I posted a short description of picking a amplifier up and a bit about my history I suppose..... I guess in my mind I more than any thing else was writing a daily diary to myself as much as anything. It simply didn't occur to me that any one else would have any interest or take much notice in it. I am and always been a lover of quality sound at least what seems pleasing to my ear. Imagine my disbelief when I brought A. K. Up and discovered quite a few folks had indeed taken notice! I am not quite sure why, I feel a bit silly and hope I have not in some way set myself up. I may never have another day that will reach the glory I some how achieved and may never shine again. I love reading about members gear and music tastes and virtualy every time I open the page I have a inner sense of Arriving and sitting with friends and or family at dinner .. Talking over who did what and was it a good day or some subject that is far above my level of technical expertise. I may have nothing more to offer than I also have had a similar roadblock and all I can suggest somebody will have the answer. I have found that some person inevitably appears and step by step patiently gets you through what crises has befallen on you. Because somebody always does It never fails. Audio Karma! The name is deceptive! I have little skill to share where so many could draw a schematic for what ever equipment I have on a napkin in moments. I on the other hand love the chase. I am not nor will I ever be the person who is up with the sun (not an A.M. person) waiting in line at the thrift store. I also won't e in line for the latest new technology on a blackfriday sale. I am a by chance type of hunter or even an "you do still have it?" Ok I'm on my way. So this is a recollection of one such adventure. I was perusing a local online classified one day in the not to distant past when I saw a picture that could have been on the show "Hoarders" It had a price marked $1.00 I at first look thought that If I had to deal with a nasty mess like that a can of gas and matches would be the safest for humanity and the general health of the planet. I am not sure why but I flipped the pages and came to one showing an attic type area with debris thrown from quite a distance it appeared. But to me it looked like there were possibly a component or two 2/3rds of the way down this unfinished dormer style room mixed in with filth of a magnitude hard to even imagine! I of course did what any self respecting person would more likely not do, I called the number. I soon discovered. yes he thinks there are a few pieces of gear in there and I can certainly come take a look. It seems he was the eldest son and his last parent had passed and his younger brother had been "taking care" of dad along with his "paranoia" electronic devices are suspect of course recreational drug use if injecting heroin and Glass some how likens to a beer after work. ( not the father the younger brother) so he recalled that their were a few panasonic bla bla pioneer. Ok I would appreciate if you at least hold onto the Pioneer until I can get there He assured me no problem it will be here as long as you can get here within 2 hours. I didnt give much thought to the fact no person in any control of there faculties would be rushing into a train wreck of a hazmat scene such as this. So I get there and he leads me on to a trail that leads some where This is a huge piece of overgrown real estate near the St. Michelle Winery in Woodinville Washington which is awesome! But its dark andat least a mile from the nearest neighbor. We come to a small outbuilding and on the floor of the wood shed is a tx-9100 and a ta-9100 they look to be all there in the dim light of my flashlight. this is a damp dank dark woodshed. I again asked how much? I almost left, But I couldn't leave them to endure another minute it was my duty! So with out so much as plugging them in I paid the $100.00 that he wanted.. And took them home. I take them into the garage and set them on the bench sweep the fresh dirt off of them. I get my simple green and start with the exterior walnut case and face hmm? pretty sweet once the mold come off. The tuner had a cut cord so I concentrated on the amp. Its looking good. I open it up and wow! its mint its spotless inside. I went through and cleaned all pots with deox and fired it up. all lights, protection circut is all doing as it should unbelievable luck! The tuner is just as sold as the amp and once I attached a new power cord all is right with the 9100 stack. I realized it was a well featured set ( #4 favored all time Pioneer finest spec series being #7) I already had other components in that power range. Besides its about the hunt! I did not keep it and bartered for what would be my favorite speakers a set of OHM WALSH 2X0's and a nice Sansui 881 and a Early 70s JVC. I had contacted a gentleman about the Sansui and asked if he might consider any type of trade. He said no. I told him what I had and if he wished after he had researched the 9100 stack to get back to me. Took him 5 minutes. They found a good home and believe he will keep the pioneers for a lifetime. I was going for the sansui and really had no idea what the R2-D2 speakers I got were. I discovered they had a pleasing sound and they did grow on methe JVC it also went to a good home. Me same as always. Here are pictures. It is the rules ! If theres no pictures its not so.