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    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    I'm Geoff.

    Default Equipment You Wish You'd Kept!

    As most of my old favourites are vintage, I'm starting this thread here, but I guess the Blank Canvas area would be just as fitting.

    Anyway, there are items of gear I wish I still owned (if I had room )

    A few:

    Leak Stereo 20, consistently fine sounding power amp. Rappaport Pre 2, a great pre-amp. Ortofon SPU and Decca 4RC carts, what can you say, lovely sounds. Tannoy Eatons, very sweet smaller classic duals. Harman Kardon 730 receiver, it did everything well and looked pretty. Goldring G99 turntable, up there with the best.
    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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    Join Date: Feb 2013

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    A couple of things i would on reflection have kept had i known better, or had been wealthier. My beloved Musical Fidelity A1000 would be the main one. 50 watts class A...fab build quality too. MF have never built anything like it b4 or after....nor will they, as it would cost too much and probably breach the energy convention
    Maybe also the yaqin amp i had, although that could be replaced easier... It was very good and a bargain for the money.
    Regards,
    Grant ....

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    Join Date: Oct 2012

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    I'm Alan.

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    Quad 303, can't remember why or who I sold it to

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    Join Date: Nov 2011

    Location: Melbourne, Australia

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    I'm Martin.

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    Nothing, currently. This may change as time goes by...
    Speakers: Usher mini dancer II DMD
    Preamp: MFA Baby reference mk ii TVC
    Amp: Sanders Magtech
    DAC: Longdog VDT1 transformer coupled DAC
    Source: Self built PC (SOtM pcie usb output card with upgraded ultra low jitter clock card, Paul Pang RAM, pure SSD, passive cooling & Paul Hynes Audio SR7EHD psu providing power on separate rails to each SSD, the CPU and SOtM card)
    Power: Isotek Aquarius Evo3 (Schuko)
    Cables: Speaker cables - TQ Ultra Black, Interconnects - SLIC Innovations Eclipse C x2, Curious USB cable x3
    Ancilleries: USB regen, Acoustic Revive rgc24 under dac, Acoustic Revive QR - 8 (inside DAC) Stillpoints under amp, Shunyata darkfield v2 elevators under cables, Franc Audio isolation platforms under speakers, RDC combi-bases and spikes under oak platforms on everything, Hi fi Tuning Supreme throughout, Akiko Audio Tuning Sticks on speaker cables and inside DAC
    Software: JRiver MC21, Dirac room correction

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    Join Date: Mar 2016

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    I'm Simon.

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    Back in the late 80's I bought an old Technics amp from a colleague at Laskys.

    Unusually I can't remember the model, but it was big & black with brushed chrome controls and a damped glass drop down panel hiding the secondary controls. I really did like that one.
    Nottingham Analogue Spacedeck - Ace Space arm - Grado Reference Series Platinum 2 cart - Croft Vitale pre amp & Croft Series 5 power amp - Kirksaeter Monitor 120 speakers on Huygens stands.
    Technics 1200 mk2 with mk5 arm, Timestep HE power supply, Achromat & Ortofon Concorde S-120 - Sony TA-FA3ES - Q Acoustics 3020.

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    Join Date: Sep 2009

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    Celestion 66

    Was selling a few items when a local dealer started out in 2008....my 66's were in the same room and he made and offer of 200 and i said yes russ still uses them as far as i know....
    Vinyl -
    Rega Planer 2 with Rega Britain Green 250 Tonearm & Upgraded Van Den Hul Oil Bearing & Ortofon Super OM-10

    Second System:
    Technics - SU-C909U Pre-Amplifier & SE-A909S Power Amplifier & Technics ST-GT 1000 Tuner & Pioneer PDS 505 Precision player & Thorens TD-125 MK1 Turntable & SME 3009 Series 1 & Shure V15 Type II Cartridge & SME 2000 Plinth & Celestion A compact Speakers , Monster Speaker Cable , Cambridge Audio Atlantic Yellow Interconnects.

    Night Radio
    Aiwa A22 Amplifier & Teac LS 8X MK2 speakers & Sony CDP S1 & Sony ST S1 Tuner

    Spare Kit
    Quad 33/303 , Creek 6060 , NAD 3020 Original , Cambridge P40 , Linn LK85 Power Amplifier , Luxman 507X , Pioneer SA 6300 ,

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    Join Date: Jul 2009

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    I'm Buriedunderaloadofturntables.

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    An ADC Accutrac 4000 turntable - twice. I sold it and regretted it, so bought another one. Then I was made an offer I couldn't refuse on that one so sold it as well. I now have another one and wont be making the same mistake a third time!

    I also wish I hadn't sold my GLL Imagio IC258TL loudspeakers or my Vestax PVT-E2 turntable.
    Adam.

