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Clmrt
01-01-2010, 07:05 PM
Show me some.

Billfort
01-01-2010, 07:24 PM
Korvet 038

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37pLkQQjQwQ&feature=player_embedded#

kbott
01-01-2010, 08:53 PM
not really Soviet but Soviet state my Intervox Mark 10 Model BHP 1062 made in Hungary

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/7203/interyon0004medium.jpg

ManFromPorlock
01-01-2010, 09:10 PM
Melodya records can be pretty good.

BmWr75
01-01-2010, 09:17 PM
Russia (and China) pretty much dominate the new tube market now.

Sam Cogley
01-01-2010, 09:49 PM
I've run across a couple of LPs produced in the old Soviet Bloc that sound very nice indeed.

drknstrmyknight
01-01-2010, 10:14 PM
Music Hall turntable are manufactured in the Czech Republic

BrokenHill
01-01-2010, 11:46 PM
Some stuff here.
http://www.nevaaudio.com

kope_hun
01-02-2010, 07:48 AM
Are you interested in gear from the Soviet Union or the eastern bloc in general?

Clmrt
01-02-2010, 09:57 AM
EB is cool.

Vintage_Hi-F
01-02-2010, 10:40 AM
The Eastern Block would be the Soviet Union, without it you just have Russia.

This has been knowledge you will never need with you host Vintage Hi-F! :D

Sandy G
01-02-2010, 11:01 AM
Soviet Hi-Fi equipment, Strong like Tractor, Sounds like Bull...I have a Diora "Calypso" radio made in Poland, it is a knock-off of the German wooden table-model sets of the 1950s-'60s...Surprisingly, it even has the 88-108 MC FM band...Not a very good performer, & the finish is pretty laughable compared to the Grundigs, Emuds, SABAS, etc it was supposed to compete with. I got it mainly because I didn't have a Combloc radio of any kind, I never saw one like it before or since.

Sam Cogley
01-02-2010, 01:38 PM
The Eastern Block would be the Soviet Union, without it you just have Russia.

This has been knowledge you will never need with you host Vintage Hi-F! :D

There were EB states that weren't part of the Soviet Union - Poland, Yugoslavia, etc.

whoaru99
01-02-2010, 02:21 PM
Cool question; never really thought about it. I'm interested to see what comes up.

Goodwill_HiFi
01-02-2010, 02:37 PM
There were EB states that weren't part of the Soviet Union - Poland, Yugoslavia, etc.

Never mind

icenine
01-02-2010, 02:59 PM
As one who has a very under used Master's Degree in History, Poland and the other countries of the old Warsaw Pact (i.e. Eastern Bloc) were never members of the Soviet Union but rather under the economic and political dominance of the old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics from about 1945-1990. By such logic Eastern Germany would have been considered a part of the Soviet Union. Under its influence and perhaps a client of the USSR yes but never officially a Soviet Republic by a long shot. The USSR consisted of various "Soviet Republics " within certain geographic areas of the Russian part of the European Continent and Asia (all of the Islamic republics such as Tashkent, the various "Stans", and other Slavic European regions like Ukraine and Georgia, etc.). Do not confuse that entity with the Warsaw Pact.

Sam Cogley
01-02-2010, 03:03 PM
Poland certainly was....... according to Wikipedia, and Yugoslavia was until 1948.

If you search for "Soviet Union" on Wikipedia, you get the USSR page - which lists these countries as the constituent parts:
Armenian SSR
Azerbaijan SSR
Byelorussian SSR
Estonian SSR
Georgian SSR
Kazakh SSR
Kirghiz SSR
Latvian SSR
Lithuanian SSR
Moldavian SSR
Russian SFSR
Tajik SSR
Turkmen SSR
Ukrainian SSR
Uzbek SSR

Wikipedia also has this to say about Poland's government in the Soviet era: "...emerging several years later as the socialist People's Republic of Poland within the Eastern Bloc, under strong Soviet influence"

Back to the discussion of Soviet Hi-Fi gear...

