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Old 10-10-2011, 04:31 PM
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Arrow Show us your cosmetic mods/upgrades to your vintage audio gear

Sometimes a piece of audio gear is lacking in some aesthetic way for your personal tastes. Maybe it's a model that had optional wooden sides and yours didn't come with any, and so you decided to fashion or procure your own custom version. Whatever it is, if you've made some cosmetic improvements to your vintage audio gear, please post pics!

Alas, I've not done any yet myself, so I can't contribute. Please forgive me.
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Old 10-10-2011, 05:33 PM
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This is timely and a great thread subject

I wasn't going to post this until I finished these this week but I'm about done with my DLK 2 restore. The black foam grills were starting to deteriorate and the Masonite backing was warped. I don't care for foam anyway so I ordered a half yard of burgundy cloth from Speakerworks. This cloth is more open and nicer than anything our JoAnn's had. Speakerworks did me right too. It was 22" wide instead of the 18" I paid for which made it easier to work with on the 14" wide frames. It was my first time making grills and given that, they turned out great I think. The color goes great with my woodwork and sage green walls. I moved the badge to the center too. I'll post a bit more in my restore thread but I had to post this here because at first I was wondering how "original" I should keep things but I'm very pleased with the change now.

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Old 10-10-2011, 05:38 PM
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Here's a little Kenwood KA-3500 that had some surface rust on the case and got a little damage in shipping from a careless seller. I had the case powder coated Persimmon Orange. It matches the wall at my shop.


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Old 10-10-2011, 05:47 PM
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Wow, that orange looks pretty cool. Nice job.

Really nice job on the speakers Mark!
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Most folks are probably tired of seeing this pic, but I dressed up my 1210 TT with a walnut base from KAB. Transformed it from "meh" to "hey!" imo.
Paul (Thedelihaus) made the Technics logo for me.

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Really nice job on the speakers Mark!
Thanks! I was a bit nervous about the task at first but a little research in the archives built my confidence up and I enjoyed making them.

Wow that amp looks like in belongs in a garage with a 1970 Hemi Barracuda or something. That looks great!

That's a classy looking turntable, Celt. It's amazing how much little details like making a logo badge (or moving one in my case) add to the project.

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The burgundy on those grills look nice.

And that orange on that Kenwood is just CANDY.
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Most folks are probably tired of seeing this pic, but I dressed up my 1210 TT with a walnut base from KAB. Transformed it from "meh" to "hey!" imo.
Paul (Thedelihaus) made the Technics logo for me.

Maybe this is what I need for my 1100?! Make a nice, deep plinth, with a couple inches of sand in it.... Hrm....
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Nice grill work there, Mark. And wow, super transformation of your turntable, Celt.

I've seen a few receivers and amps with "wooden" sides, but usually with a vinyl imitation of wood veneer. Eventually I'd like to make a few, one set of an Onkyo Receiver, and one for a Sansui AU-719 to make it look a little more like an AU-D907.
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that orange looks waay cool next to the silver
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That looks sweet!!! What are your speakers? Kits? Homebuilt?

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I love that orange!

Some great looking stuff here guys.

I had an idea of removing the uneven backlighting on some of this older stuff and replacing it with an LED strip that would provide a nice even glow to the tuner.

I also thought it would be nice to replace the older terminals with newer stuff along with adding some additional cooling in the form of additional heatsinks/low noise fans.

I come from a computer building, modifying and overclocking background so there are lots of ideas I have that could be applied to this type of stuff.

For example I've always wanted to build a nice wooden case for my home theatre PC, and now that I've been seeing all these beautiful old receivers and amps lately I think a wooden sided case with a nice silver front would be pretty cool!
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Most folks are probably tired of seeing this pic, but I dressed up my 1210 TT with a walnut base from KAB. Transformed it from "meh" to "hey!" imo.
Paul (Thedelihaus) made the Technics logo for me.

Dan, that base looks great. I'm working on building something similar out of cherry for my Gemini PT-2000 (SL1200 mk2 copy).


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Great looking Overnight Sensations!

A KA-5700 was my first amp. I'll have to show this to the friend I gave it to and see if I can inspire him into doing some DIY

My DIY to date:





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Great looking Overnight Sensations!
^^ He's right. These are Overnight Sensations. Designer's page - few more pics of mine.
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