Anybody using gear 30+ years old that hasn't been restored?

Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by sberger, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. braunluver

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    Using a Nikko beta pre, and Alpha 3 amp
     

     

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  2. Robisme

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    Sansui AU-X711.

    Sansui S-X1200.

    Lots of things are 30 years old now.:biggrin:

    Rob
     
  3. OnTheBlitz

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  4. Mr Creosote

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    My Marantz 2245. Replaced bulbs, cleaned and lubed the pots and set DC offset and idle.
     
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  5. bluesky

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  6. rolex452

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    1) Nakamichi TA-2A receiver & Signet EP700 headphones: (close, 28 years old), near mint.
    2) Technics SL-P300 CD player (1985), near mint.
    3) Marantz model 6300 turntable (1976): near mint, but neon strobe light replaced.
    4) Audio Dynamics 10E MKIV phone cart (1972): body & stylus: near mint.
    If it ain't broke, don't fix it, especially since very few people now have the knowledge & parts to do so. Thank you.
     

     

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  7. Mr Creosote

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    That's half my moto.. Its more like "If it ain't broke, Break it..."
     
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  8. SpruceMoose

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    KLH 5. Nothing ever done to them AFAIK. Dual 1245. New belt once about 15 years ago. Dynaco Stereo 70. Got rid of the selenium stack for a diode. PAS2. Had to replace the power transformer about 20 years ago. A bunch of Minimus7’s. Never messed with. Pioneer SX2000 tube receiver. Straightened tube pins (a few were folded under!) and sprayed deoxit in all controls/switches.

    If it ain’t broke, fix it till it is!
     
  9. OMGCat!

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    My motto is "fix it until it's broken".
     
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  10. gslikker

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    Somehow my experience is, this is exactly what will happen doing "periodic maintenance" according the books, on professional non-audio equipment.
     
  11. Mr Creosote

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    Polk Monitor 10B vintage 1983, Fender P Bass vintage 1962, Beat Farmers album vintage 1986
     
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  12. lokerola

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    Nice P Bass! I’ve got a fairly rare 1980’s Japanese P bass that’s medium scale. So 32 frets instead of 34. I love playing it (although I haven’t recently due to work and life commitments).
     
  13. Mr Creosote

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    Thanks, I'm not sure it falls into the theme of the thread cause its far from original. It's been a players bass all its life and has a lot of "patina". A lot of the hardware has been replaced over the years, Its fun to play and has beautiful tone. The body is dated 62. Has a Chandler neck and EMG pickups. Not sure about the bridge and tuners. Weighs a ton.
     
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  14. mkane

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    Pioneer PL 630 until it met up with the Rabbi.
     
  15. musichal

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    Klipsch Forte I. Original drivers. All openings re-sealed, an internal brace added, and new caps (not the whole crossover). Does that count as restored? Not imo. More like scheduled maintenance... except the brace, which is an addition, not restoration. Something Klipsch should have built in at the outset.
     
  16. 55Redneck

    55Redneck Canadian Redneck

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    My Pioneer SX-D7000 is from 1980 and never been worked on other than a little Deoxit on the switches. It was covered in nicotine inside and out when I got it but it worked like new once I noticed the missing jumpers. It does have a couple of bulbs out (FM and bass slider), so I'll just leave it alone because I love the way it sounds as is. :) CIMG7904.JPG
     
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  17. Hunted11

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    My Mac MR-73 tuner and C-28 preamp are original as is my Concord MK3 R2R.
     
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  18. Dennman6

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    Still using this 1959 Motorola SH18G on its original tubes and caps. My mom and grandmother bought this for me at a garage sale near Milwaukee in 1973. The Motorola and a 1920s Larkin record cabinet cost $15 total. I did buy the SAMS for it a few years ago to facilitate changing out the caps, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Probably hear some improvement if the crossover caps in the swing-out speakers are replaced as well. This unit gets used about twice a month for about an hour to 90 minutes at a time.
     

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  19. musichal

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    Well, if that isn't just the bees knees! Way to go, daddy-o!
     
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  20. intro6

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    I've never restored the NAD 3020 amplifier that I originally bought new, unless you count the DeOxit cleaning I did to the switches & knob controls not that long ago. I only did that because static sound had developed in relation to the volume control knob. Once I did that, it cleared up the problem entirely, and it now sounds great again, like it had for so long before.
     
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