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Old 4th March 2012, 10:28 PM   #41
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Ahh, the Philips 312 TT, the 20W Superscope R-1220 receiver, the $100 Wharfedale Denton loudspeakers that every(hip)one in highschool had, and the woodies.
Such sentimental journeys, how could I forget.

(Mom was an alcoholic and skipped town before 5th grade, what a relief)
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Old 8th March 2012, 10:03 PM   #42
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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.
No, The AR-1, circa 52. Kloss left and founded KLH in 57, Advent in 67.
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Old 30th August 2012, 11:34 PM   #43
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My "first gear" was a Remco crystal radio kit my parents gave me for Christmas in 1955 when I was about 8 yrs old.

How many remember..... "Every boy wants a Remco toy"?
The ad is on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJZi-gYQN4A

I got mine when I had the mumps and was confined to bed for a week.
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Old 30th August 2012, 11:45 PM   #44
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my gearbox is pretty much new , so I'm not missing any of them

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Old 3rd September 2012, 02:16 AM   #45
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My first gear was a 1978 Pioneer 25 WPC receiver

My brother gave it to me after he upgraded to a rack system in 1984. The little silver face had a bad channel so I fixed it and used it for the next 5 years.

My first "real" system was a Carver M1.0T amp with matching pre-amp and a Sony CD player along with an Onkyo cassette deck. Still have the Onkyo deck, I think it works but it holds a shelf down and has been doing so for the past 20 years.

A few years back, an old audiophile in his 80's asked if I wanted some old gear since I can take care of audio equipment and would take care of it. OK... I opened the box and inside was a 1981 Pioneer SX-3700 silver faced receiver! It included the owners manual and was still fully operational.

A serious flashback but with the uber cool green light things for power meters. Plugged in an old CD player into the AUX inputs and it pushes my line arrays around with 45 watts of pure silver faced power.

I'm pondering shipping it off to get the capacitors replaced and the pots fixed this winter. DIY or have it refurbed? Since it is 31 years old, not sure if it is worth putting money into since many parts are not replaceable. Upgrade my surround sound receiver in the house, take the old one to the garage when the Pioneer blows?

The gentlemen that gave me the silver face was thrilled when I sent him a picture of the giant line arrays with the green glowing Pioneer in operation. Nobody wants to mess with the Pioneer, there is nothing that says CD on the front and they have no idea how the MP3 player plug in cable works (tape monitor switch) Part of me enjoys having a mystery machine
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Old 3rd September 2012, 03:44 AM   #46
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First gear I bought was when I was ~15 in 1978 and had saved up money from picking weeds in the farm fields, baling some hay and saving up birthday money.
I bought a Marantz 1550 receiver and a Technics SL-D2 turntable (can't recall the cartridge). I bought raw drivers and made my speakers (15" woofers, horn mids and piezo tweeters). Uff-da, kinda in your face sound but fun.

A Marantz 5025 cassette deck and ADC Sound Shaper 110 graphic equalizer came shortly thereafter.

I still have the 1550 and it has treated me well over the years.I gave the cassette deck and turntable to a girlfriend.

My very first albums to play on that gear were greatest hits as I tried to maximize my dollar....Rolling Stones "Hot Rocks" and Grateful Dead "What a long strange trip its been".

Pink Floyd's The Wall came out around a year later which was quite the good time to listen to LOUD.
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Old 3rd September 2012, 04:11 AM   #47
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My first gear was a 1972 record player.
I think it was BSR turntable and was probably less than 10 watts.

My first serious gear was a Maplin kit disco. 225WRMS power amplifier, dual record decks with built in mixer.
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Old 3rd September 2012, 04:57 AM   #48
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A Lloyds am/fm 2 watt mono unit with built in motor driven vinyl chisel, added two 6 inch drivers with purple burlap grills and shop class cabinets, burnt out the output stage with too low an impedance. Moved up to an Electra 10 w/ch integrated with no name 3 way speakers with 10 inch woofers, didn't understand why the ceramic cartridge overloaded the moving magnet RIAA input..... Anyone remember the Shure M91ED dealers gave away on every cheap turntable? Took them all apart and modified/broke them - everyone of them and I still do........

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Old 3rd September 2012, 11:40 AM   #49
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My first gear was a Pioneer SA-7xx amp, a BIC T2 twin-speed cassette deck, Technics SL-Q2 tt and Fostex FP 254 (I think) 10" full-range drivers in back-loaded horns which I built in my room over a couple of weekends augmented with a couple of JBL bullet tweeters and a pair of Auratone 5c SuperSound cubes.

The BIC died after a few years and nobody could fix it, largely because a number of techs failed to find the actual fault. Sad really because it was a very good deck while it was alive, competed very well with others costing 2-3x as much.
The Fostex cured me from full-rangers and back-loaded horns for the rest of my life although they were quite good for parties!
Still got the tt in the shed somewhere and also still got the Auratones which is good because now they are worth 5x what I paid for them.
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