Honestly I've never heard a Yammy from that era...which is part of the allure. I've owned Marantz, Sansui, and Sony vintage receivers, all of which were good sounding, but so far I have preferred the Pioneers, yes. If the Yammy is less warm than the Pioneer, then yes, you're right, I probably wouldn't like it. I consider the Pioneer vintage sound to be pretty neutral, especially the SX-x50 and x80 receiver lines.
Yup that's the one...expensive, yes, but a rare chance to buy one that wouldn't need anything except a nice system to plop it in
Still, it would mean selling one of my fully restored 1980's, and I just can't bring myself to do it.
I think that's pretty accurate. There is no hard and fast rule, but at least as we sit here today, anything from the 90's (or beyond) is not vintage. Aside from that...open season!
Man, there is a NICE, fully restored Yamaha CR-2020 on the Bay...must...resist...don't...need...
Punit I have always liked the CBS/Hytron 5692 better than the RCA. It's very worth getting.
I squirrel, you must have a bad or near end of life TS VT-231. Your other tube comments sound pretty consistent with what most people hear, but not with the TS, especially the sibilant and harsh part. I've never found this, myself. It DOES have less bass weight than the RCA or KenRad tubes, though.