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Our favorite people, places, tips, & news
One of the biggest reasons vintage hifi is popular now is there are many wonderful people who give freely of their time to help others in audio forums, or have the expertise to operate a small business to repair, restore, or modify your stereo equipment. It is this dedication and passion for vintage hifi that helps us get the most out of our gear. Let’s be honest, one of the reasons we love vintage hifi so much, is that most of it was built to last, still repairable, sounds great, and looks cool. It is also the most affordable way to put together a stereo system for the average joe. Whether you have been at this for years or just getting into audio, we hope you will find something of interest here. Our goal is to provide information that is helpful and interesting. Feel free to make suggestions through our contact form. This section will grow in the coming weeks, so please check back.
Our favorite people
I met Johnnie Nilsen when he still had a full time job as a machinist. And a second full time job after that where he rewired tonearms on a global scale. He’s a great example of what we think of as a vintage hifi nut simply because nobody will devote that much of their time after a long work day to work on other people’s tonearms. His passion and skill show in his acclaimed PU7 and new UniArm tonearms reviewed by HiFi Plus.
Dave Archambault has taken his love for Acoustic Research (AR) and Thorens turntables and created a business where he is able to help owners get the most out of their turntables by offering restoration, replacement parts, modifications, buyer consultations, and DIY videos. You can also buy newly restored AR and Thorens turntables for sale on his site. We think Dave is a vintage hifi nut of the highest order.
Our favorite places
This is our favorite audio shop in Portland, Oregon. Echo Audio has a great mix of used and new gear, with all the accessories you need to put together a top notch hifi system. In short, it’s a hifi lovers dreamland! These guys are passionate about music, knowledgeable, and friendly. Whether creating a $500 system or a $50,000 system, you’ll find what you are looking for. They’ll also ship to most places worldwide.
Gig Harbor Audio
Located in beautiful Gig Harbor, this is one of the best audio shops in Washington. There is a cool vibe inside this vintage house converted into an audio shop. You’ll find a tasteful selection of new and used audio gear, a vinyl section, listening areas, and repair shop. They design and build stereo components, turntables, speakers, and furniture that all fits their vintage vibe.
Tips & Resource
Dead wax inscriptions
Ever wonder what all those inscribed symbols and initials are in that blank area between the last track and the record label? If you are a vintage hifi nut, you do. These little golden nuggets let you know you are holding a higher quality album release. The Richmond Audio Society had pulled together some great info. View the PDF. Otherwise, check out Discogs for more info.
Originally created as a hobby project in 2000 by Kevin Lewandowski, Discogs has grown to become a definitive resource for Vinyl and CD recordings. If you want to know which release you have for just about any album on the planet, this is the place to go. They have a Marketplace as well as an App you can use to catalog your music collection.
The HiFi Engine library has images, specifications and reviews for thousands of audio components, along with free downloads of owners manuals, service manuals, schematics and product catalogs for amplifiers, pre-amps, power amps, tuners, tape decks, cd players, turntables, and more! There are over half a million registered users.
Third Man Pressing Plant
In his native Detroit, Jack White — White Stripes frontman and one of the most active and influential musicians of the last twenty years — has built a beautiful, efficient, and fully staffed record manufacturing plant. Why? Because records are better. Is Jack a vintage hifi nut? We can’t say for sure, but would you open a record plant if you didn’t LOVE vinyl?
Cassettes are making a comeback?
We may be able to thank Guardians of the Galaxy for making cassettes cool again. It seems that people are realizing that part of what people like about music in analog formats is the physical aesthetic and design. First vinyl records made a comeback, and now there’s an even newer trend in music: The lowly tape cassette is making a comeback, and there are sales numbers to prove it. TODAY’s Carson Daly reports.
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