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    Here is the December 1958 issue of High Fidelity magazine. Most interesting for the reviews and articles about music and the ads. Look at p.28, where Heathkit (my dad made our first hifi system in the mid '50's using Heathkits) is selling a R2R tape recorder kit! for $99. Doesn't play 15ips 2 track tapes, though. In those days, I think that High Fidelity reviewed just about every classical record that was issued. They even had a special column where all the tapes were reviewed.

    http://www.americanradiohistory.com/...y-1958-Dec.pdf

    Here is a link to the archive of issues from the early '50s to December, 1970 (when we got married!). There are other interesting mags archived also, including one called Tape Recording.

    http://www.americanradiohistory.com/...y-Magazine.htm




    Larry
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  • #2
    Larry that's cool. I'd love to have the Leak Stereo 20 in those ads, I have a pr of heathkit UA-1s in the closet awaiting restoration. both are still killer amps with my Quad 57s.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Rob View Post
      Larry that's cool. I'd love to have the Leak Stereo 20 in those ads, I have a pr of heathkit UA-1s in the closet awaiting restoration. both are still killer amps with my Quad 57s.
      Noticed the ad for the Quad 57s and the Quad II amps. "Contact I.M. Fried" in Philadelphia.
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      • Rob
        Rob commented
        Editing a comment
        the Quad II amp and 57 speaker were like hand in glove but there's something about amps using the EL84/6BQ5 family of tubes that really sing with 57s and LS3/5a for that matter.

      • mep
        mep commented
        Editing a comment
        The Quad II is a great sounding amp within its power range. A friend of mine has a really nice pair that he has loaned me several times. His pair is decked out with seriously killer all British NOS tubes including the real Genelex KT-66 clear glass output tubes.

    • #4
      I recall my 6th grade teacher in 1959 telling me they bought a stereo for XMas - one of the first times I had heard of it.
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      • #5
        Thank you for sharing Larry.



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        • #6
          I like on occasion picking up from eBay some of the old issues of Audio, Hi-Fidelity, etc particularly if they feature interesting interviews with recording engineers, equipment designers or musicians. I recently picked up an issue of Audio magazine featuring an interview with famed recording engineer Mark Aubort. Even some of the old classical review magazines have some interesting interviews with composers and conductors from yesteryear. Well worth it for a couple of dollars.
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          • #7
            I also read December 1964 high fidelity. Interesting issue. Many ads extolling the virtues of the then new solid state amps. good article on the Marantz 10B tuner.
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            • #8
              Nice stuff. Back when I had a functioning brain i built a few items of there's. A TV , speakers , a few other items.
              I may be really showing my age but does anyone remember echo a company who made kits we built.
              I did an amp and a meter , analog vom. I also built a subwoofer active cross over too. Electronic type if I recall correct it had something called pure butters worth. Not sure what that meant now. Unfortunately for me I had a tough childhood to say the least and it effects me to look back that far in almost anything. I love the cars and some other stuff but the adds from 50 and 60'is not so good place.
              Sorry for the off topic comment
              analog stuff.
              otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
              otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
              sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
              new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
              thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
              thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
              kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
              phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
              speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
              mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
              digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
              Dacs lampi various

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              • MylesBAstor
                MylesBAstor commented
                Editing a comment
                Heathkit?

            • #9
              The cross over was HealthKit. It was flat and black rack mounted ready
              analog stuff.
              otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
              otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
              sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
              new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
              thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
              thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
              kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
              phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
              speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
              mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
              digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
              Dacs lampi various

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              • #10
                what surprised me is how expensive color tvs were in 1964. $400 for a kit. 21" and those were 1964 dollars!
                Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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                • #11
                  Yes the damn tv I built cost about that. That's like 3000 today right. It toool me two years to pay it off. The convergence was the worst part of making it. Hours. and hours. Did you know that back then if you moved it from one room or wall Ina room it effected the convergence. Lol.
                  analog stuff.
                  otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                  otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                  sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                  new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                  thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                  thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                  kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                  phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                  speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                  mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                  digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                  Dacs lampi various

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                  • JCOConnell
                    JCOConnell commented
                    Editing a comment
                    the last few sony crts and big screens (not hi def, rear projection) I had, I would go into the service menus and tweek the convergence to get the maximum performance out of the tv but I could never get it perfect across the whole screen, that was frustrating.

                • #12
                  Yes wow you know lol. They say it was because of the size of the neck and magnetic fields. Lol you just brought backs good memory. There were two sizes that we the big one not sure what it was I have the bigger one it weighed about 300 pounds right. ???
                  analog stuff.
                  otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                  otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                  sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                  new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                  thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                  thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                  kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                  phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                  speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                  mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                  digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                  Dacs lampi various

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                  • #13
                    biggest rear projection I had was 61", that adjusted by pots on a circuit board in service menu, biggest crt I had was 34" HD, that adjusted by remote in service menu. they were both very heavy tvs.
                    Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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                    • #14
                      I bought my first color TV when I was a first year grad student in 1967. I came out to California and the drug stores sold TV's (it was Payless IIRC). It was a little portable 11" TV that sold for $125 or something like that. In comparison, my studio apartment rented for $95 a month, and a VW Beetle new was $1600 (which I couldn't afford).

                      TV's are one of many electronic devices that have benefited from advances in technology and economic globalization.

                      Larry
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                      Dig Rip-Pyramix,IzotopeRX3Adv,Mykerinos,PacMicroModel2
                      Dig Play-mchNADAC, LampiPac, Roon, HQP, Oppo105
                      Electronics-Doshi Pre,CJ MET1mchPre, Cary2A3monoamps
                      Speakers-AvantgardeDuosLR,3SolosC,LR,RR
                      Other-2x512Engineer/Marutani Symmetrical Power, AudioDiskVinylCleaner,AirTightRecordFlat, Scott Rust Interconnects,
                      Music-15KRecs(90%classical),1.3KR2Rtapes,50TBrips

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                      • #15
                        Oh you had rear projection. I had that too a 55. Not Sony a hitachi I think on nice oak cabinent and yes it had a menu with lines lol. Cool times.
                        I had before that a crt 36 or 40 not sure what size it too had a convergence menu and weighed about 300. The rear project did not weight no where near the crt
                        analog stuff.
                        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                        sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                        new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                        thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                        thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                        kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                        phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                        speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                        mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                        digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                        Dacs lampi various

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