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What stereo(s) do you listen to? What do you want?

Rumpelstiltskin

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Just tore into my tape deck for repairs. Glad that there are still parts and schematics for it.

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Swapped out some worn out belts and drive tires, and now have to send off this little idler clutch mechanism to the only guy in the country who can rebuild them.

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I need to replace the belts in my tape deck. I took it apart a while back and cleaned out the primordial gooey that the previous belts had reverted to but I forgot to order replacements. But I still turn it on, hit record/play/pause and watch the VU meters dance to the music while silently vowing to order belts in the morning.

 

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Thanks. It's my main system. The RT-707 is pretty great. I feel lucky to have found one with the original wood case. I have the system in the living room where I spend most of my time (away from the family). I have a modern mid-fi Pioneer AV surround setup in the den connected to my 18 year old Pioneer plasma TV.

The system keeps growing. I found a guy who makes solid walnut cases for Pioneer components, and he made one for my EQ. Then I added a CT-F9191 tape deck that has issues that I need to fix. Common to that tape deck. There's more to come...

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Twinsies! I have that same receiver!

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Rumpelstiltskin

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Luxman PD-441

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I have decided that this will be my next turntable...eventually
 

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Got my tape deck back together again, and after replacing a bunch of rubber bits, the repaired idler clutch, and a few additional tweaks, it's working great! While the tape deck was down for repairs, I quickly built up a tape collection for cheap through Goodwill. Lot of throwaway cassettes, but there are some gems in there. Got some fresh plastic cases to replace the cracked/scratched ones. Now I'm shopping for cassette storage systems.

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Saaaaiiillling!!! (And "Ride Like the Wind")

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Also have The Motels (circa 1982) in there. Oh, and I got this period-correct, super rare Pioneer JT-215A timer/flip clock. Was DOA but I took it apart and got it running again. Surprisingly, it keeps great time:
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I've been using those cheap-ass Monoprice RCA interconnect cables to get this system up and running. They're probably fine, but I don't like how tightly they fit; you have to wrestle them on, which is never good when dealing with vintage gear. So I started making my own interconnects using some very nice Japanese made Mogami microphone cable and Canare F-09 plugs.

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Adding to my system. Made a walnut case for the flip clock/timer. Also added a source switcher to handle all my tape decks, and made a walnut case for it as well. Then upgraded my 10.5" RTR from the Pioneer 1011L to the 1020L, and added the best 8-track Pioneer could offer (not saying much, but there it is).

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I've raised that poster once already, and need to raise it again. Hopefully for the last time (unless I add a Pioneer U-24 someday).
 

Drek Galloche

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After many decades of doing it wrong I realized that no one should ever run INTEGRATED amps if they want decent sound. I don't know why such advise was never available to me, despite years spent reading the audio forums.
Ideally two amps and preamp. Two amps if you have bi-wiring on the speaker terminals available. That way you have perfect tone controls , especially for bass. If vintage speakers and double amp is impossible, use dedicated pre amp so that you can take advantage of full current of the amplifier. What I am talking about is to open amplifier volume pot to a maximum and then regulate its volume via pre-amp. It is night and day what 80W amp can do when aided by preamp pot.
Solves famous problem with inefficient speakers coming alive at medium to high volume ONLY. With preamp even ATC sings at low volume.
 

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