Does anyone else like vintage HiFi gear?

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In accordance to my tastes and budgetary concerns I do not have any "hi-fi", but I do have a lot of ancient audio playback machinery...

Mid 1970s Rigonda Party Time. Made in the USSR, so you know it's good. Direct drive and functions fine with it's original set of 45+ year old stereo speakers. My only fully functional record player, feel much more like an early 60s design. Total cost = £0

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Circa 1977 Sharp SG-315E Music Centre. Belt drive (slips like a bastard), cassette player doesn't drive (probably also a dead belt), no speakers, sounds like ass, stylus is probably shagged. Radio works. Total cost = £0.

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Early 1980s Amstrad SM 104. Cassette decks both work, radio works, turntable spins and tone arm moves but the cartridge is missing. No speakers, complete trash as far as quality is concerned but looks 80s as fuck. Total cost = £0.

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Phillips reel to reel, can't recall the exact model, early 1970s. Motor runs, speaker works, main drive belt has dissolved. Total cost = £0

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Mid 1960s, Ferguson 3210. Plays but needs the odd whack on the side to gain volume/sound quality. Contains valves, doesn't rewind but does fast forward. Total cost = £0

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Elizibethan LZ 616, 8-track player/radio from around 1973. A rebranded Hitatchi from what I can tell. Functions as well as any budget 8-track player can, has FM which is unusual for a radio of this age. Total cost = £0

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Waltham W188 clock radio/cassette player, mid 1970s. Another Japanese rebrand I believe. Works alright, I use it as my bedside alarm clock. Total cost = £0

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1946 Pye 45A. Pye's first post WW2 radio set. Worked when bought many, many years ago but blew it's main fuse. Probably need some old wax capacitors replacing... Has a lovely warm glow when working. Total cost = £25.

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I've been promised a working 1920s wind-up "Fullotone" gramophone the next time I head up North, so that should be fun...

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I'm not looking for top quality stuff, can't afford it. Those components are considered good quality for their time as far as I can tell and I'm taken with Sony's design. Also they fit in the small space I have. Not bid on anything yet anyway, just watching the auctions at the moment.
 
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eBay just sent me an email reminding me that Sony amp was still available.

Matt, I think you have to buy it now.
 

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eBay just sent me an email reminding me that Sony amp was still available.

Matt, I think you have to buy it now.
I'm sorry for infecting your inbox. :p

The cassette deck and turntable went for higher prices than I was expecting, as I haven't got those I'll stick with the current amp I have and keep looking. Without quartz lock the turntable wasn't worth the final price.
 
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