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Equipment Acquisitions Influenced By AK Membership

Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by musichal, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. 4-2-7

    4-2-7 Smart Ass Sponsor Subscriber

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    I find with most people who come over the conversation is short on gear and long on music and record titles.
     
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  2. macgolf

    macgolf Beethoven 2004 - 2018 Subscriber

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    Mt latest aquisition a pair of EV Aristocrats, only a 5 minute drive away. Without the collective knowledge here on AK, they would not have received any consideration. The after purchase support has been outstanding too.
     
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    nj pheonix AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Swear to it on a stack of bibles:angel:
     
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  4. dshoaf

    dshoaf That high voltage buzz Subscriber

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    The most value I've gotten from AK is the links and friendships I've made. I am fortunate to have made great connections in the North Carolina area and out here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    I've also found I enjoy helping the guys who don't mind taking the top off old gear and seeing what's inside. Those that really want to learn how it works are always my pals.

    Cheers,

    David
     
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  5. OutlawSun

    OutlawSun Active Member

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    In reflection most of my transactions at this point involve at least giving audiokarma a look if it's something I'm not familiar with but have an interest in to gauge opinions.
     
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  6. Dave B.

    Dave B. AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    AK's CT Jim swept me back to my early 1970s Dynaco glory days, when he sold me the meticulously upgraded Dyna ST-120 and PAT-4 he lovingly rebuilt. Every time I hear the 120 go "Boing-g-g-g" when I turn it on, I'm flooded with audio nostalgia! :beerchug:

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  7. louisjames

    louisjames The "real" Louis James Subscriber

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    In many ways AK reminds me of the days on the old MusicToyz Gear & Pedals forum. Just a bunch of like-minded guys and some gals who loved guitars, amps, gear and enabling each other. One of the best things to come out of this was the Pedal Box. Where each member would contribute a pedal until there was a bunch of them and then send it along the agreed upon route. It was a great way to try out things we might not have gotten a chance to and help each other out. Not really something you can do with audio gear but the same sentiment, underpinnings, good will and helpfulness is apparent at AK. It's one of the very few places that no matter ones bent, views, age, status, etc. you will not only meet and get to know great folk but be exposed to, and in my case now that most of my buying is done, live vicariously through the purchases of others. While being able to help out those in need, giving advice and benefiting from the knowledge and good will of others here. That all said - - I really should never have started hanging out at the McIntosh forum. But am so glad I did. As is the wife who enjoys music and a good sound system as much as I do. Thank you all many, many times over.
     
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  8. Ds2000

    Ds2000 All About every cool stereo component. Subscriber

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    Wow a memory trigger. It’s exactly what my garage sale find 120 did so long ago.
     
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  9. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

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    I never ran into anything that good at a garage sale. Nice find. You still using that amp?
     
  10. Ds2000

    Ds2000 All About every cool stereo component. Subscriber

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    I was a teen, and I had (quite luckily) a fellow hifi buddy of the same age. So we constantly traded our cheaply found gear, and that was one of the things I gave up.
    I do still have the Marantz Imperial 5G speakers which I am going to franken deluxe at some point. They’re the only thing I have left of my early hifi hobby days.
     
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  11. grillebilly

    grillebilly Empty Head Subscriber

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    I look for equipment reviews here before buying anything new. Used speaker recommendations are also highly regarded.
    Lastly I went for the MC452 over the 352 just because of the reviews here.
     
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  12. 4-2-7

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    Yeah we'll help you spend some good money in the mac forum..:p
     
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  13. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

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    I may one day regret buying Levinson over McIntosh... hope not.
     
  14. nj pheonix

    nj pheonix AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Your purchase and reports of your 452 is having a very negative effect on me:yikes:
    Man, I want one of thoseo_O:eek2:
     
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