The Audio Community
The audio community has been instrumental in the growth and health of vintage audio gear. No matter what you are looking for, there is a forum you will enjoy being a part of. None of these forums would exist without the passion and commitment to music and audio, by the people who started these forums … and the folks that act as moderators. The following list is a sampling of forums that focus on vintage audio gear, or offer enough content related to vintage gear, to be worth your time checking it out. If you think a forum should be on this list, please contact us and tell us a little about the forum you belong to and what you like about it. This will help us craft a brief description.
AudiogoN | Visit website
Described as The high-end audio community, this website is a resource for learning about audio gear, selling, buying, or just looking at it. While the focus of this forum is on high-end audio, you will find vintage gear on this site for sale, and some discussions about it as well. It’s also important to keep in mind that when it comes to system tweaks, accessories, cables, and turntable cartridges … you want to use new products. Going vintage doesn’t mean everything you use is old.
Audiokarma | Visit website
With a global membership of over 234,000 music lovers, this is a diverse forum that is a great place to get friendly and helpful advice. There is a special section for paid subscribers that has six sub forums, including Barter Town, which is a marketplace where you can buy, sell, and trade gear and music with no selling fees. That alone, makes the annual subscription worth the cost, which helps fund operation costs.
DIY Audio | Visit website
With a global membership of over 406,000 music lovers and DIYers, this website is projects by fanatics, for fanatics. You don’t have to be an engineer to enjoy this site. But the focus is more on building, repairing, and modifying. As long as you have some basic skill, this is a great place to learn how to build amp kits, or troubleshoot your own piece of vintage gear. Well-known audio circuit designers have been known to post on this site, which is pretty cool.
Steve Hoffman Music Forums | Visit website
Steve Hoffman is an award-winning recording, mastering, and restoration engineer. He knows a thing or two about music. With a global membership of over 67,000 music lovers, the focus is on music. If you are looking for the best version of a particular album, this is a good place to start. There are three discussion forums: Music Corner, Audio Hardware, and Visual Arts.
Lenco Heaven | Visit website
With a global membership of almost 14,000 music lovers. This is the turntable forum if you are interested in Lenco turntables, made in Switzerland from 1959 – 1979. This includes variants such as Goldring, Bogen, and Benjamin. There are sub forums that discuss other components, music, and vinyl care.
Tapeheads | Visit website
With a global membership of just over 28,000 music lovers, this is a forum is about tape, gear, music, and people … Analog is real! The focus is on reel to reel, cassette, and other tape, but you will find discussions about other gear and music formats, as well as a marketplace.
Vinyl Engine | Visit website
With a global membership of just over 365,000 music lovers, this is turntable forum has all the information you need to get the best from your records. There is a huge archive of owners manuals, service manuals, schematics and brochures. The forum is a friendly place to get helpful advice. There is also a database for turntables, tonearms and cartridges.
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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