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twintwelve1484
02-17-2005, 01:00 PM
Got one of these on a thrift run at lunchtime...nice!

Anyone got info?

radioactive
02-17-2005, 01:05 PM
nice score.i dont dare ask how much you paid.

twintwelve1484
02-17-2005, 01:07 PM
Nope, you dont' dare ask! :)

Power cord is missing. Not a big deal.

bolly
02-17-2005, 01:50 PM
orion says,

ACCUPHASE TUNER, T-101 KENSONIC
Description:
Manufacture Years: 1974 - 1981
Additional Information:
Retail
MSRP: $500.00
USED: $375.00

twintwelve1484
02-17-2005, 01:53 PM
orion says,

ACCUPHASE TUNER, T-101 KENSONIC
Description:
Manufacture Years: 1974 - 1981
Additional Information:
Retail
MSRP: $500.00
USED: $375.00


Sa-weet! Pays the bills! :)

Grumpy
02-17-2005, 01:56 PM
375 is for one in top condition and I mean Top. Mine was purchased in "thrift store" condition from another AK member for 175.00.

twintwelve1484
02-17-2005, 02:15 PM
Well, if this one WORKS like it LOOKS, it's a total winner. It's literally spotless. Like it just came off of a showroom shelf.

So what's so darn special about it? It weighs half a ton. It's Solid State, isnt it?

bolly
02-17-2005, 02:22 PM
It's ACCUPHASE!

twintwelve1484
02-17-2005, 04:01 PM
uhhh...... So?

bolly
02-17-2005, 04:27 PM
OK then, I guess you'll just have to give her to me. I'll pay shipping, of course! :D

Yamaha B-2
02-17-2005, 04:35 PM
Here is a bit of info. http://www.fmtunerinfo.com/reviewsA-N.html#accuphase
$375 is towards the high-end of the normal range, so you shouldn't be unsettled, if it works well. Also, google up Accuphase and read what they have in their archive. You should be able to download the manual for free. Nice units. Congrats and welcome to the world of FM Tuner madness (have five and am always looking for more). You might also enjoy http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FMtuners/. Is the forum run by the folks who bring us the webiste listed above. Very knowledgeable forum. Many 'techie' engineering types over there who do some strange, but interesting things FM-wise. Also lots of info on the state of the FM broadcast world. PunkerX, listed as 'Radio X' in the advertising at the end of each page, is the resident tuner guru here. Nice unit!! Enjoy.

Punker X
02-17-2005, 04:56 PM
In stock form one of my favorite tuners... Haven't mod'ed one yet. Hope the lamps work a real pain in the butt to change, the engineers must have thought they would never burn out.

X

twintwelve1484
02-17-2005, 07:15 PM
ALL lamps work. Everything seems to work fine. I've got it down in the band room right now, going into a NAD int amp that I'm using as a preamp to feed a big pair of bridged mono NADY (actually Crest Audio) power amps that run my rehearsal PA and serve as monitor amps on stage when I gig. It sounds absolutely fantastic. I thought my Pioneer TX-600 was nice, but this thing takes the cake. All those thoughts of insane profits are sort of retreating into my muddled brain.

Pics!

crooner
02-17-2005, 07:25 PM
That's one heck of a score, congrats!!!

Kensonic Laboratory was started by a former Kenwood engineer in the early 70s. The units are gorgeous with glass epoxy PCBs and all modular construction. This was the first serious Japanese attempt to compete with McIntosh.

The first Accuphase gear was distributed here by TEAC. Needless to say, it received glowing reviews in the press.

Oh man, an Accuphase in a thrift store, unbelievable!!!

twintwelve1484
02-17-2005, 07:30 PM
Yep, this one is marked on the back "Distributed by TEAC" or something like that.

And at a GOODWILL of all places. This GW has been good to me...but I have to be persistent and hit it every single day just before noon.

Got this, that Marantz receiver I've spoken of, a beautiful Onkyo cassette deck with all the trimmings, a nice PL-512 table, Koss CM-10's (I think that's the right model), Sansui SP1500's, JBL R103's and enough vinyl to open a shower curtain factory.

Persistance, young Grasshopper. To do well at thrifts, you have to go regularly. Funny, I see some of the same faces every day, all looking for their particular chosen thing. Fortunately (for now), I'm the only audio guy.

packrat
02-17-2005, 07:31 PM
.... All those thoughts of insane profits are sort of retreating into my muddled brain.

Pics!

very nice score!!!
ahhh, vintage fever has got to you.....keep it and enjoy it for a while! :thmbsp:

crooner
02-17-2005, 07:34 PM
Yeah, I know what you mean. My best scores in thrifts thus far: a mint Marantz 4400 quad receiver, a Nakamichi 670ZX 3 head job, a SX-850 also mint and my beloved Sansui SR-838 table.

I try to hit the thrifts at least twice a day...

zeus29106
02-17-2005, 07:44 PM
congrats, thats a sweet looking tuner

Brian
02-17-2005, 10:15 PM
Really! Really! Nice hit!! Though not an import lover since the construction always seems less than I like, the early Accuphase and Luxman stuff always caught my eye and interest. As for the Mc competition, it was the 1st to really try to take Mc on on Mc's terms and showed the world the Rolls Royce of audio could be competed against. SAE's very 1st units also did this. Sadly, none of them had the staying power and Mc once again rose above the crowd.

twintwelve1484
02-17-2005, 10:45 PM
Yeah, particularly with SAE. They started off SO strong. By the time they got to the SAE TWO phase, it was a sad and sorry state of affairs.

