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jancumps
08-02-2009, 03:18 AM
Do you remember what system your father started with?

Mine:
Philips Amp 22GH925
Philips Tuner 22GH927
Philips speakers 599

(all pictures from http://www.oudio.nl/)

lha1992
08-02-2009, 03:25 AM
I don't want to hijack the thread or anything but is it okay to post what system my mom started with? My dad's system was a BPC system he told me.

So, heres what my mom's system was:
Kenwood KA-9100= here is the exact amp: http://s840.photobucket.com/albums/zz323/lha1992/?action=view&current=DSCF0014.jpg
Kenwood KT-7500= here is the exact tuner: http://s840.photobucket.com/albums/zz323/lha1992/?action=view&current=DSCF0016.jpg
Technics SL-1200 TT
Kenwood KX-1030
JBL L-100 century speakers

I found the KA-9100/KT-7500 system in my parents storage room. I have the KA-9100 and the KT-7500, but the cassette deck, speakers, and TT have been long gone.

vinyldavid
08-02-2009, 03:34 AM
Sony linear tracking turntable
Pioneer CLD-M90
Sony STR-AV1070
Panasonic VHS deck
Sony TC-K670

I was 3. :rockon:

http://www.laserdiscarchive.co.uk/laserdisc_archive/pioneer/pioneer_cld-m90/pioneer_cld-m90_large.jpg
http://hifi-leipzig.de/shop/images/product_images/popup_images/994_0.jpg

This EXACT receiver:

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii298/vinyldavid/IM000865-1.jpg

http://www.bose.com/images/customer_service/owners/guides/stereo_speakers/10.2ii_product.jpg

Always wanted to hear what the Bose sounded like to my ears, now that I have heard so much more...they sure sounded better than my boom box at the time...

cisne
08-02-2009, 04:21 AM
Infinity Monitor JRs, Kenwood amps (don't remember the model) and a connoisseur tt. Two Kenwood amps and two pairs of Monitor JRs w/ some type of maxtrix unit - Don't remember the details.

This is what started the passion... As a teenager I'd probably rather look at the latest J&R catalog or Stereo Review than those other magazines. Weird, I know :D

Images stolen from the interweb.

cmb3366
08-02-2009, 11:57 AM
Adcom GFA-2
Adcom GFP-1a
Adcom GFT-1a
Audio Control EQA-10
Technics SL-DQ30 W/Ortofon Cart
Onkyo TA-1900 Cassette
Cerwin Vega D-5


http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a194/cmb3366/adcom1.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a194/cmb3366/adcom2.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a194/cmb3366/adcom3.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a194/cmb3366/adcom4.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a194/cmb3366/adcom5.jpg

Robisme
08-02-2009, 12:05 PM
Started with? It was a console.

Then he bought new a Kenwood KR-9400, Pioneer tape deck, BIC TT, and ESS speakers. All from Pacific Stereo.

Out of it all, he only has the KR-9400 now.

Rob

hifi_nut
08-02-2009, 12:38 PM
My father started with a Nordmende Arabella 3D,1957 console just like this one.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=162605&d=1249231018

I was stupid enough to tell my mother to sell it off back in 1985.:sigh:

Mc_Man
08-02-2009, 12:40 PM
I don't know what his first system was, but this is what I grew up on. I can remember many wonderful times with my dad and this system, he had a love for music:music:

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w160/McSVT/BIG-Marantz-1150-D.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w160/McSVT/1229q1.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w160/McSVT/l45flair.jpg

stereofanboy
08-02-2009, 12:46 PM
When someone's dad's first system included a pro-logic receiver, that just makes me feel really old.

superdog
08-02-2009, 12:49 PM
HiFi nut that console was beautiful.Smart move.

jhaan92
08-02-2009, 12:54 PM
These were some expensive toys that my parents had when I was a kid. All of them I remember except the Kenwood, which was sold before I could remember to buy the Carver C-4000. I now have a fair amount of what they had, but I have done a few things differently. All of the equipment in the pictures with exceptions to the Nak Dragon, the C-4000, the M-400t Cube Amp, and the Walsh 2's were all a part of my dad's stereo before he met my mom. They collected a few pieces after they got married. The only piece not shown here is the SAE E101-I couldn't find a picture on the internet.



There are two posts as I couldn't fit it all on one!


-Jason

jhaan92
08-02-2009, 12:55 PM
Ok, I guess that there are going to be three posts!

jhaan92
08-02-2009, 12:57 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention that the Carver CD player was something that they got after they got married. In fact, they didn't get any of the Carver gear until 1985 I think....but I can't be sure.


-Jason

SWL3600
08-02-2009, 12:58 PM
When someone's dad's first system included a pro-logic receiver, that just makes me feel really old.

I heard THAT......:sigh:

jhaan92
08-02-2009, 12:58 PM
Also, the Kenwood KA-9100 was in fact a 9150 model, with the pewter face and world voltage capable, I just couldn't find a picture of it.

jhaan92
08-02-2009, 12:59 PM
I heard THAT......:sigh:


I grew up in the HT age, but it wasn't something that was really used in the home. The Technics receiver does do 5.1, but I don't think that it has ever been used for that, just for 2 channel.

70salesguy
08-02-2009, 01:17 PM
It certainly wasn't his first, but my fathers favorite stereo was the Magnavox Console he bought in the mid-60s.

He passed in 2004 and I have kept it.

vinyldavid
08-02-2009, 01:28 PM
When someone's dad's first system included a pro-logic receiver, that just makes me feel really old.

That was the first system that I ever used....he said that he had a Sansui 4000, Dual 1210, Teac A-4010GSL, AR speakers, and Pioneer speakers back in the mid seventies...no clue what happened to those.

goldwax
08-02-2009, 01:28 PM
I don't want to hijack the thread or anything but is it okay to post what system my mom started with? My dad's system was a BPC system he told me.

