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First post, thought I'd share my system

Discussion in 'Members' Systems' started by Mike Kesow, Dec 18, 2017.

  1. Mike Kesow

    Mike Kesow New Member

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    Been lurking around for about a month so I decided to make an account and upload some pictures of my system. All of these pieces were either given to me or I inherited them.

    Kenwood VR-7200 Receiver
    This one belonged to my uncle who bought it new in the 70's. He used it up until a few years ago when he told me it didn't work anymore. About 2 years ago he passed away, and this stayed in my grandmothers house until I saw it there about a month ago. Asked her if she was saving it for anyone and she said it was mine if I wanted it.

    Took it home and disassembled it for cleaning. My uncle was a chain smoker so it required a lot of scrubbing to get it clean. I vacuumed out all the dust and debris and used some contact cleaner on all of the controls and switches. Plugged it in, it fired right up and plays beautifully, everything seems to work properly. Only issue is sometimes when it first starts up the left channel is a bit staticy but that goes away after a minute.

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    Dawn dish soap did most of the cleaning along with some barkeepers friend soft scrub. I used Howard's Restore-a-Finish on the cabinet and I couldn't be happier with how it came out for such an easy to use product.

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    Pioneer HPM-100 Speakers
    These belonged to my dad. Not sure when he acquired them but I got them after he passed away. Used the Howard's on them as well. Still deciding if I want to try to clean the grill cloth somehow or try to replace it.

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    Pioneer SG-9500 Equalizer
    My cousin gave me the equalizer when he was consolidating some of his audio equipment. Didn't do anything to it, it works great. Still playing with it trying to understand how to tune it.

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    Audiotek BL-1200 Turntable
    This thing is kind of a mystery. Given to me by a friend's uncle. I've done some google searching but can't seem to find anything about it. Anyone know the deal with this thing? It works well, but I'd like to replace the stylus since I don't know how old it is or how much usage it received.

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    Pioneer CS-99A Speakers
    These also belonged to my uncle. I took them shortly after he passed away. Haven't done anything to them but I plan on using the Howard's on them as well.

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  2. redrooster

    redrooster who was that masked man?

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    Wow! Thats some cool gear youve got there. Your uncle sure loved his music, that gear wouldve been among his most treasured possessions and Im sure he wouldve been happy to know it went to you. I would give the volume knob a workout of about 20 turns (or more) each way and see if the crackling in the left channel disappears? If not it could be a failing transistor in the driver circuit? It could be a failing electrolytic capacitor too? The recievers audio performance would improve lots with a re-cap, seeing as they are so old. Same goes for the cross-overs in the speakers, if they have electrolytic capacitors in them? Welcome to AudioKarma mate, there are some really nice and helpful people here, youve found the right place to get your gear working great again.
     
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  3. Johnny_Law

    Johnny_Law AK Member Subscriber

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    Very nice gear and thanks for sharing! Those dirty speaker grilles - this might work, I've managed to clean really dirty grilles by using Simple Green and water, and some elbow grease scrubbing gently. Might work!
     
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  4. dontmindme

    dontmindme Creature

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    It all looks well cared for, that tells you how much they loved their gear. Looks like you’ve done the same, hats off to you! Bet it sounds great.
     
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  5. Mike Kesow

    Mike Kesow New Member

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    Thanks guys! It was all well cared for. I'll try giving the knobs another workout. I'm interested in the re-cap but I don't know how to do it myself, would have to find someone trustworthy locally.
     
  6. TEA FOR ONE

    TEA FOR ONE AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Nice gear!
     

     

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  7. Rome

    Rome Holsum Honey Buns Subscriber

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    Enjoy those pieces!

    Rome
     
  8. MCM_Fan

    MCM_Fan AK Subscriber

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    Where is locally? If you post your location, a nearby fellow AK member may step up and walk you through the process. Recapping most crossovers is pretty easy, but it helps to have someone experienced show you how it's done the first time.
     
  9. 8xlaxx

    8xlaxx Where the hell’s the records room? Subscriber

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    Nice job getting all of that nicotine off. Night and day difference for sure.
    Amazing how that stuff just sticks to everything!
     
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  10. redrooster

    redrooster who was that masked man?

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    If the grill cloth doesnt clean up very well and the HPM-100 grill frames are wood, I would just staple on some new grill cloth and peel off the emblems from the old grill cloth, then reglue them onto the ""new"" grills. Ive done a few speakers like this and theyve all turned out great.
    Ask for advice on the re-cap in the Kenwood section, its easy enough to do with help from people who have already done it, plus youll get to know the amplifier and appreciate it even more that way.
     
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  11. Mike Kesow

    Mike Kesow New Member

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    That would be great, I'm in Beaver County, PA.
     

     

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  12. Mike Kesow

    Mike Kesow New Member

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    I may just get some grill cloth online and go that route.
     
  13. guitarlvr

    guitarlvr Super Member

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    Cool stuff daddy-0. ENJOY!!!!
     
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  14. xrayspex78

    xrayspex78 Footprints in the sounds of time Subscriber

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    Welcome to AK Mike. Very nice gear you have and your turntable is way cool. Glad to see more Western PA folks show up on AK.
     
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  15. gdmoore28

    gdmoore28 Super Member

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    Welcome onboard the AK train, Mike. You've been very fortunate to come across your gear with close family connections. Those connections make them seem very special, and quite worthy of passing on to your children.

    All the gear looks great, too. You did a wonderful job in cleaning everything up. I wholeheartedly agree with RedRooster as concerns the Pioneer grill cloth - replace it. And don't automatically think of black as your only choice in color. Some of the guys here have taken extra steps in restoring grills that really make them "pop" visually.

    The only other suggestion I would have regards the turntable. It was obviously made by one of the better suppliers and sold under a corporate name. Considering that it is of good quality, if the table was mine, I would refinish the plinth in real wood veneer followed by a deep glossy or semi-glossy clear coat. It would look like something very special.

    GeeDeeEmm
     
  16. Mike Kesow

    Mike Kesow New Member

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    Oh yeah, definitely great connections. Thanks, it was a lot of work getting it cleaned up but well worth it. I'm glad to hear that turntable looks to be quality. Wow, that's an awesome idea to refinish the base with veneer, it would look quite good. I think I'm going to seriously consider that!
     

     

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  17. Mike Kesow

    Mike Kesow New Member

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    BTW, thanks for the welcome everyone! I'm off this week, so I may just drive into Pittsburgh tomorrow and check out a record store, never been to one.
     
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  18. tcdriver

    tcdriver AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Welcome to AudioKarma. You have some cool gear. Enjoy the music. :music:
     
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  19. Bob

    Bob AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    congrats, you not only saved the gear from the afterlife (county dump), you now
    have a living memorial to your dad.

    enjoy the music.
     
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  20. Mike Kesow

    Mike Kesow New Member

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    Went out today and picked up a few used records and a new cartridge for the turntable (and successfully installed it).

    Boston - Don't Look Back
    The Fabulous Thunderbirds - Tuff Enuff
    FM - Indiscreet
    Y&T - In Rock We Trust

    Gonna look into what capacitors are needed for the HPM-100 crossovers next. I may watch some videos and attempt it myself, or I may seek out help from some instrument techs at work, we'll see.
     

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