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    Join Date: Nov 2008

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    Anything I had that I sold on I am mostly happy enough that I did - T&A V10 mk1 veiled and lacking resolution, wonderful looking but that's it. Pathos Logos - coloured and very heavy plod in the bass. EAR 864 - nice pre, but compared to what I have not transparent enough with an ok phonostage. Quad 2's coloured junk Never could work out what all the fuss was/is about... each to their own I guess. Quad pre (same period as Quad 2s) - total junk. Audio Innovations Series 300 - nice but the Series 500 was better. Couple of Marantz CD players, nice but I was upgrading and each step at the time was better. Philips CD player - unreliable junk. Audio Technica CD player - complete and utter crap. Ariston Q Deck, nice but what I went to was better. Ruark Equinox - lovely speakers but didn't have the room to keep them. Rega RB300 arm, don't miss. Goldring Eroica - don't know why folks are interesting in these an ok cart, don't miss it.

    What I miss, should not have sold: Voyd Valdi - total Muppet for selling that on. Audio Innovations Series 1000 mk3 Eminent Technology ET2 tonearm, what a total dick I was for selling it and trusting the person I did sell it to to sell it back when or if he wanted to move it on. That was the clause for me selling it to him. Garth you are a total weasel

    Actually surprised how much I have sold on.
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    Regards Neil

    System 1: AMG Giro turntable, AMG 9W2 tonearm, Air Tight PC3 cartridge, Passlabs Xono phonostage, AMG Reference armcable. Accuphase DP57 CD player, Marantz SA7 SACD player, Sony HAP Z1es Digital File Player + Audioquest Jitter Bug, Veracity Mystra DAC + Dell Laptop + iFi i power + JKenny JKSPIDIF, Wireworld Starlight USB + Audioquest Jitter Bug, for computer audio, Audio Valve RKV2 headphone amp, headphones Grado GS 1000, Balanced Audio Technology VK300se integrated amplifier, Anthony Gallo Reference 3.1 speakers. Cabling: Signal - Audience AU24, Analysis Plus, Atlas Mavros, Speaker - QED Genesis Silver Spiral. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, Analysis Plus, TCI. Mark Grant distribution blocks, Equipment tables Target Audio B series.

    System 2: Loricraft Garrard 401 turntable + SME 5 tonearm + VDH MC10 cartridge + Graham IC70 tonearm cable, Modified Technics 1200 turntable + Triplannar 7 tonearm + VDH Frog Gold cartridge + Paul Hynes SR7 PSU, SME Model 20 turntable + Graham Phantom tonearm + Ortofon MC5200 cartridge + Graham IC70 tonearm cable, Balanced Audio Technology VK10se phonostage, Moon Andromeda CD player, Esoteric P5 SACD transport and P 5 DAC, Toshiba 9500 DVD Audio player, AMR DP777 DAC + HP laptop + iFi i power + Wireworld Starlight USB - for computer audio, Kenwood 8300 tuner, Revox B760 tuner, Magnum Dynalab signal sleuth, Leak Troughline tuner + EAR Stereo decoder, Revox B77 mk 2 & Revox A77 mk3 reel to reel recorders, Balanced Audio Technology VK52se pre-amplifier, Music Reference RM200 mk1 power-amplifier, Anthony Gallo Reference 3.5 speakers. Cabling: Signal/Speaker - Atlas Mavros. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, TCI. Mains distribution blocks Mark Grant and Russ Andrews, Equipment tables Clear Light Audio.

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    Join Date: Jan 2009

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    All the "equipment I wish I'd kept" - I did. Thus my house is full of audio gear; much to the bewilderment of my girlfriend.

    Of the few items I have sold on, only the Revox G36 reel-to-reel machine (bought for 25) and a pair of homebuilt Mullard 5-10 amplifiers, are remembered with nostalgia and affection.

    Yes I've had a couple of sets of Quad 22/2xII amplifiers. Dated yes, but no way could you describe them as "junk". The Quad 22 preamp can readily be dispensed with. I ran the Quad IIs using a Hafler DH-101 preamp into Quad ESLs. Maybe not as good a Leak Stereo 20, and certainly not as good as any Radford valve amp, but the Quads do have a gorgeous liquid midrange.
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

    Barry

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    Join Date: Oct 2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalek Supreme D L View Post
    Pathos Logos - coloured and very heavy plod in the bass. EAR 864 - nice pre, but compared to what I have not transparent enough with an ok phonostage. Quad 2's coloured junk Never could work out what all the fuss was/is about... each to their own I guess. Quad pre (same period as Quad 2s) - total junk. Audio Innovations Series 300 - nice but the Series 500 was better. Couple of Marantz CD players, nice but I was upgrading and each step at the time was better. Philips CD player - unreliable junk. Audio Technica CD player - complete and utter crap.
    Don't hold back there Neil, tell us what you really think

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