Re: Hifi Equipment
Posted by: chessiecat65 ()
Date: April 19, 2013 03:16AM

My father built his stereo system from scratch or kits. Literally. In the later 1960's/early 1970's there was a company called Heathkit--a subsidiary of Radio Shack, I believe--and he bought his tuner and amplifier from them and built them. That system lasted over 20 years, I think. It was tube based; I remember watching the tubes warm up and glow when he would turn it on. Dad was an electronics technician before he retired, so it was simple for him to put the system together and wire it. His other hobby was woodworking, so he built a cabinet that was hooked onto the wall for everything. We had stereo TV before it became popular; he wired a cabinet with bigger speakers and used an old car stereo as the amplifier. I think we watched Simon & Garfunkel in Central Park on HBO with that setup...so that was in the early 1980s or so.

One of my younger brothers followed him in his footsteps. In high school, he built his tower stereo speakers. Cut the wood and everything. For his high school graduation present, in 2001/2002 or so, he didn't ask for the usual stuff a boy his age would ask for. He wanted a turntable...and not just any turntable, but one that had to be shipped in from Poland. Dad got it for him, they hooked it up to the homebuilt speakers, and Dad had to admit it was a good choice. Brother went to college, but couldn't find a job with his degree, so now he's studying to be an electrician--I'm trying to talk him into doing home stereo system installation, which I think he'd excell.

[And for those of you who are wondering why my brother wanted a turntable, it's because he discovered my parents's record collection which is huge, but apparently he likes bands like Pink Floyd, etc...hope for him yet!]

Chessie >^..^<

"If you build it they will come. And rock!" Kip Winger, Rocklahoma 2008

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