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superdog
12-30-2010, 02:33 AM
Another year down in the world of audio.I have drastically reduced what I buy because I have gotten to the point where enough is enough.I did manage to pickup a few nice little tidbits here and there but I would have to say this Sony PS8750 is probably my nicest acquisition of the year.The Marantz a nice second.

1973BuickGS
12-30-2010, 03:09 AM
My whole current setup was all bought this year, so it's been a good year for me. In addition to all of that, I got a nice Pioneer SX-1000TW, some Mission 731 speakers ($6 for the pair :D ), and some free KEF 104aB speakers that are being fixed. I also grabbed a really cheap PD-M600 ($31 + $5 repair) that I fixed and an SX-550 that I'm working on.
I can't pick a single best of 2010 from all of this, but the Pioneer SX-750, SX-1000TW, PD-M900, and Technics SL-1700 have all made me very happy and were acquired at very nice prices.
I'm really happy about how cheap the PD-M900 was for me. I saw on here that one sold earlier in the year for $500 on ebay. I grabbed mine "for parts or repair" at $140 and fixed it for $5. :thmbsp:

vinyldavid
12-30-2010, 03:17 AM
Denon AVP-5000 preamp for $25
Technics RS-1500 for free
Lenco L75 for $35

ccheath
12-30-2010, 03:24 AM
I've got what I always wanted for awhile. A Marantz 2385. Needs work but at least I have it. I did start on it almost a year ago but been busy. Hopefully soon, I'll get to it. I want to try it out.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=247334&d=1293697377

chefde
12-30-2010, 07:53 AM
It would have to be my Pioneer SA-7700; I picked it up as part of a whole system for $50.

The rest was junk but this map is my daily driver; it sounds fantastic!

Not my amp (borrowed pic)

DENNYDOG
12-30-2010, 08:01 AM
I would have to say my Pioneer PL-1800. Oooo la la! :)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5163/5270079579_e52b69b28d_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10327252@N04/5270079579/)
PL-1800 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10327252@N04/5270079579/) by dennydog (http://www.flickr.com/people/10327252@N04/), on Flickr

Alex Hayes
12-30-2010, 08:54 AM
For me it would have to by my Pioneer CT-F850 cassette deck. Doesn't work currently but looks to be pretty minor problems that I will attemp to address soon. Picked it up for $10. I didn't start thrifting until earlier this year so I haven't gotten a whole lot. Other than the deck I've picked up a few nice records here and there and a decent Onkyo receiver for $5. Hopefully next year will be better!

Edriz
12-30-2010, 08:59 AM
Oh Man, Lets see. In 2010 I got a Carver M-4.0t power amp and C-4000t pre am,an Empier 598III Turntable so I had to buy a Denon DL-103R cart to put on it, I also added, sort of built a 12" subwoofer using Dayton Driver and 500 watt amp with crossover and parametric EQ, but I think the best piece I aquired this year was the Jolida JD9 Phono Stage. :thmbsp: Its just an amazing piece of equipment and a huge upgrade over the Carver step up thats in the C-4000t. It was a very good year. :banana:

I also just purchased a VPI 16.5 Record Cleaning machine. Not sure if that counts as "Gear" but I know it completes my buying of gear. I am now officially finished, done, through buying audio related gear. Not including maintenance and upkeep of course!! :rockon:

theprofessor
12-30-2010, 09:22 AM
2010 was my absolute best year for pickups, nearly everything in my signature was picked up this year. I'd say the MC2105 is at the top of my list; the PS Audio 4.6 and Klipsch Forte IIs are not that far behind.

spartanmanor
12-30-2010, 09:30 AM
Since I have stopped buying gear my best pickups have been some rare first pressing albums....too many to list.

KidColeco
12-30-2010, 09:51 AM
2 Technics sl1200-MkII in excellent condition for $440 a pair.

bustedguild
12-30-2010, 09:57 AM
My first year in this new hobby has seen the acquisition of my entire system plus future additions (I'm going to blame this on MAXZ28). Knowing myself (and my bank account), I limited my purchases to really good deals for things I really wanted. Karma or otherwise, it worked out well:
-Polk RT12's ($80)
-Pioneer Spec 1 pre / Spec 2 amp / 9500 tuner and eq ($200)
-Linn Sondek LP12 (inherited)
-Infinity RS4b's (restored: $100)

and new as of yesterday; Allison CD7's ($45) and a Yamaha p2250 ($75)

NOHDjunkie
12-30-2010, 10:10 AM
Ford F-150

shortcuttomo
12-30-2010, 10:26 AM
Some Yamaha NS-1000 Monitors for $150.

Kept them for a few months and really enjoyed the sound, but ended up flipping them a while back to fund an amp upgrade.

JBStemp
12-30-2010, 10:30 AM
Hmmm, 2010 the year i got into Audio... Lets see... these were some of the best.

JBL C36 $400.00. (flipped to establish Audio bank roll)
Fisher 70-TR $20.00
Electro-voice Duchess IV $50.00 ( now i just need to find a another one)
Scott 340b, Fisher FM-90x, custom made JBL speaker cabs $400.00

And by far the Mac daddy purchase for 2010...

