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Vintage gear that makes you say "Wow"...

Discussion in 'Vintage Gear - Top Performers' started by HackWhite, Jan 7, 2017.

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  2. chevelosm

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    Sansui Alpha 907 cd player. Mates with the integrated alpha amp.

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    Just shy of true vintage at 23 years but still really beefy industrial high end design.
    I'd like a pair.
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    Ds2000 - I always was intrigued by The Gryphon and their imposing presence. A pair is for sale at $7,000.00 @ audiogon.
     
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    WOW.....that receiver sounds good !
     
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    What shop was that may I ask? I wanna' see 'em!
     
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    Some really great photos here, as usual for these types of threads. I got really interested in audio in my teens and had no money to buy anything. I do remember reading the ads in stereo magazines in their entirety though dreaming of the day that I'd own some of it. Some of those ads cemented gear and people in my mind forever. Looking through these photos is like a trip down memory lane.

    Bob Carver - here was a man of genius. Pure genius. His ad copy was so far beyond intoxicating to a 15 year old. Here's a guy that has the balls to build an amp in his hotel room to take on all comers. [Where are those guys today?]

    Matthew Polk - here's this guy in a white lab coat standing next to the biggest speaker I'd yet seen. He's obviously got a PH.D. in physics with a lab coat like that. His personal endorsement put it high on my must hear someday list. When I finally did hear them, they did not disappoint.

    McIntosh - their ads just put it out there, there is only one BEST and that's us. No apologies. I recall sending in the card in the mail for more info at which a glorious large envelope shows up with stacks of the finest literature I'd ever seen within it. As if that wasn't enough, also included was a letter from Gordon Gow himself telling me McIntosh was Best. Just wow.

    Nakamichi tape decks - from the very first time I laid eyes on a Nak, I just knew this is the deck of all decks. Want. Must have. Then I saw the Dragon in 16 Candles - that's a Nakamichi Dragon tape deck I tell my buds in the theater.

    Technics Reel to Reels - what mysterious machines are these? They're HUGE but man do they look super cool, especially with those giant reels of tape and big VU meters. It would be 2015 before I finally got a RTR but the wait was definitely worth it.

    The Gryphon - big, imposing, and very refined in a mechanical sorta way. The ads had only enough to pique your curiosity. You just kept turning the page back to the ad thinking you'd discover more. These just HAVE to be special.

    Keep the great pics coming!
     
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    I've been talking to the owner.
     
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    Audio Video Choices near Indian School and 7th St. I think they were just in for service, but so cool.
     
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    1987 Sansui AU-X901. :)
     
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    IMG_0109.JPG My Scott 355, I was in the market for a tube preamp and found this on Craigslist. In my opinion one of the prettiest examples of audio equipment ever made
     
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    Very nice. I have a close relative of it, the 340a, that gets a lot of looks whether on or off. Sounds great also.

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    And my "new" Als 40 II's.
    They have much the same characteristics, but with a richer/sweeter mid-range, and some serious added oomph down low :)

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    sqlsavior - what are we looking at ?
     
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    I'm guessing quads?
     
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    Interesting tidbit. My dad has lived in Lititz, PA for many years and has been friends with Claire brothers. I went to a party at one of their homes once years ago where they had some cool looking gear. That wowed me but would have blown my mind if I was interested in hi fi at the time and I actually paid attention to what it was.
     
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    A bronze pair of Quad ESLs from the early 70s. I replaced the legs to get them up higher. They turned out well, I think. :)

    Welcome to AK!
     
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    Nice speakers, beautiful environment!
     
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    DUUUUuuuuude!

    I have the split level coffee table and end tables that "match" your table.
     
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