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post #6481 of 13291

can anyone tell me if the Marantz 4430 is better than the 2270?  I am a bit confused regarding quadradial.    I will be using it with bookshelf speakers, phono, hd650.  thanks

post #6482 of 13291

Unless you happen to own a bunch of Quad recordings (which I highly doubt), the 2270 is the better choice.

post #6483 of 13291

Thank you sir.  As always, you're the best.

 

edit:  Lost out on the 2270.  Decided to go lower budget and went with a 2226b as my first vintage receiver.  


Edited by caracara08 - 2/1/13 at 3:03pm
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post #6485 of 13291

Oo, what is that sleek black beauty?

post #6486 of 13291

Sui AU 7700 :) :)

post #6487 of 13291

Gotta love that bank of tone controls. Very nice.

post #6488 of 13291
Out of curiosity, how many of you vintage lovers get your equipment serviced upon purchasing it? Or do you wait till something goes wrong first and doing it up all at one go?
post #6489 of 13291

My personal modus operandi is to either buy it serviced/restored, or to have that done after buying, if it ends up being something I want to keep.  Almost all the vintage gear I currently own has been cleaned/lubed/adjusted at a bare minimum, but most of it has been completely restored including a complete "recap" (replacement of all electrolytic capacitors with new, up to spec, and better ones).

post #6490 of 13291

I restore all my vintage gear by own. It makes a lot of fun :) :)

post #6491 of 13291
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossliew View Post

Out of curiosity, how many of you vintage lovers get your equipment serviced upon purchasing it? Or do you wait till something goes wrong first and doing it up all at one go?

 

Of my two tubed integrateds, both were serviced by the same guy. He sold me one of them (well, the charitable org he volunteered for sold it; he tuned it up on their behalf before the sale). The other one I purchased elsewhere and brought to him for service before I turned it on.

 

Of my solid state receivers, they all arrived in working order, aside from the usual dusty pots and switches. I strongly suspect they will benefit from recapping (at least) and tuneup, but I'm taking my time with that, since they sound fine enough now. The oldest has the most accessible boards and everything is clearly labeled, so I might do that myself once I feel confident enough with my soldering skills. The other, higher-powered ones I'm going to leave to an expert once I find one locally.

post #6492 of 13291

Thanks for the feedback. The one reason I'm very, very cautious about buying vintage gear is the fear that I will be needing major service on them and not being able to find the proper parts for the servicing/repairs/replacements. Got a Sansui AU-317 I'm looking at buying which is priced pretty competitively. Any feedback on this amp? Of course, it shall be used to drive headphones exclusively (Senn HD555 and W3k Anv).

post #6493 of 13291

I replace all the electrolytic capacitors in my 1950-1960s vintage tube stuff, no exceptions.  This has not been done completely for all the 1970s vintage solid state stuff I own, but I wish it had been for long term reliability.

 

Just replaced the multi-cap can in a Fisher KM-60 tuner this morning.  It was the only capacitor the previous owner didn't replace.

post #6494 of 13291

So, basically, would it suffice to just replace the caps and leave everything else untouched? (assuming the gear was in working order before any servicing was done).

post #6495 of 13291
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossliew View Post

Thanks for the feedback. The one reason I'm very, very cautious about buying vintage gear is the fear that I will be needing major service on them and not being able to find the proper parts for the servicing/repairs/replacements. Got a Sansui AU-317 I'm looking at buying which is priced pretty competitively. Any feedback on this amp? Of course, it shall be used to drive headphones exclusively (Senn HD555 and W3k Anv).

 

No matter how good-looking the equipment is, if it's old you should have some budget set aside to get them serviced (or time and parts, if you're doing it yourself). Parts like capacitors will decay with age and need replacement after a couple decades, regardless of how well-kept the receiver is. Odds are pretty good that if the receiver is going cheap, nothing inside it has been replaced recently.

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