McIntosh MR75, MC29, MC2125 and a Dual 1264 for $175.00 :thmbsp:

http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz171/jbstemp/MAC/DSC_6830.jpg


2010 regrets... Flipping the JBL c36's :tears:

Cheers

clydeselsor
12-30-2010, 10:33 AM
I would have to say my Pioneer PL-1800. Oooo la la! :)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5163/5270079579_e52b69b28d_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10327252@N04/5270079579/)
PL-1800 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10327252@N04/5270079579/) by dennydog (http://www.flickr.com/people/10327252@N04/), on Flickr

That is one sweet table!!!

clydeselsor
12-30-2010, 10:39 AM
My Rotel CDP

Axcel
12-30-2010, 10:44 AM
Best p/u this year my OHM I never owned nor heard OHM's before very pleased. Next would be my Musical Paradise Int Tube has no tone controls took a bit of getting used to but I love the sound ( now)

blhagstrom
12-30-2010, 10:49 AM
Jeez, so many good things found me this year I can't say.
AND THERE ARE TWO DAYS LEFT!

Serously, its unbelievable the things I picked up and it seem to happen regularily. Every time I think I hit the "best", something else pops up.

I think the best though is that I "picked" up on audio again and finally "picked" up on electronics. I learned how to fix this stuff (to a point, its an ongoing thing, life long interest, just never had the chance).

golana
12-30-2010, 11:00 AM
A 50 dollar CL find, Empire 498.
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd231/trampledunderfoot/kjhg003.jpg

wizargoz
12-30-2010, 11:03 AM
ESS AMT 1b and 10b speakers for a song. I sold my other speakers (except for some Mirage speaks in the living room) and am done buying. I still need to refurbish and recap them, but these are the best I've had or heard, and fit perfectly in my "mod" system.

gewoonmaf
12-30-2010, 11:07 AM
Find of the decade: a set of Solosound electrostatics with the original sub, all in great condition and for a paltry sum. I have been lusting after those since my Dad bought a set in 1980.

Blast
12-30-2010, 11:32 AM
And by far the Mac daddy purchase for 2010...

McIntosh MR75, MC29, MC2125 and a Dual 1264 for $175.00 :thmbsp:



:yikes: W o w! Nice.

2010 regrets... Flipping the JBL c36's :tears:

Cheers

:rolleyes: Sometimes you've got to take one for the (financial) team :music:

I have drastically reduced what I buy because I have gotten to the point where enough is enough.

That's where I'm at, as well. I only picked up 5 small things, the best (and largest) of which was the H.H. Scott 333:

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii110/blasttapes/P6135336.jpg

I'm 55. The 333 is, by far, the best AM radio I've ever owned.
FM is great, too... as was expected...
But, AM was SURPRISING good!

Robisme
12-30-2010, 11:36 AM
Picked up a Sansui AU-9900, Sansui G-8000, and a Yamaha CR-1020.
I guess I like the G-8000 the most, because I still have it.:yes:

I free bottle of vintage 90 proof Jack.

My sons car.



http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l204/rob9167/100_3090.jpg

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l204/rob9167/BMW2.jpg

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l204/rob9167/000_0885.jpg

Rob

michaelhigh
12-30-2010, 11:54 AM
Another year down in the world of audio.I have drastically reduced what I buy because I have gotten to the point where enough is enough.I did manage pickup a few nice little tidbits here and there but I would have to say this Sony PS8750 is probably my nicest acquisition of the year.The Marantz a nice second.

Either of those could elevate to a prominant spot in my rack. I'd hate to axe my AR-XA.

michaelhigh
12-30-2010, 12:02 PM
2010 was my absolute best year for pickups, nearly everything in my signature was picked up this year. I'd say the MC2105 is at the top of my list; the PS Audio 4.6 and Klipsch Forte IIs are not that far behind.

Nice rig, Prof. I too got Fortes this year.:banana:

68custom
12-30-2010, 12:42 PM
yamaha cdx-1100 for 5$, sx-580 and sound dynamics c6 for 5$ were my most recent and since the yamaha retailed for 1000$ or so thats my best. but the years not over yet!

voltcontrol
12-30-2010, 01:14 PM
This thread makes mw happy, such nice stuff to be found :)

A pair of Tannoy 6o9MKII's 7.5€ are my cheapest and also best find this year.

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q225/pimhansen/609front.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q225/pimhansen/DSCF5373.jpg

anytune
12-30-2010, 01:51 PM
It has been a very good year in the audio department, especially this month. Best speaker pickup would be Klipsch Fortes for $20. Best electronics find would probably be a Realistic STA-2000D receiver for $10.

marne
12-30-2010, 02:09 PM
A Yamaha Pc4002M an awesome Amp. Wow everytime I hear it.

guitarslam
12-30-2010, 02:30 PM
I passed on a lot of good stuff in 2010, but couldn't resist picking up a very nice pair of oak Boston Acoustics A400s in original boxes for $50. After re-foaming the A400s and listening to them for a few minutes, my A100s went bye-bye (donated to a friend who needed them).

beatcomber
12-30-2010, 02:36 PM
Acoustic Research AR-XA w/Shure M44-7 - $45 (Craig's List)
Dual 1019 - $29.99 (Goodwill)

Both required just minor work to make function.

diamondsouled
12-30-2010, 02:38 PM
My best pickup was a wack of Sony gear for $30. A pair of APM-22ES MKII speakers, a pair of SS505AV speakers, a STR-AV500 AV receiver w/remote, and finally a CDP-C50 CD player. All working and in fairly nice condition.

Cheers

Lar

Rodzilla
12-30-2010, 03:01 PM
like others i'm now only buying things i need or know will be a substantial upgrade to what i have...my one exception and my best buy of the year? My Yamaha DA2X DAC...bought on Ebay for all of $35 on a whim,to try a balanced source with my Bryston gear...i shudder to think what it cost new.it's built with all the boutique name brand parts inside and sounds excellent,as any pro studio/mastering type gear should..staggeringly good for a mid 90's DAC

Frank Sol
12-30-2010, 03:10 PM
I moved a lot of stuff in '10 (it's an addiction)

However... Looking back I would say an Adcom GFA-5500 was the best pickup

Appeared to be 'new' in box with all the paperwork for $200.00!

