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#1 of 34 OFFLINE   Chet_F

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Posted August 18 2006 - 12:16 PM

I've recently been interested in Vintage stereos, speakers, etc. I was fortunate enought to find a Harmon Kardon 330c circa 1976-77 in mint condition at a local flea market for $20. I was looking for another system to put in my game room. Unfortunately the finances are terrible. So I figured, what the heck, I'm only out $20 if it doesn't work. Well, I hooked it up and it had a few issues that were easily fixed with some DeOxit, etc. Now it sounds amazing. I've picked up some old EPI 100s for a deal too that I have to refoam for this setup.

Well, here are some pictures of the 330c, my neighbor threw out the stand so I got that for free:
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Here's a closeup of the unit:http://i25.photobuck....h/IM000521.jpg

I've found a great deal on information at Audiokarma - it's a great site such as this.

Well, I just had to share.
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#2 of 34 OFFLINE   LanceJ

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Posted August 18 2006 - 08:17 PM

Wow that's nice - very clean lines. You can tell where modern Harmons got their styling from. Do you know its wattage rating?

Check out this excellent site for more info and parts for EPI and other similar speakers (& this guy actually builds *new* drivers for certain older models).

#3 of 34 OFFLINE   Phil A

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Posted August 19 2006 - 02:00 AM

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Wow that's nice - very clean lines. You can tell where modern Harmons got their styling from. Do you know its wattage rating?

Check out this excellent site for more info and parts for EPI and other similar speakers (& this guy actually builds *new* drivers for certain older models).


Many moons ago, I owned EPI 70s and other stuff of that vintage (when I was 5Posted Image). While not a good deal like you got, sometimes I look at www.audioclassics.com to remember the good old days.

#4 of 34 OFFLINE   Arthur S

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Posted August 19 2006 - 03:30 AM

Very, very nice.

#5 of 34 OFFLINE   Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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Posted August 19 2006 - 02:32 PM

They don’t get any more beautiful than the mid-to-early 70s Marantz receivers!

Here some others I like. IMO the nicest looking ones were in the late 70s. They really hit their stride then!

Check out Yamaha’s variable loudness control! Looks really great at night

The old Technics were sharp looking too...
...as were the Pioneers. This one isn't sure if it's a flagship or a battleship!
This Sansui Quadraphonic thinks it’s the control panel of a rocketship!
Didn’t now Rotel had been around that long... Very understated, nice clean lines.
Sansui must be Japanese for “My knobs are bigger than yours!”
Not everything was beautiful – check this really scary–looking JVC. Yikes!
My personal favorite, this Marantz is a later flagship model - $1600 in 1978 dollars! The blue backlighting looked great at night. Check out the midrage tone control!

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#6 of 34 OFFLINE   Arthur S

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Posted August 20 2006 - 04:59 AM

Wayne

Thanks for the links! For some reason I can't get the pic of the Marantz.

#7 of 34 OFFLINE   Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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Posted August 20 2006 - 09:50 AM

Thanks for the tip, Arthur – apparently classic-audio.com restricts their pics. I’ve dropped in pictures from the Oak Tree Entertainment site, so the links will work now. Unfortunately their picture of the later-model Marantz doesn’t get the full effect, as you can’t see the way-cool back lighting of the radio dial numbers, like the classicaudio .com picture did. Look up the Model 2600 pic on their Marantz Index page. It’s towards the bottom of the “Grp 3 Rec” column.

Oh yes, for you Kenwood fans, here’s a nice late-70s Kenwood receiver!

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#8 of 34 OFFLINE   LanceJ

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Posted August 20 2006 - 07:42 PM

This isn't exactly vintage, but just wanted to mention that when Technics wanted to design a nice looking piece of gear (this didn't happen often Posted Image ) they could do a pretty good job. Check out this THX-certified Posted Image receiver last sold IIRC in 1998, complete with huge wattage meters: SA-TX50. I own their SA-DA8 which looks cool, but in a rather stark old-skool, & almost military way.

#9 of 34 OFFLINE   Philip Hamm

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Posted August 21 2006 - 01:12 AM

I'm using a circa 1974 Crown DC300A for my infinite baffle subwoofer. Works great. There's a picture here. It's right over "location 1" in my backroom rack.
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#10 of 34 OFFLINE   chuckg

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Posted August 21 2006 - 08:21 AM

Yep, can't beat those 70s era looks! I still have the hair.


