Greetings from the Green Mountains of Vermont

Hey all! Just stumbled my way over here in the past week while doing some Google research into DIY horns, and after poking around for a bit quickly realized it was the corner of the internet I was looking for! I've only really fallen into the rabbit hole in the last year, but it's quickly become a driving passion (some might say obsession) and I've been loving exploring the merging of my hobbies of music listening and making/building/tinkering.

I've been a vinyl enthusiast for several years, but was running a super basic setup until this past summer when a pair of Altec Boleros caught my eye in the window of my local record store while I was waiting for the store to open in the morning. I hadn't any intentions in my mind of buying speakers up until then, but it was love at first sight and I decided right there I was taking them home. I picked up a Sansui 1000x the same day to power them, since before I just had powered speakers. I went home and excitedly set it up, dropped the needle on a brand new record, and prepared to hear the sweetest sounds my turntable had yet produced.

Alas, it sounded terrible! Long story short, one of the speakers had coil rub. The guys at the record store were abashed that a damaged speaker moved through the store without them doing a proper audition, and offered a full refund but I decided to keep it and try to fix it, not being prepared to give up on my Bolero dream. I ended up doing surgery on the driver and recentering the voice coil by shimming it and applying acetone to the spider.

For me, it definitely sounds sweeter if you had to do some tinkering to get there! After fixing the coil rub I recapped the crossovers and resealed the cabinets, now the system sounded great but there wasn't anything left to fix, so I set out to find some broken stuff!

I wanted to get my feet wet in PCB soldering, so I decided to search out a receiver in need of fixing. Even though it's the only brand receiver I've ever had, I decided I was a Sansui man and found a 7070 on Craigslist near me in nonworking condition for a reasonable price and swooped it up. The sound was terribly distorted but I found a service manual and set out to set the bias and offset - turned out someone had popped off the jumpers for this procedure and never put them back on. An easier fix than I thought! I also ended up replacing all the fusible resistors, bulbs, speaker relay, and reflowing a bunch of cracked solder joints. I also veneered the case in the spirit of learning new skills! Now the 7070 is happily rotated in and the 1000x has moved on.

I am a woodworker who dabbles in welding so I've also been coming up with projects to incorporate those hobbies into the audio world. So far I've made record shelves, speaker stands, and what I've been calling a "plinth surround" for my turntable. Currently exploring possibilities for making my own speakers as a next project, with a particular interest in horns, and would love to get more into tube gear as well and build my own amplifier!

If you read through all that I thank you, and look forward to getting to know some of you - this place is an inspiring source of knowledge/enthusiasm and just seems like a bunch of really nice people!

Here's my current system, it's pretty humble but it's my happy place after a day at work to come home and listen to! Right now one of my biggest limitations is actually just my tiny apartment, I don't really have the flexibility to set my speakers in anything close to an ideal arrangement... But 2021 might be the year of buying my first house!

Pro-ject Debut Carbon w/ Ortofon blue - Pro-ject Tube Box S2 w/ Telefunkens - Sansui 7070 - Altec Bolero 890c
 

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mhardy6647

Señor Member
Hello, @Sean.m.miller1 from just across the river on the "live free or die" side of the Upper Valley! :confused: :smoke
Your hifi looks great to me!

There seem to be a passel of hifi buffs in the aforementioned Green Mountain State (especially on a per capita basis).
 

Fran604g

Just Call Me Junior
Hey all! Just stumbled my way over here in the past week while doing some Google research into DIY horns, and after poking around for a bit quickly realized it was the corner of the internet I was looking for! I've only really fallen into the rabbit hole in the last year, but it's quickly become a driving passion (some might say obsession) and I've been loving exploring the merging of my hobbies of music listening and making/building/tinkering.

I've been a vinyl enthusiast for several years, but was running a super basic setup until this past summer when a pair of Altec Boleros caught my eye in the window of my local record store while I was waiting for the store to open in the morning. I hadn't any intentions in my mind of buying speakers up until then, but it was love at first sight and I decided right there I was taking them home. I picked up a Sansui 1000x the same day to power them, since before I just had powered speakers. I went home and excitedly set it up, dropped the needle on a brand new record, and prepared to hear the sweetest sounds my turntable had yet produced.

