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What was your first stereo?
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Post 31 made on Thursday April 24, 2014 at 09:16
bluesmaker
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On April 22, 2014 at 23:34, Fins said...
if i first mention i wasnt born until 1975, will it make some of you old farts angry?

i would have to say my first real stereo was a car head unit. i just go my license and the pleasure to work for the summer in my step-dad's cabinet shop.

I guess it depends on your definition of Old Fart. I'm 61 and I run 2 miles every morning. Play tennis and golf, waterskiing in good weather, and shoot hoops with my 30 year old son. I do all the yard work and maintenance on my main home and lake property. Being old is better than the alternative,..... being dead! On car audio...I do remember my Dad bringing home the first eight track I'd ever seen. It was a silver box that the eight track tape sat on top of in small brackets and it had dual levers you had to slide back and forth to change tracks. It was made by Lear corporation and was initially designed to be the first flight recorder for aircraft. By the way, In my mind I still feel like I'm 18, but my body sometimes reminds me that I'm not.
Post 32 made on Friday April 25, 2014 at 04:14
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By the time I was 12, I had mastered the art of mowing yards in an efficient manner and covered the entire neighborhood(22 yards at $5 each)weekly all summer and made some "big bucks"!

The local stereo store had a sale so I rode my bike down there and bought a couple things.

Pioneer SX-737 receiver,Pioneer turntable....I think it was a PL-115d?.
Then I ordered some drivers from Speakerlab,built the cabinets out of plywood to spec,and the game was on!!

A pioneer CTF-850 cassette came a couple years later so I could record my albums and play them in my new found love......MY TRUCK!!( I had a "farm permit" and could legally drive at 14!)

That's when things got interesting. It was 1976 and I wanted the same imaging and sound in my "72 Chevy pickup" that I had at home!

By '77 I had pulled it off with a combination of car audio speakers,proper placement of the drivers through experimentation/fabrication,a couple tweeters and woofers from Speakerlab,a boatload of caps,coils,and plywood to experiment and make everything sound right,and a ton of driveway time!

I also moved the gas tank from the cab to under the bed to make room for the woofers behind the seat.

Looking back,it's easy for me to see why I'm where I am now......I wish i had been interested in finance,imports,or something that made a ton of money ;-)
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Post 33 made on Friday April 25, 2014 at 20:16
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On April 24, 2014 at 09:16, bluesmaker said...

By the way, In my mind I still feel like I'm 18, but my body sometimes reminds me that I'm not.

What he said.
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Die somewhere north of 80, sometime south of 18.
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Post 34 made on Friday April 25, 2014 at 23:31
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My first stereo was my favorite. I read Stereo Review and haunted the stereo shops in my town. I really wanted a Kenwood integrated amp, a Technics turntable, and a pair of Infinity bookshelf speakers.
I worked all spring and summer saving every cent. Finally, I had what I thought I would need to get the system. I went to the shop one of my friends said could help me and I told them what I wanted. The sales dude asked me what I liked to listen to, how loud, and was I willing to listen to stuff I might like better.
That day I ended up walking out with a layaway receipt, and two months later I finally took home my first system.
Quad 33 preamp, FM3 tuner, 303 amp.
Connoisseur belt drive turntable with a Goldring cartridge.
KEF Corelli speakers with generic stands.
That system taught me how to listen to the music.
Mark
Post 35 made on Saturday April 26, 2014 at 16:06
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On April 25, 2014 at 23:31, modom said...
My first stereo was my favorite. I read Stereo Review and haunted the stereo shops in my town. I really wanted a Kenwood integrated amp, a Technics turntable, and a pair of Infinity bookshelf speakers.
I worked all spring and summer saving every cent. Finally, I had what I thought I would need to get the system. I went to the shop one of my friends said could help me and I told them what I wanted. The sales dude asked me what I liked to listen to, how loud, and was I willing to listen to stuff I might like better.
That day I ended up walking out with a layaway receipt, and two months later I finally took home my first system.
Quad 33 preamp, FM3 tuner, 303 amp.
Connoisseur belt drive turntable with a Goldring cartridge.
KEF Corelli speakers with generic stands.
That system taught me how to listen to the music.

