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Thread: What is your oldest regularly used component and why ?

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    Join Date: Sep 2013

    Location: North Island New Zealand

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    I'm Chris.

    Default What is your oldest regularly used component and why ?

    Interested to know what oldest equipment is being used on a regular basis, and why.

    For me its a few items, a Pioneer TX900 AM/FM tuner dating from 1970. I use this every day because it is has good features and really nice audio quality.
    and Quad ESL57's dating back to 1960, lots written about these already.

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    Join Date: Sep 2018

    Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

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    I'm Ivo.


    I’m using my 40 years old system - records, tapes, FM. Like it and I’m a little bit biased to vintage Pioneers
    PLC-590, RT-909, 707, CT-F1250, 900, 750, 700, T-C3, P-D1, TX-7800,
    U-24, SR-303, SG-9800, SA-7800, SX-750, DT-400, HPM-100
    Nakamichi: BX300e, BX125, BX 1, CD4

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    Join Date: Oct 2017

    Location: Fenland

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    I'm Bob.


    Tannoy Cheviot's from 1976.

    Acquired in Tannoy's 50th anniversary sale and made in South London at the original factory before the move to Coatbridge.

    As to why, well they sounded good when I bought them and they still sound good.
    System a mixture of old and new.

    Speakers Tannoy Cheviot, Amp Pioneer receiver but looking for something new, Source Xbox One X (For everything) via a Panasonic 65inch 4k HDR TV.

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    Join Date: Sep 2013

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    I'm Chris.


    Quote Originally Posted by Primare View Post
    I’m using my 40 years old system - records, tapes, FM. Like it and I’m a little bit biased to vintage Pioneers
    Yes the vintage pioneers were just built to last and with some really excellent circuitry as well. I had a Pioneer SX650 receiver in the mid 70's lovely radio sound from it
    using AR16's.

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    I'm Alan.


    Quad ESL 57s, well ........ because

    Mine are vintage early '70s I believe but I have only had them about 27 years.

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    Location: West Yorkshire

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    I'm Andy.


    Lenco GL75
    My Uncle bought it new in 1973 and was given to me when he passed away about 20 years ago - still sounds good today in its original plinth using the same arm also!
    Main system:

    Philips DCC 730
    Technics SL-PJ28A CD Player
    Michell Orbe with arm decoupling kit & Pete's Pylons. AudioNote Arm 1 V2. Goldring Elite MC and Firebottle OTP MKII Phono Amp
    Lenco L75 in Birch ply plinth. Linn Basik Plus. A&R P77 cart (Paratrace by Expert) VSPC MM Phono Amp
    Network Player.
    Raspberry PI plus IQAudio DAC+ (also used as a CD player) plus Pi NAS Server
    Burson Bang V6 Classic (Pure Sound A30 going into storage soon)
    Reiver Jenna floor standers
    Sennheiser HD545 Ref, HD600, HD477
    Headphone Amp
    Myryad Z40 (also used as a pre amp)
    Backup Speakers.
    Heybrook HB1, TDL RTL2, Some home made concoction...
    Backup Amps
    Audiolab 8000a, Armstrong something or other, Amstrad Quadraphonic something or other, home built EL34 power amps.....

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    Join Date: Mar 2008

    Location: Dunfermline, Scotland, UK

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    I'm inthescottishmafia.


    401 which is about 1970 I think. Also have a NOS one but haven’t checked the date on that.
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

    Hunter S Thompson

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    I'm Nobody.


    My EPC-U205 or EPC-310 cartridges, or my ears.

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    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: Bournemouth

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    I'm Dan.


    KEF's in home made enclosures date from units date from 1967

    Few Old-ens on the go Pioneer SX 440 - 1971 , Thorens TD 125 - SME 3009 , 2000 plinth - 1971 -

    Quad ESL 57's also early ones date from 1968 once the work is done they will be used daily...
    Quad Pre
    Quad 405 Power
    Quad FM4 Tuner
    Kef Reference 103 Speakers
    Cambridge Atlantic & Linn Interconnects & Cable Talk 3.1 Speaker Cable

    Rega Planar 2 / RB250 / Ortofon OM Super 10 / Van Den Hul Bearing Upgrade

    Other Kit
    Quad 33 303 / Pioneer Precision amp and CD / various others Yamaha / Marantz / Nytech / Kef / Audio Note / Tannoy 615 / DC 1000 + more

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    Join Date: Oct 2015

    Location: Pulborough, West Sussex, UK

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    I'm Ian.


    My Mordaunt Short Signifers from the early 1980's, I love the way they fill the room with music so easily, I listen for hours without any signs of fatigue. They are keepers that's for sure.

    Toshiba SR-370/Mission 774/Van Damme cable with MS Starline plugs/Ortofon Quintet Black
    Cambridge CXC transport/modified Musical Fidelity X-DAC/modified Musical Fidelity X-10 V3 tube buffer
    Network Player
    Cambridge NP30
    Denon HA-500 head amp/Nakamichi CA-5E pre-amp/Chinese passive RVC/Proton AA-1150 DMC power amp
    Mordaunt Short Signifer on original factory stands
    Mogami with Rean Neutrik plugs/NVA LS5
    Sennheiser HD600/Sennheiser HD650/Koss Pro4 AA

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