The first-best-last analog item you ever bought

I bought a Heathkit WAP- 2, twenty watt dual chassis amplifier in 1955. My grandpa, in the midwest it's grandpa and not grandfather, told me to buy a Magnavox console and be done with it. Little did he know where my choice would take me 53 years later.

Today, my best and last investment is in a RTR machine. The machines are cheap when compared to the alternatives. Unfortunately the software is scarce and expensive
Nothing good comes cheap. How about your thoughts.


I think the Kftool 1955 Chevy would be my choice....
Kenwood KT 8300 And 8500 tuners in excellent condition.
My first real foray into reel to reel was an Ampex 350 transport with a pair of 351 electronics. I still have it. I've seen it eat a lot of newer tape machines for breakfast. I am certain it is by no means the best tape machine out there, but it will give the best (whatever that might be) a serious run for the money.

I've had the Ampex MR-70, Otari MX-70, Ampex ATR-100, Nagra, Magnacord, Studer, various Tascams and Sonys...
I really like having a Mcintosh MR-67 tuner in my system. It sounds great and look cool. Tubes.........
Fidelity Research FR-66s
Best vintage/classic table: Pierre Lurne' J1 with outboard motor- most detailed, most musical, most dynamic, best pitch...

Forget the old DDs (except the Rockports and Goldmunds-only) and rim drives; all inconsequential (and best suited for hobbyists, collectors and dreamers) in my opinion.

Speaking of Goldmund, is that new reference out yet?

1979 Linn LP12, and modern :) 1983 Fidelity FR64fx and ARC SP-8 (recently refurbished by ARC). Undoubtedly there are better modern equivalents, but these all still sound very good. Of course I do plan on upgrading some day...
REL (Radio Engineering Laboratories) Precedent FM tuner, from 1954! Purchased by me in 1991, and used in conjunction with an H. H. Scott LM35 multiplex adapter for stereo.

-- Al
My first analog was BSR (Cheap) record player. It was not much, but it was mine and it started my passion for vinyl. I followed it with a couple of other players before getting a dual 721 which served me well for 20 plus years. My best (and interestingly last) analog purchase was a maplenoll apollo table that had been personally owned and modified by Lloyd Walker. I have been enchanted with the Maplenoll line for several years but this table is in a level above the rest of the maplenoll line. It has the standard features of the standard maplenoll apollo (vacuum platter, air bearing platter and arm) but it was modified to include an on the fly VTA adjustment, an external motor, and a different airbearing spindle and tonearm. It was owned by a fellow agoner and his move to france made this table available to me. It is a dead quiet table and performs flawlessly. I know a lot of people have issues with getting these tables right but this one (once i got it set up) is flawless. Vacuum system pulls the record down flat, tonearm floats perfectly, and the platter is so smooth and balanced that uncoupled with the motor and belt, it will spin for close to 5 minutes just spinning by hand.
Nagaoka MP-50, MM cartridge -- wow.
Not the first - not the last, but the best single analog item I ever bought was the Fidelity Research FR-66s pivot tonearm. Heads and away the best tonearm - sonically and from stability and everyday handling - among 27 different tonearms I have owned in 3 decades of audio-mania.
First: probably a really bad 45rpm single in the late 70s. I used to get $3 allowance and bought top 40 hits from 1978 through about 1985.

Best: Rega Planar 2 turntable. It was the "best" not on quality but because it got me back into records in a true hifi way, enjoying the music, the collecting and the ritual.

Last: Wife bought me a Roksan Radius V turntable last week.
First: Technics SL1900
Best: Music Hall MMF 7
Last: Ortofon 2m Red

the SL1900 was my first turntable. I bought it from some crazy dude on Vine St in Cincinnati like 7 or 8 years ago when I was in college. The Music Hall MMF 7 is still the best buy I've ever made in my life. The Ortofon was a necessity buy and its been really awesome.
I have three R2R decks and by far my best investment was my Studer A810 deck!!!
VPI Dual Motor Flywheel and SDS is one of the best solutions for a separate drive and control, e.g. for the Micro Seikis. brings more precision and stableness - unbelievable!