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post #9931 of 13404

Great deal me thinks, shame it will cost me $300 big ones to get it shipped. 

 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Vintage-Sansui-AU999-Integrated-Amp-w-T-9-Quartz-Tuner-SUPER-CLEAN-/390667504721?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item5af5990c51&_uhb=1

post #9932 of 13404
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Originally Posted by captouch View Post

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.

I've read threads on Audiokarma of guys literally rebuilding amp boards by having one of the tech guys help them along. Truly amazing how helpful guys are and willing to share their knowledge.
post #9933 of 13404

I think that the Executive Summary is:

 

Vintage Tube Amps make great hobbies, and

 

Vintage Solid State Amps make great inexpensive and powerful headphone amps.

post #9934 of 13404
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Fisher 500C

Would the auction website be a good place to get one? I've seen some pics and see the talks about this lineup over at Audiokarma and am quite interested myself..

post #9935 of 13404
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Originally Posted by Destroysall View Post
 

Would the auction website be a good place to get one? I've seen some pics and see the talks about this lineup over at Audiokarma and am quite interested myself..

 

I've gotten vintage (non-tube) stuff of eBay, as well as tubes.  The sellers are less consistent with regards to packing well, and I've had a couple of pieces damaged in transit, though nothing catastrophic.  But actually, overall, my experience has been pretty positive, but I've bought only a handful of vintage gear there.  I've bought a tube pre off Audiogon, which turned out well, but Audiogon tends to be priced closer to market and people there know the value of their stuff.

 
Audiokarma, Bartertown members forum specifically, in my experience, is better than eBay because people are generally very upfront about what they did or didn't do, will point out cosmetic and operational issues, and generally pack very well, because they've been on the other side and not wanted to have their stuff damaged.  People there often have excess gear as well and will sometimes let it go for very good prices, and there's likely some members close to you that may happen to have something you're looking for.
 
There's also CL - I've bought both SS and tube vintage stuff there as well.
 
So use all sources - all can work well, but some just need more caution and carry more risk.
post #9936 of 13404

I found a Realistic I think it was a STA-78 but He wanted $120 for it and I thought that was a bit asinine. I don't care for realistic anyways but it looked neat... 

post #9937 of 13404
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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? 

 

There is a lot of old McIntosh Tube stuff at Hot Poop Record Store in Walla Walla, WA. unfortunately it's an upscale hipster (rich kid's college area) and records are up to $200 so I am sure the price for one of the McIntosh's are absolutely nuts. 

 


Edited by harrinj - 9/25/13 at 3:07pm
post #9938 of 13404
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I found a Realistic I think it was a STA-78 but He wanted $120 for it and I thought that was a bit asinine. I don't care for realistic anyways but it looked neat... 

I got a STA-64B along with speakers, a tape deck and turntable a while back and I'll tell you, the headphone out on that is powerful and sounds amazing. It's my work office rig and was well worth the $20.......... For everything.
post #9939 of 13404

Look what's just popped up on fleabay europe.

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SANSUI-9090-TOP-END-STEREO-RECEIVER-AMPLIFIER-/261295642149?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item3cd66f1625

 

These very very rarely come up for grabs here and in such good condition.... If only.  

post #9940 of 13404
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
 

Look what's just popped up on fleabay europe.

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SANSUI-9090-TOP-END-STEREO-RECEIVER-AMPLIFIER-/261295642149?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item3cd66f1625

 

These very very rarely come up for grabs here and in such good condition.... If only.  

 

They only ship in Europe!

post #9941 of 13404

Heres a couple of pics of my set ups as they stand at the mo..

 

Downstairs

 

(the equalizer is just for show.... I have no need to use it)

 

And upstairs

 

 

Got a NAD 3020i coming... Not the nicest amp to look at but its an amp that I have to try, I'll post some impressions.. If it impressess me :D

 

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

post #9942 of 13404
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
 

Heres a couple of pics of my set ups as they stand at the mo..

Just out of curiosity, how many of those are recapped ?

post #9943 of 13404
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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post
 

Just out of curiosity, how many of those are recapped ?

 

None. None of them need it imo. If it sounds good, don't fix it :) These are the faves of my collection so far, I've had a few that did need recapping though... And one that was recapped- that incidentally sounded worse than all those above. Recapping won't make a mediocre amp sound great. Also its only worth getting it done if you have a legend of a high-ender that you are going to take to the grave, or make an investment out of. Or you can do it yourself and enjoy the diy.  

post #9944 of 13404

So...it's time for an update on my situation with my broken SX-780.

 

I finally got around to making the forty-minute trip to M&S Music in Mobile yesterday, the sole local shop known for servicing vintage receivers, only to be told when I get there that it's literally their last day open and that they're closing forever. Now, my only choices are to bring it back to the same guy who told me my Dynaco was a total loss when it had the same problem, or to use the broken Pioneer as partial credit towards a new receiver in a trade.

 

How much would the SX-780 potentially be worth to somebody hoping to start a complete interior restoration, given that the exterior is nearly flawless?

post #9945 of 13404

@ssrock64, If the condition is good then you may get $50? Unfortunately spares n repairs rarely sell for high amounts unless they are the very high end models or rarities. 

 

 

 

Just got my NAD 3020i today, no pics because they are very dull to look at. I'm loving the sound though. Warm yet crisp, very 70's Sansui like. I like that it has a low level button so I can have freedom with the volume. It has the lowest noise floor yet of my old amps. In fact its as black as any decent hp amp. 

 

The "i" model was the last manufactured 3020 in the line up that started approx 79/80. I'd highly recommend anyone giving one a go, such a warm yet rich and detailed sound from this no thrills amp.   

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