One last aside: icenine, I love the Mr. Mind avatar. :thmbsp:

icenine
01-02-2010, 03:38 PM
ne last aside: icenine, I love the Mr. Mind avatar. :thmbsp:

Thanks Sam.......I miss Captain Marvel....I think someone else has a Dr Sylvania avatar if I am not mistaken:D

Goodwill_HiFi
01-02-2010, 04:33 PM
Yeah, I was thinking Soviet Block rather than Soviet Union.

dumptruck
01-02-2010, 04:40 PM
Korvet 038
WOW. I think I'm in love.

reggaenaut
01-02-2010, 04:47 PM
As one who has a very useless Master's Degree in History, Poland and the other countries of the old Warsaw Pact (i.e. Eastern Bloc) were never members of the Soviet Union but rather under the economic and political dominance of the old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics from about 1945-1990. By such logic Eastern Germany would have been considered a part of the Soviet Union. Under its influence and perhaps a client of the USSR yes but never officially a Soviet Republic by a long shot. The USSR consisted of various "Soviet Republics " within certain geographic areas of the Russian part of the European Continent and Asia (all of the Islamic republics such as Tashkent, the various "Stans", and other Slavic European regions like Ukraine and Georgia, etc.). Do not confuse that entity with the Warsaw Pact.

TASHKENT is not a republic, but is the capital of UZBEKISTAN.

pete1729
01-02-2010, 06:14 PM
alright we've split hairs on what is and what isn't soviet, what we haven't seen is much in the way of soviet gear. For automobiles there were Vaz, Zaz, and Zil. here is a '60's Zaz, the proud owner of this vehicle must have had a record player...

gladiator335
01-02-2010, 07:25 PM
It's all about proper definitions. Soviet Union consisted of 15 republics. However so called Eastern Block included USSR, Poland, East Germany, Romania, Hungary, Chekoslovakia and Bulgaria. Yugoslavia was a bit apart.
There was a similar thread with a lot of pictures, but I can't find it.
If I will I'll post them here.

icenine
01-02-2010, 07:30 PM
TASHKENT is not a republic, but is the capital of UZBEKISTAN.

My bad as they say...

MikeO
01-02-2010, 09:05 PM
There is a lot of East German RFT audio equipment listed here:

http://rft-hifigeraete.de/

cmb3366
01-02-2010, 11:33 PM
Some of the Soviet tubes are fantastic. I LOVE my SET 6c33c's, and the 6p1p-ev's and 6n2p-ev's in my headphone amp aren't too shabby either.

Here's a triple nipple, MiG 25 spec'd 6c33c in HiFi action. The damn things are massive.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a194/cmb3366/tube1.jpg

Sir.Byrd
01-03-2010, 12:18 AM
In Soviet Russia, music listens you!

henkuk
01-03-2010, 05:11 AM
There were EB states that weren't part of the Soviet Union - Poland, Yugoslavia, etc.

You got it, here it is he correct hierarchy.

Eastern block - Contains all countries behind the iron curtain, like East Germany (former), Poland, Czech Slovak, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria and the Soviet Union.

Soviet Union - Contains Russia, Kazachstan, Latvia, Lithuania etc

Russia - A former state within the Soviet Union, now standalone like Latvia Lithuania etc.

Yugoslavia was not part of the Block after Tito's war of independence though they greatly relied on the Block and were communist sycophants so to say, like Cuba.

As a kid I travelled a lot behind the curtain through the various check points, police stations etc due to my dad's curiosity. All throughout the 70's when the cold war was at it's height and Czech's had been reigned back in by the Soviets after their streak of independence.

Audio_Works
01-03-2010, 08:55 AM
Living in eastern europe i had a lot of the soviet hifi. Many were tho replaced later by western or japanese brands. What i still kept tho is a nice reel to reel machine Rostov 105:

http://i48.tinypic.com/dg4gvl.jpg

Also there were some pretty decent speakers from Radiotehnika models S-90, S-30B i owned a while ago.

http://www.rw6ase.narod.ru/00/35as012_212.html
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3170/2561788960_1f5fa57d9c_o.jpg

Also had a Tesla reel to reel model CM130: http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/tesla_cm130cm_13.html

From what i can tell the biggest trouble with soviet hifi were bad capacitors and bad PCBs. The quality of pcb was also terrible, so many had their coupper traces unfold from the board. I always liked the build tho, so strong. Every component had their legs bend on the board, heavy strong chasis.

Here are some speaker drivers i still have:

http://i45.tinypic.com/2ymiu1l.jpg
http://i47.tinypic.com/2ihl1jn.jpg