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    My first 'system' was a very cheap 'Dansett'-type record player with a crystal pickup and a single valve amplifier emptying into a 5" x 3" elliptical. It wasn't very good at all.

    It was quickly replaced by a Garrard SP25 Mk.II TT with Shure M3D cartridge, home-built Mullard 5-10 amplifier with a rudimentary preamp, and a home-built Wharfedale speaker design using the Wharfedale RS8DD driver in a 1.5 cu.ft distributed port enclosure. That was much, much better!
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    How lo-fi was my first hi-fi? Well, it was an Amstrad RP10 record player so I'll leave you to work it out!

    Even more embarrassingly, I then "upgraded" it to another Amstrad - the mighty TS-56 tower system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shane View Post
    Left channel:


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    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.
    There’s one of those Grundigs in our local record shop.

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    The first one I paid for myself was a Sony all in one jobbie with some Celestion Ditton 130's which are still in service at my brothers place today. The Sony All in One is no longer unsurprisingly!
    Thorens TD160. Denon DL-110. Arcam DV137. RPI with Audiophonics I-Sabre DAC and Chromecast Audio.
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    Hmm, a Garrard SP25MK111 into a Teleton amp with about 7 watts on tap.
    Speakers were homemade erm, cabs each fitted with four 8" drivers of dubious origin.

    All the above was swapped for a rather good lightweight racer bike I had gotten bored of and a Webley .22 air rifle....those were the days.

    On first power up I was pleased beyond belief...after a blast through a side of Judus Priest's British Steel....less so.

    The amp had its power bulb blown and replaced with a square form led...not bright enough.
    The SP 25?, I was in love with the strobed up TT on my neighbour's Panasonic music centre....what to do?

    Well duh, why not use leftover Humbrol model enamel to paint strobe markings on the platter? Brilliant idea, so what if the paint is green.

    Result...SHIT!!!
    Did I mention the dust cover?
    Didn't have one...so no danger of cracking.

    I had this abortion for a few months until it was replaced by a gifted Regonda radiogram....which filled my bedroom but looked ace in the dark and fuelled a love of shortwave I have to this day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audio Al View Post
    My first venture must have been around 1972 I think it was a Fidelity Record Player with a lift up lid , It came from my mums Freemans catalogue paid for weekly

    When I had paid that off I purchased another front part only with a speaker in it ( Matching fronts ) and it became stereo with a din lead connecting the two units

    Boy did that unit get some stick , I could not work out why the arm sometimes skated across the record
    I sorted it by putting a penny on the end for some more weight , How nieve was I back in the day . I still have all my LP's from that time and my abuse does not show as they still play very well

    Happy Days

    I got a Fidelity record player for Christmas 1972, It was a HF43 (I think), it came in grey or bright orange, I got the grey one.

    We were so poor, I could only put a farthing on my tonearm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martyn Miles View Post
    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...
    I bet those speakers sounded shit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beobloke View Post
    How lo-fi was my first hi-fi? Well, it was an Amstrad RP10 record player so I'll leave you to work it out!

    Even more embarrassingly, I then "upgraded" it to another Amstrad - the mighty TS-56 tower system.
    You're fired!

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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.
    What’s the saying youth is wasted on the young

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    As a youth, I was always wasted

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