Discussion in 'McIntosh Audio' started by CarlV, Jan 22, 2006.
JUST sold my MC500 a few months ago ... superb amp!
I have owned and used both new and vintage McIntosh before, but I am no expert.
I have previously owned a new MA-7900 integrated amp, but these days I have been mostly into the vintage stuff, owning a vintage MA6200 integrated amplifier that sound amazing.
But recently I was lucky enough to come across a beautiful stereo system build in 1966. I have never seen anything like it and it looks great to me. It might not have the power of modern day standards, but the sound is there, even though I can hear it could be improved with the right service. Especially the turntable sounds very low in output and with some system noise.
The craftmanship and attention to detail that went in to building this system just blew me away and now I have to figure out a way to get it restored probably. I thought that this might be the place to share this find with likeminded. Any ideas how to proceed, proper restauration or comments regarding this set up is greatly appreciated. Look forward to hear your thoughts.
I am adding a photo of the MA6200 as well. I listen primarely to vinyl, rock, blues, pop, soul, funk etc., but with this recent addition I am enjoying listening to radio as well. Mostly classical music.
The system consists of:
McIntosh MR71 Receiver
McIntosh MA5100 Preamp-Amplifier
with a Thorens 124MKii turntable and custom cabinet Pioneer speakers.
Very nice. Really, a restoration of both the MA5100 and MR71 is in order given their age. Restored, the performance would rival a lot of today's offerings.
Thank you very much. I am searching for the right person for the job. There is a lot of dust inside, so it does need a good cleaning up! Also some strange bumps and noises comes and goes once in a while.
I have a couple pieces right now that see action from time to time.
in my "Tube Room" system I have a MR-78
I put my 2500's up on the shelves and farted. Hehe!
I added the McIntosh MT2 turntable to my system.
Acoustat 1+1 speakers
Pioneer PL-S70 TT
Living Room "vintage" system:
Generic Tube amp.
I finally got all the squawks and quirks out of the gear after it had been in storage (or something)
for an apparently long time. The only thing left now is the occasional weirdness in the C28 volume pot,
which I've been advised to live with for as long as possible. I've got a new pot that's guaranteed to be better than the
original, but I've read the many threads about how that's almost never the case. Tapping the pot (from the front)
generally makes it behave for a week or three, so that's where it's at for now. I'll post a picture soon.
Got my refurbished MR77 up and running on Father's Day.
Still need to diddle with the new LEDs though.
Ufortunately I sold my MC2505.
But I wanted a SET with 2A3 tubes and soundwise I did not regret it.
So...the MX110Z is the only McIntosh unit left and it will stay forever!
Right now I'm saving money for a MC240
My C52 running through freshly restored MC2100 has almost everything I want. But a used MC452 is on the radar in a few months. Any offers on a one owner lightly used 275 Mk5 with Gold Lions?
(Still listening to IMAGINATION by BB Mr Wilson. What a hoot!)
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