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Thread: How lo-fi was your first "hi fi"?

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    Man there are a lot of old ass dudes on here. As I always suspected.

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    My first ‘system’ composed of a BSR turntable bought for 30 bob ( 1.50 ) with a crystal cartridge.
    The ( mono ) amp. was some unit thrown out by a neighbour, which I managed to repair.
    The speaker was a 8” unit mounted half way down a brown sewer pipe that a friend and I ‘lifted’ from a building site.
    How we managed to get that pipe upstairs without my parents noticing I’ll never know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by agk View Post
    Man there are a lot of old ass dudes on here. As I always suspected.
    Maybe. But some of us 'more mature' members are not above giving the young'uns a clump round the ear if they get smart!

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    I have several things to say about ageism.

    Firstly, if one realises that youth fades but if we work at what we are, we can develop qualities which sustain our life and vitality, compensating to an extent for the loss of pristineness.

    Secondly, the guys at the gym used to say to me 12 years ago, "C'mon you old c***", and if I referred to anything before their past they would say, "During the war . . .", taking the piss.

    I responded by saying that if they were lucky they would reach my age, and you never know, they could end up under a bus next week.

    Years of application and dedication to life's tasks can produce great understanding in all those areas in which the effort has been applied, producing a character of real depth and wisdom.

    There are also situations in the street in which young'uns ridicule and threaten, and at those times I am very glad that I have been bodybuilding for 33 years, increased my body mass by 50% in that time, having bench pressed 120k, and I am an ectomorph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pharos View Post
    having bench pressed 120k
    So have I. But not for many years. I'm endomorphic by the way, but carry little fat.

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    used to be a lagomorph but more of a crassusomorph now
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    I too had one of Struth's Tape recorders... seem to remember it ate the batteries. My first "real" hi-fi was this. Bought around 1974 by my long suffering parents.Bush.JPG

    Boy were my mates jealous

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    I knew somebody who carried one of these everywhere.



    It sounded dire. But at least we had music (of sorts).

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    Left channel:


    Right channel:


    Stereo image was best described as diffuse, but with the lights off and Soft Machine 1 flat out it was bloody amazing.

    that Grundig was a thing of beauty.
    Time flies like an arrow.
    Fruit flies like a banana.

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