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    Default What is your oldest regularly used component and why ?

    probably my B&O cart which is very early 60's and my Telefunken FullRange Drivers which are probably a couple of years younger.

    Forgot my sme 3009 2 arm which is 60's I think too.
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    Are we talking about the oldest item made in production or the oldest item you have owned?

    For me it's the Quad 57 ESLs (1955, but bought in 1974), the Thorens TD124/II (1965, and bought in 1970) and an SME3009/S2 (1962, and bought in 1970) Then there is my EMT 930 deck (the production run starts relatively recently in late 1961, but mine dates from mid-1974 and was bought in 2006) along with several EMT cartridges (originally introduced in 1962, but mine are more recent dating from 1970, and were bought in 1980)

    All these items are in regular use today.

    I have many items as old, if not older (Ortofon SPUGE, ST15TE, SL15E etc., Shure M55E etc., Quad AM1, AM3 and FM2 tuners and complete Series 3 electronics for example), but they are not in regular use. And then there are those venerable items that I once had and have passed on: Collaro 2010 TT and Shure M3D cartridge for example.
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    My Garrard 301 was manufactured in 1954, before I was born, it still does exactly what it was designed for, playing mono records and likely does it better now than it ever has before, I'm pretty sure it will still be doing it's thing when it's 100 years old and hopefully I'll still be around to enjoy it.

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    The oldest component is/are my NS-1000M speakers but the thing I've owned the longest is my Nac72 pre-amp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Are we talking about the oldest item made in production or the oldest item you have owned?

    For me it's the Quad 57 ESLs (1955, but bought in 1974), the Thorens TD124/II (1965, and bought in 1970) and an SME3009/S2 (1962, and bought in 1970) Then there is my EMT 930 deck (the production run starts relatively recently in late 1961, but mine dates from mid-1974 and was bought in 2006) along with several EMT cartridges (originally introduced in 1962, but mine are more recent dating from 1970, and were bought in 1980)

    All these items are in regular use today.

    I have many items as old, if not older (Ortofon SPUGE, ST15TE, SL15E etc., Shure M55E etc., Quad AM1, AM3 and FM2 tuners and complete Series 3 electronics for example), but they are not in regular use. And then there are those venerable items that I once had and have passed on: Collaro 2010 TT and Shure M3D cartridge for example.
    Hi Barry
    Oldest items you still use today sort of covers it. Of interest what serial numbers nearest 1000 are on your ESL57's ? mine are early 6000's
    which I worked out as being made about 1960.

    Great to see older equipment being appreciated and used each day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Light Dependant Resistor View Post
    Hi Barry
    Oldest items you still use today sort of covers it. Of interest what serial numbers nearest 1000 are on your ESL57's ? mine are early 6000's
    which I worked out as being made about 1960.

    Great to see older equipment being appreciated and used each day.
    Now those are venerable Quads - mine are quite a bit younger, and have serial numbers around 28,000. An important and useful aspect of the Quad 57 design is that there is virtually no unit-to-unit variation; one sample sounds identical to another. I believe the owner of the very first Quad 57 (no, it wasn't Peter Walker) later paired it with another with a serial number in the 1,000s for stereo.
    Barry

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    Also got a f307 ferrograph amp from late 60's still connected up and working great. Very nice old amps

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    And my mint Pioneer receiver used in the bedroom in the morning / last thing from the early 90s


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    I have a pair of 1970 speakers hooked up to my PC via a Denon 250 II and a muse DAC.
    Plus my go to TT is the Rock I bought new in 1986.
    Steve.

    TT: 1986 Townshend Rock, 1980 Luxman PD264, 1978 Planar 3 in original condition. LP12 (work in progress).
    Arm: AO modified Moth RB250, Hadcock GH228, Rega R200. Acost Lustre GST1, Hadcock GH228 special.
    Cart: AT OC9 III, Shure V15 III, Bellex HOMC, Garrott K2, VdH DDT-II special.
    Phono: Vincent PHO-8, Akitika MM.
    CDPs: California Labs CL15, Pioneer DVP 676A, Vincent CD-S4.
    Digi: Squeezeboxes. Yamaha WXC50. Denafrips Ares II.
    Amps: Copland CSA-29, Denon PMA250 II, a couple of cheap T amps, WHAMMY headphone Amp. First Watt DIY M2X, B1 Mesmerize Pre. Elekit TU-8500 Pre, Pass B1Korg DIY pre.
    Speakers: 1995 Castle Howard S1, 1970 Wharfedales, Dick Smith's $80 specials. KEf Ref 104aB, Usher S-520.
    Headphones: AKG Q701, Massdrop / Hifiman HE-4XX.

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    Spendor BC1s.
    That still see off some modern speakers.

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