So, heres what my mom's system was:
Kenwood KA-9100= here is the exact amp: http://s840.photobucket.com/albums/zz323/lha1992/?action=view&current=DSCF0014.jpg
Kenwood KT-7500= here is the exact tuner: http://s840.photobucket.com/albums/zz323/lha1992/?action=view&current=DSCF0016.jpg
Technics SL-1200 TT
Kenwood KX-1030
JBL L-100 century speakers

I found the KA-9100/KT-7500 system in my parents storage room. I have the KA-9100 and the KT-7500, but the cassette deck, speakers, and TT have been long gone.

You've got a great mom.

Arby
08-02-2009, 01:58 PM
I remember my dad having a Magnavox console in the early 60's pretty much like this one. It would have been around 1965.

162637

cason
08-02-2009, 03:25 PM
You guys are babies. My dad's first was a Grundig mono tabletop record player. About 1954.

TAGO MAGO
08-02-2009, 03:59 PM
The first real system I remember was a Centrex by Pioneer compact unit with a decent tuner, tape deck and a BSR changer on top. In the picture here it would resemble the one on the bottom left, although his was black behind the dial glass rather than silver and the dust cover was tinted. It was one of the very rare cases where I have seen a BSR changer with a metal platter, adjustable tracking and a real cartridge. I guess this might be a later version, but it pretty much looked like that.

http://www.recordrewind.com/ebay/pioneerce-1239687179-9858.jpg

It was okay, we got a lot of use out of it. Not at all bad for what it was.

Lastplace
08-02-2009, 04:37 PM
KLH model 24

Ender
08-02-2009, 04:55 PM
The first system my father had as far as I can recall, consisted of the following

Pioneer SX950
ADC Soundshaper II
Dual 515 Turntable
Sony TC-FX500
and a set of HPM 100's

The Pioneer and the ADC ended up being un-repairable after the house was struck by lightening, so it was replaced by a Technics SUV6X and no EQ. The Dual during one of my childhood moves was dropped/broken and then never replaced, thus when the stereo was passed to me I replaced it with a Dual 505, and later another ADC unit.

Celt
08-02-2009, 05:04 PM
My parents had one of these they bought used during WWII. I think it was sold in a garage sale back in the 70's.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/be/Portable_78_rpm_record_player.jpg

Fisherdude
08-02-2009, 05:53 PM
http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=71997&d=1198003499

My Dad's first stereo is in the background. I'm in the foreground looking away. That's my little brother looking too excited, and my Mom.

Christmas, Schweinfurt, Germany, 1955.

My Dad brought it home, and we had it until 1961 when we moved to California. Sold it.:no:

Dynacophil
08-02-2009, 05:56 PM
http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/1331_modernism/imgs/item_616.jpg
My God.... probably a Volksempfänger.... oh, not a stereo... I 'll ask him tomorrow, but I guess it was the big Grundig Stereo Tube-Radio thats still working :)

BigManAndy
08-02-2009, 07:27 PM
I have absolutely no idea what his first stereo was. The first one I remember my parents having together was this:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v39/andylikespez/Records/Sharp%20SG-3/img_31_1196_01.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v39/andylikespez/Records/Sharp%20SG-3/img_31_1196_5.jpg

Not my pics, but its the same thing, but its a TT/Tuner/Cassette all in one piece with speakers that matched.

I don't know how old it is, it was handed down to me when I was a teen and returned it to them when I upgraded from it. Its junk, the TT tracks at a steady 4grams, everything sounded like it was underwater with those speakers.

testwork
08-02-2009, 08:34 PM
I have no idea what system my Dad started with, since I was born in the early 70's and a more appropriate question might be what Betamax did he start with (sony :no: ).

But I do remember that it had large floorstanding speakers with wood grills. Most likely 15's, but possibly 12's. And I'm pretty sure the stereo or an amp was by Sansui.

What I remember most is the year my Mom decided to get a part time job so she could buy my Dad a new stereo system. And that Christmas, she came home with a very expensive (to us, in the early 80's) $1200 Sony rack system.

You should have seen the immense look of dissapointment in my Dad's face when he lied and told my Mom it was a "wonderful gift".
I thought he was going to vomit.
Sony.
Rack system.
It sounded terrible.
They divorced a year later.

pioneernut
08-02-2009, 09:52 PM
My Dad's first system I remember as a kid, was a Pioneer SX-1500TD, QL-600 quad decoder, Sony TC-640 RTR, AR-3's, some early 80's vintage Fisher speakers, and a Gerrard turntable vintage 69' I'm guessing. I'm fortunate to still own the SX-1500TD and Sony TC-640. Its what got me hooked on stereo's

archie2
08-02-2009, 10:06 PM
For all us old guys, here it is.

fiddlefye
08-02-2009, 10:13 PM
We didn't have a "stereo" when I was kid except a VM 4 track RTR machine with built-in speaker and an extension unit for the second channel. I rescued it from my Dad's basement and am going to clean off the mold (my bro-in-law put it in a damp place) and see if it can be revived. For the rest of our listening it was all mono, a home-built Williamson amp with some sort of tube pre (probably DIY also but in a ready-made box). The power supply he built weighs about 100 lbs, pretty hefty for a 10w amp! There was an early 50's Garrard TT with it that I replaced with a Dual 1214 when I was in high school, running the two channels into a Y into one. It still wasn't the greatest table in the world and I didn't get to listen in stereo until I went to university and bought my own system, but at least there was a bit more resolution and it didn't eat my records....

