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    Have any of you got photos of your first system? I thought a thread on this might be fun. If you've got no photos, just tell us about it.


    Here's mine:

    I found an old (very grainy) photo of my first proper Hi Fi setup. This was circa 1971.

    The pickup arm was an Audio Developments AD309K, housing a Shure of some sort. All mounted on a Connoisseur BD1, assembled from a kit and mounted on a very basic plinth. The amp is a Ferrograph F307 (which I never got on with). The speakers are Tannoy IIILZ.



    Soon afterwards, I changed the TT for a Thorens TD150 with a Decca International arm and Decca London Blue cartridge. The Ferrograph amp went and a lovely Rotel RA-611 replaced it. The Tannoys stayed. Now we're talking, it sounded in a different league!
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    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Sorry no photos, but my first system was mono:

    Shure M3D in a Garrard SP25 Mk. II (?) into a home-built Mullard 5-10 valve amp using a Sugden C-51 preamp. The speaker was a home-built 1.5cu ft distributed port Wharfedale design using a Wharfedale Super 8/RS/DD drive unit.

    Stereo followed with a second Mullard 5-10 and a second identical speaker. Front end was then changed to a Shure M55E in an SME arm on a Collaro 2020 turntable. Now that was my "first proper hi-fi system"!
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

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    Another chance to see this glorious wallpaper



    Akai AP003 belt drive turntable (have recently got another of these off ebay for 7 and realised it really wasn't very good), JVC & Amstrad(!) cassette decks, Fidelity tuner, Dynatron Transpower 90 amp & Dynatron speakers (taping stuff off the radio by the looks on things).

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    Yes. I ran various 'oddments' prior to the system in my photo. I had the ubiquitous SP25 III with a Shure, a Japanese Olson amp (from Tandy) that sounded OK really and a pair of awful EMI 450 drivers in chipboard boxes. The EMIs were replaced by a pair of Eagle FR65 drive units that sounded damn good. But I didn't really regard this lot as Hi-Fi.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy S View Post
    Another chance to see this glorious wallpaper



    Akai AP003 belt drive turntable (have recently got another of these off ebay for 7 and realised it really wasn't very good), JVC & Amstrad(!) cassette decks, Fidelity tuner, Dynatron Transpower 90 amp & Dynatron speakers (taping stuff off the radio by the looks on things).
    and even busier curtains nice system though!
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    Roy. I bet you were wearing velvet flares, paisley shirt and cuban heeled 'western' boots when you took that photo.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    velvet flares, paisley shirt and cuban heeled 'western' boots


    (Not far off, don't know what was on my feet, I'm guessing platforms)

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    used to have a pair of twotone purple platforms myself to my everlasting shame... loved them at the time too
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    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    DENON DV2900 - TWIN PRO MONOBLOCK AMPLIFIERS - XIANG SHENG DAC\PRE\HEADPHONE AMP - AVANTREE OASIS CLASS 1 BLUETOOTH - AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-MSR7 & OPPO PM-3 PLANAR HEADPHONES - WIN10 JRIVER23, SPOTIFY PREMIUM - ECHO DOT - SMSL M6 MINIDAC - FULL RANGE TWIN TELEFUNKEN's - Q ACOUSTIC BT3 actives - CANTON SUB - MAINS REGENERATED AND FILTERED.

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    used to have a pair of twotone purple platforms myself to my everlasting shame... loved them at the time too
    Now that's an admission that should not be publicised!
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

    Barry

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    Being a short bloke I thought the trend for platforms and cuban heels was good, then I realised all the big blokes wore them too, so I was back to square one!
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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