Just my 2d's worth , I have a Pioneer 518 tt, bought by mistake on ebay, NAD C370 and some Mission 720's which I love listening too.
It is not better than my main system ,not even close, but it sounds like a fabulous system as I would have heard 25 years ago or so ( I know the amp is newer but the speakers and ths source give the flavour).
So I love having a little paddle in nostalgia and after a few beers many enjoy listening to it for that same nostalgic reason.
At some point I will eventually get a Pioneer PL 71 because I love the look of it and if I get really carried away a Pioneer SX 1080/1280 for the same reason.
As musical tastes change with age we all get stuck a bit back with how we remember things with rose tinted ears and I think there is no harm in that, it's just about listening and enjoying, I am sure if I had heard my main system 25 years ago my jaw would have dropped to the floor, and quite possibly some very high end kit from those days may have done that too.
Which has just reminded me of when I was with EMI and was listening to a queen cd, a band who I don't particlarly like, in a playback room with some huge amp and massive B&W speakers and my jaw did drop, this was 1987, where does the time go......................................
Anyway ,sorry for the ramble, time for some fairport convention and a beer, I blame the sun.
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Would be interesting to know what other interests Matthew has?
Er, photography, walking, National Trust, reading, history.....
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Well I'm not a hifi expert in that I've not heard loads of different pieces of kit. Some of the people who post here seem to have a view on everything under the sun and frankly I don't know how they find the time to have heard all this kit, they must do almost nothing else! less than £2k and have what I wanted, a system that reproduces music acceptably close to the sound I hear in a concert hall.
Somehow, you have made being knowledgeable sound like an insult.
I have had an interest for nearly 40 years. I grew up with mates who were into hifi, so we listened to each others systems....which were fairly budget back then, with brands like Trio, Technics, Leak, Wharfedale, Goodmans, Tangent, Keesonic, Aiwa, Videoton, Sansui, Sony, Teleton, Goldring and Audiotronic.
i know two good knowledgeable dealers with whom i have a good relationship.....one for 30 years and one for 6. They have music nights as well as evenings where guest speakers from different companys, give talks and demos eg. John Carrick (Atlas) and Touraj Moghaddam (Vertere and used to be Mr.Roksan)).
I make it my business to keep my ear to the ground and often hear different stuff when I call in, so between that and going to the odd show, I have heard quite a bit of kit..........no big deal really, or very time consuming. In fact, tomorrow I'm off to hear some Kef Blades (which I have no intention of buying), but the dealer has them out on demo for a while.
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Nothing sinister, Matthew. Just wondered whether hi-fi was your only/main interest.
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I suspect that music is the interest, and hifi is simply a means to an end.
I have had an interest for nearly 40 years. I grew up with mates who were into hifi, so we listened to each others systems....which were fairly budget back then, with brands like Trio, Technics, Leak, Wharfedale, Tangent, Keesonic, Aiwa, Videoton, Sansui, Sony, Teleton, Goldring and Audiotronic.
It's the modern way Cno.
The country is so dumbed down that anyone who shows an in depth knowledge of anything is automatically considered a nerd or a geek and in not having 'a life'.
We do so many shows in a row,
And these towns all look the same,
We just pass the time in our hotel room
And wander 'round backstage,
Till the lights come up, and we hear that crowd,
And we remember why we came.
To the OP, which items of vintage kit have you tried and liked so far? this may get people coming in with some suggestions for you of exactly what to look out for second hand.
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Why 'Oh dear'?
I'm with Matthew on this one. Our bungalow is on National Trust land. Does the eyes a power of good.
Thats pretty much me too Cno , well minus the shows as I really cant be fussed. Quite often my hifi buddy will ring me saying 'ive got such and such in wanna listen '. So off I jolly well go. Or I will call him to ponce stuff for a play around , if he hasnt got it he gets it in for me.
Next week when its back from a dem I'm borrowing the Ming Da MC300 pre amp , no intention of buying this mahoosive thing either. But will be an interesting play around.
The National Trust is a wonderful institution. Been a member since I arrived on these shores.
Two minutes walk from my house and your in the middle of a forest. Can't hear anything apart from grazing cattle, the occasional deer. Yet we're only 30 minutes ride from C. London.
I'd like to know more about about Matthew's photography.
I found a photo of his (I think) of Stevenson's viaduct in Berwick but nothing else.
Walking and NT suggests lot's of UK landscapes (my favourite).
Matthew, will you indulge us one day with a photography thread or some links to your photographs?
Sorry to go OT.
As you all were.
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+1 from a n other NT member who likes photography
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