What's The Website About? - My Story
I've enjoyed stereo equipment sense my teen years in the 1970's. I lived in a fairly small city but there were several small stereo shops which I visited often. This was before best buy, circuit city and other big box electronic stores came to town, As I grew older I gained an interest in learning to repair the equipment. I enjoy both tube and solid state equipment equally from the early 1960's to the late 1980's. I use a modern 21st century CD player as well as modern 21st century speakers in my reference system. Why a modern CD player? Well, I think they are superior sounding to the older ones. Why modern speakers? Partly for the same reason as I use a modern CD player. I think the modern speakers are generally superior sounding compared to vintage speakers. In addition my reference speakers are very efficient and they present an easy load to any amplifier. 15 watt tube amps are as happy as 300 watt solid state amps. Never an issue with changing out amplifiers. Add to that they are compact by vintage speaker standards and can produce room shaking bass. They are the speakers for me. I also like raw oysters and un-sweet tea. You may like something different.
I started vintageaudioaddict.com to help catalog the vintage stereo equipment that I've worked on in both words and pictures. This is not a website that show's step by step procedures but I've tried to include some details about each project that may also help other folks working on the same equipment. Working on vintage stereo equipment is not my profession but a hobby. The fortunate part of this hobby is that it involves stereo equipment that is 30, 40 or 50 years old. There are folks on the internet that have worked on this equipment for decades and that have forgotten more then I'll ever know. There are also service manuals online available for download. You might have to dig some but the information for repairing most pieces of vintage stereo equipment is available online. I would not have been able to fix some of the equipment I have without the help from people I don't know and will never know. This is not a website where I will answer the question "is Marantz better then Sansui?." You may as well ask "are republicans better then democrats?." Everyone has a different opinion with no one being correct. In addition, you are not going to find your answer to a question like, "I have a Supersound Model 123xyz are they any good? The internet is your friend and you can find at nauseam discussions that sometimes have gone on for years for almost any piece of vintage stereo equipment that you can think of. Everyone having an opinion that may as well be a discussion of "what came first, the chicken or the egg? As I mentioned, I am not an expert but hopefully I've added some useful information that may help the hobbyist who is at an intermediate troubleshooting level.
My basic approach to vintage stereo restoration is that all electrolytic capacitors that are 30+ years old must be replaced. Really it's crazy even to go that long as they have far exceeded their designs All paper capacitors the same. Any known component issues are fixed, meaning transistors, relays etc. are replaced that have a record of failing. When I'm finished with a unit, I'm not looking to take it apart again. As far as cleaning the year's of crud out I'd say I remove 30 out of 40 years of dirt and dust. I have no particular interest in brand or model, tube or solid state. As long as it's from 1960 though the end of the 1980's I'm interested. I don't care if the equipment is in mint condition or a rusted mess. Many of my pieces were purchased locally on craigslist, local flea markets, or garage sales. I try to find out as much as I can about the history of the piece of equipment from the person I'm buying it from as I find it interesting. Some know nothing about the equipment but many do have a story. From the Veteran who purchased the equipment overseas, the lady who's husband has passed away, the guy who had the equipment in college. The stories I hear are sometimes of pride, sadness or humor. I document from where I purchased the equipment, from who, the price I paid, and their story. My equipment are not museum pieces under glass never touched except with white gloves. They are all out in the open and used regularly The units are bench tested for power output, distortion, etc. etc. and then it's time for them to make some music Do my restoration idea's fit everyone? Do my idea's about what equipment is good or bad fit everyone? Do my use of modern speakers with vintage audio equipment fit everyone? Hell no! It's your equipment and do as you will as I do. Happy Listening!