Numistrek09
08-03-2009, 12:56 AM
Well, i don't know very much about my father's first system, i only know it consisted of a Scott 340B reciever. When i was growing up his rig consisted of the following:

Technics Sl Q2 TT
Magnavox CD (early model)
Teac A 550rx cassette
Akai Gx 630D r2r
Marantz 3800 pre
Pioneer Sg 60 eq
Technics Se 9060 amp
Another amp who's name i do not know. It is gone now so i doubt i ever will.

No pictures to post unfortunately. The only ones i have are on slides.

lha1992
08-03-2009, 02:06 AM
You've got a great mom.

Thank You!

I do love my mama!

Blue Shadow
08-03-2009, 12:03 PM
This is the first stereo system my Dad had:

http://www.saba.pytalhost.com/1961-3/saba61-24.jpg

When he was stationed in Korea in the 70s he had a Sansui and maybe different TT in stalled. Nice unit. I like the lamp for the phono area.

TAGO MAGO
08-03-2009, 12:23 PM
For all us old guys, here it is.

My father does have one of those, but he bought it at a flea market in 1970 when he was about 28 since they were buying an old house and he thought it was cool to put furniture that matched the era of the house. I know back in 1970 he got it for a song and it was and still is in good shape. Nowadays bad examples show up in antique stores for an arm and a leg. I've seen everything from ones with separating veneer to people who have painted them with floral patterns and inserted a Garrard or BSR turntable. It's nice to see another good one out there, although when it was at home, I think we rarely played anything on it as the wooden spike or the metal spike is not exactly friendly to the album. Just try playing a 33 1/3 on it, it will never be the same again (and trust me, what you will hear would not be the music as you have just made your own grooves--don't worry I didn't try it with anything good or in very good shape).

Dr Tinear
08-03-2009, 12:28 PM
My dad made do for too many years with a console radio-phonograph. It was a mono Wards Airline, made around 1949, in a blond cabinet. It had a three-speed Voice of Music changer and a Wells-Gardner radio chassis with AM, FM and shortwave bands. It was sonically obsolete by 1960, but Dad kept using it because his upgrade budget was too small to cover the cost of a component system.

Dad's first component system from 1977 consisted of the castoff gear from my first upgrades -- a Realistic STA-18B receiver and a pair of Jensen 17 speakers -- plus a Garrard A-70 turntable with some Shure cartridge that I picked up used. The A-70 had problems, so I bought Mom and Dad a nice Garrard Zero 92 with an Empire 2000E-III cartridge. The Realistic and the Jensens were still in Dad's bedroom when my brother and I cleaned out the house after my parents passed away in 2007. I ended up with the speakers, the Realistic receiver, the Zero 92 and a Realistic cassette deck, and my brother took their newer speakers, receiver and CD player for his kids to use as an extension system.

TAGO MAGO
08-03-2009, 12:30 PM
I have absolutely no idea what his first stereo was. The first one I remember my parents having together was this:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v39/andylikespez/Records/Sharp%20SG-3/img_31_1196_01.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v39/andylikespez/Records/Sharp%20SG-3/img_31_1196_5.jpg

Not my pics, but its the same thing, but its a TT/Tuner/Cassette all in one piece with speakers that matched.

I don't know how old it is, it was handed down to me when I was a teen and returned it to them when I upgraded from it. Its junk, the TT tracks at a steady 4grams, everything sounded like it was underwater with those speakers.

With a better pair of speakers (possibly of the Minimus 7 variety) and a different turntable dropped into the top of it, that unit might not be all that bad. Definitely not hi-fi, but better than some of the all in ones of today. I've seen and had much worse.

analog addict
08-03-2009, 12:37 PM
...in my parent's first few years of marriage was a Grundig console. 1959 model my Mom says. Must have been one of the first stereo units. It languished for years and my parents gave it away before I relapsed into audio addiction....:sigh:

It looked something like this with the spindly legs, radio/FM/AM/SW/ in the middle, and TT on one side.

http://retrorenovation.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/anita-11962-stereo-console-001.jpg

cbrworm
08-03-2009, 01:24 PM
I don't know what his first system was - the first system I saw of his was a Roberts 770x (Akai M8) with an old receiver - it wasn't stereo (celestion?) - probably was FM though. He used the Roberts as the amplifier and powered some small speakers with it.


The system he had through most of my childhood was a Pioneer SX-737 w/ the Roberts version of the Akai M10 and a Elac Benjamin Miracord with a set of large 5 way fischer speakers. All of that got stolen except for the turntable which has been in the attic for 30 years.

After that his next 'system' (1982?) was built around a Mitsubishi 25 inch RGB monitor (CM-2501) a matching Mitsubishi TV tuner/Control center, Mitsubishi 100wpc amplifier and some mitsubishi 3 way speakers. The TV tuner/Control center sent video to the monitor and audio to the amplifier - it also controlled the volume. This system was many thousands of dollars.

dbf909
08-03-2009, 06:09 PM
My Dad's first "Stereo" (he had some mono gear prior) was one he brought back from Hong Kong and Japan while he was in the Navy in the late 50's.

- Scott LT110/350B tuner
- Heathkit Integrated amp (I think it was an AA-100)
- Garrard RC-88 changer
- Soundesign Reel to Reel (purchased in the mid-60's)

I listened to this rig a lot through about 1973 when he got rid of it and bought one of those all-in-one systems (ouch). The only cool thing about the new one was the built-in 8-track recorder. I made a lot of tapes for my car in the mid-70s.

The only puzzle to the old system was the speakers. They were kind of a strange design. I cannot remember the brand but they were 2-way 12" woofers (maybe 10") I think. They were gloss walnut finished with about a 2" bezel on the front. The grill was kind of a gray canvas style material. The oddest part was the speaker baffle. It was a two piece front with a cut-out that looked like half of an hour-glass that the woofer was mounted behind. In other words, the cut-out for the speaker was not round. It was a narrow slit on the top and opened wider about 9" toward the bottom. I have not seen anything like them since.

