Another Tom from Chicago

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by TomBig58, Jul 1, 2017.

  1. TomBig58

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    First I would like to give a heartfelt thanks to the staff and members of AK. You all have been a valuable resource as I venture back into the world of vintage hi-fi. I've loved music since growing up in the 60's. My first 45 purchase was Paperback Writer/Rain. I was 7 and I just wanted a record of my own to play on my sister's record player. Through my teen years I bought a lot of albums and scraped up enough to buy a Philips 212 Electronic to keep them minty. Eventually I got an HK 430 but never decent speakers. Marraige, kids, mortgage, life, divorce, etc for the last 20yrs or so I've been happy listening to my Denon AV system with Polk RT1000P's for front stereo for my records and cds. As the equipment deteriorated I finally decided to get serious about a new AV receiver and fix the amps in my Polk towers only to find the new AV recievers don't have phono inputs.

    So I went back to Craigslist (where I originally bought my Denon/Polk/Toshiba TT setup) and now, with the help of you guys here I'm on a two month aquisition spree. MCS 6700TT. MCS3233 Receiver. HK PM660 Amp w/ components. Kenwood KA3500 Amp and tuner. Polk RT1000i's (for parts) with a Yamaha HTR 5860 AVR thrown in (my new AVR) MCS 3125 receiver. Wharfedale 9.4, 9CS with Premier Acoustics PA10sub for surround. ...and assorted other speakers and lower amps and pieces. Now I'm concentrating on speakers for the big boy amp. Today I aquired some DCM TF400 speakers which are nice but I don't think this is the end. I know it's not proper to talk dollars here but the DCM's probably put me over the $1000 mark for all that shit so I don't think I'm doing so bad. All are in working order and my only labor so far is cleaning and deoxing.

    I don't have a big place but and now I'm not so sure how to separate my AV from my hi-fi with out actually losing some furniture. For now it's just fun playing with my new toys. Thanks again this site is awesome. I will be paying my membership soon it's well worth it!
     

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  2. HarmanKardon

    HarmanKardon Tubes still smell funny Subscriber

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    Thank you for this great intro and Welcome to our community! :)
     
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    Welcome to AK Tom!
     
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    Tom...looks like you've got it bad:) Welcome!
     
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  7. stevo137

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    Welcome Tom!

    There is a heck of a lot of nice gear being sold in Batertown by great members.
     
  8. TomBig58

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    Haha that's what my family keeps telling me. Truth is, I've always "had it bad" I just never did anything about it. I was blissfully out of the loop for all those years and completely content with my 5.1 surround system. When the urge came over me I would switch that Denon AVR to stereo mode and push those Polk towers to their limit with some vintage vinyl or CD until the neighbors called me to turn it down. Yeah right!!....like I'm gonna hear my phone ring. I know I could have just gotten a good phono preamp and input selector control for Yamaha AVR but where's the fun in that? For now I'm done with equipment and concentrating on speaker solutions and how to integrate into my place.
     
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    Greetings to ya!

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    Welcome to AK Tom!
     
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    Welcome aboard! Quite a few here from Chicagoland.
     
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    Seconded for truth. Welcome to a wonderful place!
     
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    Hello from Rogers park!

    Free hotdogs today on Pratt beach :) happy 4th P_20170704_095214.jpg
     
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  17. TomBig58

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    I went into Saturday Audio on Belmont for the first time a month or so ago. It's a nice place to browse and drool over some of the TOTL stuff. I think I'm more of the "hidden gems on the net" kind of guy. I wish I had time to do garage sales and goodwill, etc.. Never pay full price is a motto of mine. Heck, I only buy groceries if they're on sale....even if I don't need them haha.
     
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    Welcome to the AK Group.

    Great background share.:thumbsup:

    Happy to hear that Vint Bug virus never left and you've upgraded as well despite the "bumps" in the road of life.

    As per your potential lack of furniture...just have something comfortable to site back and listen/view in. There's even been threads in AK on this aspect of what's out there to relax in while you take in the tunes/videos.

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  20. TomBig58

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    Thanks for all the heartfelt welcomes. I'm still toying around with the equipment and added some Infinity QB's that I really like and today I picked up some 60's era Rectilinear 3's original to the seller's family. I met a fellow AK'er Mike there, he was looking at them too. We chatted audio for awhile and I went home with the speakers and early Kenwood amp and tuner. The 80 something owner didn't care to talk much about the speaks or the vintage Kenwood equipment but he was proud as hell of his turn of the century Victor victrola. He cranked it up and played a 78. It was awesome and I could tell he loved showing it off. I also learned where the saying "Throw a sock in it" comes from because he did exactly that!

    So now I've got some projects to keep me occupied so I gotta stop getting more stuff. I pulled the covers off one of the speakers and the drivers look like new! The Kenwoods were dirty but operational. Here's picks of the Infinities and new old stuff.

    [​IMG][​IMG]Rectilinear III, Kenwood 6000 amp and KT 7000 tuner
     

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