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Very cool idea.  I've got at least one old Yamaha. 

Nice one bud lets have some more pics on the thread :)

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Firing up the minivan for a haul. Pics to follow.

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Just started this thread if any of you guys are interested. :)

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/703928/do-you-own-a-vintage-cd-player-pics-please

 

Great idea! Posting on the other thread now...

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How much do these models sell for, realistically:

 

Pioneer SA-9900 (completely recapped, almost perfect condition, has had the LED changed. Would probably rate at 8.5/10)

 

Pioneer SX-5590 (completely recapped including the expensive Adcom power caps, condition very good - the face is an easy 9/10 the wood box is an 8/10 the metal cage is an 7/10 (can be repainted though for an 8-9/10), all the bad transistors and some resistors were replaced and the entire machine was run through by a certified technician at my local vintage audio store. I probably paid over 700 just for the fixes after all was said and done)

 

I know I said I was supposed to sell around christmas, but I didn't ever get around to it, and I am leaning towards trying out a SET amp for my Omega speakers (I have the Super 6 Alnico model), so I'm probably going to sell all my vintage goodies to afford them :(

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Repost from the speaker forum, but I think it's appropriate.

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Well, I said something big was coming, and by that I meant physically large. And heavy.

It was a package deal. I really just wanted the tuner, but hey, it's all good.

MR-78 Tuner!

MC-2125

C-32

Klipsch Cornwall

 

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Great stuff PhoenixG!! How does it sound? Any resto needed?

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MR78 - one of the all time great tuners.  Congrats!

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Congrats Phoenix. That's a great looking rig. The mr78 is considered one of the best tuners mac ever produced. There's one that's been on craiglist in my area for months, but I don't think many want to pay 750.00 for just a tuner lol. What version of cornwalls are the speakers(they appear to be cornwall II's)? They look really nice.

 

Oh and the most expensive piece of that whole set up is the rare and very highly sought after c32 preamp. It's like a combination of the c28 and c29 without none of their issues. The thing alone fetches  1200-15000 depending on condition. It's hard to find one that looks that good.Congrats. Although overkill, that amp should sound great with the cornies. 

 

They only need about 5  watts to shine, and I'm feeding mine with a 200+ wpc mac amp. Now that's super over kill, but there's just something to be said about the synergy macs have with cornwalls. And I guess the previous owner must have felt the same way. All of those pieces are legendary including the speakers. Man what a rig. You just scored big time!!


Edited by moodyrn - 2/5/14 at 6:55am
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I'm very excited. The previous owner had an electronics repair shop and was clearing out a big collection. Everything sounds fantastic and looks great with all the manuals. He even cleaned and adjusted every piece before he turned them over to me. He was a very nice gentleman who needed the money to pursue another stage in his life. 

I plan on comparing the MR-78 to the sx-1980 tuner (the only part of mine that has been completely restored and adjusted).

I'll also be comparing the cornwalls to my xr-16 speakers on an a/b basis.

They are just regular Cornwalls. No numbers. The warranty card calls them "Cornwall E" if that means anything to anyone. The back plate just says Cornwall.

There is simply no way to hide speakers that massive from the wife, so they probably are just visiting. 

More to follow once I get everything set back up.

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Yeah, those are a later cornwall ii. The badges are a dead giveaway, and the "e" designation gives the revision. Scoring the macs with the wood cases is a nice bonus. They can go for a couple hundred each on ebay.
Edited by moodyrn - 2/5/14 at 10:48am
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Well, just as I feared, the MR-78 is fantastic and the numbers prove it.

Forget dB sensitivity and selectivity, I wanted a number that couldn't be fudged.

I made a full sweep of the McIntosh MR-78 and the Pioneer SX-1980 tuners. The mac was able to pull in 44 stations to the pioneer's 31. Of those, I would consider 29 of them to be strong enough to be enjoyable to only 20 for the pioneer, with the rest weak or static-y.

I was able to get one FM station on both from Orlando about 200 miles away without any othe special equipment. On the mac, it was pleasant enough for a listen, though a bit more static than I usually prefer. On the pioneer, it was only findable with some fiddling and it still came in entirely too fuzzy to be enjoyable.

Bottom line, that's 9 more stations to choose from. Granted that this is the American South, so just because I can receive it doesn't mean I care to.

Since the sx-1980 tuner was previously the best I've ever heard, and it has been restored to be as good as it will be, I was somewhat blown away by how handily the mac beat it. It wasn't even close.

 

 

Also, the bass on these klipsch cornwalls is just magical and the vocals are beautiful. I think they have a wooden horn or something on there that is doing a nice job to keep it silky.

Even in my less than optimal arrangement, there is a definite sense of imaging and a more or less 3D soundstage. I am definitely blown away by this setup.

Obviously the c-32 preamp and MC-2125 amp are also fantastic. Voices sound realistic, the sound feels full and well developed. I haven't heard it clip or even distort , even when challenged. 

 

To compare the klipsch cornwall speakers to the mcintosh xr-16 speakers probably isn't fair. The klipsch have about 3x as much woofer surface area. The bass is just better from them, and feels more natural all the way down to the deepest lows. The macs have taut and controlled bass, but just can't go as low. The mids are different, but equally good. The macs are more detailed, but they both nail the human voice. I think the treble is a little better from the macs, but both are fantastic.

 

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Lol, I figured as much between the cornwalls and xr16. Now if you really want to hear something special in the treble, upgrade those tweets to crites and be prepared to be simply blown away. Upgrade the mids, and prepare to be mesmerized. Upgrade the woofers to his cast frames and the bass will gain a level of definition you couldn't imagine out of 15 inch woofers. Finally, upgrade the crossovers, and hear just how much smoother they can sound.

The upgrades do add up, but the end result will be speakers that will smash most 10,000.00-15,000.00 speakers. As much as I love my xr7, they don't even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as my cornwalls. But my Cornwalls are heavily upgraded and are also the x-rare vertical driver version too. So not a fair comparison.

But I'm expecting delivery of something later today that are surppose to be just as good if not better. We will see! And oh yeah, the macs are just a magical paring with cornwalls even if they are overkill.biggrin.gif
Edited by moodyrn - 2/5/14 at 2:23pm
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Speaking of older Klipsch models, there's a pair of KG1s from the early 90s for sale locally at the same shop that I bought my vintage Dynaco and Pioneer stuff from. How much would you all guess they're worth? I checked them out personally, and they're in a lot better condition than either of my receivers were when I bought them. It's like they were almost never used.

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They go for 70-100 on ebay, so I would offer something in between that range.
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Originally Posted by PhoenixG View Post
 

Repost from the speaker forum, but I think it's appropriate.

"

Well, I said something big was coming, and by that I meant physically large. And heavy.

It was a package deal. I really just wanted the tuner, but hey, it's all good.

MR-78 Tuner!

MC-2125

C-32

Klipsch Cornwall

 

"

Hummm.... Kilpsch Cornwalls! I love those speakers. I used to own a pair of Cornwalls II back in the early 90s and totally loved them. IMO are the best Klipsch sparker from the Heritage series. When I bough them I have the money to buy any of them all the way to the Horns and I really liked the looks of the Belle BUT sound wise IMO the Cornwalls are the most balance spacers of their line. To me the midrange and tweeter horns in the Scala, Belle and Horn are just to big and made them sound bright. The Cornwalls with their smaller midrange and tweeter and their 15" woofer sound just better. If I would put together a vintage system I would based it on the Cornwalls. Unfortunately I have no space for another system :mad:

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