OK gang, in spite of popular requests, Mongo is back. I thought it would be fun if some of us shared memories of how we fell in love with music, electronics, and music reproduction, that led us fall in love with High End stereo.
My Dad gave me a quartz AM radio, that you hooked up to a ground, like a water pipe, and listened to it through a single ear piece. No batteries needed. Neatest thing I’d ever seen. Would only pick up the one local radio station, but I’d listen to it for hours.
When I was about 8, my Mom would take me to a family friend’s Grandpa’s house, and he had an old Philco tube radio. It had AM and short wave, not sure about FM. It had great sound through a 6 or 8 inch speaker in the front. It sat right in front of my bed, and I’d listen to WLS Chicago, and fall asleep listening to music. I also had a small collection of transistor radios, mostly AM, but bought a nice Panasonic AM/FM radio with money earned on my paper route. It had great sound and range for it’s size. My patents had a Sears cabinet stereo that was a real POS, but my sisters and I got to play our first records on it. Happy memories.
The first real, decent stereo I ever heard, was a Sony component setup that a friend’s brother had. I’ll never forget when he put on a Doobie Brothers record and played Chine Grove, and Long Train Running. That changed my life.
When I graduated from high school, and hired on the railroad, a couple friends had Magnaplaner Tympani 1 systems, with high end electronics and turntables. Anybody remember Vesticle tonearms? I was blown away. As I was starting to make a little money, I aked them for a recommendation on a first stereo. They told me to get the most expensive Yamaha system I would afford. I got a CR600 receiver, a pair of NS670 speakers, and a crappy BSR turntable that I thought was pretty. I was still living with the folks, so 35 WPC was enough.
Lots more studying, listening, and upgrading followed. More details later, unless somebody tells me to shut the hell up.
Your turn. Who has a story for us?