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that right,Well, moodyrn, like you, I am a big fan of the Fisher KX100 ,thank you

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Sad to say my Sony STR 6055 was DOA. The seller, Dane Mentzer of Las Vegas; is refusing a refund. I even found a broken RCA plug inside the case. This guy is also a member on AK of the same name so if you are on Bartertown stay clear of ANY of his listings. Live and learn.

Sorry bud. It might be worth trying to fix. That line used very nice quality discrete components that might be replacable.

post #9918 of 13920
I'm for sure gonna have it looked at, I've been wanting this early ES line stuff for awhile. My concern being into in parts and labor for more than I have in it.
post #9919 of 13920

Hi guys,

 

I was wondering if you anyone had any good suggestions for vintage tube based amplifiers/receivers? 

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Hi guys,

I was wondering if you anyone had any good suggestions for vintage tube based amplifiers/receivers? 
Fisher 500C
post #9921 of 13920
I was looking forward to getting a Sansui QRX-5500A on Craigslist near me but the fella is being a prick. Why do we let these awesome receivers fall into people's hands who use eBay as a reference for pricing and won't go down from that price? Lol
post #9922 of 13920
Hey, do any vintage receivers have balanced ports for ortho's?
post #9923 of 13920

I don't think so, but with balanced headphones I'm pretty sure you can use the speaker taps.

 

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Hey, do any vintage receivers have balanced ports for ortho's?
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Originally Posted by lithium1085 View Post
 

Hi guys,

 

I was wondering if you anyone had any good suggestions for vintage tube based amplifiers/receivers? 

I don't think there are any bad ones - all the poor designs were junked long ago, only the good ones have been kept running.

 

You should be aware that vintage tube equipment costs a lot more time and money than vintage solid state.  You will want to "roll" tubes to see what sounds best, and the gear is so old that it probably needs a lot of new components (unless you have paid a mint for a restored one).

 

I have a recent amp with only one tube, a popular easily found model, and I have spent more money on tubes than the amp cost originally...

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Hi guys,

I was wondering if you anyone had any good suggestions for vintage tube based amplifiers/receivers? 

What's your budget and are you willing/able to do some restoration or do you need something ready to go?
post #9926 of 13920
Thanks for the help guys.
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Fisher 500C

I have heard about the fisher 500C, what do you think will be a just price to pay for a decent one?

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What's your budget and are you willing/able to do some restoration or do you need something ready to go?

I can't really do much restoration as my DIY skills are sorely lacking. My budget will be be till around 300-400$. 

Also, has anyone heard any vintage Luxman tube amplifiers? 

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Originally Posted by lithium1085 View Post
 

I have heard about the fisher 500C, what do you think will be a just price to pay for a decent one?

I can't really do much restoration as my DIY skills are sorely lacking. My budget will be be till around 300-400$. 

Also, has anyone heard any vintage Luxman tube amplifiers? 

 

The cheapest I've seen for a restored 500C is about $500, but I actually think that was quite a good price and generally they'll go higher - sometimes much higher.

 

Getting an unrestored unit and paying to have it restored will probably run you $200-300 from a shop.  So non-trivial, though you may find a local enthusiast who'd be willing to do it for less.

 

Keep your eyes open on CL.  I was able to get a 15W tube amp that had been restored, but developed a bad volume pot, for quite cheap.  So I was able to get a new volume pot off eBay and I was able to get up and running well within your budget.  But a lot of that is about timing.

 

You may want to consider paying $25 and joining as a member on Audiokarma.  You can post a WTB on Bartertown describing your budget, goal, location (in case someone has something close by and you can inspect and avoid shipping fees), etc and you'd be surprised what kind of offers get thrown your way, since many AK'ers have big collections and don't mind letting something go to a fellow enthusiast.  

post #9928 of 13920

In the heyday of the Solid State Stereo, plenty of broken and worn out vacuum tube equipment was thrown out in the landfill.

 

So, what is left today, fetches a premium price.  If your lucky, you might find something at a garage sale, or thrift shop - but the quantity of items still out there is very small.

 

Otherwise, my advice is that the total cost - buying, fixing and maintaining - is going to be more than your budget.   Unless you want to make a hobby out of tube amps, or else you have more money than you mentioned, then you should either consider vintage solid state (like Sansui, Pioneer, Kenwood, Luxman), or else modern tube amps (usually made in China, of course) - Jolida is frequently mentioned, but is just outside of your budget at $600, and perhaps Qinpu at more like $300.

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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post
 

In the heyday of the Solid State Stereo, plenty of broken and worn out vacuum tube equipment was thrown out in the landfill.

 

So, what is left today, fetches a premium price.  If your lucky, you might find something at a garage sale, or thrift shop - but the quantity of items still out there is very small.

 

Otherwise, my advice is that the total cost - buying, fixing and maintaining - is going to be more than your budget.   Unless you want to make a hobby out of tube amps, or else you have more money than you mentioned, then you should either consider vintage solid state (like Sansui, Pioneer, Kenwood, Luxman), or else modern tube amps (usually made in China, of course) - Jolida is frequently mentioned, but is just outside of your budget at $600, and perhaps Qinpu at more like $300.

 
I am also coming to the conclusion that maybe tubed equipment doesn't fit my budget....Maybe a warm luxman will be ideal. Thanks for your advice
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The cheapest I've seen for a restored 500C is about $500, but I actually think that was quite a good price and generally they'll go higher - sometimes much higher.

 

Getting an unrestored unit and paying to have it restored will probably run you $200-300 from a shop.  So non-trivial, though you may find a local enthusiast who'd be willing to do it for less.

 

Keep your eyes open on CL.  I was able to get a 15W tube amp that had been restored, but developed a bad volume pot, for quite cheap.  So I was able to get a new volume pot off eBay and I was able to get up and running well within your budget.  But a lot of that is about timing.

 

You may want to consider paying $25 and joining as a member on Audiokarma.  You can post a WTB on Bartertown describing your budget, goal, location (in case someone has something close by and you can inspect and avoid shipping fees), etc and you'd be surprised what kind of offers get thrown your way, since many AK'ers have big collections and don't mind letting something go to a fellow enthusiast.  

Thanks for the idea of joining Audiokarma......Definitely seems to be worth it. I don't think I am going to join right away but probably some time soon.

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I am also coming to the conclusion that maybe tubed equipment doesn't fit my budget....Maybe a warm luxman will be ideal. Thanks for your advice

Thanks for the idea of joining Audiokarma......Definitely seems to be worth it. I don't think I am going to join right away but probably some time soon.

It IS possible to get a tube unit in your budget, just not easy. Getting a restored (at least recapped) piece for your budget is the tricky part, but that really applies to any vintage gear, whether solid state or tubed. Because of the # of hours it takes to restore/recap, they generally go for quite a bit more, especially if it's just taken place because the cost (if done by a shop) or effort (if DIY by selling party) is still fresh in the mind of the selling party.

But if the restoration happened a few years ago or was done by an owner previous to the current selling party, a lot of that price premium may have dissipated. Or you may find a unit that was previously restored/recapped, but developed another problem since (like the unit I got). Assuming the workmanship of the previous work was good, that can actually be a good situation since the price should reflect that it's not fully operational, yet it may be relatively minor to fix or have fixed.

Just keep in mind that any original condition vintage gear is subject to having issues that eventually need to be addressed. Also, if you have the will/desire to learn, you'd be surprised what you can learn in a relatively brief period and the willingness of fellow enthusiasts to help you along with any problems or restoration efforts.
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