Well, enough of that. I've got an HK 630 that still does excellent service for a second music system. My HT sub is powered by a Yamaha commercial audio amp, and a yet-to-be-built monstrosus sub will be powered by a Phase Linear 700, circa Pink floyd era.

Yes, dear, what did you say??


oh, BTW, using the term "vintage" for anything from the 70s makes me feel really old. I was born shortly before the first human ventured into space.
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#11 of 34 OFFLINE   John Garcia

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Posted August 21 2006 - 09:03 AM

I haven't been lucky enough to find any good old Marantz, but I did pick this up at a yard sale:

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Everything works, including all the light bulbs. With a small amount of cleaning, it looks great inside:

Pic 2

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Grand total: $5.00!!
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System Two: Marantz PM7200, Pioneer FS52s, Panasonic BD79
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#12 of 34 OFFLINE   Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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Posted August 21 2006 - 09:07 AM

Very nice, John! Does it have a name? Posted Image

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#13 of 34 OFFLINE   John Garcia

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Posted August 21 2006 - 10:42 AM

Pioneer SX-990. 28W x 2. It has no "name" as of yet, if that's what you mean Posted Image It sounds quite good. Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet, but I couldn't pass it up for that price and the condition. When I move to my new place, I will have a spare room and a big garage, so I'm pretty certain it will find a home in one of those two places...
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System Two: Marantz PM7200, Pioneer FS52s, Panasonic BD79
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Posted September 17 2006 - 12:41 AM

Yes, I'm listening to an HK-930 stereo receiver (big brother of OP's 330) that I bought new way back when.

Still produces great sound, but I need to replace the light bulb(s) that illuminate the front panel as they died a month ago.

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Posted September 17 2006 - 07:35 AM

My first stereo ever was the technics sa-800 that my pops bought in the late 70's it's what got me into this hobby. He bought it when was I five, then passed it on to my when I was 12. It eventually died but years later in college I found 2 on ebay so I bought them both.
so no weaknesses at all, ay?
no...uh..no....
You...uh... you hesitated there.... is there something I should know?
No, it's virtually indestructible...like 99 point 9 percent uh..
Okay... I wouldn't be doin' my job if I didn't ask what's the point o 1..

 


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Posted September 18 2006 - 05:25 AM

Question asbout the HK 930 for Billy:

does your frequency dial needle lean over to one side? When I bought my 930 ( ~1984 pawn shop $95) the needle was warped. After trying to warm it and bend it back, it slowly leans again (from heat from lamp). I finally quit trying.
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Posted September 18 2006 - 07:21 AM

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Question asbout the HK 930 for Billy:

does your frequency dial needle lean over to one side? When I bought my 930 ( ~1984 pawn shop $95) the needle was warped. After trying to warm it and bend it back, it slowly leans again (from heat from lamp). I finally quit trying.


Nope, (Bruce's HK-930) don't seem to have that problem, but I've owned it since new. Maybe someone replaced the bulb that just went out on mine with one of higher wattage that warped (melted) your needle.

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Posted September 27 2006 - 11:46 AM

About a year ago I picked up a mint condition Harmon/Kardon Citation 16 amplifier for $4. Yes, four dollars. I kept it for about a week when I decided to sell it on eBay for $450. I now regret doing that but I needed the money at the time.
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Currently I'm using another Harmon/Kardon 503 amp that a cousin gave to me. All it needed was a little cleaning and it worked fine. I do have some renders of a model of it, but no pics.

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Posted September 29 2006 - 03:01 PM

I have 4 Vintage mosfet amps I refurbished myself. Two of them are Hafler DH200's with Musical Concepts PA3 boards , I tripled the capacitance, installed hexfred diodes, Black Gate capacitors , replaced the old binding posts and rca's with gold plated . I also refurbished a hafler P230, a pro version of the DH220 but with 12 mosfet output transistors instead of 8, and a mint B&K ST140 mosfet amp.
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Posted October 01 2006 - 05:08 AM

Those Haflers are nice, check this beast out.

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Just Beautiful. It is going for close to $1000 on ebay. They also have one with an oscillascope going for over $2000, that is insane.





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