Why Vintage HiFi Nut?
I think of myself as a Vintage HiFi Nut for one simple reason. I go a little overboard in how I take care of my music and system. I pay attention to certain details that may seem trivial to people that don’t really care about sound reproduction or stereo systems.
I got my first system in the summer of 1977. It was a Kenwood KR-4070 receiver, JBL L40 speakers, Pioneer CT-F4242 cassette deck, and Dual 504 turntable with Audio Technica AT95E cartridge. Today, vintage gear offers me a way to enjoy music on a system I could only dream of then. There is some really nice new hifi being produced today, but much of it is financially out of reach for many people. That’s when vintage is a great option to consider. If I’m honest, I could enjoy that first system today over 40 years later.
Anything made during the mid-60’s through the early-90’s can be called “vintage”. These three decades include tubes and solid state, mid-fi and hi-fi … and yes, much was not great. But those were the years when some of the most revered and beloved vintage audio was made. Many of us know the feeling of owning stereo gear we could only dream of when it hit the showroom floors over twenty years ago (Nakamichi Dragon anyone?).
New generations who have grown up in the digital age are discovering what vinyl and tape sound like on a proper vintage system. There is a growing appreciation for music with a physical form, including album jackets, inner sleeves with art, lyrics and liner notes. Even tape is getting interest for it’s fun form factor and nostalgic charm. New generations can benefit from older music lovers willing to help them find their first cool hifi system, and a used market with plenty of gear to make that happen. Unfortunately, not all that vintage gear is ready to go into daily service week after week, without some care and love. That’s where the Audio Resource menu can come in handy. Check out Audio Forums, DIY Supplies, HiFi Links, Repair Shops, and more.
Let’s be honest. If it wasn’t for our love of music, there would be no point in spending time or money on audio gear, right? New or old. It doesn’t matter what your musical tastes are, or what your budget is … I truly believe vintage hifi is the best value for having a stylish system in your living space, big or small. And for many of us, vintage audio connects us back to a simpler time, when analog was king.
This site is my grassroots effort to offer branded merchandise for fellow vintage hifi nuts; info and resources to help you take care of your system; and when time allows, commissioned custom audio furniture. I hope you will look around and feel free to drop a line.
I am a designer & craftsman passionate about music and vintage audio gear from the late 60's, 70's, and 80's.
My mission is to help you get the most out of your audio system with custom handcrafted products, and informative resources that help you maintain and improve the quality of what you see, as well as what you hear.
— BEND, OREGON —
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