So I was cruising CL the other day and a local was selling a bunch of quality vintage gear.
I saw he had a Marantz 3300 listed in his ad so I gave him a call to see if it was still available.
He had no price listed in the ad but it was a bunch of tasty gear...Kef C75s, Several Pioneer, Kenwood and Yamaha receivers, Klipsch Heresy x like 4 pairs, McIntosh Amps both tube and SS...
So I got there and the living room of his house looked like an audio swap meet. Speakers lining the walls, folding tables set up with gear all over them and extension cords all over the place.
After talking to him, it appears that he inherited his parent's house when they passed away and his dad was an audio nut who never threw anything out. He also had a Marantz 1020 I was interested in but it would power on but had low output to both speakers so I passed.
Anyway, he hooked up the 3300 for me to a 250 amp (WAY too much for the asking price on the amp or I would have grabbed it too...talking eGay prices here) and a pair of KEF bookies with the oval passive radiator (trying to convince him to sell those as they sounded amazing).
The 3300 was hooked up to a cheap Sony CDP and he started playing some Coltrane. Pretty delicious sounding.
I verified everything was working, no scratchy knobs or sliders...overall, sounded solid.
So I broached the subject of price.
He started pointing out flaws in the pre...the metal case was gone (Walnut wood case not perfect but not in bad shape at all with just a few scuffs and scratches), the knobs and face were filthy and the inside had about 25 years of accumulated dust.
He then throws in the old, "But everyone knows that the 3300 is the best Marantz pre up until you get into the 7s..." Uh yeah...that's sort of subjective...I mean it *is* a danged good pre but...
So by this point, with his dog sitting on my shoe and the place smelling like musty death, even with all the cool gear, I am ready to get home dangit.
I ask him how much and he goes, well...I know it needs some work so would you go $45?
DUH! Sure I will.
So I pull out my wallet...and only have $20s. I ask him if he has a $5 and a $10 and he goes, you know what...$40 is fine. I am working on a volume margin here.
So now, she sits at home, stripped down.
The face is cleaned (has assorted scuffs and dings but overall pretty nice).
The knobs have all been cleaned.
The pots have all been fully deoxited along with the sliders and the switches.
The inside has been cleaned thoroughly with first a dusting and vaccuuming and then with a heavy dose of contact cleaner.
The only things left now before I reassemble it is:
1. clean the rear terminals
2. lightly sand the case and then topcoat with a couple of coats of tung oil.
3. find new screws to reattach the case
Then I need to decide if I want to keep it or if I want to flip it.
I really like it and it sounds really good but I want remote volume and possibly sub outs.
Granted, the center output from the 3300 could be used for that function but...
I have no "before" pictures as I was too wired to get her tore down.
I am going to make sure all the caps are reading in spec and if not, may look into re-capping it. If they are, then I will leave well enough alone.
I will post up pics when I get home tonight or something.
Dang right. What a price. Great score :)
I was expecting $150-$200 and knowing that it worked, would have gladly paid that. They tend to go for around $350 and up on eGay. My wife once again just rolled her eyes at me. Hehe.
Originally Posted by boston1450
I get that all the time. When my wife asks where are you going. I say' to pick up another stereo. Lol. Even when im going to get gas for the lawn mower. But overall'she doesnt mind. Sometimes she jokes and says'what are you looking at now more speakers. I say' a brand new truck. Then she says' sure dont you dare :)
FARK IN A BUCKET.
Broke the power switch while re-assembling.
Good news is, a member of AK and DigiKey sell a new replacement.
Bad news is, I have to wire in a cheap toggle switch until one gets shipped.
Subtle Dan...subtle. Been busy sipping that Scotch. :mrgreen:
Yeah, yeah.... wonder if that scotch contributed to your broken power switch....
Originally Posted by ZLTFUL
Normally electronics and liquor dont mix... unless your talking Karaoke.
Nope. Hadn't had a glass yet when I snapped the switch. It was rubbing a bit and I was pushing it to adjust it and it snapped like a twig.
Gotcha, I too would be drinking after breaking something I was working on....
Originally Posted by ZLTFUL
Lord knows coding for work has many times led to a few adult drink when I get home :wink:
$40 was a deal:biggrin:
That's why I got out of scripting.
Originally Posted by EndersShadow
And of course I managed to pinch a nerve in my back this morning so I have spent the day bent over trying not to breath. Finally made it into the jacuzzi and soaked. Now I can stand up straight but I can't breath deeply.
Classic Marantz. I keep thinking about it.
But no, I won't weaken. I won't weaken. I won't weaken.
What's that on CL? I won't weaken. I won't weaken.
That sounds like a personal problem :wink::evil:.
Originally Posted by ZLTFUL
Seriously though I understand, when I am in a major flare for some reason my lower back osteoporosis acts up really bad and the only thing that makes it feel better is a really hot shower.
Ordered switch on Saturday morning...arrived today. I just got home from a 2 day 600 mile round trip so I will see about soldering it up tonight.
So finally am listening to the 3300. Really liking it so far. Got to hit some tracks I am really familiar with...
I do know that this thing LOVES classical music.
Have it connected to one of my GFA-555s running my RTA-15TLs and catching some nuances I hadn't heard with the NAD...
Oh and a pic...not the original wood case but it works since the metal case is missing.
Sweet 40.00 Marantz unit. Now superglue your fingers to your hip before your break something else & enjoy