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    Join Date: Jun 2010

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    I'm Neil.

    Default Surprisingly good Tandberg amplification

    Some time ago I bought a matching set of Tandberg gear in their original boxes from a good home (seller was apparently trading up to naim):
    TPA- 3002A control pre-amplifier
    TPA- 3003 (150W) power amplifier (they also did a more powerful 3006)
    3001A Tuner

    because I wanted to get my hands on the fantastic tuner which is very good indeed -they made various "3001" or "3011" models but the 3001A is the one to have which i have been enjoying for some time now. Together it's a fine compact set that doesnt take up too much real estate.

    I had not bothered to use the pre or the power amp for a long while but recently brought them out and used them driving Tannoy 12 inch reds in canterbury cabs and I was amazed at how good they sound. maybe they have good transformers or something. Having done a bit more research I see that they are highly regarded in the US and fetch quite high prices for vintage gear. My tuner has been re-fettled by a good engineer but the amps have just come staright out of their boxes and sound wonderful - they give real body to the tannoy sound (having used many different valve and SS amps with the Tannoys in the past).

    Judging by comments I have found online the MM/MC phono stages in the pre are also highly regarded although I haven't got rpound to trying them out yet.

    Sadly at some stage I may have to move them on for downsizing reasons but am wondering if I should as they look great as a complete set including a good phono stage.

    I think a couple of forum members have their speakers (of that generation) which i have not heard which I think can be picked up quite cheaply.

    Anybody else had experience with the Tandberg gear of this generation?
    Neil.

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    Oo, I fancy a go with the amps!

    Tandberg, yep, I'm not surprised it's very good.

    I recall a hifi show, must have been 35 or more years ago, where Tandberg had a large dedicated room.
    That seemed kind of strange, even at the time. Tandberg?

    But, by golly, it was making great sounds. The Tandberg speakers were large cubic unprepossessing looking things, probably 3 foot or so on a side. No way now I can recall the model. But they and the whole system sounded fantastic, easily the best sound I had heard up to that time and for me the best sound at the show.

    How about a pic of your gear, Neil?
    Jerry

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    I had one of these for a while. Tandberg TR-20752 receiver. Very punchy with decent sound quality.


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    Same here, TR-2055 was my first decent stereo.
    Gordan.
    Speakers: Oris Swing MkII
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    Preamp: Dave Slagle EMIA AVC
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    Tandberg made some very good gear; their reel-to-reel tape machines were IMO better than the, then, ubiquitous Akai 4000.

    It's a disgrace that Tandberg went out of business following a downturn in business and being hounded by the Norwegian government for so-called non payment of taxes, causing the founder of Tandberg to commit suicide.
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    got one of their cassette players.. top notch.



    just dont use it
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    Back in the day you had to be well-off to afford Tandberg. I don't think they ever made a budget range.

    Some years ago now I got them as a client at work. Imagine my disappointment to discover the brand is now devoted exclusively to supplying video conferencing equipment.
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    Still have my TD20A R to R. Excellent machine.
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    I owned a Tandberg 2040 reciever in the late 80, bought very cheaply from my junk shop of choice.
    Cost me less than 30 quid and very good for the money, well built and VERY heavy for its smallish footprint...the pushbuttons were a joy to use
    IIRC the main problem I had was typical Euro style din socketry....I always had an issue with hum induced into record replay via cheap Din to phono converters.....soldering a 5 pin din was and still is a pet hate.

    I of course moved it on, along with most of my vintage gear well before the rise in interest and prices (looks for razorblade).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Back in the day you had to be well-off to afford Tandberg. I don't think they ever made a budget range.

    Some years ago now I got them as a client at work. Imagine my disappointment to discover the brand is now devoted exclusively to supplying video conferencing equipment.
    Yes - we used Tandberg video conferencing equipment where I worked.

    It's a sign of the times - companies noted for their prowess and reputation in now outdated technologies have to look for new, niche markets. This is especially true for companies that specialised in manufacturing tape recorders. For Tandberg it was a move into video conference equipment, for Ferrograph it was a move into manufacturing dot-matrix public display boards. I don't know what happened to Uher, or to the likes of Studer and Revox. Nagra are starting to find their feet again in the high-end audio market, but it has been a somewhat erratic journey in much the same way as Leica experienced after the demise of 35mm film cameras.
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