In case you are much like me – you are going to love ‘old’ stereo equipment, especially valve amplifiers. Some might say landmark manufacturers like Leak, Quad, Thorens, Garrard, Shure, SME, etc, who made a direct impact on the progression of ‘Hi Fi’ (does anyone call it that these days?).
My memories of record systems and valve amplifiers return to pre-33rpm; when our dad had a large collection of 78s. I remember he had an electric record player (very posh!) and also by its side resided a small box. Within this Shanling A3.2 Amplifier lived needles – they were religiously changed every eighth record. Dad kept a pad from the record player and every time it was played he will make a note on the pad!
With the creation of LPs into our house, the equipment to experience them also changed. First, dad bought an HMV valve amplifier/radiogram – needless to say – but before too long he changed this for separate stereo pieces.
The first set-up he bought in the late 1960’s was comprised of:
Thorens TD150 record deck; SME 3009 Series 11 Tonearm; Shure V15 cartridge; Leak 30 Plus amplifier; Leak Sandwich 600 Speakers.
I am just very proud still to obtain the Leak 30 Plus Amplifier. I also still have the initial packaging and brochure which came with it! The design and style of instruction within it is similar to returning years!
Dad (as dads do!) provided me with his cast-offs as he updated, therefore i continued to utilize his Leak stuff for many years – such as the fantastic Leak Sandwich 600 Speakers – boy did they sound good? Regrettably I don’t possess the speakers anymore.
Over time some of my pals bought Quad valve amplifiers – which at the time were solution of my range! Nevertheless it did sow the seeds of interest, and around 10 years ago I had been lucky enough to acquire an un-molested set of Quad 11 valve amplifiers & Quad 22 control unit. Many people inside the 80’s thought it good to ‘Modify’ them – a little bit of advice – if you prefer a set of Quads, tend not to buy anything but unmodified stuff. Others happen to be destroyed.
A year ago I purchased a set of Meixing MingDa Valve Amplifier from EBay – unseen and untested. I am pleased to say – like lots of people on EBay – the owner was actually a genuine person and that i now own an excellent pair. They are not yet operational while we are along the way of some serious renovation operate in our home and when completed I am going to have a ‘Listening room’ especially for my Hi Fi. I’ll help keep you updated with progress!
So now my system includes:
Thorens TD125 Mk11; SME 3009 Series 11 tonearm; Shure M75ED; Quad 11 mono blocks; Quad 22 control unit; Quad ESL-57 speakers.
Currently I am using Tannoy Mercury Speakers – they’re good through the Quad 11 valve amplifiers – mind, I actually do have them on a couple of top quality stands – will make a realm of difference. The Quads are hnhzvf towards the Quad service department for any well earned restoration – so I’ll keep you updated with the renovation.
According to their design, tube amplifiers want to see XIANGSHENG Pre-amplifier in at all times. When the speakers aren’t plugged, the amps usually blows the transformer which often costs between $200 and $300. To avert this always ensure that you don’t manage a tube head or tube combo without plugging in the speaker.
Don’t have it wet
This is a sound judgment issue, but some people bring it without any consideration. For this reason many people have a tendency to leave drinks on the amp. For ideal results you need to never have the amp’s cover wet as it tends to degrade the cover which ruins the resale value. Should you get the amp really wet, the moisture can seep to the wood thus ruining the tonal balance in the wood. The water also has the capability of obtaining in to the electronics causing short circuiting.