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As well as sounding great, old  HiFi gear looks cool. It can also, with the right skills, be repaired and often upgraded using simple hand tools.  A will to get up early on Sunday morning to hit the boot sales, can earn you some amazing kit for peanuts. These pages relate some of my experiences, both good and bad, enjoying and sometimes resuscitating audio technology old and new.

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Sony Stereo FM / AM Tuner ST-80F

The big round illuminated dial looks great on this 1971 Tuner from Sony. I have a particular fondness for it because one was part of the first real HiFi system I encountered. It belonged to my sisters boyfriend. I was allowed to listen, but definately not touch.

Danish Delight. Bang & Olufsen Beomaster 1900-2

Few would dispute that these receivers are a marvel of styling. Their “lifestyle” presentation made them very expensive in their day and equivalent sonic performance was available for less money in more conventional packaging. from other brands. This one came to me from a cousin. It was an exchange for some vinyl records. It’s been …