Ron Pilgrim
08-04-2009, 01:33 AM
My Dad's first stereo was a circa 1970 Realistic Modulaire AM/FM component system with the upgrade 4 speed Modulaire record changer and a separate Realistic 8 Track player. While I don't have any pictures, I do have fond memories of this system and at my young age thought this was awesome. He later gave me the 8 track when I got my first stereo(which I tossed aside to make room for cassette). My Dad was a big influence on my life and even to my choice of audio equipment as my first system was a 1978 TOTL Realistic. He upgraded to a Realistic STA 77a receiver, a Lab 34 record changer and Sony C50 speakers. Further upgrades include a Sony dual cassette and a Sony CDP. These I have pics of.

nailer
08-04-2009, 03:37 PM
Magnavox Console bought in the mid-60s was our family's first system - my mom was the music lover. Remember going to the stereo store downtown and hearing a Fisher too. The Fisher was a lot better sounding at about twice the price. Later in life I have been prone to wonder if the Fisher wasn't a tube unit.

For Christmas 83 my bother and I gave my parents an Onkyo system with Thiel speakers which they use to this day.

eljr
08-04-2009, 03:47 PM
Do you remember what system your father started with?



a string and two paper cups, the same as me. :smoke:

Endspec
08-04-2009, 06:23 PM
The first one I remember is a home built mono system with a big coax univercity speaker in a home built cab and a amp he build from a schematic with pp5881 tubes and him saying keep your hands out of the back or you will light up like a christmas tree:yikes: After that he did get a ge console my sister blew up playing some Phili brass at ear bleed levels, than we went onto heathkit stuff.

AdamAnt316
08-04-2009, 06:40 PM
Not sure if it was his first stereo per se, but the stereo system my father purchased during his tour of duty in Vietnam was as follows:

-Sansui AU-999 integrated amplifier
-Kenwood KT-2001 tuner
-Garrard SL-65B record changer
-Sony TC-127 cassette recorder
-Nivico 8-track tape recorder
-Kenwood KL-5080 speakers
-Pioneer SE-30A headphones (x2)

I still have everything except the Garrard SL-65B, which broke along the way, and was replaced by a Garrard 730m. Most of the components graced my various stereo systems along the way, especially the speakers, cassette deck, and replacement record changer.
-Adam

Blast
08-04-2009, 11:01 PM
[IMG]
My Dad's first stereo is in the background. I'm in the foreground looking away. That's my little brother looking too excited, and my Mom.

Christmas, Schweinfurt, Germany, 1955.

My Dad brought it home, and we had it until 1961 when we moved to California. Sold it.:no:

Love that photo! Reminds me of family photos in the early 60's.

Blast
08-04-2009, 11:07 PM
I have no idea what system my Dad started with, since I was born in the early 70's and a more appropriate question might be what Betamax did he start with (sony :no: ).

But I do remember that it had large floorstanding speakers with wood grills. Most likely 15's, but possibly 12's. And I'm pretty sure the stereo or an amp was by Sansui.

What I remember most is the year my Mom decided to get a part time job so she could buy my Dad a new stereo system. And that Christmas, she came home with a very expensive (to us, in the early 80's) $1200 Sony rack system.

You should have seen the immense look of dissapointment in my Dad's face when he lied and told my Mom it was a "wonderful gift".
I thought he was going to vomit.
Sony.
Rack system.
It sounded terrible.
They divorced a year later.

That's sad... :sigh: That sounds like my (ex) marriage...:cry:

Blast
08-04-2009, 11:20 PM
When someone's dad's first system included a pro-logic receiver, that just makes me feel really old.

:lmao: Me, too. My dad's first phonograph (78RPM) was one of the first ones I remember using, too.

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii110/blasttapes/admiralradiophongraph.jpg

When I found it in the attic I was 13. I hooked it up to a 10" speaker placed in my 2nd story bedroom window and blasted Spike Jones and The City Slickers ("My New Year's Resolution") for the whole subdivision to hear! :guitar:

The neighbors didn't think much of that and let me know... :sigh: I guess I should have waited until New Year's Eve...

vegas79
08-04-2009, 11:43 PM
Technically this was my mom's system (Dad bought it for her birthday in 1982). I was 3 going on 4 and I made her promise to let me have it when they got a new stereo (it was only about an hour old when I asked for it). Mom kept her promise and it was finally mine 11 years later.

Sony system:
PS-LX3 turntable
STR-S5S AM/FM/SW receiver
RM-S5 system remote commander
TC-FX6c cassette deck
SU-L28 audio rack

This system replaced a Wards Airline aircraft carrier sized console stereo that they bought new in 1978.

I did manage to get her Sansui speakers (SP-Z7IIs) from her and they're hooked into my office rig. I cant get her to let go of her Kenwood KL-777s though. The Kenwoods were bought with the system, the Sansui's added later.

I literally just finished repairing the tape deck about 2 hours ago with the help of the folks in the tape forum.

Now it sits in my living room and it all works (even the remote!)

I still stare at the pulsating power level leds like I did as a kid.

BrianR
08-05-2009, 01:23 AM
My dad bought, I think, an all-Pioneer system in about 1978. I just remember it was all brushed aluminum face stuff. He only had that a short time before selling it and buying the system I grew up with:

Yamaha YP-D71 turntable
Yamaha tuner, T-7?
Nakamichi cassette deck, don't recall the model
Yamaha C-4 preamp
Yamaha M-2 amp
Acoustic Research AR-9 speakers

The last time I remember firing up that system was around '92. I remember playing Nirvana on it and shaking the house. I really want to hear it again.

The great thing is he still has all of it in mint condition. The woofers on the ARs need refoamed and the tt needs a new cart, but that's it. He's currently using the M-2 to drive a pair of B&W 803s.

