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My latest music maker, the lovely looking and gorgeous sounding Cary SLI-80:





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I have to second the nomination of a ROOM-FULL of Antique MacIntosh Gear....can't forget walking into a Listening Room, lit only by the Dim Glow of COOL BLUE LIGHTS. Here's an example:
https://www.paragonsns.com/featured-system-mcintosh





Another example:
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Movie Theater to Blow Your Mind:
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And at the OTHER Extreme....Simplistic Front Panel [JUST an Amp]....but Overwhelms with it's SIZE....and completely LOST in the Majesty of those MBL (Massively Big and LOUD) Omni-Directional L/R Speakers....with some Sub-Woofers that are Hugely Monsterous:









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But my all time FAV is still the antique 1941 E. H. Scott Philharmonic All-Band Receiver (incl. FM Stereo with External Adapter)....fol. is SAME as the one that my Friend (co-worker, Best Man, Time-Speed-Distance Road Rally Competitor, Electronics Lab Partner, H.S. Physics Lab Partner, etc), took the time to replace ALL of the degraded Capacitors (and many Resistors) and polish up all of that beautiful CHROME (or is it Nickel Plating):
https://www.collectorsweekly.com/sto...for-my-e-h-sco








Beam Tube on the Right activates when receiving FM:

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Dynaco ST-70 Stereo Amplifier with either original EL34 or upgraded KT-88 Tubes was a Classic.....and Important NEWS....there is now a NEW CLASSIC, re-imagined as the ST-70 Series 3:

Original ST-70 with Original EL34 Tubes....with kid-proof cover removed....and two versions with Roy Mottram's VTA70 Triple Tube Circuit Board....one with KT88 Upgrade [Power Transformer must also be Upgraded for higher Output Power] and the other with Original EL34 Tubes showing how ALL VERSIONS have a Orange Glow from the Tube Filament Heaters:








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ALL NEW ST-70 Series 3 with standard EL34 Output Tubes....comes with kid-proof cover, same as Original:
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I also liked my SOUNDCRAFTSMEN PREAMP/EQUALIZER until I wore out the Sliders, which was the LAST piece of [Stereo] equipment I bought that I could actually SEE the Front Panel Labels....mounted in my Altec VOTT Triple-Wide Cabinet along with other gear. It was eventually replaced by a series of SURROUND AVR's with barely visible GREY on BLACK lettering [YUCK]....and although they came with Remote Controls (YEA), in the early ones I couldn't SEE the tiny letters in the tiny Front Panel Display [YUCK AGAIN]....and NO, I don't want the AVR to Splash up a Display on my TV every time I tweak the Volume and/or Bass Levels...which in my current pre-HDMI AVR would require selecting a DIFFERENT TV Input just to see the AVR's Video Display [fortunately, it has a larger Front Panel A/N Display that I can actually SEE]:
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Here is one of the more attractive iPod/iPhone docks that I've seen

This is actually a "time capsule" McIntosh 240 that I cleaned up after it had been in storage for several decades. Believe it or not, it still has the original tubes (and sounds amazing). This was my "test drive" with the iPhone after the cleanup.

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This is actually a "time capsule" McIntosh 240 that I cleaned up after it had been in storage for several decades. Believe it or not, it still has the original tubes (and sounds amazing). This was my "test drive" with the iPhone after the cleanup.


The "before" picture belonged in an "ugly equipment" thread ...


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I'm kind of a sucker for that Marantz light gold ... Marantz 3577 CD Player

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New Yamaha M-5000 stereo power amp and C-5000 preamp.

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I've always found McIntosh gear to be both very cool and very classy.


Since I first started getting into hi-fi and ordering all those brochures, etc., that you could from Stereo Review and Audio way back in the day, I've lusted after McIntosh. There's something incredibly appealing and class about those blue lights and glass faceplates. In 1973, my dream was a higher end Dual TT, with McIntosh pre-amp and amp, driving a set of Klipschorns.
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I've always found McIntosh gear to be both very cool and very classy.
I'm embarrassed to say that, back in the day when I was young, I thought McIntosh looked "old". I've mended my evil ways and love it now, but that was my view in the late 70's as a pre-teen/teen.

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There's something incredibly appealing and class about those blue lights and glass faceplates.
Agreed. The best part is that my MA6500 (shown below) sounds as good as it looks.



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Actually I really liked the look of my old Harman Kardon AVR

I always thought the hollow ring volume knob was cool.
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Wow, there's a lot of beautiful stuff being posted here. The vast majority of which I'll never be able to afford! I've attached a picture of a tube amp I built recently (and I'm really pleased with it). It's based off Tubelab's SE printed circuit board. It's a single-ended 300B amp - my first jump into tube amps. It only makes about 8 watts/channel. I built the enclosure, made the volume knob, did the wiring etc.


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I've attached a picture of a tube amp I built recently (and I'm really pleased with it). It's based off Tubelab's SE printed circuit board. It's a single-ended 300B amp - my first jump into tube amps. It only makes about 8 watts/channel. I built the enclosure, made the volume knob, did the wiring etc. Dave
Beautiful. It has an elegant Italian flair and style. It immediately made me think of Sonus Faber.

Consider starting a new thread and tell us more about it and how it sounds.

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Wow, there's a lot of beautiful stuff being posted here. The vast majority of which I'll never be able to afford! I've attached a picture of a tube amp I built recently (and I'm really pleased with it). It's based off Tubelab's SE printed circuit board. It's a single-ended 300B amp - my first jump into tube amps. It only makes about 8 watts/channel. I built the enclosure, made the volume knob, did the wiring etc.

