The beauty of vintage audio equipment has not been surpassed. Yes, today’s audio equipment is rife with buttons, lights, meters, and speakers, but it so typically package in hard plastics, or perhaps, sleek metal. And while it may be shiny, for many people today’s audio equipment will never be as intriguing and delightful as a hard, wood case with a well-maintained, rich finish.
After all, for many people, a vintage audio system -especially those of bygone years- represent more than music. They represent the memories of nights spent listen to ball games, hearing historic news and perhaps even sitting around the radio listing to an on-air program such as The Shadow. Yes, vintage audio equipment may have been primitive compared to today’s technology, but it was by no means unenjoyable!
For those people fortunate enough to own-and hope to still use- vintage audio equipment, it can be quite the challenge to secure the parts and pieces needed to keep it in working order. From old school tubes to speakers and cases, these items are not always something one can find in the local electronics store and purchase –unless, one lives in an area where there is an abundance of antique stores or vendors. Consequently, one often finds that they must order parts and pieces online. This is a good alternative, but there are some basic precautions to take when ordering from a We3b source, as well as after receiving the part ordered. The following should be kept in mind:
· When searching online, be sure to use specific terminology, so you can narrow your results down easily. If necessary, include titles and descriptions to expand your search.
· Before bidding on an item on site such as eBay, pay close attention to the photographs of the piece. Note any marks and read all the descriptions given.
· If you have any questions regarding the piece, ask questions! If they don’t give you answers that help or make you feel comfortable with the quality of the piece, find another vendor.
Upon receiving the item(s), here are some additional things to observe.
· Do Not plug in any piece of vintage tube equipment IF you have a variac or similar piece of variac power supply that can slowly apply current to the vintage tube. If you plug it directly into the wall, you risk having the tube blow up in your face! The variac will allow it reform, slowly and safely.
· Keep in mind that ALL vintage audio tube equipment should have the selenium rectifiers replaced with modern silicone diode equivalents, should you anticipate using the amp again. shot blasting machine
· In order to have a more reliable power supply, replace all power supply caps, and strap new caps under the cans if they are shot.
· Vintage audio couplers are likely to leak and sound bad. For better sound quality, these can be replaced with modern caps.