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.