Pilot Stereo Consoles

Discussion in 'Tube Audio' started by Ray Riska, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Ray Riska

    Ray Riska Speaker Magnate

    One of the best memories I have of my great uncle was his love for good music and audio equipment - a love that has been instilled in me from my childhood. He had a Pilot stereo console w/SA232 amp, SP210 preamp, exactly like the one in these pictures (he later took out the Garrard changer and retrofitted with a Dual 1015). I have been hoping that I might have the good fortune of finding one of these beauties dating back to around 1958-59. Fat Chance, huh?

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  2. Redboy

    Redboy a few good watts Subscriber

    They're out there, and if you search for a while you'll probably land one. Be prepared to pay top dollar for it when you find it, though - that's a coveted vintage amp and pre, for good reason.
  3. specialidiot

    specialidiot Break Glass, Smoke Lucky Subscriber

    You should be able to find the amp and preamp as separates, I know they are out there. A fully complete console is going to be a taller order, especially if you need it local.
  4. Saint Johnny

    Saint Johnny Bon Ton Roule Subscriber

    I was this close to a Pilot console similar to that. But the seller had second thoughts and decided to keep it at the last minute, for sentimental, or so she said, reasons.

    I never did find out what exactly was inside. But from her description, it could very well have had a 232/210 inside.

    I found in this hobby the biggest virtue is patience. Great gear is still out ther if you keep your eyes and ears open.
  5. sheltie dave

    sheltie dave Addicted Member

    Be patient, squirrel away your money, and do the required reading and research so you know value, and can recognize a potential find when you walk in a room.

    Since your dad had one, it would be well worth paying funny money to obtain a working unit. I once was standing at an estate sale property at 3 am in the morning in order to buy a Marantz receiver identical to the one my dad had when I was growing up. Four years later, I still smile when I see it.

    Being able to relive memories is priceless. :yes:
  6. Sam Cogley

    Sam Cogley Last of the Time Lords Subscriber

    Especially when they sound as good as a high-quality Marantz or Pilot. :D Believe me, I wouldn't want to relieve the memories of the stuff my parents had when I was growing up. In fact, I've been helping them replace all of it with much better gear.

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