NICE!
I used to sell the Connoisseur turntables. They came from England. Great tables. We set them up in our shop, but the problem was about 1 out of 4 came without all of the parts needed! We had open boxes all over the back room. It was s nightmare. Good tables though!
"If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger."
Frank Lloyd Wright
Post 36 made on Saturday April 26, 2014 at 19:00
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Mid 70s a Marantz 2270 with my Dad's KLHs than I added a Technics SL1600. I don't remember what I replaced the KLHs with.

My first car system was a Blaupunkt Cassette head unit when everyone else had 8 tracks. My next door neighbor was the Blaupunkt/NGK rep in the south east. I had to cut up the metal dash on my 69 Cutlass Supreme convertible to get the head unit to work. Mount some 6x9 in the truck firing forward and an amp.

My first album Santana Abraxas. I'm surprised I didn't wear the grooves through the album.

The next door neighbor had some amazing cars. One of the first 240z in Atlanta. Lowered, with triple Solexs, for all intent and purpose it was track ready. He sold that and had a 280SL Benz, Lotus Europa, a Ferrari 365GTB convertible (that was hot), and finally a Pantera. I forgot somewhere in that mix he had a Volkswagon Rabbit and a Chevy Vega. He Huck Finned me into helping him replace the "stock" intake manifold, carburetor and imagination with and Edelbrock manifold, Holley carb and Excel electronic ignition. He had 60s on the front and 50s on the back.

How he fit into any of these was beyond me. He was about 5'6" by 5'6". His wife was a platinum blond with a grocery bag face but amazing body that liked to sun tan in the nude. You went into their house and over the fireplace was a nude portrait of her.
Post 37 made on Saturday April 26, 2014 at 20:32
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Ha ha ha --- I had a guy I worked for that had a hot wife, and I'd go over and evaluate his latest speaker designs... He was a former engineer from MacIntosh and I met him when we worked at Phase Linear.

Anyways, I was admiring the painting in the living room after a few too many drinks... and his wife said: "Yes thank you Bruce I appreciate the compliment"... it was her! I nearly choked on my drink

God she was easy on the eyes.

Last edited by Mr. Stanley on April 29, 2014 14:16.
"If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger."
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Post 38 made on Saturday April 26, 2014 at 23:32
Ernie Gilman
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On April 25, 2014 at 04:14, pilgram said...
Looking back,it's easy for me to see why I'm where I am now......I wish i had been interested in finance,imports,or something that made a ton of money ;-)

Here's a lie, that truth be told is most often repeated by liberals (or look at it this way -- what conservative would be such an idiot as to promulgate this concept?). "Do what you love and the money will follow." Years of doing just that shows me it takes a lot more than that.
A good answer is easier with a clear question giving the make and model of everything.
"The biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." -- G. “Bernie” Shaw
Post 39 made on Monday April 28, 2014 at 18:03
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On April 25, 2014 at 04:14, pilgram said...
By the time I was 12, I had mastered the art of mowing yards in an efficient manner and covered the entire neighborhood(22 yards at $5 each)weekly all summer and made some "big bucks"!

The local stereo store had a sale so I rode my bike down there and bought a couple things.

Pioneer SX-737 receiver,Pioneer turntable....I think it was a PL-115d?.
Then I ordered some drivers from Speakerlab,built the cabinets out of plywood to spec,and the game was on!!

A pioneer CTF-850 cassette came a couple years later so I could record my albums and play them in my new found love......MY TRUCK!!( I had a "farm permit" and could legally drive at 14!)

That's when things got interesting. It was 1976 and I wanted the same imaging and sound in my "72 Chevy pickup" that I had at home!