Alas, it sounded terrible! Long story short, one of the speakers had coil rub. The guys at the record store were abashed that a damaged speaker moved through the store without them doing a proper audition, and offered a full refund but I decided to keep it and try to fix it, not being prepared to give up on my Bolero dream. I ended up doing surgery on the driver and recentering the voice coil by shimming it and applying acetone to the spider.

For me, it definitely sounds sweeter if you had to do some tinkering to get there! After fixing the coil rub I recapped the crossovers and resealed the cabinets, now the system sounded great but there wasn't anything left to fix, so I set out to find some broken stuff!

I wanted to get my feet wet in PCB soldering, so I decided to search out a receiver in need of fixing. Even though it's the only brand receiver I've ever had, I decided I was a Sansui man and found a 7070 on Craigslist near me in nonworking condition for a reasonable price and swooped it up. The sound was terribly distorted but I found a service manual and set out to set the bias and offset - turned out someone had popped off the jumpers for this procedure and never put them back on. An easier fix than I thought! I also ended up replacing all the fusible resistors, bulbs, speaker relay, and reflowing a bunch of cracked solder joints. I also veneered the case in the spirit of learning new skills! Now the 7070 is happily rotated in and the 1000x has moved on.

I am a woodworker who dabbles in welding so I've also been coming up with projects to incorporate those hobbies into the audio world. So far I've made record shelves, speaker stands, and what I've been calling a "plinth surround" for my turntable. Currently exploring possibilities for making my own speakers as a next project, with a particular interest in horns, and would love to get more into tube gear as well and build my own amplifier!

If you read through all that I thank you, and look forward to getting to know some of you - this place is an inspiring source of knowledge/enthusiasm and just seems like a bunch of really nice people!

Here's my current system, it's pretty humble but it's my happy place after a day at work to come home and listen to! Right now one of my biggest limitations is actually just my tiny apartment, I don't really have the flexibility to set my speakers in anything close to an ideal arrangement... But 2021 might be the year of buying my first house!

Pro-ject Debut Carbon w/ Ortofon blue - Pro-ject Tube Box S2 w/ Telefunkens - Sansui 7070 - Altec Bolero 890c
Welcome to the Haven Sean!
 
Hello, @Sean.m.miller1 from just across the river on the "live free or die" side of the Upper Valley! :confused: :smoke
Your hifi looks great to me!

There seem to be a passel of hifi buffs in the aforementioned Green Mountain State (especially on a per capita basis).

Nice to "meet you"! I've been in Vermont for a few years, grew up in Maine but I was born in NH- best state slogan ever! My aunt is still in Sullivan so I make it over there every so often - moreso pre-pandemic. I had a little record club going here in Montpelier for a few months before pandemic squashed that, but would be enthusiastic about restarting it once it all blows over!
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
Nice to "meet you"! I've been in Vermont for a few years, grew up in Maine but I was born in NH- best state slogan ever! My aunt is still in Sullivan so I make it over there every so often - moreso pre-pandemic. I had a little record club going here in Montpelier for a few months before pandemic squashed that, but would be enthusiastic about restarting it once it all blows over!
Keep in touch -- we're in Sullivan County, none too far from that tax-free shopping Mecca that is West Lebanon, NH.
(although I guess W. Leb is in Grafton County, come to think of it... but that's OK...)
 

Audionut

Next Round Is On Me
Welcome, really like the sansui integrated and boleros. Used to own a 7070, DB990 (9090 in black), 5000, tu & au-717, among others. The AU-111 is the only unit I regret not owning.
 
Greetings from Texas
Love the Sansui, have always like their great and have owned several pieces.
The Bolaros are very cool.
Thanks for sharing.
Cheers
Ed
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
heh -- "warm"... I see what you did there!
:confused: :smoke

Three degrees (F) when we got up this morning here in Nuevo Hampster. ;)
 
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