1st post / intro and thanks!
I officially joined the forum in January 2020 but I was a guest visitor before that searching the forum reading and gathering information as I worked to put my “vintage” system back together. I bought my first stereo back in 1976 when I was 20. It was a Marantz 2240 receiver , Large Advent Loudspeakers and a B&O turntable. It came to college with me, followed me as I got married, moved in our first apartment and then to our first home. Unfortunately, my wife wasn’t keen on the large speakers and wanted something smaller. I checked out different speakers I could afford at the time and really liked the sound of the Polk Monitors but because of WAF based size constraints I purchased a pair of Polk Monitor 5jr (ported version). I figured I could always add a subwoofer to make up for bass I was missing from the Advents.
Fast forward 30 years or so and we decide to downsize to a townhouse. Time to purge so I sold my NAD gear that I had acquired along with the Advents with the plan to get new audio gear. However I kept my Marantz receiver, Polk Monitor 5jr’s and B&O turntable because of their sentimental value. The new townhouse had 5.1 surround sound speakers installed in the basement family room so I bought a Marantz 7.1 AVR and hooked them up as well as my small Polk Monitors for a separate 2 channel system streaming music from an Amazon Echo Dot!
A few years ago, I got the audio itch again and decided to get my old Marantz receiver out of storage. I had it serviced and started using it for my 2 channel system with the Polk Monitor 5 jrs. Then I started looking for new speakers. I read reviews and went out and listened to Elac’s, Monitor Audio, Wharfedale and others. I really liked the Wharfedale Diamond 225’s but in the end I couldn’t decide what to get next. I kept coming back to the fact that I liked how the Polk Monitor’s sounded and I really wanted to keep it a vintage system, so I started reading about getting the crossovers of my Monitor 5 jrs recapped. I reached out to Dave at DHS and we discussed some upgrade options. However after doing some research on the Polk forum, I decided that if I was going to upgrade XO’s I should try to get one of the larger and more esteemed Monitor speakers to do it on. I had my sights on Monitor 7’s with the Peerless tweeter however not many came up anywhere near me. If they did, they were short lived.
I retired in December 2020 and decided to get back into vinyl. I pulled the two boxes of records I saved along with my B&O turntable out of storage and started down a new “old” path. I bought a new belt and a new Soundsmith cartridge for my old B&O.
I subscribed to the Vintage Monitor and SDA Speaker Deals thread on this forum and scoured ads on Craigslist and Offerup . I was able to find a pair of Monitor 10’s with Peerless tweeters on Craigslist that were modified (recapped with Dayton 1%, magnets glued and Dynamat installed). I decided to drive the 2.5 hrs one way to pick them up. They weren’t perfect as a couple of the mid woofers had been replaced and didn’t look like the original PR but they sounded great. I saw several posts about making stands for them so I built a set.
However, I kept looking for any new Monitor listings. Then a couple of weeks ago I saw a post on the thread I subscribed to from wispolkboy about some Monitor 7’s with Peerless tweeters that were listed on Craigslist. I checked out the link and saw that they were located close to me. I knew I didn’t really need another set of speakers, but these were exactly what I had been looking for and they don’t come up very often. So, I contacted the seller (and original owner) and decided to make the 1.5 hr drive the next day to see them. I’m happy to say that I’m now a proud owner of a really nice pair of Monitor 7’s along with the original stands.
As a result of my “win” I felt I had to move off the sidelines and make a post to thank all of you that share your knowledge and experience on this forum and to those of you that update the Vintage Monitor and SDA Speaker Deal thread with good finds. I know it helped me on my renewed audio journey!