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Thread: Equipment You Wish You'd Kept!

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    I'm Geoff.

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    As most of my old favourites are vintage, I'm starting this thread here, but I guess the Blank Canvas area would be just as fitting.

    Anyway, there are items of gear I wish I still owned (if I had room )

    A few:

    Leak Stereo 20, consistently fine sounding power amp. Rappaport Pre 2, a great pre-amp. Ortofon SPU and Decca 4RC carts, what can you say, lovely sounds. Tannoy Eatons, very sweet smaller classic duals. Harman Kardon 730 receiver, it did everything well and looked pretty. Goldring G99 turntable, up there with the best.

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    A couple of things i would on reflection have kept had i known better, or had been wealthier. My beloved Musical Fidelity A1000 would be the main one. 50 watts class A...fab build quality too. MF have never built anything like it b4 or after....nor will they, as it would cost too much and probably breach the energy convention
    Maybe also the yaqin amp i had, although that could be replaced easier... It was very good and a bargain for the money.
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    Join Date: Oct 2012

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    Quad 303, can't remember why or who I sold it to

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    Nothing, currently. This may change as time goes by...
    Speakers: Usher mini dancer II DMD
    Preamp: MFA Baby reference mk ii TVC
    Amp: Sanders Magtech
    DAC: Longdog VDT1 transformer coupled DAC
    Source: Self built PC (SOtM pcie usb output card with upgraded ultra low jitter clock card, Paul Pang RAM, pure SSD, passive cooling & Paul Hynes Audio SR7EHD psu providing power on separate rails to each SSD, the CPU and SOtM card)
    Power: Isotek Aquarius Evo3 (Schuko)
    Cables: Speaker cables - TQ Ultra Black, Interconnects - SLIC Innovations Eclipse C x2, Curious USB cable x3
    Ancilleries: USB regen, Acoustic Revive rgc24 under dac, Acoustic Revive QR - 8 (inside DAC) Stillpoints under amp, Shunyata darkfield v2 elevators under cables, Franc Audio isolation platforms under speakers, RDC combi-bases and spikes under oak platforms on everything, Hi fi Tuning Supreme throughout, Akiko Audio Tuning Sticks on speaker cables and inside DAC
    Software: JRiver MC21, Dirac room correction

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    Back in the late 80's I bought an old Technics amp from a colleague at Laskys.

    Unusually I can't remember the model, but it was big & black with brushed chrome controls and a damped glass drop down panel hiding the secondary controls. I really did like that one.
    Nottingham Analogue Spacedeck - Ace Space arm - Grado Reference Series Platinum 2 cart - Croft Vitale pre amp & Croft Series 5 power amp - Kirksaeter Monitor 120 speakers on Huygens stands.
    Technics 1200 mk2 with mk5 arm, Timestep HE power supply, Achromat & Ortofon Concorde S-120 - Sony TA-FA3ES - Q Acoustics 3020.

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    Join Date: Sep 2009

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    Celestion 66

    Was selling a few items when a local dealer started out in 2008....my 66's were in the same room and he made and offer of 200 and i said yes russ still uses them as far as i know....
    Main Rig
    Quad 34 Pre Amplifier Quad 303 Power Amplifier & KEF KIT 2 Speakers Speakers & Basic Speaker Cable & Cable Talk & Linn Interconnects
    Arcam Alpha 7 SE CD Player
    Vinyl :
    Rega Planar 2 / RB250 / Ortofon OM Super 10 / VDH Oil Bearing Upgrade / Roksan R Mat

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    Join Date: Jul 2009

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    An ADC Accutrac 4000 turntable - twice. I sold it and regretted it, so bought another one. Then I was made an offer I couldn't refuse on that one so sold it as well. I now have another one and wont be making the same mistake a third time!

    I also wish I hadn't sold my GLL Imagio IC258TL loudspeakers or my Vestax PVT-E2 turntable.
    Adam.

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    Anything I had that I sold on I am mostly happy enough that I did - T&A V10 mk1 veiled and lacking resolution, wonderful looking but that's it. Pathos Logos - coloured and very heavy plod in the bass. EAR 864 - nice pre, but compared to what I have not transparent enough with an ok phonostage. Quad 2's coloured junk Never could work out what all the fuss was/is about... each to their own I guess. Quad pre (same period as Quad 2s) - total junk. Audio Innovations Series 300 - nice but the Series 500 was better. Couple of Marantz CD players, nice but I was upgrading and each step at the time was better. Philips CD player - unreliable junk. Audio Technica CD player - complete and utter crap. Ariston Q Deck, nice but what I went to was better. Ruark Equinox - lovely speakers but didn't have the room to keep them. Rega RB300 arm, don't miss. Goldring Eroica - don't know why folks are interesting in these an ok cart, don't miss it.

