25 watts my ass, this thing is loud, even with 6 ohm speakers that recommend 80 watts or so. I’ll see how it does with 8 ohm speakers probably this weekend.
I have too many
Dynaco A25s, and PSB 40MKIIs. $240 for all of them, so I can easily profit on the Dynacos if I want. The PSBs may replace my Realistics as my computer/kitchen speakers.
Modern technology may be more efficient, and technically better, but tubes are cooler.
Got a box of tons of spares for the Sansui 9090DB. All new from when a local Sansui distributor was closing their parts warehouse many years ago. I need to dig in more and get an idea what is what, but my general understanding is that these new replacement circuit boards are pretty much unobtanium.
Actually, I guess it’s already the 23rd for most of you. Anyways, here’s what I restrained myself to today.
They’re not brilliant, nowhere close to my Infinitys, but they’re pleasant, and well-suited to 60s psychedelic rock. I already have two stereos in a small basement suite, and both have better speakers than these are. I think they’re gonna go to my friend who’s putting together a budget stereo.
They’re Altec 893a Coronas, and I have no idea if they work. But, real wood cabinets that I should be able to get looking like new again if I’m so inclined.
Time to rattle some windows
The failure was pretty spectacular, but I was too concerned about shutting it off before it actually blew up to take a picture. It started glowing very bright, blue, and buzzing loudly. The front right power tube. Time to add hunting for EL34 matched quads, or at least a pair, to my list of things to do tomorrow. The…
Still looking for things that haven’t been at the last 3 stores I’ve been to. I may just order them online if I don’t find them soon. Only Pet Sounds has been unwrapped so far, we’ve got lots of listening to do this weekend.
My repair guy said it’s in impressive condition for being completely original, all the capacitors are good, even the usually problematic Dolby board is in fine shape. He just cleaned the 40 years of dust and gunk out of the insides, and cleaned the switches. It’s working perfectly now, I’m pretty pleased.
Part of my stereo system is a borrowed Dynaco ST70, so I’ve been keeping my eye out for one of my own in case my friend wants his back at some point. The problem was, ST70s are quite expensive, and I’ve never seen another really early one with the best transformers. Until today, I just snagged this one for $260, which…
The 9090DB is having a problem with its right channel, so while I wait for my repair guy to not be on vacation, I’m using the spare Nikko Alpha II.
Got a Stanton EL stylus hacked onto the old Pickering XV15/625E that came with the Sansui. Holy hell does this ever sound good now, I’m a bit shocked by the difference. Easily the best sound I’ve ever got out of records on anything I’ve had. Also it rattles windows.
One very well reviewed shop was unable to diagnose it, and recommended buying a different turntable instead. I took it to another equally well reviewed repair shop, and he was able to fix it! The motor control board needed re-soldered, and some wires with degrading insulation needed replacing. After that, he found…
A pair of Celestion Ditton 33s, for a decent price too. They won’t be replacing his current main front speakers, SPL 4000 monitors, but they do sound excellent and will be used for something. He’s been watching for a pair of Ditton 66s, and these will hopefully tide him over until he can find what he really wants. He…
Found a thing that used to be attached to the platter base thing by a plastic screw, but the screw broke. I doubt that’s the problem, but I’ve gotta find a tiny plastic screw to reattach it so it doesn’t contact anything by accident
There was a Nikko Alpha II lying around
My girlfriends dad randomly mentioned that his parents probably still had their old turntable, which we absolutely didn’t need, but look at it