Do you like high quality vintage audio? This is a question I am often asked when speaking with people. And my answer is a very big fat ‘YES’. This is because High-quality vintage audio is the best you will ever hear.
Good quality audio equipment that has been used and is second hand is often very hard to find. This is because you never know the history and what the equipment has been subjected to and, therefore, why is it for sale.
If you are looking for a high-quality loudspeaker then you have quite a choice in the vintage audio world. This is because you have the possibility to find Vintage loudspeaker (or drivers as they are called in the world of the audiophile) and actually install them into cabinets or Enclosures (as they are also called in the audiophile world) that you are able to construct yourself. You can find many plans on the Internet to help you. A very good site that you can visit to find plans and ideas for building cabinets
My favorite sounding drivers are made an English company call Tannoy who have been in business for many years and make really fantastic sounding drivers. For more information
There is a tremendous following for Tannoy drivers and prices are going up every year so in a way to own a good vintage Tannoy is somewhat of an investment. Tannoy monitors Red driver which is one of the most popular drivers can sell for as much as 3000 USD a pair in today’s marketplace. Please see
If you are really looking for a very high-quality amplifier then again have a very wide choice in the vintage audio world. This is because many of the vintage amplifiers will never die because they sound so good and are made so well. if you want a Transistor amplifier or a tube amplifier then it is an open door for you.
I have to say that one of my favorite amplifiers is the Grundig SV-140, which was made in 1969 and has such a beautiful rich musical sound that is virtually impossible to beat. A Grundig SV-140 amplifier can be still picked up for 350 to 750 Euros and I think this is the best buy in the vintage marketplace today but oh so rare!
There are many amplifiers that you can find ranging from 100 USD to 500 USD and are all great sound amplifiers. If you look hard enough you can still find the one you want in beautiful condition and in full working order because they were all built like tanks!
With a tube amplifier, it is actually the tube that is responsible for the sound that you hear. There are output tubes that can be found on the Internet and one, in particular, is the General Electric tube, which is NOS and dates back to 1941. You can still find them but you will need a few hundred USD in your pocket but in my opinion, the best tube sound is from the 211 tube as it has a sound that gives everything from the music. Again this is a personal choice as we all hear things very differently. Another very highly respected tube is the 300b and these are less costly but do still give a really beautiful sound and in some circles the 300b is still the king!
A vintage turntable is another item that can be found very easily today as there are so many for sale. You really do have an endless choice and they can be bought from 200 USD to 500 USD for a very good model which operates perfectly.
One of the things to look for when buying a turntable is what type of cartridge that is supplied because usually it will be a fairly basic cartridge. You will be surprised just how good the turntable can sound when fitted with a really good cartridge and sometimes you can be lucky and find a turntable that has a good cartridge with it.
My favorite cartridge was manufactured by an American company called Shure who are still are making beautiful sounding cartridges. This particular cartridge was called the Shure V15 III and is a legend. The sound from the cartridge is neutral and musical. The Shure V15 III can still be found NOS but does fetch a high price sometimes 350 USD but believe me, it really is worth to pay that much money because the sound is simply wonderful.
Where to find?
Three things are all that is necessary to bring beautiful music into your home but where can you find such items that are in good condition and sound correct. In Lithuania, I have many friends who have such items and so I have opened a page for used equipment and over the next couple of weeks will be adding to this list. These will be items that I know and heave heard and you will be guaranteed that they are in perfect working order. I also have contacts with different music shops in Lithuania and often see things that are really beautiful and in some cases are rare and so I will be able to offer these to you as well.
The cost of the items will be exactly the same price as what the person is selling them for. No Ebay fees, No handling fees, No agent’s fees so it will be the lowest price that you could ever pay. This will be all part of the service because we love what we are doing and that is to help as many people as we can to improve their sound in every way possible.
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