Daddy's rig

DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,666
What system do you remember your Dad blasting when you were a tot? For me, It was an all Sansui system:

S-1117 speakers

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Sansui components I don't recall as much, but I do remember a graphic EQ like the one below. I always loved playing with the different colors.

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I remember my grandfather's system much more, but mainly because it was in place until I became engrossed in the hobby. His system was the Realistic Mach One's with Realistic Tape Player and the STA-2100



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Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
Cabling: Wireworld
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,555
    What I remember as a kid. My father had a tube amp he built, a turntable he built and AR3 speakers.
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 10,292
    I remember solid wood Curtis Mathis speakers, and and old Fisher headend
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  • BlueBirdMusicBlueBirdMusic Registered User Posts: 478
    My father had a fiddle and he called square dances.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 13,134
    My father had a fiddle and he called square dances.

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  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 734
    The first system I can remember was a Fisher 500 with AR3a's.

    Then he moved to a Pioneer Spec 1 and Spec 2 with Bose 901's.

    Then he had the Pioneer Spec 1 and Spec 2 with the SDA-SRS until he moved to Denon components along with a Nakamichi ZX7, Dragon and a Technics SL-1200MK2. He still has some of this equipment (ZX7, SL-1200) and has had it refurbished.
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  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,274
    My pops was in prison when I was a kid ha. I do remember car stereos galore when riding around with my mom. Besides that no stereos to be had.

    I barely remember my grandfather on my dad's side (he passed away when I was young) but I am told he designed and put together his own solid state amplifiers.
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 13,134
    My family had one of those stereo receivers that had the turntable on top you could stack like 6 records it was NONhifi. It used the 24 gauge speaker cable that had RCA ends. Dad ran them with extensions like 50' on that TINY TINY wire.....
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,812
    Pop's (RIP) had this Marantz system that was ok. he wouldn't let us play it or we got the belt. The few times I did take the chance it sounded good. Nothing like what I have now.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

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  • indyhawgindyhawg Posts: 1,187
    edited May 13
    Some GE solid state console. It had a record changer you could stack 6 records on. When I was young I liked to play with the bass boost to see how much I could make the walls vibrate. It was not hifi, but I did spin KISS Destroyer on it. LOL.
  • corticocortico Posts: 557
    edited May 13
    My parents had an 80’s black face pioneer integrated with separate turntable, small Pioneer speakers. I can’t tell the model, but I remember it sounded pretty sh-it-ty compared the my Uncle’s Silver face Technics, it was monstrous to my kid eyes, most likely a TOTL model, maybe SA800 or even SA1000, the uncle was the cool guy!

    Huge vinyl collection and a decent stack of Playboy mags hidden inside the cabinet under the rig... haha! Good stuff... I flipped through it all!

    My grandmother had an Onkyo tuner with built in turntable maybe early 70s, sounded pretty cool, we still have and it works!!
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 20,167
    indyhawg wrote: »
    ...It was not hifi, but I did spin KISS Destroyer on it. LOL.


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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,864
    edited May 13
    indyhawg wrote: »
    ...It was not hifi, but I did spin KISS Destroyer on it. LOL.


    Turn that NOISE OFF!!! Don't make me take my belt off...

    Oh, man, my mom scratched the needle all the way across a friend's KISS album one day when she came home from the grocery. Walked in and we were jamming on the pops Sylvania tube console. Dam parents!
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  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 3,954
    My parents had a relative of this bad boy: https://www.ebay.com/itm/RCA-New-Vista-Victrola-Console-Stereo/264321796480?hash=item3d8ace8980:g:dFQAAOSwE0hc0OFn

    Not a lot of music played on it that I recall, but for some reason I do remember them listening to Charlie Rich, Barry Manilow, and Linda Ronstadt.
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 13,134
    That is cool. Many of my relatives had similar stuff like.
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 10,878
    My father loved music, but the stereo was some Sears tube console. This was in the 60s.
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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,220
    Parents had some Zenith console. Definitely not hi-fi. I actually don't ever remember my father listening to music. Used occasionally by my mom. Mostly it was used to hold pictures & other knick-knacks.
  • GospelTruthGospelTruth Posts: 355
    This thread made me wonder if I could even find a picture of my dad's Sears console stereo that we had in the house growing up. Found it!

    It only played records and the radio. As a little kid, I used to be transfixed watching the records play around and around. When the record was close to ending, I would watch it put another record down. I remember my dad stacking the records for a "long play" session. Other times, he would have on some massive 70's headphones and be singing to the music while all we heard was his voice. Good memories.

