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How old where you when you got your first McIntosh?

Discussion in 'McIntosh Audio' started by sc1801, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. excabincrew

    excabincrew Member

    43 last yr, pheew I am old and only able to set up a mono since this brand name is pricey. Ck...ck.....


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  2. BernardoK

    BernardoK New Member

    West Linn, Oregon
    Well, I’m 68, and just walked (barely, with all that weight!!) in the door with an MC 2105 amp, and this is my very first piece of McIntosh ever! I am awaiting an MX-113 preamp/tuner that I purchased 2 days ago, but is still in transit. I am so excited and can’t wait to hook up my newly upgraded system! Really looking forward to listening to my new system, took a long, long time to join the club, but that makes it all the sweeter!
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  3. Kevin M.

    Kevin M. Well-Known Member

    Clinton, MS
    I was 39. I heard Mcintosh and like the sound but just had never bought one. Started with the MC252 and kept upgrading till MC501s. Saving for the MC611 which should take me into retirement.
  4. jimmeq

    jimmeq New Member

    Thanks! The service manual is a bit above my ability as I have a only rudimentary understanding of electronics and reading schematics. I am looking for more of a "how to". Like: remove two screws on both left/right sides near front bezel. Remove two screws on top/bottom....

    It was much easier than I thought it would be. I replaced all bubs except the wheat bulbs and it looks fantastic! I'm putting together a simple how-to and will post it for future noobs.
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  5. hugo454

    hugo454 Gold Member Subscriber

    south florida
  6. ehoove

    ehoove Old & New - Carpe Diem Staff Member Super Mod Subscriber

    I was 24 when I bought my MC2100 to drive a pair of Janszen Z-824's (1974)
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  7. srm51555

    srm51555 Active Member

    19, I had some leftover student loan money and knew exactly what to do with it, bought a 2100.
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  8. blankhi

    blankhi New Member

    I bought an MX 110 from a student house mate in Swarthmore PA for $100, and dragged it to Hawaii where the salt air trashed the components. Sat unused for years until I offered it to a young military EE who was smitten to restore it in trade for a nice little Yammy. I had already been gifted by the universe with a C30 and MC2150 at a yard sale for $20!!! (A kid had been left in charge of the sale and I drove around feeling guilty for an hour. I drove back and offered it back to his uncle, the owner. He said he didn't want to ship them and wasn't sure they were working. I could have them for the $20 if I promised to keep them. Not a hard promise to keep.) Just finally had them cleaned up locally for about $400 each and happily have them feeding a new pair of Dentons
    I forgot! I was 28 years old when I made the plunge.... in '83.
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  9. jimmeq

    jimmeq New Member

    Now...THAT is Audiokarma!
  10. Ron500E

    Ron500E New Member

    I was 18 (1972) when I bought my first Mac, a MC 2300, which of course is the ideal amp for a small dorm room. Parents advanced some money for tuition and, somehow, part of it got "diverted" to dorm room decor. Part of it got diverted to the Laverda dealer too. The Mac was only slightly smaller than the room BTW.
    Sold it when I finished school because it was too heavy to drag back home.
    Committed matrimony 1979 and bought a 1700 Receiver.
    Traded that on a 2105 - C28 - MR78 - MCD 7005 to celebrate our first born in 1983.
    Sold that at a really bargain price in 2016 due to some "cost overruns" on a vehicle restoration.... friendly advice, restoring a 1960 Mercedes Panoramic Bus will eat money pretty much faster than anything.
    God took pity upon me and about a month ago I picked up, from the original owners estate, a MX110Z and MC240 along with a Viking 85 Tape Deck and an Empire 208 Turntable for all of... $325.....
    Need to find some vintage speakers, Wharfedale W3's or maybe W70's.
    Kind Regards,
  11. Pigboat659G

    Pigboat659G Member

    67 years young
    $175(wanted $200)

    That's me at 21, 400ft. underwater,day 50,Only 30 to go.[​IMG]
    At that time Lafayette Quad,Nova somethings,Garrard sl-95b, Akia r/r.
    JUST married, poor man rack, loved every minute with it, since I
    wasn't underwater and had a girl sleeping with me instead of 88 guys.

    Sorry to ramble, retired.


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  12. Gregory

    Gregory Soundco Kid Subscriber

    Potomac Falls, Virginia
    Adding to the thread and reposting, I was 18 (1976) when buying a 2nd-hand C26 from Del Padre just blocks from college campus, STCC.

    There may be earlier photos of the preamp, but here's a fall 1980 dorm room pic taken in State College with the C26 behind my LEFT shoulder.


    Two other pieces were added after the C26, a Yamaha CT-800 tuner (above in rack) and a Mitsubishi DA-A10 power amp (top of rack), all three from Del Padre.

    The REAL reason for this post is... I've found one of the two Soundco Stereo stores in Connecticut, the ones Mike Mixter opened. Mike bought Soundco after the Dwight Street building was demolished to make way for the Springfield Civic Center in 1970, generally speaking when it relocated to Roosevelt Ave, Spfld.


    Here's an advertisement from a fall 1972 UConn college newspaper. It wasn't written too well.


    Notice (red arrow).. it says Holiday Mall which is 1733 Storrs Rd, (Rt-195) Tolland Turnpike, Conn.

    Here is a Google Earth street view image of the sign Holiday Mall on Route 195:


    A Google Earth view of the Holiday Mall with street sign circled in yellow:


    There's no info on what `store´ in that mini mall they were in.. possibly on the left? They had McIntosh in there for sure!

    This is the general location relative to UConn campus:


    And one of the region's most popular rock joints, Shaboo Inn – destroyed in 1982.

    Only ONE more Soundco store to locate in Avon, Connecticut, closed in 1974. Mixter basically killed the company by opening retail stereo shops, draining assets from the wholesale business IMHO. He also brought in a young hippy-type VP and office manager that didn't go over well with the WWII guys.

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