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    I've added a rather interesting tape deck to my growing collection - Goodmans SCD-100, in "as new" condition - literally, in the original box and bag, with leads (DIN ), manual, sale invoice from Comet in Belfast for £104-95, dated 29/04/75 and some newspaper clippings with prices for hi-fi stuff in Comet from that time. Quite impressive! However the most interesting thing is that this deck is actually made by Nakamichi in Japan and it is a re-badged for Goodmans Nak 500 Dual-Tracer, with excellent mechanics, good sound and crystalloy "focused gap" head.

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    I remember Comet in Belfast....WOW. Looks nice flat bed recorder....I was 10 in 1975. So my memory is from much later on.

    I think my Dad bought an Akai full size system (Stack) from them.

    There where quite a few good hi-fi shops in Belfast then and a bit later on. Audio Times (part of Hi-Fi Markets), Radio Rentals (did Luxman, Cambridge audio,Avance etc). Manchester and midland (Quad, Linn), Zeus Audio ( anything that was odd and not Linn or Naim) and Electronic Services (Aiwa etc). How the times have changed. There is only one now, and they are more about TVs and wiring up your house.....when I think about it they are not a hi-fi shop...just as Richer Sounds isn't either...... So there are none if we are being strict about it and AV is your main business as theirs is.



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    Blimey, that's a nice find. You're a jammy so-and-so!

    There's an interesting write up about the Nak 500 here: http://www.nakamichi-schenk.nl/Speci...nt/Nak500E.htm

    I like this bit:

    Rare: A Nakamichi 500 dating from 1974 is rarely seen after over 30 years. But still the machines pop up every now and then as they are almost indestructible examples of ancient recorders.

    Do post some pics of it unboxed when you get the chance. I'd love to hear how it sounds. I guess it may need new belts after all this time, and possibly even new caps, despite it's time-capsule provenance...

    PS. I was 2
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    Nice Link Nick....Whats the sites home page ?



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    1975 - good year for music IIRC. Pink Floyd released "Wish You Were Here" (still got my battered 1st edition release), Queen hit No 1 with "Bohemian Rhapsody", Kraftwerk had "Autobahn" out, KC had "That's The Way", Labelle "Lady Marmalade". The Bee Gees had released "Jive Talkin'".

    Long ago heady days - glad I was alive when this stuff came out as it meant something then - most everything in the charts since has seemed to be a bit of a let down.

    Call me an old git, 'cos "they don't write 'em like they used to !".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stratmangler View Post
    Call me an old git, 'cos "they don't write 'em like they used to !".

    Chris
    What's more, they don't record 'em like they used to, either!

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    Fantastic, Alex! VU meters and slide controls and fings... Yummy

    Can we see it without its kegs on (nice close-up piccy please)?

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    Alex may have it on the Sound Hi Fi stand at the show this weekend? Next to my 3 arm Micro Seiki DQX-1000 ??



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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Nikitin View Post
    What's more, they don't record 'em like they used to, either!

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    Sadly that is very, very true.

    Chris

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