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    Yes, this is the exact one our family had. The only thing I hated about it was when my mom would have us all help with the cleaning chores on Saturday morning and I would have to dust that thing. All those slats was time consuming. I hated that. But, I learned about cleaning and keep all my gear as dust free as possible now as a result. :)
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,666
    pglbook wrote: »
    My father passed away 2 years ago at 93 years old (born 1924). I remember he had a Fisher tube amp and KLH speakers (from the 1950s I believe; don't know which models). The speakers are still around and I am hoping to get them once the estate is settled. I'd also love to get the amp as well but am not sure if it is still at the family house. My siblings and I (family of 7) all thought his Fisher/KLH system was antiquated (little did we know) so, around 1980, we all chipped in and bought him a a new system as a surprise birthday gift: Yamaha CR 2040 receiver, Polk Monitor 10s, Yamaha tt, Nakamachi dual tape deck. He loved it. And that is how my love of Polks started (I bought myself Polk Monitor 5s two years later - I could not afford the M10s - from savings from my paper route). My father idolized Frank Sinatra ( to the point of almost playing nothing else, ha) and I fondly recall him sitting in the den, reading a book (always reading), smoking a cigar, and listening to ol' blue eyes on his system. RIP pops!

    Awesome story. I remember my grandfather always blaring his when he took showers and my dads system playing when we had company over.
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  • Geoff4rfcGeoff4rfc Posts: 1,661
    We had nothing fancy, a cabinet console much like GospelTruth's pic. Now my Great Grandpa had the 'ol side crank handle Victrola. We'd spin albums that were like a 1/4" thick. That, and growing up on my parents music, Tom Jones, Glen Campbell, Englebert Humperdink, Elvis Presley.....ahhh the good 'ol days!!
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  • halohalo Posts: 4,988
    edited May 14
    I sold this Panasonic SA-6400X Quadraphonic receiver on ebay a few years ago for my dad (this was his receiver and the accompanying hardware that went with it, including a quadraphonic record cartridge):
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    He had a pair of Jensen speakers and a pair of speakers that he made himself.
    This is one of his speakers (this is many years later after the blue foam on the OE woofer had rotted away, he replaced the driver with a driver from Radio Shack).
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    Here's a pic from the interweb of what the OE woofer looked like:
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    Speakers with the grills on:
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    Here are the specs on the speakers:

    Specifications:
    Power Minimum/Maximum: 10 watts / 60 watts
    Woofer: 8" Flexair
    Tweeter: 1-1/2" dome
    Frequency Range: 27 - 25,000 Hz
    Impedance: 8 Ω nominal
    Crossover: 1000 Hz
    Dispersion: 180°
    Tweeter Control: Front-mounted
    Connections: Kwik-on® push-type binding posts
    Cabinet: walnut-grained vinyl veneer on wood products
    Dimensions (H x W x D): 24 x 13 x 12 inches
    Weight (shipping): 40 lbs

    Many evenings, after getting home from work, he would have a drink and chill out with the music. My mother told us to leave him alone or, we could join him but, we had to be quiet :)
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 20,167
    My boy will have some stories to tell about my rig. :p
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  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,989
    My boy will have some stories to tell about my rig. :p

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  • minerminer Posts: 1,186
    Nothing but a 1960's era Zenith console that played Benny G., swing music, Tommie Dorsey, Sachmo, etc. I miss hearing those sounds.
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,806
    My parents did not have a stereo. They had the smaller 9V portable radios and a cassette recorder.... The small one that took 4C batteries without a radio on it. I was the 1st one in the house to get one. My first actual real stereo according to my parents was when I was 6. They used to get me the kids type record players and I wore them out within a few months from playing them so much. So after a few years, it was cheaper for them to get me something that would last vs buying it over and over and over again. I think it was a realistic sta-46 or something like that and a technics turntable.
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,146
    Back in the 60's growing up my Dad had a big old console with a TT and radio inside. have no idea what brand it was.

    When I became a TG&Y stock boy I upgrade to a Sound Design :p
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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,929
    I'm a first generation audio-nut.
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  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,242
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    This is identical to what my old man had when I was a kid. Along with his stories of being in both WW1 & WWII he would spin old Harry James, Tommy Dorsey and Al Hirt records.

    Never imagined I'd own any real stereo gear way back then and still had Zero ideas of owning real stereo gear throughout all the years after that... before joining this forum. Darn you guys😂😂🎩

    I mean to say.. Thank you guys!!!
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 10,292
    steveinaz wrote: »
    I'm a first generation audio-nut.

    #me too

    Music has always been in the family, but not by any means what I think and feel about the production
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