Even though I was only 6 or so at the time, I remember tagging along to the stereo places looking at gear. I think most of it came from The Stereo Shoppe in Lansing, MI.

edit: After some research, the Nakamichi deck is a 680ZX.

jsarsfield
08-05-2009, 01:50 AM
My father started with a Nordmende Arabella 3D,1957 console just like this one.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=162605&d=1249231018

I was stupid enough to tell my mother to sell it off back in 1985.:sigh:

Oh the humanity :tears::pity::stupid:

vons
08-05-2009, 05:56 AM
My old man was pretty darn old. I believe this was his first music system:

http://legionsbylesage.com/images/Cornicen%20%28in%20skin%20of%20the%20wolf%29%20%20 R11W.jpg

That may have been the very first Walkman. Think about it.

Anyway, I know he upgraded later on to stereo:

http://livesax.com/Herald1.jpg

Tom Blasing
08-05-2009, 03:37 PM
I don't know what his first system was, but this is what I grew up on. I can remember many wonderful times with my dad and this system, he had a love for music:music:

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w160/McSVT/BIG-Marantz-1150-D.jpg

I knew of an 1150D that had MASSIVE problems with the volume pot dropping the right channel. Most of the time a good rap with your knuckles on the knob would bring it back.

Dynacophil
12-25-2009, 06:40 AM
http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/785/0048im.th.jpg (http://img23.imageshack.us/i/0048im.jpg/)

this was my Father's first real Stereo (combined with a Dual-Changer and a Grundig TK47 Stereo Tube R2R) in the early '60s of the 20th century. The pic was made on Dec. 24 2009. It is working fine!

Old1625
12-25-2009, 07:09 AM
My dad's first system was indeed a primitive one of which I have no pictures. It was probably a one-tube, long-board regenerative receiver with multiple headphone jacks for more than one to "listen in" as desired. If a larger bunch came over the headphones would be tossed into a very large mixing bowl cadged from the kitchen. This made a sufficient "loudspeaker" for all to hear.

Daddy did tell me one day about a boy that used to come up and visit Daddy and his family just for the company, as the kid was an only child and his parents were both out looking for work.

The kid had lost a tooth at one point in his young life, and had a gold crown fitted. The way that Daddy put it, apparently the galena in the old crystal set had dropped out from under the cat's whisker probe, and was destroyed as it hit the floor. But they made an important discovery, and so on when this kid came over for a visit they would arrange the kid's gold crown under the cat's whisker, and they would enjoy listening to the baseball games.

The story didn't exactly have a happy conclusion; seems that one day the kid crossed another bigger kid, and in fisticuffs the little kid lost his gold crown, The parents--tight on money at the time--had a platinum crown fitted to replace the old gold crown. Daddy's report was that all they could get after that they could no longer pick up the baseball games, but only the religious and educational stations.

I never knew my father to lie, but there were times when he was most economical with the truth.

"ItsTooLoud"
12-25-2009, 10:58 AM
I remember dad's Marantz 2270, and the Kenwood speakers. The speakers weren't huge, but they had tone controls on the backs, dual tweeters, and a separate metal chamber for the mids. They were nice looking, with metal lattice on the fronts, and they sounded good, and were LOUD. I think he still has the speakers, though the 2270 was pawned by my brother a few years ago.

klama2006
12-25-2009, 11:16 AM
Sony linear tracking turntable
Pioneer CLD-M90
Sony STR-AV1070
Panasonic VHS deck
Sony TC-K670

I was 3. :rockon:

http://www.laserdiscarchive.co.uk/laserdisc_archive/pioneer/pioneer_cld-m90/pioneer_cld-m90_large.jpg
http://hifi-leipzig.de/shop/images/product_images/popup_images/994_0.jpg

This EXACT receiver:

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii298/vinyldavid/IM000865-1.jpg

http://www.bose.com/images/customer_service/owners/guides/stereo_speakers/10.2ii_product.jpg

Always wanted to hear what the Bose sounded like to my ears, now that I have heard so much more...they sure sounded better than my boom box at the time...

Dave, I still have the 10.2's and 901 II's. As far as bose goes, I believe the 901's are defiantly better to my ears. I don't have many good things to say about the 10.2's. but can still find the early 901's very enjoyable.

I'll try to remember to snap a picture of my own fathers system today.

avionic
12-25-2009, 11:33 AM
My fathers system..
Yamaha CR-620
Yamaha YP-701
Yamaha NS-690's
Nakamichi 500
TEAC 3300

theprofessor
12-25-2009, 01:40 PM
The weird thing is my father never had one. I briefly remember a Technics separates setup he sold for $5 at a garage sale. It was actually my mom's, and while it wasn't anything that I'd want today, I remember it being quite a nice little system. All metal, with a little weight to it, most likely from the early eighties. He eventually replaced the Technics setup with a Philips CD/Tape all in one bookshelf system which he rarely used. Today I think he has the Philips in his workshop so he can listen to NPR.

My stepdad has a nicely maintained Pioneer SX-450. He picked it up while he was in the Marines and used it ever since. I'll see if I can snap a shot of it later today.

badbadbad
12-25-2009, 03:56 PM
I remember my parents going out one evening and returning with some sort of color tv, a large shelving "system" and a panasonic am/fm 8 track and a seperate turntable that set on top. Man that was cool...before that we had a big console unit (that was probably tubes!) and we junked it. I only know what brand the 8 track was, because my dad still uses it today!

