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Wanted Old, distressed, non-working, "dead" valve (vacuum tube) power and/or pre-amp/s for ground up restoration and eventual listening pleasure

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ronniemarker

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Hello fellow forum members -

here I go again - the veritable "needle in a hay stack" type of quest and pursuit !

This time, I'd like to try my luck (or, rather, the lack of it !) by inquiring if any of you yourselves have or might
know someone that has truly vintage (from the 1950s-60s-70s) valve / vacuum tube amps (power and/or pre)
of particularly USA or UK manufacture. The condition is irrelevant so long as the units are complete and
original in every respect - even if they are totally "dead" or non-functional because, IF I am so lucky as to
obtain something, then, I am planning (aspiring) to get a high-quality ground-up electronic restoration done
to the unit/s (preferably, sending them abroad to a competent technician who has access to the correct
period specific parts) and subsequently using them here - granted that this will all take more than a year in
turn around time as well as will set me back quite a few buck-aroos ! It may all eventually be worth it and
worth the wait, time and the money spent.

I am NOT allowing my hopes to rise - for the obvious reason/s of dashed hopes - however; IF someone does
have something that they do not use, need, want anymore, etc. - please do consider communicating with me.

Meanwhile - best wishes to one and all and stay / keep well and healthy !


Sincerely,


Ronnie K. Marker
Mumbai
 

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JayaRaa

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Hi Ronnie,

Why not acquire a unit already restored from overseas? Would save you a lot of hassle and time than carry out the exercise you are currently planning for. My humble opinion.
 

ronniemarker

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Hi Ronnie,

Why not acquire a unit already restored from overseas? Would save you a lot of hassle and time than carry out the exercise you are currently planning for. My humble opinion.


What you say is absolutely true......perhaps, it is my masochistic alter ego that is driving me to approach it this way.........cheers !
 

ronniemarker

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Hi,
I bought an audio Research SP 10 preamp from a used dealer in Mumbai about one and a half years ago. Sadly it turned out to be a lot junk. I took it to a technician in Bangalore who initially thought it could be saved, but after some effort said it was done for. I abandoned it in disgust (had paid 1.2 lakh) and let him keep it. If you like I can give you the mechanic's contact and may be he can give it you if it is still with him. I think he wanted it as a design guide for stuff he was designing himself.
BW
Purnendu


Hi - sorry and saddened to hear about your unfortunate Audio Research journey - but, as we all know and as many of us have experienced, there ARE quite a few unscrupulous dealers who will readily and without any compunction dupe an unsuspecting buyer. Thanks - but I will pass on your offer because it is likely setting myself up for unnecessary trouble - peace and cheers !

Trust me, don’t go as you are planning. Will be waste of time and money. If you can buy from US, there are ample choices to buy new or vintage but in perfect working condition.

Hi there - I too am strongly thinking of going that route - I have a USA background (almost 20 years' stay there) in any case and have all the wherewithall for such an endeavour - inevitably, I might just end up doing that and avoiding all the hassles and headaches that you correctly speak of - thanks for the caution and friendly advise - much appreciated - Regards
 
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JayaRaa

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What you say is absolutely true......perhaps, it is my masochistic alter ego that is driving me to approach it this way.........cheers !
Enjoy your efforts & hope they pay off. Do update the thread once you manage to find something & then on its road to restoration.
GOOD LUCK
 

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Hi,
I bought an audio Research SP 10 preamp from a used dealer in Mumbai about one and a half years ago. Sadly it turned out to be a lot junk. I took it to a technician in Bangalore who initially thought it could be saved, but after some effort said it was done for. I abandoned it in disgust (had paid 1.2 lakh) and let him keep it. If you like I can give you the mechanic's contact and may be he can give it you if it is still with him. I think he wanted it as a design guide for stuff he was designing himself.
BW
Purnendu
 

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Trust me, don’t go as you are planning. Will be waste of time and money. If you can buy from US, there are ample choices to buy new or vintage but in perfect working condition.
 

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Have to echo yogibear's comment on the quality of gear available here in India. Most of what what I have found locally has literally been someone else's junk being peddled as vintage gear. Not saying that there is nothing out there but largely the bargain hunting game is nearing it's end or has ended. The cream has already been scooped up by the early birds. There still could be something out there but the chances are slim.

In comparison, getting quality vintage gear stateside is far more easier and reliable. It all depends on what budget as well.

Good luck with your search!



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ronniemarker

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Thanks, very much everyone for heeding me OFF my intended idea to obtain a vintage valve (tube) amp here and reverse-restore (in a sense)
overseas and then bring it back here - come to think of it, that does seem to be a little impractical and ass-backwards as they would say !
Thanks again - will definitely share any exploits with you all as and when and IF something does transpire - meanwhile, best wishes and keep well !

Regards,

Ronnie
 

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Hi Ronnie,
I have few vintage tube amps ( scott 299, Philips, klangfilm etc) which I want to dispose. I recently moved to new home and want to reduce my collection. If you're interested let me know.
 

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Restoration is fun, currently working on a couple of solid states (at snail’s pace) after which I am switching to tube restoration. All the very best for your search and resto.
 

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Hi Ronnie,
I have few vintage tube amps ( scott 299, Philips, klangfilm etc) which I want to dispose. I recently moved to new home and want to reduce my collection. If you're interested let me know.

Can you send me some details, pictures, thanks.
 
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