She is a beast.

virak
12-30-2010, 03:21 PM
I had a very good year, but my favourite item is the Technics SP-25 turntable with SH-15B1 plinth and EPA-500 arm :thmbsp:

stoutblock
12-30-2010, 03:50 PM
McIntosh MR75, MC29, MC2125 and a Dual 1264 for $175.00 :thmbsp:

http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz171/jbstemp/MAC/DSC_6830.jpg

Cheers

What no 1st born? Exceptional score!

Jailtime
12-30-2010, 03:54 PM
Kenwood KA-9100 non working for 10 clams. Rebuilt it myself and it's singing nicely with my Dahlquists.

Soundcraftsmen SP4002. It was expensive, but I had wanted it for a long time.

stoutblock
12-30-2010, 03:57 PM
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b257/stoutblock/Nakamichisystem1cnet.jpg

After 30+ years, I finally came across all the components for a Nakamichi system one. I didn't steal them, but I wouldn't sell it for 2x what I paid for it...

And then the 1929 Jackson Bell, Swan radio. Found in the attic from the family farm. My Dad played with it in the 30s as a young boy and it is all original. Priceless...

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b257/stoutblock/Jacksonbellradio2net.jpg

similost
12-30-2010, 04:03 PM
These three puppies..

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=240283&d=1289777260

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=240298&d=1289780549

satkinsn
12-30-2010, 04:31 PM
:

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii110/blasttapes/P6135336.jpg

I'm 55. The 333 is, by far, the best AM radio I've ever owned.
FM is great, too... as was expected...
But, AM was SURPRISING good!

In your picture, that's maybe the most beautiful vintage I've ever seen. Is it like that in real life?

s.

ZebraBlvd
12-30-2010, 04:38 PM
By far it was the Pioneer/Akai gear that I some how lucked into while browsing CL. This stuff had been listed for a week when I finally saw the ad. It all came with the original boxes and inserts, a few original manuals, 4 extra Maxell metal reels (2 with unused tape), 1 original Akai metal reel. Every piece looked like it had just came off the production line.

Pieces:
Pioneer SA-8800
Pioneer TX-9800
Pioneer SG-9800
Pioneer CT-F950
Pioneer RG-9
Pioneer SR-303
Pioneer DT-303
Akai GX-646

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r282/ZebraBlvd/Mother-Load/08070001.jpg?t=1293730691

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r282/ZebraBlvd/Mother-Load/08070002.jpg?t=1293730804

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd129/ZebraHorse/Motherload/Gallery-1.jpg?t=1293729568

vintageboy
12-30-2010, 04:41 PM
Marantz2330

Sansui G-7000

Dynaco SCA-30 with FM-3

myu701
12-30-2010, 05:24 PM
Being out of work, you'd think that would leave me plenty of time to scavenge and find some serious bargains. I spent some time doing that, but somehow didn't manage to get the "karma" for any major low $$ scores. At least all of what I got went for below market value, though. :)

Out of all of them, probably the "best" pickup was this:

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t154/MYU701/audio/speakers/Canton_CT-800_front.jpghttp://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t154/MYU701/audio/speakers/Canton_CT-800_front2.jpg
A set of Canton CT-800's (metal grille removed to show drivers). One speaker has an unsightly gouge through the veneer, but otherwise they look decent and perform impeccably. Paid $200 (MSRP was $1500).

bluesky
12-30-2010, 05:29 PM
Got two things:

A brand new 1979 Sansui GX-100 rack, still packaged in the box, and 'still' packaged in the box. Box looks nice!

Bought a pair of 1970 Sansui AS-300 speakers. Took 4.5 years to find. Cabs look great, cloth grills are perfect except for the 40 years of cigarette smoke on em, but they need a new woofer...or woofer repair. Hope to just find a speaker on eBay but that should be next to impossible, but there's always a chance if you wait long enough. I'll get to it soon I hope. Just glad to have finally found a pair.

rileysaudio
12-30-2010, 05:49 PM
Polk SDA 1C with updated crossovers, a 12 gauge interconnect cable using banana plugs instead, and in basically brand new condition for $425. Plus all the drivers were mortited. My favorite speakers I've heard :music:



Riley

Condorsat
12-30-2010, 05:50 PM
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bre's dad
12-30-2010, 06:06 PM
Vandersteen Model 2ce, original boxes, T-stands & paperwork from original owner, listed on CL for $100. Owner said she'd take $50. I got there and she said she didn't want to sell them for $50 due to the cosmetics of her cat using them as a scratching post so she just gave them to me for free.

Andyman
12-30-2010, 06:12 PM
Louis...

http://audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=231290&d=1284850916

ZebraBlvd
12-30-2010, 07:59 PM
Louis...

http://audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=231290&d=1284850916

Now that's a find. :yes:

superdog
12-30-2010, 09:14 PM
Yeah that is a cool find.Would great in a music room Louie would.I also picked up two vintage Canon AE-1s and a Minolta sx3700 with various lenses for $35 for the lot.After seeing some photos of fine gear on this thread I definately need to move up the digital camera ladder.

jhinkel
12-30-2010, 09:19 PM
That's a pretty cool piece to display in the listening room, Andyman!
I actually had a pretty good pickup yesterday. I got a pair of ADS L470 speakers for $20 :banana:

tubed
12-30-2010, 09:23 PM
Infinity QLS-1 and RSII.
Curb Alert 11-16-2010

Dr Tinear
12-30-2010, 09:49 PM
Yamaha DVD-S1800 DVD/CD/SACD/DVD-A player, new with full warranty, for $79.
Heathkit AR-19 receiver, in need of some work, a gift from an audiophile friend (thanks Rad!)
The center channel and rear surround speakers to go with my Von Schweikert VR-2000 front mains.