5stringer
12-25-2009, 05:56 PM
Would have loved for cameras to have been invented when my Da had his first 'Record machine'.LOL.It was an 'Ultra' record player with a Garrard autochanger deck,in green,with a PADDED lid,no less,and 2 controls.On/off/volume, and tone.But it was the machine I first heard 'Abbey Road' on.I won't forget that.............

steveh1155
12-25-2009, 08:55 PM
I remember back about 1961 my dad bought a new stereo system from one of his co-workers (who was an electrical engineer) - the guy delivered it after work and helped my dad set it up & I remember them having trouble getting the audio cassette player to work (this thing played huge VCR tape sized cassettes & I've never seen this size/format of audio cassette since) - it came with 4 cassettes & dad never did buy any more & rarely listened to those tapes. That system consisted of a Bell TRW 2418 amp (15 wpc) a Garrard 4HF turntable, a Bell audio cassette player & a pair of big bass reflex speakers the size of a small refrigerator. I still have one of the speakers, what's left of the amp and the Garrard turntable. I recall that system sounding pretty good when I was a kid. Ah the memories...

djnagle
12-25-2009, 11:36 PM
My Dad's system was his AM radio in the car and his favorite saying was "turn that crap down!!!"

Art K.
12-26-2009, 12:30 AM
Nice thread. I have no pics of my Father's stereos but I have fond memories of his love for music. He was a dancer at one time and knew knew Earl Hines and Count Basie. He loved music.

Juiceman
12-26-2009, 01:30 AM
I remember my dads first system.. It was a tandburg reel to reel and tandburg speakers he bought in Norway. He would let me make recordings on it, the tape deck didnt have a vu meter like today's r 2 r decks. It had a tube that had florescent like display. Here is a picture of the equipment. The recorder is gone but I still have some tapes. Mostly symphony music.

http://www.vintagerecorders.co.uk/Images/full/Tandberg-Series-2.gif
http://www.vintagerecorders.co.uk/Images/Gall/Tandberg-Series-2-4.gif
http://www.vintagerecorders.co.uk/Images/Gall/Tandberg-Series-2-3.gif

Hendrix416
12-26-2009, 02:53 AM
This was my dad's first setup:
Kenwood KR-5030
http://www.cybermax691.net/ebay/Kenwood/KR-5030%20AM-FM%20Stereo%20Receiver/1.jpg
Realistic EQ
http://www.recycledgoods.com/zoom_s_p_31739_1.jpg.ashx
Technics TT
http://usr.audioasylum.com/images/3/36969/sl-q3.JPG
Pioneer CT-F500
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3250/2620132197_3fb0937d50.jpg
The speakers were Pioneer. They looked like the HPM 100s except they were a 3 way speaker system with foam surrounds on the woofers. The logo on the grills just read "Pioneer" with no emblem. Couldn't find a picture of them at all.

12ax7
12-26-2009, 09:12 AM
When someone's dad's first system included a pro-logic receiver, that just makes me feel really old.

You ain't kiddin'!

Most of this gear and some of the companies that made it didn't exist when I got MY first system, let alone my dad's.

All I remember of my dad's system was a Stromberg Carlson amp, A Zenith radio/tuner with the green tuning "eye", a turntable with a flock coated platter, one of those small RCA bakelite 45 changers and a big speaker mounted in a baffle over the closet door. I learned a lot about electrical "surprises" from that system!

ManFromPorlock
12-26-2009, 11:35 AM
As best I can recall after sixty years, this was it: 1946 Philco radio-phonograph. Mostly used to listen to WQXR-AM. And "The Shadow," "Inner Sanctum," various kiddie shows, and commentators (the bloggers of the day), come to think of it.

opossumcrush
12-26-2009, 12:00 PM
I believe it was this unit. I don't remember the make or model. But it really rocked the cave. http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll170/opossumcrusher/recordplayer.gif

Wornears
12-26-2009, 12:01 PM
Not the actual unit, but my USAF dad brought one of these back from Okinawa around '63--'64 (?). Those twin "Magic Eye" tubes mesmerized me. Amazing that he let me (at nine years old) use it.

thevic24
12-26-2009, 03:10 PM
i remember he had a pioneer silver-faced receiver, i cant remember the # but it was fairly old school and even had power level meters for each channel and it was around 35 wpc.

he had 2 cassette decks, a panasonic and a teac. he had a technieks sl-1300 that i have today. and then he has a teac reel-to-reel.

for speakers, he has 2 pairs of very, very large cabinet speakers.
a pair of 12" fullrange utah speakers in the living room and an even larger set of
12" 2-ways with bozak b-199ac woofers and electrovoice t-35 tweeters.

90% of the vinyl i have now i grew up to listening to that system. the turn table has been in storage for ever and it was missing the counter-balance and the cart. i have a friend giving it a once over and hope to be spinning the old album on it soon.


-vic

istariknight
12-29-2009, 02:15 AM
He's had one of these for as long as I can remember.

Bought it new in the early 80's & its still going strong now without even 1 service !

krowmagnum
12-29-2009, 02:24 AM
My Dad's system was his AM radio in the car and his favorite saying was "turn that crap down!!!"

Was your dad a traveling salesman ? If so we may be related.

131east23
12-29-2009, 02:46 AM
As best I can recall after sixty years, this was it: 1946 Philco radio-phonograph. Mostly used to listen to WQXR-AM. And "The Shadow," "Inner Sanctum," various kiddie shows, and commentators (the bloggers of the day), come to think of it.

I have that very same Philco radio standing just five feet away from me. It plays 78's, has great a speaker, does AM real well and used to bring in all the short wave channels before the internet killed them. It's a nice piece of history and people are really surprised when I turn it on and play an old jazz record for them. Got mine in Boston, had it totally recapped, refurbished in SF.

Oh, my dad's first system was late fifties, a console, I think it had a Garrard in it...

electronjohn
12-29-2009, 09:54 AM
Our first "hi-fi" was homebrew all the way...a VM TT feeding a hot-chassis amp my uncle & I built with blazin' PP 50C5s and an 8" coaxial salvaged from overhead PA service. It all went into an end table my Dad modded into a cabinet. Worked well for quite a number of years.