I owned an SAE TWO integrated amp and it was a steaming pile of the most revolting feces imaginable. The outputs blew if you looked at it funny. I think I replaced them something like 20 some times before I finally threw it on a bonfire on a hot summer night in disgust, and danced around it maniacally.

crooner
02-17-2005, 10:50 PM
I believe Accuphase is still around. Their stuff has become even more expensive over the years. I liked them better when they were made by Kensonic, afterwards they became so esoteric it was a joke.

crooner
02-17-2005, 10:55 PM
For the hardcore Accuphase fan: clicky here! (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=39783&item=5751670053&rd=1)

As always, no affiliation!

Yamaha B-2
02-18-2005, 04:28 AM
I believe Accuphase is still around. Their stuff has become even more expensive over the years. I liked them better when they were made by Kensonic, afterwards they became so esoteric it was a joke. Not sure what you mean by your last statement or what Brian is talking about with his 'staying power' when you mention Accuphase. Here is their website listing their gear. http://www.accuphase.com/ They are still the premier audio gear out of Japan (other than some weird stuff like Wavac) and have never faltered from the days of Kensonic. They continue to offer outstanding equipment and their current tuner is at the top of the heap on the TIC website. If I could afford it, that is the gear I would surely own. And they have stayed true to stereo. :thmbsp: Unlike Mc, they are not primarily HTtoday. :thumbsdn:

piobyte
03-01-2005, 06:11 AM
Just got mine today .Take a look on the link below

Audible Nectar
03-01-2005, 06:21 AM
I've got one of these. Hook up a good antenna and you have a wonderful sounding tuner. I find it a nice complement to my McIntosh tuners - different, but very much a quality tuner!

Accuphase makes good stuff!!!!!

B3Nut
03-01-2005, 06:37 AM
Dang man...Killer Score! :D I almost never get out to the thirfts these days...no time or cash. :(

Accuphase and Luxman were pretty much the Rolls Royces of Japanese audio.

TP

Brian
03-01-2005, 07:05 AM
Should have been more concise about Accuphase. The company pulled out of N.A. some years ago. Looking at their site now shows only 2 distributors. Also after the couple of model lineups after coming to the U.S. the quality of the units started to show cost cutting. Have not seen the new stuff so can not comment on the quality today. From the site it looks like the company has rather limited production ability. Not a bad thing.

clekaeljo
06-10-2012, 01:04 PM
Hey... does anyone have the T-101 Owners manual? To date I could only find the Service manual... :-( ...

PB_Audio
06-10-2012, 01:29 PM
Try HiFi Engine.com for a manual; or Accuphase direct. As far as I know, they're still in business.
You've really found a gem. Both the Accuphase T-100 and T-101 are excellent tuners and very highly regarded. My T-101 has been on the shelf for a good while, in favor of a couple Marantz units I particularly like.
But the T-101 is a very musical tuner.
Finding a tech to work on it could be an issue, though.
The Tuner Information Center (online) is an excellent tuner resource...
LINK:
http://www.fmtunerinfo.com/
Here's a LINK to the Accuphase info:
http://www.fmtunerinfo.com/reviewsA-C.html#accuphase

Jay

PB_Audio
06-10-2012, 01:42 PM
I decided to pull out my T-101...
nice...:music:

theophile
06-10-2012, 02:07 PM
That's one heck of a score, congrats!!!

Kensonic Laboratory was started by a former Kenwood engineer in the early 70s. The units are gorgeous with glass epoxy PCBs and all modular construction. This was the first serious Japanese attempt to compete with McIntosh.

The first Accuphase gear was distributed here by TEAC. Needless to say, it received glowing reviews in the press.

Oh man, an Accuphase in a thrift store, unbelievable!!!

Trio Japan was owned by Three men (The Trio). They had a difference of opinion over the planned replacement for the Trio 'Supreme 1' amp. The dissenter wanted it to be an all-out assault on what was possible. The three agreed that he could split from Trio to make his all-out assault and that the new company 'Kensonic' would be partly owned by Trio.

The company that split from Trio is widely known as Accuphase. It hired some of the best engineers from other Japanese manufacturers such as Luxman and others. Kenwood (as Trio Japan is now known) still maintains an interest in Accuphase.

PB_Audio
06-10-2012, 02:13 PM
Trio Japan was owned by Three men (The Trio). They had a difference of opinion over the planned replacement for the Trio 'Supreme 1' amp. The dissenter wanted it to be an all-out assault on what was possible. The three agreed that he could split from Trio to make his all-out assault and that the new company 'Kensonic' would be partly owned by Trio.

The company that split from Trio is widely known as Accuphase. It hired some of the best engineers from other Japanese manufacturers such as Luxman and others. Kenwood (as Trio Japan is now known) still maintains an interest in Accuphase.

Cool... That explains a lot about how these top Japanese mfg names developed. Very interesting.:thmbsp: