Jump to content
Migration complete - please resume normal use ×
CT-Seven

Blast From the Past, First Audio Setups

Recommended Posts

Dad had a very low-fi soundesign system, but I drooled over the BIG technics and pioneers of the 80's and 90's... With five bucks at a rummage sale came my first audio gear a 100WPC Sherwood S-9910
Lets take a trip back to our first systems...
1998-Sherwood S-9910/Sony CDP-510/Technics SH8046/Fisher CR-110
13258328874_5f5115188a.jpg
 
 2002-Sherwood is still here now with more sources and eqs only to make the room light up it was amazing how I did not blow up the house
13257997623_f99cfd7bbe_z.jpg
YES THAT IS A PROFESSIONAL TECHNICS CD PLAYER AT THE BOTTOM MODEL SOMETHING 1200
 
2007-I decide to venture into AMP/Pre-Amp setup with a SAE-Two Reciever and a SAE-Two amp, here with the Micro Acoustic Speakers13257884195_caa3fb116d_z.jpg
2008-I play with more power with a ADCOM GFA-545 and Advent Legacy Two. 13258238464_84c8f8144a_z.jpg
10 years pass and Sherwood is still here with some RARE gear, as the Technics DVD-A10, Technics SH-8055 and a Panasonic Timer... Pulling Bedroom Duty (SHINY SILVER YUMMMM)
13258216574_24cb7e1189_z.jpg
 
2009-Bring the CARVERS!! Main Rig recieves the first CT-Seven and a M-500(t)
13258025943_7baae830df.jpg
 
Sherwood is one step closer to retirement
13258239864_e4f04db310_z.jpg
 
2009 Later comes another CT-Seven and M-500
13258233524_a90fe3f1c0_z.jpg
 
POLKS!!! (note missing M-500(t) getting BillD Refresh)
13257876995_086cd9eaea_z.jpg
 
CF-1
13257872015_8a960210d4_z.jpg
 
THEN THIS HAPPENS

2011 - MARRIGE!! EVERYTHING DISAPEARS!!!

2012 - Find Onkyo Double Tape Deck

2013 - Find Sony DVP-S7000

2014 - Find Yamaha RX-V2700, Adcom 515 Line Conditioner, Polk 10A... SOON M-500(t) MMM KKK TWOOOOO!!

Whats your story???

 
 
  • Thank You 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1960 or so - GE Porta-Play

20140318214651806.jpg 

 

1968 - Garrard-Electrophic Music Center

20140318214128220.jpg 

 


1972, Pioneer SA-6100, Technics SL-1200

20140318214531475.jpg 

 

1974 - Technics SL-1200, Pioneer SA-6100 and CT-F6161, DBX117

20140318214850521.jpg 

 

1976 - Technics SL1200 and ST7600, Pioneer CTF6161 and SA8500, DBX117 

20140318215004159.jpg 

 

 

1982 - added a Teac C-3RX casette deck, Audio Control Richter Scale and my first Carver (an M-500)

20140318215344575.jpg 

 

 

1985 - added an MXR-130, DBX II, Audio Control C-101, 2nd Teac cassette and the 3310 RTR

20140318215641698.jpg 

 

1987 - switched to an Onkyo Grand Integra P-308 preamp, added a 2nd M-500(t) and an M-1.5t

20140318220110667.jpg 

 

1990 - added more DBX units, upgraded the 2nd Teac cassette deck, and added a Sony Betamax

20140318220500398.jpg 

 

1993 (the year I got married) moved the electronics to the spare room, added a Richter Scale Series II and a 2nd M-1.5t

20140318220843738.jpg20140319144024853.jpg 

 

also refinished the living room and added the Legacy subwoofers

20140318221925832.jpg 

 

1996 (just after Zack was born) - system is relagated to the basement emsad.gif

(best shot I could find; note the chairs and stuff piled up in front of the CD racks to keep my friend's kids away)

20140318222417701.jpg 

 

2001 - moved to VA and built a house with a dedicated man cave in the basement

20140318223124184.jpg 

 

20140318223218700.jpg 


 

2010 - (4 years after my EX moved out and the year I found the Carver Site)

Legacy Satellites out for rebuild, added a CT-7,  DTL-50 and 200MK2, a 3rd M-500(t), and inherited an M-.1.0t from my baby brother20140318223555965.jpg 

 

2011 - Legacy Satellites bi-amped, added C-1, SD/A-490t, Behringer EQ & XO (CT-7, DTL-200MK2 and M-1.0t to Zack)

20140318224234891.jpg 

 

2011 - Zack's band takes over my sweet spot and I put together a Carver PA rack (3 PM-1200s and a PT2400)20140318225045428.jpg 

 

2012 - replaced the stock C-1 with a BillD-modified C-11 and the TX-2 with a TX-8r

20140318225300455.jpg 

 

late 2012 - moved the PA speakers to the stereo wall (for those times when loud just isn't loud enough!)

20140318225626148.jpg 

 

2013 - replaced the TX-8r with a TX-11b and swapped the EQ/XO with the M-1.0t to reduce IC cable length

20140318225927911.jpg


 
 
2014 NO CHANGES! (just a close up of the rack) 

20140318230347553.jpg 

  • Thank You 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I started out with a Dynaco ST400 from a kit I built.  And a Dynaco PAT 4 preamp kit.
 
ST400.jpg
694025-dynaco_pat4_stereo_preamplifier.j
 
A Dual 1229 Q turntable
Dual_1229Q_002.jpg
and a Teac 3340s Reel to Reel
Teac_a3340s.JPG
 
And a Scott tunner
scott_T526.jpg
 
And a pair of DIY 3 way speakers with 15" woofer, Midrange horn and Pizo tweeters and a custom made passive xover.
 
I still have the Reel to Reel and the Speakers ( but they have been modified 4x with upgraded drivers.)
That was the start now almost 40 years later I finally was able to get the carver stuff, (after suffering through mulitple divorces) LOL
  • Thank You 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is a great thread! Thanks to everybody who is posting. I don't have any pics of my past systems, though. eusa_shifty.gif
 
CT-Seven, were Sherwood's meters stuck the whole time you owned her? It just looks that way in the pics.
 
Dom, you showed where you added a second M-1.5t in 1993. But in 2010, you also say you added a second M-1.5t. Did you get rid of one in the meantime?
 
 
  • Thank You 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites



...Dom, you showed where you added a second M-1.5t in 1993. But in 2010, you also say you added a second M-1.5t. Did you get rid of one in the meantime?
Oops. Never a good idea to post anything that requires the use of brain cells at 2:00 AM. face20.gif
 
I did trade one of my recapped M-1.5t's to Dennis for a rebuilt MXR-130 around that time (now in my shop system).
20140319061158946.jpg 
 
I forgot to mention the 2nd and 3rd CT-Sevens that came and went around the same time.
20140319063752863.jpg 
 
One was a rare blackface unit that I got in a trade with Kevin. (I returned it to him a few months later.)20140319061832196.jpg 
 
The other a NIB CT-7 ($100 at a yard sale) now in Zack's stack with a Hitachi PS-38 (ebay), KG2.5's (Dennis) and a PSI sub (Kevin).
(I sold the other anthracite CT-7 to Rodney.)
20140319061536985.jpg 
 
I also didn't mention the office system I built out of spares to complement a C-2 (from RodH) and M-200t (from RobertG).
20140319060820632.jpg 
 
So much gear, so little time.... eusa_dance.gif

  • Thank You 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dom, WoW!!  What great photos of your past systems!!  Never thought to take any pictures of mine.  
 
First system, circa early 60's (don't laugh) was a clock radio hooked up from the speaker connections to an old wire recorder mic input, and then speaker output hooked up to a speaker from our old console radio that I built an enclosure for.   I had to be very careful on the volume from the clock radio, cause if I turned it up very much at all, distortion set in.  The volume control on the radio was just a tiny bit off the lowest stop to get pretty good sound.  Hey, it was better than listening to AM radio from a 3" speaker and I liked it!  
 
My first real system circa 1970, was an Akai reel to reel into a Sansui  (can't remember the model now) and a set of pioneer speakers.  Back then I had just gotten home from Vietnam and ordered all this stuff through the PX system.  That Sansui did put out some great sound!  
 
Then came my wandering around years.  My system then was composed of an 8 track AM/FM after market car radio, and a set of old Magnavox speakers I'd picked up before going into the Army.  I was on the road all the time back then, and would use this set up in the car, then in the motel room, powered by a 12 volt power supply.  Worked well, and gave me some music :)
 
Got to get to work making some cables.  Will finish this later. 
 
 
  • Thank You 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

 

CT-Seven, were Sherwood's meters stuck the whole time you owned her? It just looks that way in the pics.

 

No she happened to be off... And the tuner was always locked to Smooth Jazz 93.9FM untill they defunct... Switched to Classical South Florida 88.3FM

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites



<snip>This is a great thread! Thanks to everybody who is posting. I don't have any pics of my past systems, though. <snip>
 
It is a great thread and like phil I have no original system setup pix.  I just never thought to take any dedicated shots.  There is a glimpse here and there as they are only in some crummy blurry background image.  Damn it!
 
Thanks again to those that thought ahead ... 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is indeed a fun thread. I’m really enjoying seeing what others started with and built upon. I have no original photos of my first systems either.
 

Anyone remember Lafayette Radio Electronics? I was in junior high when I opened my piggy bank to find I had saved enough for my first stereo.

 

*** Lafayette LR-1500TA ***

20140319131138754.jpg

 
*** Lafayette Criterion 50 ***

20140319131320437.jpg

 

*** Garrard SL-55 ***
20140319131108610.jpg

 

I always had a job and gave myself a weekly record-buying allowance. I got the next system while a senior in high school in the early 70s.

 

*** Pioneer SX-737 ***

20140319131436846.jpg 

 

*** AR-8 ***

20140319131502736.jpg 

 

*** AR-XB ***

20140319131528820.jpg 

 

*** Sennheiser HD-414 ***

20140319131551954.jpg 

 

As a poor college student, this served me for most of the rest of the 70s. Then in 1979 I added a cassette deck and in 1980 replaced the turntable.

 

*** Nakamichi 482Z ***

20140319131623193.jpg 

*** JVC QL-Y5F ***

20140319131646412.jpg 

 

The JVC remains my primary turntable and continues to perform flawlessly. Not until the 80s could I afford decent speakers, and went to separates instead of receivers, a path that decades later has led me all the way back to Carver and renewed appreciation of certain vintage components.

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ha! This is going to be cool. I'll go get some pics, because I pretty much still have every piece I've owned.

Nice '87 system, there Dom. You were a easily ahead of me by then....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

*** JVC QL-Y5F ***

20140319131646412.jpg 

 

The JVC remains my primary turntable and continues to perform flawlessly. Not until the 80s could I afford decent speakers, and went to separates instead of receivers, a path that decades later has led me all the way back to Carver and renewed appreciation of certain vintage components.
 
I've always liked the look and feel of that turntable. Garnered a reputation as the poor man's Denon.
The only downside is the light, hollow base which should be damped to prevent ringing and feedback.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I dont have pics of the system itself.....but heres some off the net.
 
1978.....
 
20140319134116265.jpg I traded up to this the year.....or so.... later...
 
20140319134212663.jpg 
 
I kept that receiver until just a few years ago.....I couldnt get the parts to revive it 
 
The TT I started with....
 
20140319134338234.jpg 
 
Traded it and some cash for this.....
 
20140319134420928.jpg 
These are very close to the type of EPI speakers I owned  for all the gear.....
 
20140319134536928.jpg 
 
I kept those......I  was married in 1980......in 1981 I built my first DIY speakers.
They were massive 50" high towers with a ferro fluid dome, an encased Phillips 4" dome mid, a 12" phillips
sub and a 12" passive radiator.
 
Those speakers I kept until 2006.....the surrounds rotted off....and I had started to get back seriously into audio about then.
 
In 1985 I bought my last turntable for over 27 yrs.....
 
20140319135219662.jpeg 
I stripped it down this year and turned it into this.....
 
ttt6_zpsf96bfc84.jpg 
 
Thanks for the memories..... 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Thank You 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

*** JVC QL-Y5F ***

20140319131646412.jpg 

 

The JVC remains my primary turntable and continues to perform flawlessly. Not until the 80s could I afford decent speakers, and went to separates instead of receivers, a path that decades later has led me all the way back to Carver and renewed appreciation of certain vintage components.
 
I've always liked the look and feel of that turntable. Garnered a reputation as the poor man's Denon.
The only downside is the light, hollow base which should be damped to prevent ringing and feedback.
 
 
I've read lots about that, and the fixes -- how many pounds of modeling clay or whatever to stuff in there.  I've not done it because I never noticed I had a problem, what others call ringing and feedback, not at any volume level or with any type of program material.  I've always kept it isolated enough but with little thought or expense.  I can go madman and hoot and bellow and stomp my feet in front of the cabinet, and nothing.
 
Two things I know will evoke negative symptoms:
(1) blowing with the force I'd use to blow out birthday candles, directly toward the cartridge and needle/record interface while a record is playing, elicits a whooshing sound through the speakers or, with maximum wind applied, the needle leaves the groove.

(2) rapping, tapping and drumming with fingertips and knuckles on the base while a record is playing, elicits a percussive sound through the speakers or, with maximum beat applied, the needle leaves the groove.

 
Friends have brought me LPs so badly warped that on their tt the arm is thrown to the air like a ski jumper from a take-off ramp.  The QL-Y5F hasn't failed to track any of them.
 
About "poor man's Denon," there are many servo-controlled tonearm enthusiasts out there who consider the JVC superior.  I don't know, never had anything to compare it to.
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

*** JVC QL-Y5F ***

20140319131646412.jpg 

 

The JVC remains my primary turntable and continues to perform flawlessly. Not until the 80s could I afford decent speakers, and went to separates instead of receivers, a path that decades later has led me all the way back to Carver and renewed appreciation of certain vintage components.
 
I've always liked the look and feel of that turntable. Garnered a reputation as the poor man's Denon.
The only downside is the light, hollow base which should be damped to prevent ringing and feedback.
 
 
I've read lots about that, and the fixes -- how many pounds of modeling clay or whatever to stuff in there.  I've not done it because I never noticed I had a problem, what others call ringing and feedback, not at any volume level or with any type of program material.  I've always kept it isolated enough but with little thought or expense.  I can go madman and hoot and bellow and stomp my feet in front of the cabinet, and nothing.
 
Two things I know will evoke negative symptoms:
(1) blowing with the force I'd use to blow out birthday candles, directly toward the cartridge and needle/record interface while a record is playing, elicits a whooshing sound through the speakers or, with maximum wind applied, the needle leaves the groove.

(2) rapping, tapping and drumming with fingertips and knuckles on the base while a record is playing, elicits a percussive sound through the speakers or, with maximum beat applied, the needle leaves the groove.

 
Friends have brought me LPs so badly warped that on their tt the arm is thrown to the air like a ski jumper from a take-off ramp.  The QL-Y5F hasn't failed to track any of them.
 
About "poor man's Denon," there are many servo-controlled tonearm enthusiasts out there who consider the JVC superior.  I don't know, never had anything to compare it to.
Glad it's not a problem for you p-dog, and you know what do if it should ever become one.
 
Personally I prefer a manual turntable (less to go wrong) with a heavy, non-suspended base.
My mostly metal SL-1200 weighs in at 30+ lbs and is immune to everything I've thrown at it. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Like I said, I've never taken photos of my systems. But in the interest of nostalgia, here are some representative pics I've found.
 
My first ever piece of gear: Aiwa HS-J700 personal cassette player: 
 
20140320134200312.jpeg
 
The thing had every bell and whistle- and sounded great! I recall it had big, heavy headphones for a "walkman": 
 20140320134349161.jpeg
Yes, I paid The Sharper Image $200 for it, back around 1986. Ich bin ein Yuppie scum! face20.gif 
 
It also came with a cool plug-in single point stereo mic: 
20140320134308902.jpeg 
 
But at the end of the day, it wasn't very good at *sharing* music. So... 
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So I bopped on down to Radio Shack, and picked up an MPA-95 (remember when Radio Shack still actually sold neat stuff?). That's right, a PA amplifier! But it was 100 watts per channel: 
 
20140320142551361.jpg 
 Well, the 100 watts was *the* channel- it was mono. But hey, I only needed one speaker! What passed for my "speaker" was an 8" Radio Shack woofer with a whizzer cone, mounted in a cardboard box. You could have called it "the infinitely awful baffle". yikes.gif
 
One nice thing I remembered about this amp was the little knob under the meter. It controlled the frequency of a notch filter to eliminate feedback. Pretty slick, eh? cool0016.gif 
 
I realized quickly that I needed to upgrade. In less than a month, I was back at Radio Shack (remember when they had a "30 days no questions asked" cash refund policy?). I traded up to a real receiver:
 
20140320142134986.jpeg 
 
Real(istic) , that is. STA-2380. Now 100 watts on each of two channels! I was very happy with it. Tandy Corp was nice enough to include a schematic in the back of the manual.
 
Then I wore out the NiCd batteries in the little Aiwa. And I wanted to try CD's. So I needed a new source... 
 
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ahhh! One of those kinds of party's. Back in high school among the CT-17, M-4.0t and AV-64 I had a Sony CDP-990. One of my favorite CD players to this day and still keep my eyes open for it on eBay. One of these days we will be reunited. emwink.gif
 
cdp-990.jpg
 
16 times oversampling emwink.gif That was the shit back then. 
 
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Which led me here on yhe right is the "analog station"
CA8AEB3B-D380-4DE6-94EB-E26B5D580273_zps

 
And I don't think your done yet. Looks like you have more room for bigger speakers or more speakers. More gear could be acquired... Oh and a projection screen... Let's see what else. eusa_think.gif  happy0009.gif
  • Thank You 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah you guys need to bask in 8 track awesomeness that is montgomery wards !

 

EEE0C620-21A5-4482-BCD9-09555343E71A_zps
Total freak out. I had an all-in-one 8-track not unlike this from SoundDesign, in 1976.  
 
I have to say, Goodwill has been a stop on my way home regularly, and last week, someone had unloaded hundreds of 8 track tapes.  I was sorting through the $0.99 CDs and vinyl, when they caught my eye on the bottom shelf.  I almost had to buy a few,... 3 Dog Night, Deep Purple, someone had some good ones.  Did they work? Hmmm, I probably saved myself by only having $20 in my pocket.
  • Thank You 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Stickers

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...