Easier cheaper parts available vintage receiver brands to look at?

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  1. Marksj

    Marksj AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Starting to get the bug! I had a yamaha 45 years ago. Not sure of the model number now. Seems like it was unrepairable or not cost effective to repair 20 years ago. Had kids and bills to pay but here I
    am. Not trying to start a model war but looking for suggestions.
     

     

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  2. mhardy6647

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    45 years ago was a little before Yamaha's prime. There were a few models exported, but the Yamaha of renown (at least in the US) appeared ca. 1976 (which is about 42-43 years ago, although my arithmetic is always a bit suspect).

    I am a little nonlinear when it comes to Yamaha hardware from that era, so I'm not going to be able to help you much. ;)

    [​IMG]DSC_0241 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
     
  3. Marksj

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    Any models of that era that are cheaper, easier to get parts for if needed. Looking at Marantz, Kenwood any others worth looking into?
     
  4. mhardy6647

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    Not Marantz. Very pricey, high demand -- and (to my ears and taste) mediocre sonics. I am referring to the 1970s Superscope-era Marantz-branded equipment, not the excellent vacuum tube electronics produced when it was still Saul Marantz's company.

    Kenwood might be worth serious consideration. For whatever reason, they seem to have been relegated to a lower tier from the perspective of 21st Century retro-collectors. I'd consider Kenwood at par with Pioneer. Again, mediocre, massmarket gear (from my perspective), but probably cheaper, too, in general.

    I think the Yamaha stuff of that era still sounds pretty good. Not that there's not better to be found, but for its time it was - again IMO - much better than average massmarket Japanese equipment (which is why I still have the amp I bought in 1978, and have acquired... umm... a few more pieces besides in the ensuing 40-ish years).

    [​IMG]DSC_0576 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
    (Pioneer on the left, Yamaha on the right)
     
  5. rcs16

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    Easier cheaper parts available vintage receiver brands to look at?
    Doesn't exist, since the parts that wear out, like pots, switches are long obsolete. All you can do is salvage from what you can get, like spares, to extend life.
     

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