At an antique store the other day I found a really manly looking AM/FM tuner and decided to give it a try. I've had several and they all sound like **** in one way or another. One didn't pick up anything, another had noises no matter how good the station was, another really sucked on AM, and some others had strange sonics in one way or another. I had all but given up. Luckily I was in a "last chance" mode and picked it up.
It is a Toshiba (of all things) model ST420. It picks up AM and FM very well, is very quiet when a station is tuned in and actually has an audiophile class sound. One exception is that it has a bit of emphasis around 7Khz which accents cymbals a bit but I'm being very picky here. This is the first tuner I've had that I can actually enjoy the sound quality of. The problems include a burnt out bulb on one of the meters and a little dirt on the faceplate. It looks like it will clean up perfectly. One cool thing is its size. It is beefy and has a 19" wide front. It matches my old pioneer ctf-900 cassette deck in styling. I'll take a pic after I clean the faceplate. This one is a keeper for sure!