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    Behold the Franken Fisher!!! Okay nothing to crazy. Had a Fisher come in with a dead output tranny. We had a Sherwood s 5500 with a dead ps transformer, so I ended up pulling the output transfomers out of it and placing them in the Fisher. Iimpedance specs were similar on the good tranny from the Fisher. Size was close, but not exact. I had to drill 6 holes for mounting the trannies. And 14 wire connections later I had a motor boat running on my bench, at least that was what it sounded like. Changed 2 wires per channel and we were listening to a once half working Fisher 400.Name:  fRANKEN fISHER.jpg
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    I just got done working over 2 more vintage receivers. The Sony STR-V5 was an auction site find, in functional but dirty condition. I probably paid more than I should have, but these are not real plentiful and I wanted one. It cleaned up real nice and functions well after recapping. The original meter lights were still working, but the dial lights were out and had just about melted the plastic around where they were. I switched it to LED lighting and I think it looks pretty good, though the original color was just a little less blue and more green. I made new walnut "cheeks" for it-

    The Kenwood KR-6050 was not quite a basket case, as the face and hardware were in decent shape. The laminate was peeling off and it was extremely dirty. Had a sizzling power switch, dirty switches and pots, some leaky caps and a chewed-up power cord. Wouldn't actually produce any audio other than static when I received it. As you can see, it cleaned up pretty well too! I put mahogany veneer on it, for something a little different than walnut. I added an IEC connector for a detachable cord, used a triac to switch power on and off, to take the load off the power switch, recapped it completely and THEN ended up finding a rather mysterious (to me) problem that only really showed up as excessive DC on the left output, only when switching the subsonic filter "on". Turns out the problem was a 2SK150A dual JFET input on the amp- Long obsolete and not an easy part to find a substitute for. I bought one from overseas. Cost me about $40, but I'm happy that I did. Nice receiver!

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    jcaut, the KR6050 is so beautiful and the wood sides remind me of my long departed KR2300...man I miss that old Kenwood. Never ceased to amaze me with it's conservative power output...until it went....boom :(
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    Thanks! I'm a fan of the old Kenwood stuff, myself. For one thing, the few that I've messed with have been really easy to work on. And they do have kind of a signature sound.... I have a KA-8100 integrated that I really like, but this KR-6050 sounds similar, if slightly less powerful. Funny how the different brands really do seem to be "voiced" differently. In the past year and a half, I've,.. restored...I guess you would say, various receivers and integrated amps from the late 70's from Kenwood, Sony, Onkyo, Technics, Pioneer, and Realistic. And I've owned Marantz. Never had a Yamaha or a Sansui, but I'm looking...

    That would have gotten walnut veneer if I'd had enough to do it, but as it turns out I think it looks pretty sharp in mahogany. I'm kinda proud of both of them!

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    20140504_231954.jpgMac&Marantz.jpgMy Marantz 6100 turntable and mcIntosh mc2120
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcaut View Post
    I just got done working over 2 more vintage receivers. The Sony STR-V5 was an auction site find, in functional but dirty condition. I probably paid more than I should have, but these are not real plentiful and I wanted one. It cleaned up real nice and functions well after recapping. The original meter lights were still working, but the dial lights were out and had just about melted the plastic around where they were. I switched it to LED lighting and I think it looks pretty good, though the original color was just a little less blue and more green. I made new walnut "cheeks" for it-

    The Kenwood KR-6050 was not quite a basket case, as the face and hardware were in decent shape. The laminate was peeling off and it was extremely dirty. Had a sizzling power switch, dirty switches and pots, some leaky caps and a chewed-up power cord. Wouldn't actually produce any audio other than static when I received it. As you can see, it cleaned up pretty well too! I put mahogany veneer on it, for something a little different than walnut. I added an IEC connector for a detachable cord, used a triac to switch power on and off, to take the load off the power switch, recapped it completely and THEN ended up finding a rather mysterious (to me) problem that only really showed up as excessive DC on the left output, only when switching the subsonic filter "on". Turns out the problem was a 2SK150A dual JFET input on the amp- Long obsolete and not an easy part to find a substitute for. I bought one from overseas. Cost me about $40, but I'm happy that I did. Nice receiver!

    Hope these pictures show up:
    Those are beautiful... great photographs, too!

    The Sony receivers (from the 1960s on) are sort of 'sleepers'; they never quite caught on with the serious hifi crowd, then or now, but they're good to very good in general; most have excellent FM sections as well.
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    One of my couple of recent vintage additions - I was really quite pleased with the sound of this amplifier.

