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    Pleased to contribute from time to time on a forum that is neutral, friendly, non critical and not commercially motivated. Frankly, time poor when it comes to vendor sponsored bias.

    I have two babies in my life. Our firstborn, a blessing from God came to us both very late in life, now two months with >20khz ability. I am stil reeling (with lack of sleep). Secondly, my Studer A810 s/n: 7979 with trafoless cards. I believe it is the one of the last few manufactured, if not the last. For the Studer specialists here, I would be interested to know for sure! This machine has very low hours and all the later Philips caps throughout are looking good. Machine specs are sharp. I pulled the capstain & servo control boards to replace those pesky Rifa 0.47uf smokers just last week. Those 80's era Rifa capacitors are time bombs in everything including Apple computers of the day! Board work was performed by an authorised Studer service centre. Beautiful job, A restorative artisan since 1979. I am a stickler when it comes to vintage restoration. So fortunate to have one of those few remaining service centres listed on the Revox site within a short drive from where I live. My latest playback of Fone's Enrico Mancini Pink Panther from Elusive Disc is really out of this world. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, here comes Analogue Productions Hugh Masekela' Hope master tape copy. With this source, I am struggling with transitioning to digital, help!

    A McIntosh enthusiast also with a C1000 trio and MC2301s to drive the Studer A810 and A721 balanced Cassette tape recorder. There is a Korg ADC amongst the Siltech Royal Signature loom but I have yet to experiment with DSD128 capture and playback. I feel one can make some selective McIntosh choices, particularly their amplifers for the long term. In my opinion, you only have to look at the blue book to see how "Classic" the brand is.

    Also into vinyl, Jazz & 80's but I must confess most of my Analogue Productions subscription sets remain unopened in favour of 70 & 80's rotation.

    I like to write, when motivated. Happy to endorse product occasionally on merit and experience. However, not interested in bantering with the very few pushing the upgrade train. Great gear is regionally compliant and stands on its own. If it is great, it will be accepted, it will become vintage. Exceptional engineering becomes timeless. Such equipment evidently will become well sort after, valuable and rare regardless of format. The prospective future of electronics and digital HiFi innovation is cyclonic, always exciting. We love to anticipate for the next big thing. There are superlative equipment temptations year after year but one should never forget about those polished diamonds of the past.

    We all of course appreciate our next door neighbours who have less boxes in favour of lifestyle choice but they still consume music just the same. So in the end, if it sounds good for you, just relax and go with it.

    Studer Enthusiast

  • #2
    Welcome to AN Steve. You sound like a well-rounded soul with a nice system. I would love to hear your Studer that has been lovingly restored.
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    • #3
      Welcome Steve! Nice to have you here!


      • #4
        Hi Steve! Glad to have another tapehead on board here!!!

        And congrats on the two new additions to the family! Now which will be more expensive.

        Thanks for you comment on the Fone tapes. I've got one of their samplers but just haven't been able to put down the change to buy one of the tapes. Fone's tapes tend to be a little on the pricey side as they are only one reel. On the other hand, The Pink Panther release was one tape that was piquing my interest.
        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
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        • #5
          Welcome Steve! - Sage advice about just relaxing and enjoying. We all take a different road with regard to our gear and music choices and I for one, if not all of us here, have a keen interest in what brings each of us that joy. Enjoy your journey!
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          • #6
            Welcome Steve! There are quite a few tape enthusiast here. We do have to have pics.... or it didn't happen!!!


            • #7
              Welcome to the forum Steve, enjoy it!
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              • #8
                I can't tell a lie. My very first Studer was an A810 that came from a TexMex Christian Music studio (only recorded on Sundays...). So I am kind of Studer Enthusiast as well.

                Welcome to our play ground, Steve.


                • #9
                  Thank you for the welcome. Here are some pics of the Rifa time-bombs! And the beautifully sympathetic repairs performed by Jeff Knight at Technical Workshops, South Yarra, VIC, Australia, authorised regional Studer/Revox service centre.

                  You will know when a Rifa blows. The plume of white smoke billows and has an acrid stench.

                  Opportune time to check the battery on the microprocessor board also...

                  Studer Enthusiast


                  • #10
                    Welcome !
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