M0t0wn
12-30-2010, 09:50 PM
MAGNAVOX 8606 Curbside find
A little bit of cleaning, added a Fuseholder and Switch.
No a major score Money wise but a very fun project and just great that it worked just like that with the original tubes.
Other that that a Spec 1, CT-F950 a box of nice Tubes for $2 and some other stuff but none have the cuteness of that little Amp.

BenWaB3
12-30-2010, 10:03 PM
A Luxman R-1070 last week & a Rotel RX-602 in the fall - the 602 is still the most musical receiver in my small collection.

Ben

derekva
12-30-2010, 10:42 PM
That's a hard one...on the "free stuff side of things" we have:


Anthem AVM-30 Preamp / Processor
Magnavox 9304-20 Amplifier
Pioneer CLD-59 Laserdisc Player
Parasound ZAmp 1.0
Springfield M1903 .30-06 rifle

On the "cost money but bitchin' find" side of things:


Fisher 800c ($125)
Pioneer Elite PRO-1130HD Plasma TV ($600)

Needless to say, it has been a pretty good year.

-D

tarior
12-31-2010, 12:07 AM
My Rotel CDP

Will that one play SACDs?

The best pickup of the year for me was my JBL L-300s. And just because I haven't used it in forever----:banana:

chicknman72
12-31-2010, 12:33 AM
I'd probably have to say the Sansui Eight Deluxe that came with a set of BIC Venturi Formula Fours all in original boxes, for free.

Blue Shadow
12-31-2010, 12:37 AM
Best for the year so far are a couple pair of speakers, DCM Time Windows and Magneplanar 2.5/R. Mention also goes to a Luxman R-1120 from an AKer that needs a bit of work but should be pretty nice and a couple MDX-D3 CD/MD machines.

chicks
12-31-2010, 12:42 AM
This JVC QL-A75 TT with Shure V15 Type III for next to nothing off CL.

http://chicksolutions.com/ak/jvc/QL-A75/100_3085.JPG

bluesky
12-31-2010, 02:50 AM
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b257/stoutblock/Nakamichisystem1cnet.jpg

After 30+ years, I finally came across all the components for a Nakamichi system one. I didn't steal them, but I wouldn't sell it for 2x what I paid for it...

Really Nice find!! :yes: :thmbsp:

Never even heard of Nakamichi system one. How much $? How's it sound???

Really Nice!! Looks awsome.

RDecartridge
12-31-2010, 03:50 AM
#1 lot:
McIntosh C28
McIntosh MC250
McIntosh MC225
Citation 12
SAE Mark Six tuner

#2 lot
Sunfire cinema grand
Sunfire architect's series II amps (3)

All but 2 need work. It will be worth it!

titanstats
12-31-2010, 03:54 AM
First year in many that I haven't added any equipment to the mix. Have been adding to the music collection an awful lot, though. :thmbsp:

No wait, I lie! A few modest audio-related things. Got a large power conditioner, and made my homebrew e-waste CD player, and also networked and upgraded the entertainment computer (can get my tunes and vids anywhere in my place now). Oh, and grabbed a Panasonic AG-1980 pro editing VCR and burned some old keepsake tapes onto my hard drive; I'd been meaning to do it for years now. Pulled that deck out of the recycle pile at work -- the thing is unbelievable. Yeah, I know, it's a VCR, but honest to god I've never seen one that works like this before; uses digital full field TBC -- stunning picture, for tape, and plays bunged up old tapes beautifully. :)

whoaru99
12-31-2010, 04:04 AM
Marantz AV7005. Bought new, 20% off MSRP, brought me up to the current "standards" for HT pre/pro having HDMI, Audyssey, decoding of newest formats, DPLIIz, etc.

Not a score or a steal, but a functionality update worth the price of admission, IMO.

Blast
12-31-2010, 11:26 AM
In your picture, that's maybe the most beautiful vintage I've ever seen. Is it like that in real life?

s.

Thank you. Yes, that photo is very indicative of how it looks.

... until I put colored LED's in it for Christmas... :D

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii110/blasttapes/20100815-5220HHScott333AIboughtdarkshotswithLEDsinthepanel3-1.jpg

Condorsat
12-31-2010, 11:59 AM
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ampzilla747
12-31-2010, 11:59 AM
Beautiful BMW!

dread31
12-31-2010, 12:13 PM
.............$100. Revox B795/Grado Z2+ and B&O with MMC20E.

Both worked at the time although the B&O is awaiting new belts.

The B&O also came with several very clean MFSL Original Masters.

Dave

WhiteSE
12-31-2010, 12:15 PM
I would have to say my Pioneer PL-1800. Oooo la la! :)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5163/5270079579_e52b69b28d_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10327252@N04/5270079579/)
PL-1800 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10327252@N04/5270079579/) by dennydog (http://www.flickr.com/people/10327252@N04/), on Flickr

Daaaamn, what a great looking TT!!

OldJBL
12-31-2010, 01:18 PM
Mine would be:

JBL L5s for $325
Onkyo DS777 A/V receiver (mint) for $60
Onkyo DS696 A/V receiver (mint) for $60

I have cut way back on looking for stuff. I have too much stuff I don't use already and adding more to it just seems senseless.

stoutblock
12-31-2010, 02:34 PM
Really Nice find!! :yes: :thmbsp:

Never even heard of Nakamichi system one. How much $? How's it sound???

Really Nice!! Looks awsome.

