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    Default Those were the days..pdf of old hifi ads - lskys etc.

    I came acrose this pdf of old hifi ads from the 1970's - lots of hifi kits and so on.
    Nostalgic reading for those of us who used to hang out at Laskys and trawl through the ads in hifi mags.
    Makes interesting reading (for some of us!) with historic pricing. E.g. Comet were selling a Garrard SP25MkII for 9.95 ,a Garrard 401 for 27.45 and a Goldring GL75 for 28.95

    Boots were selling hifi systems.

    http://www.americanradiohistory.com/...PW-1972-01.pdf
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    Still have many of the mags from those days when my Dad bought them new!
    I only got to read them once my dad had scrutinised them from cover to cover.
    Sad in some ways to see how the electronics side of things have changed, and how in those days folk used to be able to at least put things together!
    A...
    "Today scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality"
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    I still have magazines, catalogues, year books, manuals and manufacturer's brochures from back then. I really ought to shift them on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    I still have magazines, catalogues, year books, manuals and manufacturer's brochures from back then. I really ought to shift them on.
    I used to have a couple of metres worth of assorted audio mags: Hi Fi News; Hi Fi News & Record Review; Practical Hi Fi, Popular Hi Fi and Audio, Hi Fi Choice, Hi Fi Answers; Audiophile; Hi Fi Review; Stereo Sound; Stereophile (and a copy or two of The Flat Response ). A few of them have been kept, but with most I tore out the arlicles that were of interest to me and threw out the remainder.

    Copies of the manuals and manufacturer's brochures have been placed in The Knowledge for reference.


    Nowadays, with an average price of 6, I rarely buy the mags - I'm tired of reading about 5K preamps, 20K powe ramps, 25K speakers and 5K cartridges; let alone 1K cables.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    I used to have a couple of metres worth of assorted audio mags: Hi Fi News; Hi Fi News & Record Review; Practical Hi Fi, Popular Hi Fi and Audio, Hi Fi Choice, Hi Fi Answers; Audiophile; Hi Fi Review; Stereo Sound; Stereophile (and a copy or two of The Flat Response ). A few of them have been kept, but with most I tore out the arlicles that were of interest to me and threw out the remainder.

    Copies of the manuals and manufacturer's brochures have been placed in The Knowledge for reference.


    Nowadays, with an average price of 6, I rarely buy the mags - I'm tired of reading about 5K preamps, 20K powe ramps, 25K speakers and 5K cartridges; let alone 1K cables.
    That resonates a lot with me. Its really irritating to find that over 50% (say) of the average mag is addressing this stuff when a tiny % of the hifi crowd can afford it plus probably can't appreciate it.
    Most of us spend massively less and are looking for best value/improvements per buck. Rant over

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    reply to Geoff

    Do you have any of the 70 to 72 yearbooks? I have the 73 and 74 books but there is something that may or may not be in the early 70 books I need to establish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyTD View Post
    Still have many of the mags from those days when my Dad bought them new!
    I only got to read them once my dad had scrutinised them from cover to cover.
    Sad in some ways to see how the electronics side of things have changed, and how in those days folk used to be able to at least put things together!
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    Why "sad"? Are you referring to the promotion of solid-state over thermionic valve electronics?
    Last edited by Barry; 12-06-2018 at 10:50.
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    Hi Barry,
    I was refering to how the people who purchased those mags, and thus who were interested in the hobby, could/ would usualy build their own stuff etc, instead of relying soley on manufactures finnished products etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Why "sad"? Do you referring to the promotion of solid-state over thermionic valve electronics?
    "Today scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality"
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyTD View Post
    Hi Barry,
    I was refering to how the people who purchased those mags, and thus who were interested in the hobby, could/ would usualy build their own stuff etc, instead of relying soley on manufactures finnished products etc.
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    Ah - You mean the DIY content of some of the magazines. I started off building my own kit: a couple of Mullard 5-10s, later followed by a Nelson-Jones 10W classA and then a Sugden 12.5W class A amp (I knew someone who knew Jim Sugden and was able to get me the components and PCBs at cost). I also built my first speakers following a Wharfedale design.

    The hobby electronics magazines (Practical Wireless, Practical Electronics, Wireless World, Elector and others), would often publish constructional articles by notable audio designers such as John Linsley-Hood and Stan Curtis.

    At work (at an electronics research laboratory), I met 'old boys' who had built their first TV and radio tuners.
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

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    Exactly
    I think the earliest Wireless world I have is dated 1928!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Ah - You mean the DIY content of some of the magazines. I started off building my own kit: a couple of Mullard 5-10s, later followed by a Nelson-Jones 10W classA and then a Sugden 12.5W class A amp (I knew someone who knew Jim Sugden and was able to get me the components and PCBs at cost). I also built my first speakers following a Wharfedale design.

    The hobby electronics magazines (Practical Wireless, Practical Electronics, Wireless World, Elector and others), would often publish constructional articles by notable audio designers such as John Linsley-Hood and Stan Curtis.

    At work (at an electronics research laboratory), I met 'old boys' who had built their first TV and radio tuners.
    "Today scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality"
    Nikola Tesla



    We Send our kids to school to be Educated, not Medicated!

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