commercialize the AS speaker.
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Old 3rd March 2012, 01:47 AM   #29
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Marantz 2218 and some speakers I made in wood shop with Radio Shack drivers. My brother still uses the Marantz in his garage. I should get it back and recap it.
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Old 3rd March 2012, 01:50 AM   #30
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I built a disco from Maplin kits. Amplifier, pre amp for record decks, sound to light and light sequencer.

The gear survived a few years bouncing around in a trailer and was very loud, never got asked to turn it up.
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