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Discussion in 'Tube Audio' started by GregBilodeau, May 21, 2018.

  1. GregBilodeau

    GregBilodeau AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    One of our local collectors is retiring from the hobby and he had a silent auction to sell off some of his gear. I bought six pieces and a couple of them are mono amps so I will be on the look out for a mate or may consider selling if I can't find one. I got the following

    Eico HF85
    Eico HF87
    Heathkit SA3
    Radio Craftsmen 500
    Heathkit W4AM
    Altec 340A

    They were all pretty dusty and dirty from a long time in storage, see below, I cleaned up the Altec first and it looks great.

    Gregb Altec 340A.jpg
     
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  2. maxhifi

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    Wow, you've got some real classics there Greg!

    I'm especially interested in how you like the radio craftsmen and the altec. How is the chrome on the R/C 500? Does it have original tubes?
     
  3. crispycircuit

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    I've always liked the HF-87. Cathode bias EL-34, great circuit, nice transformers, nice find.....
     
  4. Tom Bombadil

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    That Altec looks very nice. I'm glad I don't know anyone getting rid of vintage tube amps. I have too many already.
     
  5. GregBilodeau

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    OK, here is a couple pics of the Radio Craftsmen 500. Other than some dirt the chrome is in near perfect condition. It had a pair of EL34 tubes in it when I got it so I have installed a set of the new Gold Lion KT66 tubes so it looks right. And it seems they had a problem with power transformers as all the ones I have seen have a replacement including mine.


    Gregb RC500 Top.jpg RC500.jpg
     
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  6. s-petersen

    s-petersen Scott Subscriber

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    Your 340A looks much better than the one I had...:thumbsup:

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  7. Leland47

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    Nice haul. The Altec looks great!

    Patience will see some duplicates you need show up....

    Its kinda weird....I looked for a duplicate Harman Kardon C-300 for about a year....and nothing. Now 3 or more are available.
     
  8. derekva

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    Damn...

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  9. GregBilodeau

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    Here is a picture of the HF87 and the Heathkit W4AM behind it.

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  10. GregBilodeau

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    After a hand full of caps, a couple resistors, and a new line cord and the Craftsmen 500 is up and running. I have it paired up here with my little HK20 and a Chinese tube preamp and it's sounding really good with my Klipsch RF7's

    C500 #1.jpg C500 #2.jpg

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  11. maxhifi

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    It really looks fantastic with the chrome plating and KT-66 tubes.
     

     

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  12. Nixxuz

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    I see you use the same storage system as I do..."It'll fit in there somewhere!"
     
  13. GregBilodeau

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    So I have both the Altec 340A and the Radio Craftsmen re-capped and playing together. They sound really good together even though the different tube compliments and circuits. I still have to work on some old masking tape on the Altec but got the 500 all polished up and the look pretty good.

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  14. s-petersen

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    This was the Eico HF-87 I had, with a strange 6SN7

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  15. GregBilodeau

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    I will most likely start on my HF87 next. That 6SN7 is what they call a coin base.

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  16. TENER

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    Wow Just Wow!!! Some real nice stuff you picked up.
     

     

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  17. s-petersen

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    Coin base, yes, but look how they put it in the bottle, like they ran out of the proper size.
     
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  18. GregBilodeau

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    I came across a bunch of those coin base 6SN7 tubes and they all look like that, kind of strange for sure.

    Gregb
     
  19. GregBilodeau

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    I put the HF87 on the bench and had a look, checked the tubes and they are all good. The EL34's are three different brands but are all made in Japan. I took some before pictures of the top and bottom, have a look. I checked and all of the transformers appear to be ok.

    Gregb

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  20. s-petersen

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    It has a strange mix of caps in it, almost like someone was comparing different brands against one another, or recapped one side to see how it sounds.
     

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