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      02-23-2012 09:05 AM #316
      Indeed, that's why I said "believe"..
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      02-23-2012 12:59 PM #317
      Pics of my refoaming adventure.
      Boston HD8s



      Kinda bummed the outside edge turned out like it did, but I had to cut down the outer lip by hand. Haven't hooked them up yet, that will have to wait until after work, but manually moving the cone, they are smooth and straight.
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      02-23-2012 04:48 PM #318
      Nice work I've refoamed many a pair of Bostons...they are very forgiving in comparison to other speakers.

    4. 02-26-2012 12:43 AM #319
      For vintage gear I have a Technics SL-D303 with a Grado G-1+ cartridge, an almost restored Pioneer SX-1050 receiver, for speakers I scored a pair of Nikka Castagna CSS-60 in great condition for free! They are quite impressive considering they are from the late 60's and they look great! I guess Vietnam Vets had a rig going on shipping these hand crafted Japanese speakers back to the states. I guess they shouldn't be over here and I have no idea how many came over. I didn't get to talk to the original owner.
      Anyone know anything about Nikka Castagna? google knows jack about them! I've heard that they are loosely based on KLH...
      I'll snap some pics of the speakers soon!

      I like to blend vintage and modern. I have some modern speakers (Klipsch KLF-20 that are modded (selling them), AR bookshelfs), DAC with a tube (Maverick Tubemagic), and a tube headphone amp with a hybrid speaker amp (Maverick A1) etc.

      Over the summer I scored a stack of 80's metal LP's in excellent condition.... for free!! woo!

      I'm learning to build my own speakers too!

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      03-07-2012 01:31 PM #320
      picked up a Tandberg 3300X reel to reel at an auction yesterday. It's pretty cool looking, I have ZERO need for it. Anyone know what it's worth? It's very clean, but I have yet to test it. I might throw it on eBay or Craigslist, if it doesn't sell, at least it looks good with my Danish Modern bookshelf.

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      03-07-2012 02:03 PM #321
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      03-07-2012 02:05 PM #322
      Quote Originally Posted by RENOG View Post
      Ehhh please share with us your possesions. A list, photos anything. Also what you may be willing to unload...

      Photos say so much more than lists.....



      Maybe tonight I'll get some up.

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      03-07-2012 02:09 PM #323
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainQualude View Post
      A very rare model on top.

      Geebus, ya think!

      Blackface Marantz just don't come out & play that often. I believe it denotes a Euro version.

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      03-07-2012 02:18 PM #324
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainQualude View Post
      I'm really not that convinced that there are a lot of really good '70's era speakers that would do justice to a good vintage receiver.
      AR-9s, ADS L910s, Fulton Modulars, Sequerra Met-7s, Rogers LS3/5As, Spendor BC1s, original Wilson WAMMs, Altec 19s, Braun Output-C, so many, so little time. You can find stand-out speakers from virtually any era back to the 1940's. With the exception of the Fultons & WAMMs, I've listened to all of the above and owned a few of them too.

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      03-11-2012 08:24 PM #325


      Anybody heard of Rectilinear rearch corporation? I snagged a set of speakers at the thrift store today, having heard of the brand - but cant find too many reviews of them anywhere - here's a picture of the crossover

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      I've got a bunch of high end vintage audio gear I'm clearing out, restored Marantz 4270 - better than new condition; Pioneer SX-5590, 8/10; Concept 16.5, 8/10 cosmetically - 10/10 function. Various high end vintage speakers: Rectilinear Research, AR, Kenwood, Infinity, McIntosh, Leslie 251. PM me for details, clearing out to finance home theater upgrade.

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      03-11-2012 09:00 PM #326
      do they have about 15 drivers per cabinet?

      i used to have a set of them. sounded meadiocre if i remember.


      ive got most of the drivers in a box in the basement.

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      03-12-2012 12:54 AM #327
      Just picked up an atlantic research system 450 center channel. Stretching the limits of vintage, since it it came out in 97. Excited to hear it. The Boston's I redid came out awesome. The imaging is insane.
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      03-12-2012 03:26 PM #328
      Quote Originally Posted by A Gruesome Time View Post
      Anybody heard of Rectilinear rearch corporation? I snagged a set of speakers at the thrift store today, having heard of the brand - but cant find too many reviews of them anywhere - here's a picture of the crossover
      Can you post a picture of the front with the grill off?

      Quote Originally Posted by speaker View Post
      AR-9s, ADS L910s, Fulton Modulars, Sequerra Met-7s, Rogers LS3/5As, Spendor BC1s, original Wilson WAMMs, Altec 19s, Braun Output-C, so many, so little time. You can find stand-out speakers from virtually any era back to the 1940's. With the exception of the Fultons & WAMMs, I've listened to all of the above and owned a few of them too.
      I'm sure there are some, but I just don't remember any. It was a long time ago. Most of the ones I do remember are of the American rock version that aren't what I would consider too accurate.

