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Old 3rd March 2012, 02:38 AM   #31
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My first gear was a Madison Fielding tube receiver -- I still have it, a gift from the uncle who first possesed it in the earliesh mid-60's. He gave it to me in the early 1970's when I got out of grad school -- I can say that it is still one of the most wonderful f.m. receivers I have ever listened to. I also have the Pioneer SX-838 which I have modded out with a lateral MOSFET output stage discussed previously. I regret that I dispensed with a KLH turntable + headphone amplifier upon which Anna Moffo revolved relentlessly.
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Old 3rd March 2012, 02:55 AM   #32
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I don't really remember my first audio gear. So I'd say - "No" - I don't miss it.
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Old 4th March 2012, 12:03 PM   #33
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Just remembered, I still have my first commercial speaker, an AR-4. I long ago replaced the drivers as the original foam surround failed. I use it for my wife's electric keyboard. Nice walnut, terrible particleboard flimsy construction. SOP for the time. It was originally hooked to a Knight 30W integrated (tube) and Eicho tuner. Kept the room warm in the winter.
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Old 4th March 2012, 12:54 PM   #34
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I was very fortunate. As a teenager I had the opportunity to work with B&W. As a leaving present I was able to buy a pair of DM4 speakers at component cost price (about £45 back in 1980).

I matched the DM4s with a Denon PMA737 (Before Denon became mainstream and expensive) and with the Philips CDM1.

Pure Nirvana at the time.

Ever since then I have stayed with B&W (call it British loyalty), through DM14s then DM603s2 and DM603s3 now to a pair of 683s.
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I don't really
I recall shagging a number of girls in highschool days, with a Philips 312 turntable running for ambiance/ambience.
Does that count ?
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Old 4th March 2012, 07:36 PM   #36
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More likely the TT was running so your Mum didn't hear the girl's wooden shoes falling off...

Here's the Madison Fielding -- I do have all the knobs -- but as they fall off they're in a baggie:
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Old 4th March 2012, 07:54 PM   #37
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Superscope receiver about 10 watts or so, pink lit dial scale, (at least it had some style), KLH model 32 speakers, Garrard record changer. I thought it was pretty good for a 16 year old's part-time earnings at the time. Used to lay on the rack in the dark and listen to King Biscuit Flower Hour. Excellent thread...good memories

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More likely the TT was running so your Mum didn't hear the girl's wooden shoes falling off...
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I don't miss my first gear, but I miss those times, student days - great beer, Sundays spent in the University hall of residence with everyone's gear on full blast playing the Top 40 on the radio with lots of hot pizza......
You've inspired me.

Turns out my little stereo works on C batteries, so (as AA batteries are the same length) I've bought some converters so I can run it off my rechargable AAs.

Sitting out on the grass with some music and pizza sounds fun: I'll be at university in September, time has flown.

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Old 4th March 2012, 08:17 PM   #40
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Not at all!! My first gear comprised of an ancient (and very poor quality) car stereo board (found at the local tip) which was housed in an old transistor radio case, and mated to some old RCA full range speakers (also aquired at the tip) I think 5" which were in open backed hacked together from scrap wood boxes.

The source was a hammond organ (mono) casset deck, which I bodgied a stereo tape head into, and it was very difficult to get it adjusted.

It had no bass at all (partially the speakers but also the amp, as when I finally got my 10W perfboard amp to work it had much more bass).

That system lived in the senior study at school all the way through year 12, so it got good use, but I don't miss it at all

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