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    Default Oldest hi-fi item still in daily/regular use?

    mine will be my speaker drivers. about 55 years old telefunken full range drivers. not bad and never been touched from new. (were used in a church for any years before I got them

    what's yours????
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    That would be my Technics SL-110. Production ceased in 1975, so it’s at least 43 years old.

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    Garrard 301 late 1950's so coming up to 60 years old
    Analogue
    301 / 3012 / 2m black
    401 / PU7 / AT33ev / Highphonics SUT
    Phono 2 + PSU X 2
    Digital
    Vortexbox, SBT / Teac Dac
    Fiio Taishan
    Cambridge CXC
    Amps
    P50sa, Glasshouse TVC or Quad 34/44
    Quad 303; 606 or Bel Canto Set 40 or NG 300B Set Monoblocks
    Speakers
    Tannoy GRF Memory.
    Q Acoustic 3020.

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    Mordaunt Short MS 400 speakers from 1970 (48 yrs) - only thing changed is 4 Elcap electrolytic caps. Still singing sweetly.
    A mainly digital setup with a musical amplifier and endearing 1970's speakers. A CD player that hardly ever gets used and a turntable that is good enough to remind my how enjoyable my old vinyl is. Some cables and things.

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    My oldest items are the drivers in my open baffle speakers. All are about 65yrs old

    Bass: 15" VOTT (Voice Of The Theatre) Altec 416-8A 8 ohm alnico

    Midrange: 8" Saba Greencone alnico

    Tweeter: 4" Grundig alnico

    Its a testament to the quality of vintage gear that they are still in perfect condition.

    Oh, and the 45 triodes in my amps are about 70 years old.
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    Grey 301, 62 yr old and not even middle aged

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    What a coincidence seeing this thread. I was just yesterday in a different thread mulling over the idea of starting such a thread.

    In my case it would be the newly acquired Tannoy Eatons which was from the 70s. Have not opened them up to look at the exact date codes.

    And if you include circuit ideas then my newly built Radford Sta25 dates from the 50s.



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    The power network feeding my house.
    I have no idea how old it is, but it is pretty bad!

    It is probably the NOS Telefunken valves in my amplification. If my memory serves me correctly they are of late 50s early 60s origin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    The power network feeding my house.
    I have no idea how old it is, but it is pretty bad!
    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'!

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    Garrard 401, Vintage Ortofon SPU GE, Tannoy early 12'' Monitor Golds. and 60's tubes..
    I have no idea really how old any of those items are...anyone care put a date on them?

    all used by an old git, spinning 60 year old Jazz records!
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