      Quote Originally Posted by monoaural View Post
      Just picked up an atlantic research system 450 center channel. Stretching the limits of vintage, since it it came out in 97. Excited to hear it. The Boston's I redid came out awesome. The imaging is insane.
      Vintage? Surround sound doesn't qualify. It's pretty much been defined as ending in the late '70's, but has recently been moved in to the very early '80's. Basically silver face yay, black face nay, & has a lot to do with the drop off in electronics quality at that time.
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      04-30-2012 11:01 AM #329
      I have been looking at this thread for a while...some cool stuff in here. I am not an expert, but I do like to look, feel and sound of an old hi-fi...must be my 70s upbringing.

      My father in law knew I was looking for an old receiver for my office, and he had this tucked away in his basement. It's nothing fancy, but it works as new.
      1973 Sanyo DCX 2300.



      I know it's not a high end unit, but it was free, and was the "look" I wanted.
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      04-30-2012 11:42 AM #330
      Fantastic. I was just thinking about this 80's masterpiece the other day. I had a Nak CD changer back in the day too. It jammed all the time. Oh well.

      Quote Originally Posted by CasaDelShawn View Post
      RX-505?

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      05-07-2012 08:53 PM #331
      Liking this thread. I'm into vintage for sure. Don't currently have much, except for a few pieces I'll never get rid of...


    17. 05-08-2012 11:09 AM #332
      Still looking for 505 Nak but my goodness these things are commanding a strong $500+ price. Everything under 5 hundered are basically donor decks, unless you find a 202.

      Basically its 505 = $500
      202= $200

      @Tom

      Love the DR3, those are not a cheap find either.. for a dead technology I tell ya...
      Last edited by RENOG; 05-09-2012 at 11:19 AM.

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      05-08-2012 11:15 AM #333
      Quote Originally Posted by tomasepley View Post
      Liking this thread. I'm into vintage for sure. Don't currently have much, except for a few pieces I'll never get rid of...
      I have a NAK DR-1 in my pile of equipment.
      "Being in space was great, I had plenty of time to rub one out, which in space is great, but after a while it's like living in a snow globe" -Peter Griffin
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      05-08-2012 03:13 PM #334
      I bought this DR3 new back in the day, and it has about 15 mins of use on it. Had extra rack pieces, so ordered the face for it thinking it would a bit of retro-flair to my rack, with the AVP doing that as well.

      Tapes are fun. I spent so much time in my early hi-fi / car sound days trying to extract the best from the medium. Had an awesome akai deck at home and some great Alpine car decks.

      Funny, the cassette shown in my pic is the bitchen TDK alloy body, New Order Power Corruption and Lies (an all-time fav) and was playing in my BMW 2002 when i wrecked it pretty badly. Nostalgic stuff, these cassettes.

      hoping to find a reel-to-reel to "feature" in the living room. I dream of Revox beauty on my mantle, next to my recently acquired Audio Research VS55 tube amp, with all the wiring cleaned up...



      Quote Originally Posted by RENOG View Post
      Still looking for 505 Nak but my goodness these things are commanding a strong $500+ price. Everything under 5 hundered are basically donor decks, unless you find a 202.

      Basically its 505 = $500
      202= $200

      @Tom

      Love the DR3, those are not cheap to find either.. for a dead technology I tell ya...
      Last edited by tomasepley; 05-08-2012 at 03:15 PM.

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      05-08-2012 06:59 PM #335
      the akai gx747 is an amazing sounding real-real. and its also got a great look to it.

    21. 05-09-2012 11:32 AM #336
      Quote Originally Posted by tomasepley View Post

      Funny, the cassette shown in my pic is the bitchen TDK alloy body,
      Ha! I have that same metal tape, I literally bought the last one from the last order Tower Records had on the self when the tech was officially deemed dead. I was a total Maxell guy at the time, I could just never justify the price of those metal tapes. So glad I finally broke down and got one though, sucker is heavy too.
      I will never get rid of it, evar.