After of a complete recap (thanks Will!) of both the 620 amps and the 610 preamplifier, it sounds quite exceptional. I was a little surprised how clean the 610 performs considering the extensive circuit complications required as a control preamplifier. The 610 can mix 2 lines plus 3 mics. It also has 3 tape monitors, MM/MC phono, and test tone generator all built into a fairly small box. The 610 had 104 caps!

The 620 is clean and solid stereo amp with 100WPC. They both had problems with the soft starts being intermittent so I have them bypassed while being rebuilt.

I'm using two 620s to vertically bi-amp my speakers using the monitor line on the 610 to control the LF drivers. This allows me to have a separate volume control for both HF and LF. For some music I like adding a little more LF volume. This is pretty trick!

I also have a 600 II cassette player. It can't fit on the rack when using 2 amps unless you remove the 630 tuner. I also have one rare wood case they made to mount these components separately. I can use the case on the 600 and place it on top to have a total System One + stack.

As far as cost, well it was mostly about chasing down the separate components that kept me occupied so I don't remember what I paid for most of them. The rack is the hardest to find (although there is one on the bay right now!). You can expect to spend $800 to $1500 for a complete System One.

Realize this total rack was $4K back in 1977!

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b257/stoutblock/systemonewithdecknet-1.jpg

Styx_II
12-31-2010, 03:43 PM
This JVC QL-A75 TT with Shure V15 Type III for next to nothing off CL.

http://chicksolutions.com/ak/jvc/QL-A75/100_3085.JPG

Awesome looking TT.

87RangerXLT
12-31-2010, 03:49 PM
I have 3 things that I got this year that I really enjoy.

First, my new computer setup Including a Sherwood AD260B integrated Amp, Sherwood EQ460B Graphic Equalizer, and a Sherwood TD130B Am/Fm Tuner. because of this addition all of my setups are now powered by Sherwood. Oh yea cost Free! :banana:

http://i53.tinypic.com/ampeyp.jpg

http://i55.tinypic.com/123wcj5.jpg

Second, i have heard a lot of people dislike, and it is from the time when Pioneer was not so good at making Receivers my Pioneer VSX-5000, I really really like this Receiver. and it doesn't look half bad for a BPC.

http://i53.tinypic.com/2ir2adz.jpg

http://i55.tinypic.com/es18it.jpg

And lastly my Sennheiser HD 203s.

http://i54.tinypic.com/ezlddt.jpg

http://i51.tinypic.com/2hofnut.jpg

Styx_II
12-31-2010, 04:10 PM
My best pick of 2010....

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o73/BigT12045/P1100923.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o73/BigT12045/P1100903.jpg

thymanst
12-31-2010, 04:36 PM
picked up some MFA m75 mono tube amps - bought a Krell fpb200 amp that has an iron grip on my speakers - Klipsch Industrial LaScala super cheap that I'm running off a T-amp

the_nines
12-31-2010, 04:50 PM
Here's mine, Scott 222C:

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n201/evanged/IMG_3283.jpg

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n201/evanged/IMG_3262.jpg

It followed me home yesterday.

JesusChrysler
12-31-2010, 05:36 PM
Klipsch Chorus II's for a hunnert bucks. Another Thorens TD-160 to replace my smashed up one. Hauled some firewood for that one.

:)


Matt

cwall99
12-31-2010, 05:40 PM
I picked up my Earthquake SuperNova V-15 at AudioAdvisor's first-ever warehouse sale. It was an evaluation model they were given so I'm sure it got some listening, but the thing lists for $2600. I picked it up for $150.

It goes deep, moves a ton of air, and took a long time to get dialed in, but now, man, does it give the low end some bounce and life - without overpowering the rest of the system. All the way down to 16 Hz.

JarredCrowe
12-31-2010, 06:13 PM
Technically I got everything this year but nothing really as good as others.
Best vintage: A pioneer sx-650 and an akai gx-630d-ss. They both work but are in hideous shape. Saw a cherry sx-727 the other day but it literaly wasn't in the cards. I was short by a lot so I went next door and tried my luck , and lost. It wasn't ment to be.

My faves: A magnavox cdb-560 and a clean yamaha kx-1200 that needs a belt.
Heres to better luck next year.

ericjustin
12-31-2010, 06:16 PM
My best scroe took place late in the year.
Dual CS 5000 Turntable
Honorable mention Pioneer RT 909

derekva
12-31-2010, 06:51 PM
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l204/rob9167/BMW2.jpg
Rob

Is that a 318iS?

-D

Mortsnets
12-31-2010, 07:34 PM
JM Reynaud Twin Signature speakers
Musical Paradise MP-301 tube integrated amp
Music Hall MMF-7 turntable
TCC TC-760LC phono preamp
NuForce Icon Mobile usb powered headphone amp/dac

Tarl Of Gor
12-31-2010, 07:49 PM
My best was the JBL 4430's I just picked up. Best speakers I've ever heard.

Second best was probably the Pioneer SX-1980, RT-909, CT-F1250, SG-9800, SR-303, & HPM-100's while I was still in Denver. Also included was 450 records which included an original first pressing of Johnny Griffin's The Congregation on Blue Note Records and an original first pressing of Miles Davis's Kind Of Blue Columbia 6-eye.

Then a mint Pioneer PL-61 ($35), mint Thorens TD-160 w/Thorens Cue-Up ($35) and an Empire 488/498 ($85).