24HACKER
12-29-2009, 04:53 PM
My dad worked for Magnavox in Fort Wayne - so naturally he got a Magnavox console - my first taste of Hi Fi.

BostonDave
01-06-2010, 12:16 PM
My father was never big into audio himself, but the first family system I remember was quite similar to this, and later on (mid 70's) I remember us upgrading to the 8 track.

And last is my first record player/stereo which I bought from a friend who lived next door when I was about 10.

bluesky
01-06-2010, 08:54 PM
A Zenith stereo console that he bought in Sears if I remember correctly. Man, I loved that console!! :>)

dr*audio
01-06-2010, 10:08 PM
My dad had a KLH solid state receiver made by HH Scott, vintage 1972, I'd say, and a pair of Optimus 1 speakers. He still has the speakers, but the KLH is long gone. He has a Sony STR-AV1000 receiver, one of the last really nice ones Sony made, and he has, I think, the same model cassette deck as vinyldavid's dad.

denniswilson
01-27-2010, 07:35 PM
I dont have all the pictures from the Wayback Machine, however you might find interesting what my father's first stereo was from 1955
Berlant Concertone R2R series 30 with 2 preamps
Thorens TD-124 Turntable
Warfedale SFB (sand filled baffle) Series 3 speakers
Heathkit preamp
Dynaco FM tuner
I cant remember what the power amps were.
After that it was Sherwood solid state in the late 60s and then in 1973 McIntosh which my brother now has inherited

slow_jazz
01-27-2010, 07:52 PM
I don't have pictures but it was a big beautiful console.... I remeber the turntable was on one side and the radio/ampifier were on the other side... In the center was a cabinet to store records in. I can't remember what make it was...

iflopdanutz
01-27-2010, 07:55 PM
My dad was a Pioneer guy....

Upstairs-
Pioneer SX-1080
Pioneer HPM-100's
Pioneer TT (can't remember model #)
Pioneer Headphones (again can't remember model # but they were bad ass)

I was able to listen to this system when I wanted and spent countless hours with those headphones on. I think growing up that stereo was powered on more than off :music:



Downstairs- (in his mancave)
Pioneer SX-1980
Pioneer HPM-150's (2 pair)
Kyocera CD Player (that model # escapes me too, and was added later)

This one I was not allowed to touch but did get to listen to it from time to time. I can remember it rattling my insides to the point I felt nauseous....it was clearly overkill.

It all must have had an influence on me, I to this day prefer a nice Pioneer over most :music:

TexAg71
01-27-2010, 08:45 PM
KLH model 24

I remember several of those in the dorm when I was at college. Nice sound and very smooth, as I recall, if a little short on the low end.

skinnypuppy
01-27-2010, 09:50 PM
Well i can't tell you his "first" system but i can tell you what i grew up with.
DBX BX3 power amp
Onkyo Integra P304 pre amp
Technics SH8066 EQ
DBX 120X-DS subharmonic synth
Teac V900X cassette deck
Pioneer F99X tuner
Pioneer cd player...can't remember model..same vintage as tuner..wood panels single disk.
Koss Pro 4X headphones i think
Klipsch Forte main speakers
Bose 201's series 2 dining room

TheEvan
01-28-2010, 10:24 PM
My dad has Dynakit ST70, PAS & Tuner he built from kit. He had a Weathers TT which he replaced with the original AR when it was first introduced. All though largish Wharfedale sand-suspension speakers. To my young ears it sounded glorious. I had the TT for years. The Dyna stuff rusted into a glob in my sister's basement, but she still has the Wharfedales.

b4nny
01-28-2010, 10:31 PM
Well, my dad was born deaf, so...

bluesky
01-30-2010, 11:48 AM
My dad bought a new Zenith console in Sears in 1960+/-. I remember it well, especially the smell! It smelled simply wonderful. It smelled like 'electonics', TT grease, and wood. And the LPs smelled like pure Heaven! I just remember sticking my nose and face inside the LP covers and smelling the LPs. 'I was totally mesmorized by it!'

I loved that TT. A lot of Nat King Cole, Connie Francis, and Hawaiian music. It was a magic machine on legs for sure! And it was so big. (guess it wasn't that big but it sure seemed BIG to me at the time seeing I could hardly reach the TT over the top. I loved to just watch the TT go around and around. LOL

It was a 'pure magic machine!'

I was hooked!

Freezer7Pro
01-30-2010, 12:20 PM
My father started in 1978 with this Sony STR-11L, which has now been passed down to me :)

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb8/Freezer7Pro/IMG_0280.jpg

jetblack
01-30-2010, 01:34 PM
Do I remember my Dad's 1st system? I remember what it looked like, but can't remember the brand (it was 60's vintage console). I'll have to ask him if he still has it. Hell, I can't remember the brand of the 1st system I had, or the 2nd system I had for that matter, but it was similar to the middle photo in BostonDave's post (+TT). I want to say it was fisher. Sorry if I digressed from OPs question.

DaWoofer
01-30-2010, 02:48 PM
My parents first was a Voice of the Music tube unit from Benton Harbor, MI with only a turntable in it. Luckily after they bought a TOTL Zenith TV/Stereo Console in 66 the VOM went downstairs in the poolroom. It had an aux in so my Pioneer/Craig 8-track got hooked up to it and I haven't been the same person since. I still have the Zenith Console with me to this day. When the parents went out I would go upstairs to the living room and play with the FM stereo of the console. That old tuner was damn good. It would pick up Chicago about 85 miles away on some nights. Of course I had to hook the tower TV antenna up to it which was pointed that way. The days of WGN, channel 9 I believe.

Mark W.
01-30-2010, 04:29 PM
To the best of my knowledge my dad NEVER owned a stereo of any kind the closest I know of was his 1951ish RCA X-551 AM table radio with a brown Bakelite case and gold trim. I still have it it still works, In later year my grandfather used it every evening to listen to his preachers.



http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h217/UJ78/GrandpasRCA.jpg

It also had a TT that went with it a RCA 9-JY I believe from seeing it in my grandmothers room.

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h217/UJ78/9jy.jpg

The first stereo in our house was bought by me right before my Freshman year in High School with money I earned working in the fields moving irrigation pipe bucking hay maybe some picking crops but by then I was almost all hourly.

it was a Wards Airline Receiver that was only about 5" deep and about 8" tall X 16" wide with two plastic box speakers holding about 6" full range speakers. The carried me through my first year of college.

I paid $38.00 for is as a floor model with one of the metal speaker grills slightly dented an easy fix for the son of a sheetmetal man LOL.

Been trying to find on of these POS things on ebay for years.

BrianR
01-30-2010, 08:46 PM
My father started in 1978 with this Sony STR-11L, which has now been passed down to me :)

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb8/Freezer7Pro/IMG_0280.jpg

Very cool, looks like it's in great shape too. I'm in the process of trying to re-acquire my dad's first real stereo, a Kenwood reciever ca. 1970.

rexrider
02-01-2010, 08:21 PM
This is a cool thread.

Since I was raised by my Grandparents, I will have to refer to my Grandfather's system.

He never had a system until after my Grandmother passed away in '81. A year after that he decided to get back to "living" and indulged himself.

He really got into music after that and had a respectable collection of music, although not my taste. He even used to record cassettes of my favorite radio station even though he did not care for my music either. For a period of time, every time I stopped over he had a new cassette for me.

Good or bad, he was a Radio Shack guy and that is where he always bought his electronics

All in all, it did not sound half bad. I am sure he could have done better shopping around but it was his system and he was proud of it. I certainly enjoyed stopping over and listening with him He could have gotten a fisher price record player for all I cared. For me, it was about spending time with him.

Pictured are...
LAB270 Turntable
Realistic Modular 969
Optimus 25 speakers (4 total)

Picture taken in '83
http://i50.tinypic.com/2d2er9y.jpg

Freezer7Pro
02-01-2010, 11:13 PM
Very cool, looks like it's in great shape too. I'm in the process of trying to re-acquire my dad's first real stereo, a Kenwood reciever ca. 1970.

Yeah, it's in great shape, although it had to go through some cleaning for it to forget my father's love for tinkering on his moped/car ;)

Good luck on your quest!

AgentOrange
02-02-2010, 10:56 AM
My dad bought this lot in 1977

Rotel RX-802 Receiver
http://i.audioscope.net/rotelrx802.jpg

Pioneer turntable, can't think of the model but it is this one.
http://hifitradingstation.com/prodims/2057.jpg

Wharfedale Glendale 3xp's
http://i.ebayimg.com/21/!BfppT3QBmk~$%28KGrHqYOKiQErzJBft-ZBLCN+vIiM!~~_35.JPG

He had this cassete deck when i was young, it never worked properly and died when i was around 6ish.
http://www.postmodernsass.com/blogger/uploaded_images/CassetteDeck-757807.jpg
He now has one of these

http://austv.hostforweb.com/img/user/denon-drm555.jpg

My dad being the way he is, still has it all and it is all in perfect working order apart from the speakers, one tweeter is blown and he is being lazy and has put them in the loft instead of sourcing another one :nono:. He has a pair of black eltax floor standers (2 woofers, 4 tweeters) THEY SUCK!! I don't think i've heard a worst sounding pair of speakers and i whinge to him every time i go round there and tell him to fix the old wharfedales! I guess i'm gonna have to do it for him.

zenith2134
02-02-2010, 07:50 PM
My old man had lots of gear but, from what we both can remember:
Carver 'the receiver', Pioneer sx-737, baby Advent speakers, JBL 4311's, Teac cassette deck 'with vu meters' circa 1976, and a Technics directdrive tt with some unknown Shure MM.

My mother? well as far as I can tell they had console stereo's and you guessed it, high-VTF rendered all of her records unlistenable.

audiojones
02-02-2010, 09:07 PM
My dad's first stereo was actually used as a mono setup for the first year he had it. In 1963 (year I was born) he bought a Fisher 400 receiver and (1) AR2a speaker. He couldn't afford the other speaker at the time, so he followed the directions in the owner's manual and wired it for mono. About a year later he bought the other AR2a and then in '67 he bought a Garrard 50 MKII turntable with an Empire 888 P cartridge. In April of '69 my mom bought him a Harman/Kardon TD-2 reel to reel tape deck for his birthday and that was the system (and what a system it was!). Dad and I did all of the repairs on that system together and that's pretty much how I became interested in audio gear (plus the great music that was on FM radio in the 60's).

We used and enjoyed that system all the way into the mid 1980's when dad finally decided to "upgrade" to some POS bottom end Onkyo crap from Crazy Eddies. I got the old Fisher 400 and the AR speakers and I used 'em for a good while after that. Mom accidentally tipped over the HK TD-2 tape deck when she was rearranging the furniture one day, it landed on it's face and the record buttons pushed in and cracked the circuit boards (I think I got blamed for that one somehow). I was using the old Garrard until I got my first "good" turntable, then I parted it out. The transformer died in the Fisher and that was the end of that (before the internet existed, couldn't find parts) and a monster Sherwood SEL-400 integrated amp went berserk one day and destroyed both AR speakers (apparently the speaker protection circuit didn't work and the outputs shorted) and that was that. Wish I had some pics of dad's system in it's heyday, but I sure do remember it like it was yesterday!

jetblack
02-04-2010, 11:40 AM
Dad's first stereo was a Westinghouse H-M1753. It's a one piece console with phono and tuner. I searched the web for picks, but no success. I'll try to remember to take a pic during next visit.