    What I miss, should not have sold: Voyd Valdi - total Muppet for selling that on. Audio Innovations Series 1000 mk3 Eminent Technology ET2 tonearm, what a total dick I was for selling it and trusting the person I did sell it to to sell it back when or if he wanted to move it on. That was the clause for me selling it to him. Garth you are a total weasel

    Actually surprised how much I have sold on.
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    Regards Neil

    System 1 (Living Room) : Vinyl: AMG Giro Turntable, AMG 9W2 Tonearm, AMG Reference Armcable, Air Tight PC3 MC Cartridge PhonoStage: Passlabs Xono Digital: Esoteric P5 SACD Transport and Esoteric P 5 DAC, Sony HAP Z1es Digital File Player + Audioquest Jitter Bug, Computer Audio: Veracity Audio Mystra DAC + HP laptop + iFi Audio i Power, Wireworld Starlight USB + Audioquest Jitter Bug Tuner:Kenwood KT 7020 + Magnum Dynalab Signal Sleuth FM Amplifier Cassette Tape: Nakamichi CR5e Integrated Amplifier: Balanced Audio Technology VK300se Speakers: Anthony Gallo Reference 3.1 Audio Cabling: Signal - Atlas Mavros, Audience AU24 Speaker - Atlas Mavros. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, Analysis Plus, TCI. Mains Distribution: Mark Grant Distribution Blocks, Mark Grant DC Blocker Equipment Tables: Target Audio B series + Track Audio Isolation Spikes Isolation/ Platforms: Bright Star Audio Isonodes, BASE 01, SSC Platforms.

    System 2 (Music Room) : Vinyl: Turntable 1 Loricraft Garrard 401 Turntable + SME 5 Tonearm, Graham IC70 Tonearm Cable + VDH MC10 cartridge Turntable 2 Modified Technics 1200 turntable + Triplannar 7 Tonearm + VDH Frog Gold Cartridge + Paul Hynes SR7 PSU Turntable 3 SME Model 20 Turntable + Graham Phantom Tonearm + Graham IC70 Tonearm Cable, Ortofon MC5200 Cartridge PhonoStage: Balanced Audio Technology VK10se Digital: Moon Andromeda CD Player, Toshiba 9500 DVD Audio Player Computer Audio: AMR DP777 DAC + Dell Laptop + iFi Audio i Power + JKenny JKSPIDIF + Wireworld Starlight USB Tuners: Kenwood 8300 Tuner, Revox B760 Tuner, Leak Troughline Tuner + EAR Stereo Decoder ReelToReel Tape: Revox B77 mk 2, Revox A77 mk3, Sony TC-377 Cassette Tape: Nakamichi DR10 Headphone: Audio Valve RKV2 OTL Valve Headphone Amp, Headphones Grado GS 1000, Sennheiser 560 Ovation2, Sennheiser 410SL Pre-Amplifier: Balanced Audio Technology VK52se Power-Amplifier: Music Reference RM200 mk1 Speakers: Anthony Gallo Reference 3.5 Audio Cabling: Signal - Audience AU24, Kimber KCAG, Audio Note ANVs, Barry Hunt Cables Speaker - XLO Type 6. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, TCI. Mains Distribution: Mark Grant and Russ Andrews Equipment Tables: Clear Light Audio Aspekt Tacks Isolation/Platform: SSC, Bright Star Audio Isonodes, Naim Frame Record Cleaner: Hanns Audio

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    Join Date: Jan 2009

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    All the "equipment I wish I'd kept" - I did. Thus my house is full of audio gear; much to the bewilderment of my girlfriend.

    Of the few items I have sold on, only the Revox G36 reel-to-reel machine (bought for 25) and a pair of homebuilt Mullard 5-10 amplifiers, are remembered with nostalgia and affection.

    Yes I've had a couple of sets of Quad 22/2xII amplifiers. Dated yes, but no way could you describe them as "junk". The Quad 22 preamp can readily be dispensed with. I ran the Quad IIs using a Hafler DH-101 preamp into Quad ESLs. Maybe not as good a Leak Stereo 20, and certainly not as good as any Radford valve amp, but the Quads do have a gorgeous liquid midrange.
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

    Barry

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    Join Date: Oct 2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalek Supreme D L View Post
    Pathos Logos - coloured and very heavy plod in the bass. EAR 864 - nice pre, but compared to what I have not transparent enough with an ok phonostage. Quad 2's coloured junk Never could work out what all the fuss was/is about... each to their own I guess. Quad pre (same period as Quad 2s) - total junk. Audio Innovations Series 300 - nice but the Series 500 was better. Couple of Marantz CD players, nice but I was upgrading and each step at the time was better. Philips CD player - unreliable junk. Audio Technica CD player - complete and utter crap.
    Don't hold back there Neil, tell us what you really think

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