This is awesome Dave. I always love the combination of wood and copper, and to see it in a tube amp is awesome. I'm not as in love with the thin brass? strips (doesn't seem to fit in as well with the rest of it), but this is very, very cool! Thanks for sharing.
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Alex F, PJP,

Thank you very much for the kind words - I really appreciate it! I built the amp on the cheap. The pre-amp tubes are nothing special, and the power tubes are Electro-Harmonix (Russian). The wood is all Bolivian Rosewood flooring leftovers. I bought two very thin sheets of copper (maybe .020" thick), and bonded it to a thick piece of stainless using epoxy. I was cheap and didn't buy a wide enough piece of copper, so that's why I used the brass strips. I machined the volume knob out of brass bar stock and a piece of amboyna burl. The transformers are all Edcor. I followed George Anderson's SE instructions on the tubelab website. I made several mistakes (I'm not an electrical engineer) throughout the build.

The amp sounds good, but I must confess I can't hear much difference between it and a solid state amp. I guess I'm not a true audiophile. I must say, music sounds better when it comes out of an amp and speakers that you've personally built. It's only about 8 watts/channel output, but I use a crossover at 150 Hz and the low frequency stuff is handled by a bunch of subs.

Anyway, thank you for the compliments!

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Very nice dasa2131. By any chance is that chassis built around a 2U rack shelf?
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Alex F, PJP,

Thank you very much for the kind words - I really appreciate it! I built the amp on the cheap. The pre-amp tubes are nothing special, and the power tubes are Electro-Harmonix (Russian). The wood is all leftovers. I bought two very thin sheets of copper (maybe .020" thick), and bonded it to a thick piece of stainless using epoxy. I was cheap and didn't buy a wide enough piece of copper, so that's why I used the brass strips. I machined the volume knob out of brass bar stock and a piece of amboyna burl. The transformers are all Edcor. I followed George Anderson's SE instructions on the tubelab website. I made several mistakes (I'm not an electrical engineer) throughout the build.

The amp sounds good, but I must confess I can't hear much difference between it and a solid state amp. I guess I'm not a true audiophile. I must say, music sounds better when it comes out of an amp and speakers that you've personally built. It's only about 8 watts/channel output, but I use a crossover at 150 Hz and the low frequency stuff is handled by a bunch of subs.

Anyway, thank you for the compliments!

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Great stuff. Where were you able to find the copper sheet? Most of the sheet I see for sale is coated rather than raw copper. Something that might look really is to use wrinkle black paint on those brass strips (https://www.amazon.com/VHT-ESP201007...gateway&sr=8-1). It's difficult to paint metal strips because any imperfection in the metal shows through, but winkle paint puts a beautiful finish over anything and it's very much a vintage/aerospace look. Rustoleum has a cheaper version than VHT, but the Rustoleum wrinkle is not very good.

You can also copper plate brass very easily --> I've used this Caswell system (https://www.caswellplating.com/plug-...opper-kit.html) a lot and it works great. I honestly think the strips would look better in contrasting wrinkle black than plating them with copper, but doing the screw heads in copper might look really cool.

Sound-wise, it might be worth upgrading the preamp tubes. I think premp tubes often have more influence on sound than the power tubes. I just got done replacing the stock Chinese preamp and power tubes in my Yaqin amp with new (not NOS) Mullard reissues. I waited about a month on the stock tubes, then upgraded preamp a month later, then power tubes a month later and I heard a significant improvement in everything with both preamp and output tube upgrades. The Mullard reissues are fairly reasonably priced and can be bought in matched pairs.

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Great stuff. Where were you able to find the copper sheet? Most of the sheet I see for sale is coated rather than raw copper. Something that might look really is to use wrinkle black paint on those brass strips (https://www.amazon.com/VHT-ESP201007...gateway&sr=8-1). It's difficult to paint metal strips because any imperfection in the metal shows through, but winkle paint puts a beautiful finish over anything and it's very much a vintage/aerospace look. Rustoleum has a cheaper version than VHT, but the Rustoleum wrinkle is not very good.

You can also copper plate brass very easily --> I've used this Caswell system (https://www.caswellplating.com/plug-...opper-kit.html) a lot and it works great. I honestly think the strips would look better in contrasting wrinkle black than plating them with copper, but doing the screw heads in copper might look really cool.

Sound-wise, it might be worth upgrading the preamp tubes. I think premp tubes often have more influence on sound than the power tubes. I just got done replacing the stock Chinese preamp and power tubes in my Yaqin amp with new (not NOS) Mullard reissues. I waited about a month on the stock tubes, then upgraded preamp a month later, then power tubes a month later and I heard a significant improvement in everything with both preamp and output tube upgrades. The Mullard reissues are fairly reasonably priced and can be bought in matched pairs.
PJP, I just went through my Amazon orders from the last two years, and I don't know where I orderded the copper sheet from. I can say I polished the copper with scotchbrite, and then immediately hit it with a sealer. I apologize - I simply don't know where I got it from. I've never tried any of the Caswell plating systems. I will keep that in mind. Regarding the pre-amp tubes, you're probably right. I will order a few new pre-amp tubes. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Very nice dasa2131. By any chance is that chassis built around a 2U rack shelf?
Tedd, You are 100% spot on. The chassis is built off a 2U chassis. Thank you for the kind words!

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Originally Posted by dasa2131 View Post
Tedd, You are 100% spot on. The chassis is built off a 2U chassis. Thank you for the kind words!

Dave
A big Thank You to posting that photo!

That is a rack mounted problem solver for me! I want an av rack to host three exposed optical drives and I've often thought of doing a htpc face plate from wood and giving it a piano finish. And I was looking at looking at rack mounted duplicator cases, and not quite getting the third drive or the slim horizontal profile I wanted. And the prices were a little insane.
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