Originally Posted by Dfndr
Frosty boy. Great post. Brought back memories. Where those Samsun speakers the beautiful wood ones with the lattice wool grills? A lot of those cane to US from PX’s in VN. I thought the receivers were Sansui 5000’s.
Yes, they look like this photo. Mine have some 'war wounds' on the cabinets from moving (9 different houses in my lifetime) but I mentioned that I did recap the crossovers and that seemed to improve the sound. Electrolytic caps were over 40 yrs old when I changed them out so it was probably time. I think I paid $79 each for the speakers and that included free shipping to my parents' house (all my stuff was shipped for free and I never saw it outside of showrooms near my former base in Okinawa until I got home from Vietnam)
Of all the equipment that I bought in Vietnam (from the PACEX catalog), the things I absolutely used the most was the turntable, receiver and speakers. I had maybe 150 albums and a buddy, who had a lesser stereo system, had over 500 albums. We did most of our listening session with his albums on my system. It was at least a once a week get together with 3 other friends and that went on for many years until I got married.
Sansui SR4050C was a really nice turntable. I especially liked that it lowered the stylus very slowly when playing albums and then lifted it and stopped the unit at the end of play. Still had to return the tone arm manually to its resting mount but that was fine. Never really cared for most fully automatic ones. It vanished with a few of my albums 20 or so years ago when girlfriend and I split and she disappeared with it.
The Sansui Eight receiver was a wonderful one. I kept that for a good 13 or 14 years before I sold it (very cheaply). I had LOTS of hours on that, mostly playing vinyl but FM radio, too.
Teac A4010GSL reel-to-reel was one item that I really thought I would use until it died but it turned out that didn't get into reel-to-reel as much as I had thought. It had very few hours on it when I gave it to my (then) brother-in-law maybe 10 yrs after I had bought it.
I had a Sansui reverb that I didn't use much (it did help on some live albums by adding just a tiny bit of reverb). Also a JVC SEA100 (equalizer) that I had connected all the time but it was mostly a 'set it and forget it' add-on piece of gear. Lastly, I had a Sony top-loading cassette deck. I don't remember the model of it but if you ever watch the Charles Bronson movie The Mechanic, he is using the same cassette deck in one of the scenes! LOL I used it more than the Teac reel-to-reel because I had a cassette player in my car but I didn't use it all that often, either.
I'd love to have the receiver and turntable back again although I am sure the receiver would need some recapping/restoration work via a good tech. I had a high school buddy who was one of the lead audio techs for Heathkit which was located in our hometown in Michigan and he could fix just about anything you needed fixed (and for me, it was free labor! LOL). I did aviation electronics in the Marines but my buddy forgot more about electronics than I ever knew. He ate, drank and slept electronics and had a full test bench with all the necessary test equipment at his house. Sadly, he is no longer with us. Died of a heart attack at the too young age of 46. It is just easier to buy newer stuff now.