Stuff we like
Our favorite people and places
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.
Turntables & Tonearms
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.
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.
Miss the original Discwasher® V.R.P. sleeves from the 70’s and 80’s? I do. Sleeve City’s Diskeeper™ inner sleeves have been my favorite for years now. They carry a full line of products to take care of your vinyl, tape and cds. Sign up on their email list and you’ll get monthly coupons on already great prices!
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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