May 262016
Vintage tone, and other stuff.

I’ve been thinking a lot about tone lately, and in particular, vintage tone. If you look up ‘tone’ in the dictionary you’ll see half a dozen definitions for it, but what I’m referring to when I say ‘tone’ is more in line with what musician’s mean when they say ‘tone’, and what I think music lovers & audio hobbyists mostly mean when they say ‘tone’, which is to say, a certain sound quality or character to the sound that enhances […]

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May 142016
The A5 VOTT Project Commences: Resistors and capacitors, and inductors, oh my!

I am delighted to say that the vintage Altec-Lansing A5 Voice of the Theatre Project is now moving forward again! In the first phase of the project I commissioned Gary Fischer to restore a vintage pair of Altec-Lansing A5 Voice of the Theatre loudspeakers, which I described in three parts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Many thanks to Gary Fischer for his excellent restoration of the A5 VOTTs! For my restoration, I chose two 825B bass […]

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May 062016
The Vintage McIntosh Resistor Adventure Continues (and other stuff)!

While doing the vintage McIntosh MX110 tuner-preamplifier adventure we experimented with several brands of new & NOS metal film resistors in the circuit in various places, but basically I always ended up preferring the vintage 2-watt NOS Allen Bradley carbon comp resistors that Andy Moore had suggested I try. The vintage 2-watt NOS Allen Bradley resistors had better tone, were more ‘colorful’, had more natural timbral textures, and generally provided more of an emotional connection to the music, compared […]

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May 042016
Jeff checking in ... a look into the crystal ball: the past, present, and future!

The Vintage Beat It sure has been a wonderful experience dipping my toe into the waters of vintage hi-fi gear, like with my original Garrard Project (1, 2, 3) articles: Or with my restored vintage McIntosh kit like the MX110Z tuner-preamplifier, stereo MC240 amplifier, stereo MC225 amplifier, and MC30 monaural amplifiers: Or the world of vintage loudspeakers like my vintage Altec-Lansing A7 Voice of the Theatre’s custom built for conductor Leopold Stokowski: Gary Fischer, who restored my A5 […]

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May 012016
The Vintage McIntosh MX110 Adventure: OMG! Up Next - The A5 VOTT Project!

Ron-san and I got together today to celebrate the joys of audio & music and to listen to the latest iteration of our Real Sound Adventure with the vintage McIntosh MX110 tuner-preamplifiers. To complement our listening adventures, we had a couple of superb bottles of regional wines to sample, a 2013 Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon, and a 2013 Anelare Nonna Viola, along with an antipasto tray with lots of goodies, and some delicious Rouge Creamery smoked blue cheese, and some Vermont cave aged […]

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Apr 272016
The Vintage McIntosh MX110 Tuner-Preamplifier Adventure: The Arizona Capacitor Palette!

A good alternate title for this post would have been “The Real Sound Education of Jeff Day” because that is the result of Yazaki-san’s and Ron-san’s influence on me during our mutual adventures with the vintage McIntosh vacuum tube gear. Due to Ron’s influence, I have now made the transition of being a modification observer to becoming brave enough to pick up my soldering iron and modifying circuits in the MX110s, as long as it’s a […]

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Apr 212016
The Vintage McIntosh MX110 Tuner-Preamplifier Adventure: The Tepro Transformation!

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with a major revelation? In my case my major revelation came at 2:53 a.m. last night, according to the screen on my iPhone. It was three thoughts coming together that triggered my overall revelation, but I want to tell you the story in the sequence that it occurred to me, rather than tell you all at once here in the beginning of this post. In case you are […]

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Apr 092016
A Slick Schick Woody-Wire Re-wire - Updated with listening impressions.

If you read my post about Rafe’s and Don’s road trip to Jeff’s Place (and Rafe’s Part-Time Audiophile trip report), you know that one of the demos we did was a comparison of one of my Schick tonearms to the Woody SPU tonearm using a Ortofon SPU Classic GM Mk II stereo cartridge. I really like my Schick tonearms. Their clean, streamlined, design and easy adjustability make them a real treat to work with, and getting […]

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Apr 022016
Jeff checking in ... Arizona Capacitors, Tepro, Schick re-wire, and music!

I sure have been busy lately, it seems, and I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog posts I’ve been wanting to write for you, or to respond to your comments as speedily as I’d like to. If I forgot to answer a comment you directed at me, ping me again, because it is my intent to answer all comments, but occasionally I’ll get distracted and miss one. After what seemed like one […]

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Mar 252016
The Vintage Beat: Audio Research SP-6B, Harmon Kardon Citation 1, and McIntosh MX110 Preamplifiers

Ron, Leo, and I got together to do a little listening to a variety of vintage preamplifiers last weekend, the Audio Research SP-6B, the Harmon Kardon Citation 1, and the McIntosh MX110. First we listened to Ron’s vintage Audio Research SP-6B preamplifier so we could get a performance baseline for it, as we are getting ready to embark on an exciting Audio Research SP-6B adventure! Above you can see the modifications for the vintage Audio SP-6 Adventure that […]

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