Pretty good year!

orionkc
12-31-2010, 08:16 PM
Mint Frazier Manhattans circa 1959 :banana:
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee307/orionkc/Frazier%20Manhattan/123_2344.jpg

jhoyt
12-31-2010, 08:36 PM
Best of all this year was my Sansui set: BA/CA-2000, for what I paid to purchase and restore them, somewhere around $400. Not a steal, but an incredible value for the wonderful sound they produce. And the restoration itself is so rewarding, the first time you hear them spring to life!

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/elderfelder/AK/Sansui_Barzilay_2.jpg

Honorable Mention: (1) Hitachi SR-504 motl receiver, $5. Simple as it comes, not much power, but very sweet sounding. It could be a game-changer for me, in terms of what gear I actively scout. (2) Magnavox CDB-614, $15. This is what audio "karma" is all about for me: finding superb value in unexpected places. And this cd player is at the very top of my list in the "unexpected value" category.

fiddlefye
12-31-2010, 09:02 PM
:yikes: W o w! Nice.



:rolleyes: Sometimes you've got to take one for the (financial) team :music:



That's where I'm at, as well. I only picked up 5 small things, the best (and largest) of which was the H.H. Scott 333:

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii110/blasttapes/P6135336.jpg

I'm 55. The 333 is, by far, the best AM radio I've ever owned.
FM is great, too... as was expected...
But, AM was SURPRISING good!

My 333B is the favourite of all of my tuners. Having the excellent AM is a nice bonus.

FloridaSam
12-31-2010, 09:10 PM
2010 was a huge year for pickups.

But, the one piece that has brought me the most joy this year has to be the Dual 1019 for $12.00 from Goodwill. Sounds exceptional through a Marantz 2220b (also picked up this year) and Snell e.5MKii speakers (also picked up from Salvation Army this year).

http://oi52.tinypic.com/bv89j.jpg

melofelo
12-31-2010, 09:16 PM
i didn't do too badly in 2010 even with a very humble budget..
a bit of patience can work wonders..:yes:
happy 2011 fellow audio addicts! :thmbsp:

p.s.. the scott tuner above so owns me..simply beautiful!

jdurbin1
12-31-2010, 10:03 PM
So many solid pickups it's hard to pick one... but the free Dragon I ended up with after buying a complete system locally definitely qualifies, as does the Denon DP-62L that came with it. I'm hoping to get the Denon set up for use finally this weekend, after a friend bought my Sony PS-X6 last week as a gift for his one audio-enlightened daughter, which opened up a slot for the Denon.

A pair each of ADS L1230's and L1290/2's came home in 2010, one local pickup and the other scored through a lightning-fast drive over to Phoenix and back. I couldn't be happier with these speakers, after having largely used JBL speakers in my big system for the past few years.

Although I am not 100% sure yet I will keep it long-term, I'm pretty chuffed with a TPR-3080A receiver that arrived recently, despite the cost, after spending years looking for one.

Also pretty happy with a Beocenter 9000 purchase. Needs a bit of TLC but what a splendid and unique piece of audio gear. I will have a hard time deciding what to do with it after it's finished.

There was a nice inexpensive addition to my non-Tandberg vintage system in the form of a mint-in-box Sony ES CD player, courtesy of Sir.Byrd.

My repair bench benefited from the strategic addition of several pieces, including a Fluke RF generator acquired for < $100, pair of low-distortion MPX generators acquired from Asia through a work connection, a HP distortion analyzer, an auto-ranging Hitachi analog scope to compliment my digitizing scope, and a few other useful pieces. The one I probably get the most use out of and constant pleasure from is the MetCal MX-500P soldering system - thanks to Tinman for the tip on that wonderful piece of equipment. It's the equivalent of the Stradivarius violin, makes even a gifted amateur tech like me capable of great things on occasion.

There were too many great Tandberg equipment scores to single out one in particular, but it was a good year for buying and a better one for selling. 3000-series components were more available than any year I can remember, often at prices way below their true value, and restored pieces regained a lot of their original value.

All in all, 2010 wasn't the best year for a lot of things but I have zero complaints about the vintage audio hobby side.

John

rjag46
12-31-2010, 10:14 PM
Got to be the Teac cass. deck #A-800 works great!!!! and only twenty!:banana:

avionic
12-31-2010, 10:19 PM
:scratch2: Lets see..There was that blonde waitress..:D..
Probably have to be my Cambridge Audio 640C Azur. V2. and a Yamaha C-2a and a Yamaha PF-800 wlth a Denon DL-160..

srinath
12-31-2010, 11:04 PM
Well I started this year, in fact I had never seen a silver amp till superbowl in feb 2010.
Now my house is cluttered with 60's and 70's fi.
The peaks have to be the 3 ESS 1B's for next to nothing, the fisher 500C for magnavox (2 way 12 woofer and 4X10 horn) speakers, the rt707 I bought for next to nothing and sold for 250, and the hordes of silver amps the highlight being the sx950 for about 40-50 ... paid 90 for the above mentioned magnavox speakers the sx950 and a realistic TT that was in perfect shape ... all 3 were in fact. I also bought a crown xls 402, a carver ct 26 preamp, and a 901 bose with EQ + rca CD player and Fisher cassette player for 100 and sold the 901's for 220 in 3 days, and have the rest to make noise, 1000 records or so, several TT's all nearly free, several more ... a realistic sta 2080 which was my first vintage score, and @ 20 bucks it was a steal. Endless list, some of which I never even have plugged in after getting it home. Advent reverb amp, pioneer reverb amp, a acoustic research TSW 910 - yea the 5 ft 4 inch 130 lb 6-7 driver 5 way behemoth ... that one free, needing all sorts of work ... yea when I get to it ...
My scores came in summer mainly, now my standards are so high and my target price so low, I never find nothing.
Cool.
Srinath.

budgetaudio6
12-31-2010, 11:25 PM
I think my best pick up of 2010 would be my tannoy mallorcans with 12 inch Gold monitors with the rubber surrounds.

