I feel the same way about my old Amber series 70amp. I love spending 10 cents on the dollar and then receiving so much pleasure for so little spent.
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I have a friend who's nearly 50 who kept his records carefully stored and clean even though he didn't have a turntable for several years. He just picked up a nice older Dual belt drive table (which also made this model for Thorens) from Craigslist for $60 and an Ortofon 2M Red to go with it. He's been having a great time rediscovering the joys of analog.
I had an Amber Series 70 power amp for about nine years. Very neutral yet engaging amp. Definitely makes good music and there's nothing distracting in its presentation.
Yes, I'm still using the Onkyo A-9555. That's the amp that finally displaced the Amber 70 in my analog rig. It's faster, quieter, and cleaner without getting harsh or edgy. Its built-in phono stage is pretty decent, especially for smoothness and inner detail, but I'm using the Cambridge 640P phono stage instead because it is faster and has better dynamic range and frequency extension. I'm coming up on two years with the Onkyo and still no complaints.
Last year I stumbled onto an excellent condition Dual CS505-2 Vintage Belt at a local Estate shop. Very clean, but, missing belts and cartridge. They wanted $25. I passed and later that evening remembered to search on the internet for info about it. I liked what I read and raced back the next day to buy it. I put a new cartridge and new belts on it and it sings. Definitely one of my better purchases.
They also had a pair of B&W DM602 speakers for $35 and a Sony receiver for $35. I stupidly passed on those and then decided to go back and buy them... but, they were gone.
Haven't seen any equipment there since. Oh well, at least I got the turntable.
Hi Ghosthouse- sorry for the long wait for a response, I didn't realize it had been so long!
The LP is "Out of the Blue" which is my long-standing favorite.
The clamp is actually an ADC clamp that may or may not have been part of the ADC 1700 package originally. I got it from my friend Norman in the 90s, when it was attached to a Yamaha PF-800 turntable.