    DSC_9171 by mhardy6647, on Flickr
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    Thanks Mark! I'm pretty pleased with the sound of the big Sony. It reminds me a lot of the Marantz 2270 I had a few years ago. It does indeed have a nice tuner. It was full of dust, though, and it took a lot of cleaning to get it working properly again. Maybe it could use an alignment, but I don't know.. It seems to work pretty well now.That's a nice HK, too. Is that mid- 80's vintage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spriggs View Post
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    gonna join this place. example of the system im joining with.

    Mother of all horns
    You/he must be one of the kids at Deja Vu; Right? The big Western Electric horn and the killowatt phillips in the corner (with the cool blue mercury vapor tubes) were a giveaway. I doubt there are many rooms set up like that. Oh; And I was there dropping off those sansui monoblocs (second pic, second shelf).

    If so; That's just the tip of the iceburg in there. There's another 2 or 3 rooms full of awesomeness... I can only imagine what's at home.

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    Jeez, looking at some of these pics (and prices!) makes me wish I had been able to hold on to my grandparents' audio equipment after they passed away. But, I was a youngun' and didn't realize that the new equipment that was coming out would suck in comparison.

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    :-)

    The original Radio Shack version of those - Optimus PRO LX-5 - may be seen on page 66 of http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/catalogs/1995/

    Later, R/S co-opted the "RCA" brand name (I guess they bought it, or bought the rights to it from Thomson Consumer Electronics)... The ones you have (I assume!) are the RCA PRO LX55, page 150 of http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/catalogs/2001-a/

    Thanks for posting those photos!
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    Your welcome Mark. The tweets tested good. Did you want the boxes ? I ended up using the driver out of those & over all the boxes are very nice condition & cloth grills are nice too. The crossover on one of them- wire is broke. Let me know & they'll be on way Monday

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    Hows this for vintage audio porn?
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    I really liked this turntable
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    Quote Originally Posted by deafbykhorns View Post
    Hows this for vintage audio porn?
    Very handsome - I don't recognize it offhand (I am chagrined to say)... HH Scott? Fisher? I know it's not an EICO.

    EDIT: a-ha! Fisher SA-300... beautiful amplifier.

    http://www.hifiengine.com/manual_lib...r/sa-300.shtml
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    Yes, that was one of my favorites, even better than some of the McIntosh I've owned

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    You might have one of these ? Is it black ?
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    We have my late father-in-law's R-500, but it is silver. I don't think that the black ones were sold in the US... I'm guessing that one may have sneaked in across the border from Canuckistan ;-)

    That is really cool!
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    jcaut That Kenwood KR6050 is beautiful!! Seriously, I've seen plenty of marantz, Sansui, Pioneer etc but that Kenwood does it right. Its so well balanced. Great job on the restore. I almost bought the Sony like the one you have but I choose the Mitsubishi DAR-20 instead. Loved the Mit's round tuning dial and had it for years.

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    Nice touch with the old ads.

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    Picked up a set of B.A. A200s a few weeks ago. I, like the previous owner, found the top end a tad too bright even with the SEAS tweeter so, I transgressed; I put a Sansui equalizer between the pre-amp and the amp (I know, I violated the purist "rules", but the highs are much more laid back and acceptable now even if some detail may not be there as much--on the other hand I could've spent the next two years experimenting with cabling till I finally found that synergistic magic, but perhaps it would have continued to elude me forever).

    Normally I don't use equalization but...I did try three different amplifiers and all were bright and the low end not quite as there as the smaller A100s with almost "any" amp or cables for that matter--I also used three different cables--all bright on the A200s but fine on the A100s?

    Here's a stock photo. I'm sure people are familiar with these. Mystery has the A400s, the next step up, but many think the A200s were the best in the series.

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    Interesting cabinet there Cnh. Very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by boston1450 View Post
    Interesting cabinet there Cnh. Very nice
    Yeah, those A200s are very "tip-worthy". Barely more than 6" deep but 42" high and over 21" wide (slim but still close to 60 lbs).

    Love your Pioneer Fluroscan set up, above. Made me fire up my SX 3900 and the OLA (Advents) yesterday. Very nice!

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    IMG_4556 by dkfreebird, on Flickr
    Ditto on the SX-3900

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    nice...

    let me see what I've dribbled onto flikr lately...

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    Thats quite the wing antenna. Do you notice a difference ?
    What is that Sony & amp? Sweet looking set up
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    Quote Originally Posted by boston1450 View Post
    Thats quite the wing antenna. Do you notice a difference ?
    What is that Sony & amp? Sweet looking set up
    Sharp eyes Randy, lol, at a quick glance, I thought the receiver was an old H-K.

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