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    Smile Restored Eico HF-81

    I recently bought a 1959 vintage 14wpc Eico HF-81 integrated tube amp on ebay. The seller had upgraded the filter caps as well as most of the other caps except the ceramics which tested ok. Tube compliment is mainly Eico by Mullard, except the EL84's which are Eico, made in spain? They do sound good though. I bypassed the funky focus (balance) control which introduce gain and increased the volume when moving to the right or left channel. For the chassis, I painted the main panels argent silver, polished clearcoated the brass faceplate, and painted the cage gold to compliment the faceplate. These are really sweet sounding amps, and the phono amp is not bad if used with a mm cartridge.
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    Main System
    Pre - Homebrew 12au7 tube preamp
    Amp - Eico HF-87 with EHEL34's
    Source - Modded Toshiba 3950
    Interconnects - DIY Belden
    Speakers - Polk SDA-1C

    Basement System
    Pre - McIntosh C-28
    Amp - McIntosh MC2100
    Source - Modded Toshiba 3960
    Tape - Pioneer RT-707
    Turntable - Thorens TD150MKII with Denon DL-160
    Speakers - Pioneer HPM-100

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    Sweet! Real nice!

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    Very nice!
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

    Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D

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    I like!
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    Default Here's a before pic

    I tried this little integrated with my Polk SDA-1C's and was pretty suprised at the result. It drove them well above normal listening levels, and the sound was just plain lush. Nice wide soundstage, and rich bass. Really a good match with the passive radiator design of the sda's.
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    Main System
    Pre - Homebrew 12au7 tube preamp
    Amp - Eico HF-87 with EHEL34's
    Source - Modded Toshiba 3950
    Interconnects - DIY Belden
    Speakers - Polk SDA-1C

    Basement System
    Pre - McIntosh C-28
    Amp - McIntosh MC2100
    Source - Modded Toshiba 3960
    Tape - Pioneer RT-707
    Turntable - Thorens TD150MKII with Denon DL-160
    Speakers - Pioneer HPM-100

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    Sweet... More "after" pics, if you please...

    How'd you polish the face w/o removing all the lettering?
    More later,
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    Default Brass faceplate

    The letters are imprinted or pressed into the brass, so I just polished the faceplate with Flitz polish, repainted the lettering, then used paint reducer to wipe away any stray black paint on the surface which just left the paint in the lettering indentations. This is the only other pic I currently have, the good thing is it still sounds better than it looks even after the new finish;-)
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    Main System
    Pre - Homebrew 12au7 tube preamp
    Amp - Eico HF-87 with EHEL34's
    Source - Modded Toshiba 3950
    Interconnects - DIY Belden
    Speakers - Polk SDA-1C

    Basement System
    Pre - McIntosh C-28
    Amp - McIntosh MC2100
    Source - Modded Toshiba 3960
    Tape - Pioneer RT-707
    Turntable - Thorens TD150MKII with Denon DL-160
    Speakers - Pioneer HPM-100

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    That looks great! Eico is definately an under appreciated brand. Not too many people own them, but the people that do are very happy.
    Make it Funky! :)

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    Great work, looks cool!

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