Next up but not quite the same league would be the dynaco A 25s.

Third up woud beeither the Optimus 9s or the Koss CM 1020s.

Most expensive of the lot would be the tannoys at 50. The others were about half that. Each pair .

Blu Falcon
12-31-2010, 11:33 PM
Your best pickup in 2010?

tascam 302
http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/8977/tascam302.jpg

chip18sw
01-01-2011, 12:37 AM
Sansui 7070 got it on the Bay for 61.00 got to me in one piece, suppose to be working but I will detox it before plugging in.
Sansui SF1 speakers, my first pair of Japanese speakers, picked them up for 34 bucks at a thrift store and I luv them!
Technics St8080 tuner clean and works,19.95 and last but not least a clean pair of Mach One's 4029a for 30.00 bucks, love those also.

NOHDjunkie
01-01-2011, 03:34 AM
This year was a light year... only upgrades, no buying for the sake of buying. No lateral moves.

$20 Boston A150's in oak prompted me to donate my A100's to a deserving coworker.

Other notables were a nice recapped Marantz 1060 and an Adcom 535 bought here on BT.

xwarp
01-01-2011, 03:39 AM
this ain't much, but 8 bucks for 6 sets of mdr-v600's.

jt45
01-01-2011, 04:05 AM
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_r8CY-XHkltQ/TJM1Pe5-bwI/AAAAAAAAAS8/jEYwBIlMefE/s576/IMG_0160.JPG

Picked up for free ! Actually everything in my top signature link was free. 2010 was a good year:D

DENNYDOG
01-01-2011, 04:15 AM
Pioneer RT-2022 correct? Very nice!

Chris Brown
01-01-2011, 04:32 AM
My Yamaha P2201 was my best find of 2010 for sure. Very similar to my M-2 and I can give each pair of speakers their own amp now.

http://gotnorice.no-ip.org/2amps.jpg

http://gotnorice.no-ip.org/p2201nude.jpg

tmccullough
01-01-2011, 08:43 AM
My entire set up would possibly be my best scores for the 2010. I consider these all upgrades over what I had started 2010 with.

JBL L20t3s - $8 at GW, then $50 to replace a tweeter I broke; replaced some Advent Graduates

Pioneer SX-1080 - $225 (also included a set of HPM-100 speakers) from a seller on a-gon; replaced a Sansui 4000

Technics SL-1100A - $188 from a shop/seller locally; replaced a Dual 1226

Aside from these, my other score might be some Pioneer CS-88s for $10. Just need to find a grill for one, and they'll be whole. The pots need to be cleaned, but other than that, I find they sound, and look, quite nice. I might even be able to put them somewhere in the house!

I bought a lot of crap, too, because I got caught up in things. Half-working receivers mostly. One of these days I'll get them fixed and hopefully my outlook on them will have changed. It is, after all, a new year!

JonL
01-01-2011, 05:11 PM
At first I didn't think I picked up very much at all in 2010, especially in comparison to 2009 when it seemed I couldn't walk out of the house without tripping over some incredible score on nice gear. Upon further reflection I realized 2010 was a pretty good year after all:

Audible Illusions Modulus 2D - by far the best addition of the year for the beautiful clarity it has brought to my rig. I'd rather not disclose what I paid, but it was an exceptional value.
Scott 350 tuner - traded for a 9V battery and the "labor" to install it in my friend's guitar tuner. (A very dear and close old friend, the tuner was in his father's estate and had been in disuse for many years.)
Velodyne F-1200 subwoofer - $75. Cosmetically 7/10, needed it's pots cleaned, now it's fine.
Teac A3300S - $100. Seemed really clean and minty, but it had a horrendous and pervasive cigarette odor that took forever to clean out. I also recapped it and in the process found the bias circuit trimmer capacitors to all be damaged. I have the parts now but haven't replaced them and adjusted the bias circuit yet.
Dual 1019 TT - Rummage sale purchase, nice plinth that needs some attention. No cartridge, no dustcover.
Guild D-25 acoustic guitar, c. 1978 - $75 with hard shell case.
Fender American Standard Stratocaster, 1996. Market price.
I also significantly increased my stores of RCA 6L6GC tubes for my guitar amps. I think I now have my lifetime supply secured, but I probably wouldn't mind adding still a few more, JIC.
Too many records.

Blu Falcon
01-02-2011, 11:06 AM
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_r8CY-XHkltQ/TJM1Pe5-bwI/AAAAAAAAAS8/jEYwBIlMefE/s576/IMG_0160.JPG

Picked up for free ! Actually everything in my top signature link was free. 2010 was a good year:D

Man, you're very lucky. That's a lot of beautiful vintage silver audio right there.

guscjr
01-02-2011, 11:23 AM
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_r8CY-XHkltQ/TJM1Pe5-bwI/AAAAAAAAAS8/jEYwBIlMefE/s576/IMG_0160.JPG

Picked up for free ! Actually everything in my top signature link was free. 2010 was a good year:D

Really free or were more than a few swigs of that old Tennessee moonshine at work....????:D

guscjr
01-02-2011, 11:39 AM
Some AKer's know that my youngest sister suffers from lupus and hasn't worked in some 4 years now. So I function as her 'warehouse guy' with a lot of my findings ending up going to her ebay site. That being said a lot of what would probably be keeper items are unfortunately sold. Top 3 findings that were flipped:
Martin Logan Sequels $300 - flipped $700
JBL L65 Jubal $50 - flipped $650
Rectilinear Classic IIIa $44 - sold to AKer for $70

Keeper items:
Boston Acoustics A200 newly refoamed, mint w/boxes $75 courtesy AKer evjic(?)
Onkyo A-SV810PRO mint w/remote $60 courtesty AKer evjic(?)
Technics SL-1350 direct drive changer/AT1300E free

Dr. Music
01-02-2011, 12:20 PM
My best pickup has definitely been the speakers I will likely be using for quite some time to come, a wonderful set of Klipsch KG 5.2s.....purchased for $100 from a local pawn shop last Summer. Easily the best speakers I've ever owned :) While I'm always on the lookout for stuff, I'm very happy with the Technics SU-V7 amp I've been using for the last year and a half paired with the Klipsch speakers and my computer as my main music source.

