If you are just like me – you will love ‘old’ stereo equipment, especially valve amplifiers. Some might say landmark manufacturers like Leak, Quad, Thorens, Garrard, Shure, SME, etc, who made an effect on the development of ‘Hi Fi’ (does anyone consider it these days?).
My memories of record systems and valve amplifiers get back to pre-33rpm; when our dad experienced a large variety of 78s. I recall he had an electric powered record player (very posh!) and by its side resided a tiny box. Within this Shanling A3.2 Amplifier lived needles – they were religiously changed every eighth record. Dad kept a pad through the record player and each and every time that it was played he would make a note on the pad!
With the development of LPs into our house, the equipment to play them also changed. First, dad bought an HMV valve amplifier/radiogram – of course – just before very long he changed this for separate stereo pieces.
The first set-up he bought inside the late 1960’s consisted 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. In addition, i have the original packaging and brochure which came with it! The design and style of instruction within it is much like returning years!
Dad (as dads do!) provided his cast-offs when he updated, therefore i continued to use his Leak stuff for several years – including the fantastic Leak Sandwich 600 Speakers – boy did they sound good? Regrettably I don’t hold the speakers anymore.
Over the years some of my buddies bought Quad valve amplifiers – which at the time were way out of my range! Nevertheless it did sow the seeds of great interest, and around 10 years ago I was fortunate enough to acquire an un-molested set of Quad 11 valve amplifiers & Quad 22 control unit. Some individuals in the 80’s thought it good to ‘Modify’ them – a little bit of advice – if you want a kind of Quads, do not buy anything but unmodified stuff. Others happen to be destroyed.
This past year I got a couple of Mingda Tube Amplifier from EBay – unseen and untested. I am just glad to say – like lots of people on EBay – the seller was actually a genuine person and I now own an excellent pair. They are certainly not yet operational as we are during this process of some serious renovation work in our home so when completed I will have a ‘Listening room’ particularly for my Hi Fi. I’ll help you stay 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 just using Tannoy Mercury Speakers – they’re good with the Quad 11 valve amplifiers – mind, I really do ask them to on a couple of top quality stands – creates a world of difference. The Quads are hnhzvf towards the Quad service department for any well earned restoration – so I’ll help keep you updated using the renovation.
According to their design, tube amplifiers want to see XIANGSHENG Pre-amplifier in constantly. Once the speakers aren’t plugged, the amps usually blows the transformer which frequently costs between $200 and $300. To prevent this always make certain you don’t run a tube head or tube combo without plugging within the speaker.
Don’t obtain it wet
It is a sound judgment issue, but many people take it without any consideration. Because of this many people have a tendency to leave drinks on the amp. For ideal results you should never obtain the amp’s cover wet because it tends to degrade the cover which ruins the resale value. When you get the amp really wet, the moisture can seep into the wood thus ruining the tonal balance in the wood. The water also has the capability of having into the electronics causing short circuiting.