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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    I hope you've invested in a nice mains regeneration unit and/or the installation of a dedicated radial circuit for your hi-fi system, to help counteract the effect of your 'mauvais mains supply'!

    I have nothing but dedicated radials in my house.
    The reason I bought a Power Inspired AG1500 was due to the mains issues.

    Funkified Technics SL1200 Mk2 (Funk FX-1200+, Techne-Audio modified DL-103/AT33PTG/II/, Funk Firm "Strata" platter, "Spin" bearing and BO!NG Isolation feet, MCRU/LDA PSU).
    Pioneer PD-S703.
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    Firebottle KIN fitted with NOS Telefunken Valves.
    Firebottle Monoblocks fitted with NOS Telefunken Valves.
    Electric Beach FH3 with Taket BatPure super tweeters.
    Graham Slee Solo Ultra Linear Headphone amp.
    Sennheiser HD540 Reference II & HD650.
    DIY Klotz MC5000/MS Audio interconnects.
    Talk cable 3 speaker cable.
    Neotech hybrid mains cables from MCRU
    Power Inspired AG1500

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    Quad ESL-57 speakers date code from serial No. 1971/2

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    Two NOS Tung Sol 6SL7GT valves dating from 1942 in my croft pre-amp so that makes them 76 years old!

    Garrard 301 must be approaching 60 years old.
    My Tannoy 15" MG's must be at least 40 years old.
    SS CD Teac VRDS25X(Mega Modded) DAC Caiman SEG+Anker PSU DECK 1210 Mat Analog Studio Crystal Mods MN Base/Bearing/Platter+Ebony arm Board Feet Isonoe PSU Paul Hynes SR7EHD-27XL/DCSXL Ag DC lead/Jaeger(low-impedance) connector/3 StageRegs/Recapped PCB+No Pitch/Strobe/Light ARM SME V(Kondo Ag Rewire&Tags) MC Cadenza Black CABLES Arm Yannis SPD-4 IC Yannis 222 Litz+Ag bullets Power WAR PRE ATC SCA2 SPEAKERS ATC 50ASL STANDS Atacama PHONO Sugden Masterclass PA4 SUT Ortofon ST80SE POWER PSAudio P10

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    Quote Originally Posted by REXTON View Post
    Two NOS Tung Sol 6SL7GT valves dating from 1942 in my croft pre-amp so that makes them 76 years old!

    Garrard 301 must be approaching 60 years old.
    My Tannoy 15" MG's must be at least 40 years old.
    And I thought I was going to have the oldest bit of hifi. My Gaumont GK18 power amps where produced somewhere between 1945 and 1949 not sure of the exact dates each was manufactured.

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    Probably my Radford STA15/III. But since I'm not sure exactly when they ceased manufacture, and as it's not in regular use I'll nominate my Thorens 124/II with SME 3009 arm, bought new in 1971 making them 46 years old.

    I have a few cartridges that are of mid '60s vintage (Ortofon, ADC, B&O and Shure), but again none are in regular use.
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  8. #18
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    I'm Martin.


    Akai SW175 speakers, 1973, completely original, 45 years old this year. In daily use on the TV system.

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    Sony X505ES CD Player * NVA P90SA passive pre / NVA A30 Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *

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  9. #19
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    I'm Geoff.


    Thorens TD125. Still works fine.

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    Garrard 401 that is two years younger than me, so 48 years old. Set of vintage Crysler compression divers on my OB’s that are 60’s-70’s vintage, not sure of exact date.

    Have a good few valves from the 40’s, not all in regular use though.
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