Other than that my 2010 purchases in the audio equipment area have been of the newer nature - a 160 GB iPod Classic for use at the gym and for work and a second pair of Sennheiser PX100's for the same reason. After two years of college I went back to work in a maintenance position in the Summer, and I work a lot of hours each week - so portable music and lots of storage was something I needed in order to stay close to my music!

Axcel
01-02-2011, 08:09 PM
:DMan, you're very lucky. That's a lot of beautiful vintage silver audio right there.

all thats pictured free? don't mind if I ask how does one aquire all that in a year for free left to you in a will? found by the side of the road. Just curious:scratch2:

Tarl Of Gor
01-02-2011, 08:19 PM
Some AKer's know that my youngest sister suffers from lupus and hasn't worked in some 4 years now. So I function as her 'warehouse guy' with a lot of my findings ending up going to her ebay site. That being said a lot of what would probably be keeper items are unfortunately sold. Top 3 findings that were flipped:
Martin Logan Sequels $300 - flipped $700
JBL L65 Jubal $50 - flipped $650
Rectilinear Classic IIIa $44 - sold to AKer for $70

Keeper items:
Boston Acoustics A200 newly refoamed, mint w/boxes $75 courtesy AKer evjic(?)
Onkyo A-SV810PRO mint w/remote $60 courtesty AKer evjic(?)
Technics SL-1350 direct drive changer/AT1300E free

She's lucky to have you for an older brother. :thmbsp:

hogdaddy
01-02-2011, 08:30 PM
Lets see :scratch2:, is it the Marantz 1530 receiver I got for $10 at GW?

Maybe the Pionneer SA-9800 in excellent condition from CL for $100?

Or the Klipsch Forte I I got for $60,

or the JBL L100T that needs tweeters I got at Thift for $99 (the new tweeters are enroute so unsure here)? :scratch2:

bentpencil
01-02-2011, 08:37 PM
My Klipschorns that I have wanted since 1979, bought for $1000 in March, were probably my favorite. But the armoire that now houses my Sansui system and a righteous selection of booze, for $500, is a close second.:thmbsp:

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii48/itlldue/CLOSED.jpg

wilberforce
01-02-2011, 09:22 PM
http://i951.photobucket.com/albums/ad353/billwolfer/finishedmonolithLarge.jpg

The FrankenZilch Monolith™.

1952 designed Jensen Back-loading horn cabinet: $50
JBL 2220A Woofer: $55
Selenium 220i: donated
XO: $60
Zilch's help: Priceless! :yes:

opossumcrush
01-02-2011, 09:25 PM
I've managed to aquire quite a few good deals in 2010. But I think my best are these B&W DM7s. I traded a couple of my thrift store finds for them. A couple of small Adcom amps, and a lower Yamaha pre. http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll170/opossumcrusher/DSCN1758.jpg http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll170/opossumcrusher/DSCN1757.jpg

loudenuff?
01-02-2011, 11:08 PM
Hmm... Had to be the Concept ELC II cassette deck i got for free.

uxwbill
01-03-2011, 12:11 PM
A Technics SA-929 receiver in great working condition...easily the best find of the year.

jt45
01-03-2011, 12:23 PM
Really free or were more than a few swigs of that old Tennessee moonshine at work....????:D

Ha Ha ! I thought the original owner might have had a little of that but he said he just wanted someone to have it that would appreciate it, It came with the speakers and 2 nice TTs also. The cabinets were custom built due to it being so topheavy.

myu701
01-05-2011, 03:09 AM
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc103/elderfelder/AK/Sansui_Barzilay_2.jpg

Hey, is that an ADC CDP in your system? Looks amazingly like the one I have, circa 1987. I felt it was a bit behind the times technology wise, so it's in the "to sell" stack. Given what else you're running, I'm curious as to what it is about the ADC that appeals to you.

seek/destroy
01-05-2011, 04:32 AM
I've had a small collection of finds this past year, most are in my system right now.

Electro Voice Interface D - $40
Kenwood KT-8300 - $60
Thorens TD 124 - $12.80 (still in need of some work)
and maybe my favorite pickup, the Magnepan Tympani Repair Kit : )

I hope everyone finds great things this year.

austi15
01-05-2011, 10:09 AM
Audio?
JBL L7s (traded)!

Cameras?
lens:
Pentax Super-Takumar 50mm f1.4 ($20)
Pentax Takumar SMC 50mm f1.4 ($20)
Pentax Takumar SMC 135mm f2.5 ($20)

bodies:
Pentax K-x DSLR ($500)

Great for taking pictures of audio gear! :D

N1ckR
01-05-2011, 05:50 PM
My Panasonic XR25 for £20 courtesy of ebay.
For those that don't know its stuffed full of 6 channels of t-amp niceness.

MWalt
01-05-2011, 08:28 PM
My best pickup of 2010...Blonde, slim, 34EEE, and as uninhibited as I've ever met.

Oh wait, that was just a dream:D