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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Elemental, Dec 25, 2017.

  1. Elemental

    Elemental New Member

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    By way of introduction, I'm a semi-retired physicist with a long term interest in vintage electronics, especially high-end audio equipment. My introduction to this field was from my father who was a pipe organ builder and hi-fi enthusiast.

    During the 1950s, when I was growing up, my father had put together his own system, most of which I still have (all tube/mono, of course): Williamson amplifier from Standard Transformer Corp. (kit, modified with an Acrosound output transformer); University 15 inch woofer, midrange, tweeter, & crossover system housed in self-built folded-horn speaker cabinet; Pilot Radio AF-723 AM/FM tuner-preamp; Rek-O-Kut Rondine L-34 turntable; Weathers W-16 tone-arm with FM-condensor pickup; phono equalizer (I think he built from a magazine article) to adjust between different equalizations (AES, RIAA, etc.); Berlant Concertone 20/20 tape recorder; and a Tru Sonic FM-condensor microphone used for recording organ recitals. He also had an impressive collection of classical music LPs.

    I'll never know how he afforded all this, but as I got (much) older I gradually realized this was top-notch equipment. I also realized that my father had an outstanding ear; especially apparent when he tried to teach me to tune pipe organs. He frequently complained that stereo plus solid state spelled the end of hi-fi. In my teenage years I rebelled and built up my own solid state stereo system, but later on came to the opinion that the old tube sets actually sound better.

    Based on that I've refurbished much of his system and enjoy it now. This involved some interesting compromises which I'll post separately if sufficient interest. Hope everyone enjoys their Christmas holidays!
     
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  2. HarmanKardon

    HarmanKardon Tubes still smell funny Subscriber

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    Thank you for your intro and Welcome here! :)
     
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    Welcome neighbor. From Shawnee Ks. Eric
     
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    Welcome from Texas
     
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    Welcome to the forum from Virginia....show pics of your gear!;)
     

     

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    Welcome to AK. Love to see a pic of that amp if you're so inclined!
     
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    Marine0811 I love it loud! Subscriber

    Welcome to AK!
     
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    Greetings to ya!

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  14. gguillot

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    Welcome to AK! Would love to learn more about your system. Post some pics and tell us how you restored it.
     
  15. Elemental

    Elemental New Member

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    Thanks all for your replies - more interest than I anticipated!

    I'm working on the pictures and will post them soon. I'll have to give credit to this forum, and a few others like it for making it possible to resurrect these old systems good as new. Locating the right parts, schematics, and experts for decades-old gear would otherwise be practically impossible. Keep it up!

    Elemental
     
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  16. Bucky Badger

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  17. rollcentre

    rollcentre Boom-tizzz

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    Welcome to AK, I'm right down the road over in Dallas. I too would love too see some of that stuff. Nothing beats a classic mono tube system!
     
  18. cnyel1967

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    Welcome to AK...I'm in Ft. Worth right now on a business trip....great town!
     
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    Welcome!
     
  20. LFazio51

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    Welcome aboard my fine fellow Texan! Really great intro and thanks so much for sharing. Enjoy!
     

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