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  1. If anybody reads my posts you will notice my attraction to vintage hifi with reel to reel machines in particular. During my early career in broadcast I repaired and serviced tape machines from Umatic to Digibeta. I now realise how much I miss the mechanical/ electronic side of things in my now primary digital IT world, you have to admit that digital is kinda boring. Its funny that I get to play with cutting edge equipment at work and cant wait to get home and play with, you guessed it TUBES. Vintage radios, amplifiers etc which leads me to this recent find. This is a Teac 505 reel to reel dating from around 1958/1960 and they were also sold in the USA under the Berlant Concertone name, it was very expensive in its day at $495 USD. The machine that I have acquired is in very good condition with little head wear and has been fully recapped due to the habit of the old Suzuki oil filled capacitors going short. It still has the original 12AT7 and 12AX7 tubes. The unit has been fully rebuilt electronically and mechanically. It sounds amazing and is the first Teac of this early vintage that I have seen in this condition as parts are impossible to obtain. Well worth the effort to restore and a great plaything. Here are the specs Freq Response 50 - 15,000 cps @ 7.5 Signal to Noise 45 db Speed 3.75 & 7.5 ips Motors 3 Reels 7" Timing accuracy .15% Weight 37 lbs Price $495
  2. look up tonym on stereonet. He had one fixed last year Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  3. How much better

    I allluded to this in an earlier post with the electronics and drivers being the least expensive items. A manufacturer needs to cover costs includind R&D plus make a profit based on the number of units projected to sell......a huge risk. Hence the high price for some of the boutique brands. A more mainstream brand such as Duntech, JBL or Yamaha will be cheaper in many cases due to mass production and tooling. Cost in many cases with speakers and amps is irrelevent due to this factor. It depends on whether you are hapoy with some of the popular brands where they manufacture in quantity to keep costs down. The bigger manufacturers also outsource componentry to places like China etc. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  4. How much better

    Even got hit on the side of the head by a bottle at a Dire Straits concert......knocked me out cold and spent the concert in the ambulance tent. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  5. Switch it off when not using especially overnight. It it develops a fault when you are not present bye bye speakers or worst case office. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  6. How much better

    Some of my worst auditory experiences have been at live gigs. Too loud, crowded, poor acoustics, crap mixing, cigarette smoke, too far away from the action, artist I liked on record crap live, too drunk. I have been to some excellent gigs though but you cant compare live music to home listening....period. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  7. How much better

    The system sounded nice and would have been even better if the room was bigger. This is what I was getting at in an earlier post. Room size and layout suit certain types of speakers and these Klipsch horns were huge with no room to move in their location. In a bigger room allowing for optimum placement they would sound different again. I think it impossible to compare any speaker old or new as they vary so much with the main criterea being speaker size to suit the room size and room acoustics with the ability to shift into the best position. If I were buying a new set of expensive speakers I would want to hear them at home with some others to compare and not rely on what I hear at the shop. For me I like the nostalgia of my 1963 ABC monitors with type3 tube amps that I restored and luckily suit my listening room. My friend would not part with his Klipsch horns for some new speakers in a million years. Cost, performance, sound etc in this case do not come into the equation although they sound superb. If I were in the market for a set of speakers I would probably find a set of Yamaha NS1000s as I have heard these at a number of places and am impressed with their sound and adaptability. Enjoying this thread [emoji3] Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  8. How much better

    We all like to open cans of worms in the world of hifi. Probably the best feedback I have ever had about my system has been from musician friends who play different instruments in different musical genres including classical/ jazz. One of these guys also happened to be a very good broadcast engineer who made his own electrostatic speakers in the 70s. Sadly these guys are slowly dissapearing along with their knowledge gained over decades. On Sunday I had the pleasure of visiting one of these engineers and listening to his Klipsch horns with his home made tube amp and a Garrard 401. I left wanting to learn as much as possible and hopefully pass this knowledge on. I get as much pleasure from seeing an old garrard spinning, the glow of some El34s and the reels turn on Revox as listening to a high end system. The nostalgia value of vintage hifi is something you cant put a price on. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
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    hifi and alcohol is like cheese and crackers Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  10. How much better

    I was forced to drink a can of VB at a barbacue the other weekend and did not enjoy the experience. Like audio gear we are very spoilt for choice and it keeps getting better. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  11. How much better

    The law of diminishing returns is very true in hifi as far as sound goes. The actual electronics side of a piece of equipment is actually the cheapest part to manufacture with things like cabinets, front panels etc being the most expensive. Remember that most high end equipment is manufactured in relatively limited quantities with expensive tooling and custom componentry which comes at a cost. Every high end manufacturer takes a huge risk as to whether their product will sell as the choice is endless hence the cost. Remember their is no substitute for good design principles and the same device in a cheap box will sound the same, will you get the same enjoyment from it......probably not. Mass production and automation bring costs down so I believe one has to find a happy medium here. Coming from a radio broadcast engineering background I can say that good circuit design and performance measurements definately have merit. Unfortunately their is a lot of false claims and voodoo in the world of audio made by people to sell equipment which have no technical merit. A 40k set of speakers in a room not suitable for them will probably sound worse than a set more suitable to room size and acoustics at one tenth of the price. At the end of the day it is what makes one happy. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  12. Currently Spinning

    Sony have just announced they will recommence production of vinyl records due to worldwide demand. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  13. Sansui AU6900 novice restoration

    Sounds like you have a leaky transistor. Remember solid state amps are dc coupled so a crook transistor in the driver cct will upset everything and cause distortion Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  14. Sansui AU6900 novice restoration

    Ohms check all transistors even if you have to remove them. I suggest you google how to measure a transistor with a multimeter using the diode check function. Also measure all diodes and resistors. A circuit with voltages is also valuable. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  15. All back to sounding very nice and minus the dripping pcb oil [emoji2] Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk