This joint needs some more vintage hifi

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  • PreCdPreCd Posts: 786
    edited September 2012
    I believe he got it back just last month.
    All the Scott tube gear I have heard is just awe inspiring not to mention some of the quietest phono stages I have heard. Was wondering when your brother had it done because I might have had my ears on it.


    Finished one of the s-5000 yesterday, also had a hand in the first biasing mods we have done for one.

    Also got a visitor burning in for the weekend.
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    It is playing with a cd player, the parasound and mains in my sig.
    SDA2BTL
    Marantz CD5004
    Adcom GFA-545
    Bottlehead Quickie Tube Preamp
  • dudeinaroomdudeinaroom Posts: 3,625
    edited September 2012
    Yup, I have had my ears on it. Crap, I might have even rebuilt it.
    TV speakers
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,577
    edited September 2012
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  • Polkersince85Polkersince85 Posts: 2,890
    edited September 2012
    Did you grow those yourself?
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  • Moose68BashMoose68Bash Posts: 3,572
    edited September 2012
    In New Hampshire, these sprout just like the granite stones I dig out of my lawn all summer long!
    Family Room, PS Audio PW Transport, DirectStream DAC; AQ Sky XLRs, Perreaux SM6 MKII Pre; AQ Sky XLRs, Perreaux Prisma 750 Amps or CAT 600.2 Dualmono Amp, Morrow SP7 Speaker Cables, SDA SRS 1.2tls (RD0198s, Dreadnought, Black Hole 5, Acousta-Stuf, Dynamat Extreme, JBWeld. Vr3 Mods: "The Abbot" Monastery-Level Xovers, Custom Internal Wiring, Binding Post Plates, & SDA ICs).

    Exercise Room, Wadia 171 iPod Dock, PS Audio PerfectWave MkII DAC, AQ Sky XLRs, Perreaux SM6 Preamp, AQ King Cobra RCAs, Perreaux PMF3150 Amp, Dreadnought, Supra Rondo 4x2.5 Speaker Cables, SDA 1Cs (Vr3 Mods Xovers).

    Synology 713+ NAS on Gigabit LAN serving PW MkII DAC & DirectStream DAC.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,577
    edited September 2012
    If I used more fertilizer they might mature into SDAs...
  • Mr. BubblesMr. Bubbles Posts: 736
    edited September 2012
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
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    Man that is an awesome view. Congrats.
    If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of Progress?!


    Monitor 5Jr, Monitor 5, RTA12, RTA 15TL, SDA 2A, 1c, SRS 2, 1.2TL, CRS, Atrium.
  • Polkersince85Polkersince85 Posts: 2,890
    edited September 2012
    "Man that is an awesome view. Congrats."

    I agree. It is a rarity to see pristine Monitor 7s out in the wild.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,577
    edited September 2012
    The Minimonitors hadn't sprouted yet when the photo was taken...
  • TitaniumManTitaniumMan Posts: 93
    edited September 2012
    Remember when the Japanese companies were in a race to virtually eliminate THD? I've tried to find, specifically, the Kenwood receiver ads from that time, but my old hifi mags are MIA. I thought the claim was .003% THD, but possibly even lower. Most audiophiles claimed these products were the most vile things ever foisted on listeners.

    I'd like to find one or two of those vile things and decide for myself.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,577
    edited October 2012
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    Tempted to say "from the sublime to the ridiculous"... but the Crown power amps actually don't sound too bad. Their preamps, though, are another story entirely...

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  • littlewoodboatslittlewoodboats Posts: 798
    edited October 2012
    I am not sure if this counts. It is a custom piece done by a design engineer at White Instruments and a Tech at an Austin company referred to as HiFink. Late 60's design/build. Done as a prototype that is still in service I am told.

    Some of the old techies might recognize the volume pot as it is a Mac piece taken out of the spare parts bin.

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,577
    edited October 2012
    It's beautiful :-)
  • littlewoodboatslittlewoodboats Posts: 798
    edited October 2012
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    It's beautiful :-)

    You are just saying that, right? Even the designer says it is the ugliest piece of gear to ever come from his board. Frank Lloyd Wright said it best "form follows function"

    The guy is a computer geek for the last 30+ years. I have been up his can to get back into audio. I had to buy my adcom as his promised Pheta 2 passive pre is still long gone. 12 boards exist but have never been populated.

    I am promised the second prototype for a/b testing to the GFP-750. I am not holding my breath for delivery

    Barrier strips are a thing of the past but as I am told the easiest way to eliminate power supply noise is to not have one.

    If nothing else I gave you something that no one has ever seen
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,577
    edited October 2012
    No, I was completely serious. It is functional and nicely made. Not mil-spec but neat and tidy and purposeful.

    In fact, it reminded me of an interesting DIY (not by me) preamp I have at home - when I get a chance, I'll take and post a coupla photos.
  • littlewoodboatslittlewoodboats Posts: 798
    edited October 2012
    Everyone I meet in day to day life would say that is the ugliest thing they have ever seen.

    Funny you would mention mil-spec. Everyone involved has done that work

    If it had remote volume I would be using one now
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,577
    edited October 2012
    well, I can actually kind of tell that :-)
    That said, when I think of "mil spec" I think of hand-laced wiring harnesses; the wiring in that little pre-amp is neat, but not at that level.

    The PCB looks to be mil-spec glass epoxy, and those deep yellow capacitors are not, shall we say, cheap, offbrand junk :-)
  • littlewoodboatslittlewoodboats Posts: 798
    edited October 2012
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    well, I can actually kind of tell that :-)
    The PCB looks to be mil-spec glass epoxy, and those deep yellow capacitors are not, shall we say, cheap, offbrand junk :-)

    Cost was never a concern. Peter used to joke that suppliers gave away the best parts but sold the junk. (if mil-spec parts can be refereed to as junk)

    The thought process back then was never build what you can buy. The guy that built this unit was the head teck at a McIntosh dealer going back to the mid 1950's. Old geezers rock

    This is the first time photos of that unit have been made public. Not like their egos needed stroking but they both think it is cool as hell that someone liked the work.

    More to come
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,126
    edited October 2012
    Waiting for some parts so the DAC project is stalled. Cold and rain outside, perfect to clean and lube this old '73 Pioneer RT-71 RTR. Needs a VU meter bulb, a tiny screw base. Haven't seen one of them in a long time.
    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ & Pro 11+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS* Twisted Pear Buffalo III Dual Mono ESS Sabre32 DAC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,577
    edited October 2012
    Thanks for sharing those photos; that's not a common deck - I've certainly never encountered one in the flesh.
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,126
    edited October 2012
    It's very clean and shows light use. Thanks Ed! The belts are somewhat stiff but pliable enough to work. Probably best to invest in some. The one working direction light went out too. Quiet deck in my system, no buzz or hums.

    Jasper likes it and claimed it, but would like a larger one he can fit and lay on comfortably. ;)

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    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ & Pro 11+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS* Twisted Pear Buffalo III Dual Mono ESS Sabre32 DAC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *

  • schwarcwschwarcw Posts: 7,204
    edited October 2012
    Very nice unit Rich! It looks awesome. I'm sure it sounds great also.

    I see Jasper likes the R2R also. LOL!
    Carl

  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,126
    edited October 2012
    Hey Carl! My listening buddy likes them turning reels. Gotta watch him at rewind time when the tape slips off the feed reel and skips around.
    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ & Pro 11+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS* Twisted Pear Buffalo III Dual Mono ESS Sabre32 DAC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *

  • KiTsuNeKiTsuNe Posts: 74
    edited October 2012
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    My 2-channel as it currently sits. I am in the middle of making some custom stands for the DQ-10's since the originals dont place them high enough for me. I think this is considered vintage? I'm never sure. The picture is currently missing the SL-7
    HT: M5510-Prox2/PN51E550/NR708/M282(3)/RTi A7/CSi A6/FXi A6/DSWPro660x2/PS3/HTPC
    Office: Belkin PF60/PN43E450/Marantz 1501/PSB 400/Image C4/WD Live TV
    2-Channel: Yamaha C4/M4(2)/DQ-10's/DQ-1w(2)/SBT/Pioneer R2Rl/Technics SL-7/AR EB101
    Desk: QSC RMX850/Behringer B2030P
  • tx_polkheadtx_polkhead Posts: 252
    edited October 2012
    Harmon Kardon 330B damn near as old as I, mate beautifully with SDA CRS+'s. If 20 watts can sound this rich I wonder what big boy watts will sound like...
    Polk Audio RTA 12c's, Monitor 7c, Monitor 5JR+, SDA CRS+
  • gigbytgigbyt Posts: 145
    edited October 2012
    cats on gear always make me laugh.
  • gigbytgigbyt Posts: 145
    edited October 2012
    as long its someone elses gear that is, LOL.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,577
    edited October 2012
    Kittehs and moving reel to reel tape are not a good combination; don't ask me how I know this.

    Meanwhile, back on topic (and 100% kitteh free by design, with a door to keep 'em out and everything)...

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  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,126
    edited October 2012
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Kittehs and moving reel to reel tape are not a good combination; don't ask me how I know this.

    I can imagine! Nice DIY flexi rack, although it doesn't look like it would flex at all.:cool:

    I trust my cat more with my audio gear than some people I know. He has good listening taste as well.:biggrin:
    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ & Pro 11+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS* Twisted Pear Buffalo III Dual Mono ESS Sabre32 DAC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,577
    edited October 2012
    Our pair o'kittehs are OK in general around the hifi - but Zappa did once, as implied above, make a move on a playing tape one day with predictable results.

    ... and back on topic...

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