Other than to see the newest stereo component equipment, there was no other rational reason for me to go there every time.
My first component system was only a couple of years old and why would another system be needed or wanted? At least that is what was going through my mind for about a year.
Bought in 1966 from Allied Electronics in Chicago was a Knight amplifier, Knight tuner, and Garrard turntable with an elliptical Empire or Pickering stylus and cartridge.
Then came two Utah floor speakers with 12 inch woofers, a couple of tweeters and a baffle at the bottom for the low sound to escape from these bass reflex speakers.
Couple that with a nifty pair of headphones from an Olson Electronics store, and I was in business.
Still, my trek to the stereo section continued, checking out the receivers, reel-to-reel tape decks and Scotch 111 tape.
Finally in the summer of 1969, the impulse wouldn't go away, and out came the checkbook and trips to the APO to ship home my new stuff.
Did anyone else subscribe to Hi Fi/Stereo Review which became Stereo Review in 1968?
Once you bought the first catalog and placed an order, Allied would send them frequently. I studied every Ohm, Watt and MRS as though it were a final exam prep.
And here is the heart of my second stereo system. It's the Sansui 5000, which had a hefty price tag, even for then.
There was a Sansui 2000 or 3000, but if you are losing your economic senses, why not go big? Besides, it was powerful and could easily handle 4 speakers.
Around the end of the 1960s, FM, which long was the home for classical and easy listening music, increasingly became the home for rock music which eliminated the need to find a station from which to record in stereo.
Every feature of this receiver could be described in detail, but doesn't it look beautiful? It was analog, but tuning was a breeze. Using a TV splitter, one could easily run a 300 ohm line into the receiver. Hello, radio world!
My ultimate goal was to someday afford a Marantz or McIntosh receiver. But for the next 25 years, this was it. And, it was only in the shop for repairs once. At first, I would switch out the 2 stereo systems every 6 months, but ultimately, this was THE one.
This SONY TC 355 was also an easy choice as it was an inexpensive model with decent ratings. Other guys were buying the tall and wide TEAC, but this buy turned out to be a good one. We still have it, collecting dust along with the turntable.
The Scotch 111 recording tape for these reel-to-reels would sell out quickly after a shipment came in. Later I found out that guys were recording Chinese albums or parts of them and throwing away the $ 0.30 records.
I just found 3 boxes of Scotch 111 tape. Inside each one is a list of artists and songs. My favorite was THIS. It could rattle some walls.Tech Control would patch into AFNT-AM and then shove a little speaker into tape relay for us to listen to during the midnight shift.
This isn't the kit that was bought, but it's close to our Pioneer speaker kits. Later on, the enclosures were built. But first of all the arrangement of the 12 inch woofer, 6 inch mid- range, 2 tweeters and one super tweeter had to be figured.
They were acoustic suspension speakers, which essentially meant that no air could enter either speaker. That resulted in purer sound, but no thumping, glass-shattering bass.