Very sad story sorry about that.
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My biggest disappointments have been pieces I like but had poor or inaccessible parts.
rca jacks pre-mounted to pc boards, easy to push in too hard with a nice tight connector and break them. Speaker wire terminals that become loose somehow, foam rot on woofers surrounds, glued on feet, one that walks off the job one day. Other things I don't remember.
It's hard to complain about maintenance of vintage equipment, but when rubber gaskets to isolate the counterweight section wear out, it ain't easy, i.e. SME 3009 rubber sleeve; JVC Tonearm rubber washers.
It's a darn shame equipment, especially vintage with POTs & Switches don't have easy access for periodic cleaning, i.e. entire front panel with slack wiring behind, loosen two side screws, pull out, hose em down, back together.
I loved my Thorens TD124, (it with aforementioned SME 3009), could take it apart, clean/adjust, replaced the rubber suspension grommets that had hardened, made custom wood base
but, the bearing, incredibly machined, was highly sensitive to vertical vibration, a bad combination with my springy floors, I traded it for a Fisher 500C I seem to remember. Lots of switches and pots to clean on it.
I found this interesting
It was absolutely amazing to drop that heavy platter and bearing shaft into the bearing sleeve and see how long it took for the air to get out of the bearing to allow it to descend.
For a while I had a real love hate relationship with a Graaf GM20.
while with a bit of nudging (adding autoformers to improve driving ability) it could sound wonderful and looked glorious, it equally was prone to heat a room all by itself and each time the tubes needed biasing had to be dismantled to get to the biasing points. In the end I decided it had to go.
I had a three C4 or 8s Macs (If I remember, 52 years ago).
Good Lord, GOOD BY. Forever cleaning pots and fixing a flippin carbon comp resistor popping or some such crap.. drove me nuts.. I was to busy chasing skirts, no time for that stuff. WORK dog gone it.. I had a Thoren 184 or 5 I can't remember, good mono or stereo unit..
* Adcom GFP-565 preamplifier - Circa 1992. Very veiled. replaced with a Classe 6. Hoochie Mama!
* Magnepan SMG - Circa 1986. What a stinker. Didn't know how bad it was until compared to a Conrad-Johnson Synthesis floor stander.
* A round bubble level, that can be had for $5 at Home-Depot, being sold for $50 by a premier turntable company (you know who you are).
* Sony DVP-S9000ES SACD player - Circa 1999. Built like a Rolls-Royce but, unfortunately for me, had trouble playing SACD's. Junk.
Ya know dweller, I still use the ES series of Sony, 5400, 777, I have two more here somewhere. I had some small problems, BUT CD playback was and still it great for me.. I paid 100.00 for a 5400 (? or something).
I don't think it was ever used. LOL I cleaned it and did my door lube deal and added a IEC. CAN'T beat it.. I like Denon too for a sound CD spinner.. Easy to use.. Lots of options for a pro unit..
Hands down SAE integrated amp all solid state. When I received it the volume and balance buttons were reversed had to send back at my expense to be replaced. Over time small issues turned to big issues. Dropped off at local repair shop he informed my the entire unit was cold soldering on all connections. He redid all the solder connection and it worked for about 10 years after. He also told me he would never do this again for anyone. One day I pushed the on switch to only hear a pop an no power. I did not even look at it just carried out to trash can and never looked back!
THE GOOD - my Bryston B135 Integrated amp - love it !!!
THE BAD - my NAIM 5i
THE UGLY - my Raysonic SP120 integrated tube amp...
Regards - Steve
@williewonka , There are some great tube units out there so don't judge all of them from one unit. I leave my ARC PH3 SE on perpetually and I change the Tubes every five years or so.
anton99, There are way more than 2 kinds of people depending entirely on how you categorize them. I have three categories, people I can be friends with, people who are ok but we have nothing in common and finally people who you really want to stay away from.
sgreg1, SAE's were notorious for blowing up. Surprisingly, Fuzz Linears were actually very reliable.