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Offline Roger Kidder

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Howdy all! Pleased to meet ya!
« on: February 19, 2016, 08:44:39 PM »
I would just like to take moment to introduce myself and tell you a bit about my audiophile experiences.

My name is Roger Kidder living in the idyllic, chilly wonderland of southern Maine, USA.

My first true audio system was cobbled together from a collection of components at a friend's father's pawn shop in Portland 40 years ago. As payment for some electronic repair work I had done for them, I was allowed to select from the store inventory, whatever components I wanted to create a decent system. I chose the following units:

Rotel RA-610 Integrated Stereo Amplifier
Lafayette LT-725A Stereo Tuner
Perpetuum-Ebner 3015 Turntable
Empire 66 PEX Cartridge
Technics RS-641 Stereo Cassette Deck
ADS L420 Speakers
Pioneer SE-L40 Headphones in original case

I mention this because I think for a young guy I put together an awesome system given the pool of equipment I had to choose from. For instance, the Rotel was ahead of it's time and the Pioneer SE-L40 headphones are still sought by vintage audiophiles. Perhaps I will talk about some of the other systems I have had at a later time.

What brought me to this excellent forum is my recent inheritance of a large collection of original 78 recordings which have been handed down continuously since they were new. My current rig does not have the ability to play 78s so I took it as an opportunity to acquire a system that could. During one of my frequent perusals of pawn shops and second-hand stores I came across a 1959-1960 Guild "The New Englander" rolltop hi-fi stereo system. I am not sure why but the unit "spoke" to my sense of what 78s should be played on. Also, it is just an awesome conversation starter.

It works but does need some TLC and minor adjustments. I have been fiddling around with electronics all my life so fixing this really should not be a problem. The furniture part of the unit is in darn good shape for having sat in a barn for 30-odd years. I can't say I am overly impressed with the sound quality but I think swapping out a few tubes and perhaps upgrading the speakers will yield a less tinny output. Given the condition it is in and with delivery included in the price, I think I did pretty good for $50.
Roger Kidder
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1959 Guild "The New Englander" Rolltop Hi-Fi Stereo

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Re: Howdy all! Pleased to meet ya!
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2016, 09:28:35 PM »
One of those in pieces went for $300 on eBay.

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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2016, 10:27:52 PM »
Welcome to the forum!

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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2016, 04:14:44 AM »
Welcome Roger. I enjoyed your introduction.
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2016, 07:28:19 AM »
Welcome Roger!!!
IN REALITY IT ONLY MATTERS WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE TO YOU!!!!!

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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2016, 09:16:56 AM »
Recap the amp and preamp and test the tubes.  If the tubes are good, give the recapped amp a listen before replacing speakers. Welcome!!
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2016, 10:01:50 AM »
Thank you for the great intro Roger!   

Please let us know your experience with 78s.  I have a few but no player to try them in,  could be a fun addition to the hobby to add collecting 78s.   

Again,  welcome to our forum...

OBG

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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2016, 11:32:47 AM »
I drop my 78s at 45 then bring them back up to speed digitally.   Just get a 3 mil stylus for your cart of choice (I'm using a Shure 91).

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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2016, 03:06:38 PM »
Welcome Rodger I have a few old 78 rigs . The most recent I got on the bay for 15.00 including postage

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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2016, 08:03:50 PM »
Welcome to the Forum Rodger!  A lot of good people here!  Glad that you joined us!
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« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2016, 08:16:46 PM »
Thank you for the great intro Roger!   

Please let us know your experience with 78s.  I have a few but no player to try them in,  could be a fun addition to the hobby to add collecting 78s.   

Again,  welcome to our forum...

OBG

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« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2016, 07:45:23 PM »
Welcome and good luck with your 78s.  It's about the only format I no longer pursue.
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