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      05-09-2012 07:12 PM #337
      Quote Originally Posted by RENOG View Post
      Ha! I have that same metal tape, I literally bought the last one from the last order Tower Records had on the self when the tech was officially deemed dead. I was a total Maxell guy at the time, I could just never justify the price of those metal tapes. So glad I finally broke down and got one though, sucker is heavy too.
      I will never get rid of it, evar.
      Sweet! I have a few of them. Nice thing is that should you have a tape jam (jesus remember those?) you can rebuild these.. hah ha

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      05-25-2012 09:41 PM #338
      Quote Originally Posted by tomasepley View Post
      I bought this DR3 new back in the day, and it has about 15 mins of use on it. Had extra rack pieces, so ordered the face for it thinking it would a bit of retro-flair to my rack, with the AVP doing that as well.
      I like listening to the format as a change of pace, especially when there are so many poorly transferred CD's available. No matter how good the CDP, a crappy CD still sounds like sh*t on it.


      Quote Originally Posted by tomasepley View Post
      Tapes are fun. I spent so much time in my early hi-fi / car sound days trying to extract the best from the medium. Had an awesome akai deck at home and some great Alpine car decks.
      I hear ya. :-) I did the same thing. I had a pretty decent Akai also. IIRC, a 3-head deck. Just can't remember the model any more. All of my home decks are Nak's. My Z3M Roadster came with a POS factory Alpine cassette HU. I replaced it with a JVC CD HU with a HD radio tuner. If I become unhappy with it I'll just find a nice used aftermarket cassette HU with BMW matching lighting to replace it.
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      05-29-2012 12:55 AM #339
      I rescued the tape deck from my dads place. He never used it so I grabbed it before he tossed it.

      It's a Sony TC-FX25. I found the service manual online from 1983. Made in Japan.

      The TC-FX25 is about 3 times heavier than my newer (1996ish) Sony TC-RX300. Which doesn't work.



      The record player is an Elac Miracord 50H. From the late 60's I think.

      The rest of my stuff isn't too exciting.

    25. 05-30-2012 08:03 PM #340
      YES!!! After years I finally found my Nak RX505. Just got it off Craigslist, it just needs a belt for the 'play' button.


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      06-01-2012 09:17 AM #341
      Quote Originally Posted by RENOG View Post
      YES!!! After years I finally found my Nak RX505. Just got it off Craigslist, it just needs a belt for the 'play' button.

      I've wanted one, but need to get rid of something(s) first. Just no more room available.
      "Being in space was great, I had plenty of time to rub one out, which in space is great, but after a while it's like living in a snow globe" -Peter Griffin
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      06-15-2012 04:01 PM #342
      I purchased these pieces about 8 years ago. They were driving Magnaplanar IIbs which I've since sold. I gave these to my mom because she loved the clean design.

      Also, I have an RX-505 sitting around collecting dust if anyone is in the market.

      Last edited by pops; 06-15-2012 at 04:04 PM.

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      07-05-2012 02:07 AM #343
      Found a RX505 for sale: http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/detai...reverse_rx505/

      $475. Found a few on ebay, lots of bids.

      I also ran across this, Nakamichi 1000ZXL computing cassette.

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      07-05-2012 02:28 PM #344
      Quote Originally Posted by VWVan View Post
      I also ran across this, Nakamichi 1000ZXL computing cassette.
      Like this one? http://www.ebay.com/itm/NAKAMICHI-10...item43b05af216
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      07-10-2012 01:53 AM #345
      lol 15k!

      Update for my system. I sold the pioneer pl-10 tt and bought a Hitachi SR-804. It's rated at 50w but it sounds more powerful than that. The sound is nice and clean.


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      07-14-2012 04:55 PM #346
      I am in vintage Pioneer and Sony gear.. see my threads..

    32. 07-16-2012 08:01 PM #347
      Arrggg my RX505 wont play, both FF/ REV works perfectly fine but when I go to hit the play button nothing no movement, nothing... Is it a pulley, a belt? I hear it a cheap and eazy fix. Anyone happen to know what belt it is? I need to know what to replace and I'll do it myself..

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      07-16-2012 09:49 PM #348
      Quote Originally Posted by RENOG View Post
      YES!!! After years I finally found my Nak RX505. Just got it off Craigslist, it just needs a belt for the 'play' button.
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      07-16-2012 11:01 PM #349
      Use Google & search for a belt kit & idler tires.
      "Being in space was great, I had plenty of time to rub one out, which in space is great, but after a while it's like living in a snow globe" -Peter Griffin
      "You could whore yourself out to 1,000 fat chicks for $50 apiece. Or 50 really fat chicks for $1,000. What? Don't look at me like that. Fat chicks need love too. But, they got to pay." -Glenn Quagmire

    35. 07-17-2012 11:33 AM #350
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainQualude View Post
      Use Google & search for a belt kit & idler tires.
      Thanks thats what I needed to know, my googling only produced a bunch of technical info and not knowing the names of these parts and what they control made it difficult to discern what I needed to search for. Alot of these sites just assume you know what a idler tire is and what its responsible for...I don't.

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