By '77 I had pulled it off with a combination of car audio speakers,proper placement of the drivers through experimentation/fabrication,a couple tweeters and woofers from Speakerlab,a boatload of caps,coils,and plywood to experiment and make everything sound right,and a ton of driveway time!

I also moved the gas tank from the cab to under the bed to make room for the woofers behind the seat.

Looking back,it's easy for me to see why I'm where I am now......I wish i had been interested in finance,imports,or something that made a ton of money ;-)

Pilgrim,

I may have been the guy on the phone at Speakerlab that sold you your drivers back then!
"If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger."
Frank Lloyd Wright
Post 40 made on Monday April 28, 2014 at 23:28
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Somehow I knew Mr. Stanley would have a comment on my system. That was my core stereo for many years. All I did was change cartridges a few times, tried a couple of cassette decks, and worked my way through about 5 different CD players(NEC, Philips, Kyocera, Yamaha, Sony). Still loved the records better. When the motor wore out on the Connoisseur, I replaced it with a modded Thorens TD 166.
I really miss my KEF Corellis.
Mark
Post 41 made on Tuesday April 29, 2014 at 12:18
Ernie Gilman
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Re Thorens, they also make/made music boxes.

There's one good electronics store left in Hollywood, and they have twenty feet of glass cases with vintage stuff in them. Here are two views of a Thorens player that I saw there the other day. These aren't the same one as the room lighting made a photo impossible in that store.







Imagine putting a ten inch record (the standard size back then) onto a 2 1/2" turntable! Heck, maybe it's not even 2" in diameter.
A good answer is easier with a clear question giving the make and model of everything.
"The biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." -- G. “Bernie” Shaw
Post 42 made on Tuesday April 29, 2014 at 14:22
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On April 28, 2014 at 23:28, modom said...
Somehow I knew Mr. Stanley would have a comment on my system. That was my core stereo for many years. All I did was change cartridges a few times, tried a couple of cassette decks, and worked my way through about 5 different CD players(NEC, Philips, Kyocera, Yamaha, Sony). Still loved the records better. When the motor wore out on the Connoisseur, I replaced it with a modded Thorens TD 166.
I really miss my KEF Corellis.

I had for a while, a Thorens TD 145 with an SME arm. Nice turntables (about the best at the time back then) - However it si CRAZY to see all of the $150,000.00 turntables out there at the shows these days.

Was in a house recently, the guy had (3) turntables in his listening room that were in that price range. He had over $1 mill tied up in the room in just acoustical treatment and design / bulid-out. Nice to have money. I didn't even recognise his speakers or electronics. Very esoteric stuff. He also had a 2 inch Ampeg tape machine. Still uses it. Amazing sound.
"If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger."
Frank Lloyd Wright
Post 43 made on Tuesday April 29, 2014 at 14:27
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On April 26, 2014 at 23:32, Ernie Gilman said...
Here's a lie, that truth be told is most often repeated by liberals (or look at it this way -- what conservative would be such an idiot as to promulgate this concept?). "Do what you love and the money will follow." Years of doing just that shows me it takes a lot more than that.

I think your news station is feeding you incorrect information. I have yet to meet a liberal who says "do what you love and the money will follow". That sounds more like lifetime channel BS to me. Some people love to sleep. Sleeping doesn't pay very well.
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Post 44 made on Tuesday April 29, 2014 at 14:30
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On April 25, 2014 at 04:14, pilgram said...
Looking back,it's easy for me to see why I'm where I am now......I wish i had been interested in finance,imports,or something that made a ton of money ;-)

We have enough "business men" in the world. We don't need anymore economy or ecological rapists. Mowing lawns to buy stereo equipment is an example of what capitalism should be. Using inherited money, tax loop holes and importing outsourced products at lobbied low pricing is whats killing the country.
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Post 45 made on Tuesday April 29, 2014 at 15:09
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Mine was a Tape recorder that I tried adding two tower speakers to. Didn't quite make the polarity match and blew her up.
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