Vintage Audio - Vintage, an excuse to jack up the price of old crap by 500%
Who am I and why am I writing this article?
I am a 25 years old Computer Scientist living in Belgium (for our American friends, also known by the name ‘Hellhole’ ) with a passion for old cars, motorcycles, receivers and turntables. It wouldn’t be called a passion if I wasn’t collecting all of the above. I would say I was born 50 years too late. As a native speaker of the Dutch language, I do apologize for any mistakes in spelling, grammar or translation in advance.
In the coming days/weeks/months/… I will write some posts starting with “Vintage Audio - “. Since this is one of my biggest passion, I would like to share it with you. My goal is to give advice, hint and tips, to people without a technical background. To awaken an interest for audio equipment and basic electronics. To make people understand how stuff works in a non theoretical/technical way. And as well to learn people to do diagnostics and easy repairs themselves and through this saving some money.
I like to say “I never threw anything away because it was broken, I threw it away because I couldn’t fix it”
What is vintage audio?
First of all Vintage has many different meanings. It is a hot topic nowadays, but what exactly is meant by vintage?
Some definitions describe vintage as something that is too old to be considered modern but not old enough to be called antique. Other say it is something ‘retro’ (another vague term!), something that is recently out of style with the potential to make a comeback. The Cambridge Dictionary describes vintage as something of high quality and lasting value, or showing the best and most typical characteristics of a particular type of thing, especially from the past. And last but not least, my personal favorite: “Calling something vintage is an excuses to jack up the price of some old crap by 500%”.
However, in my opinion vintage is at least all of the above. I see vintage audio as the (quality) audio equipment till the eighties. Equipment built with good, but not necessarily high-end, components attached to a circuit board or point-to-point connected by wires. My own interest in components ranges from vacuum tubes to capacitors to transistors etc.
How I explain it mostly is as the kind of stuff you can still repair yourself without any special equipment and with a basic knowledge and understanding. Let this, exactly be the thing I want to teach you.
I sincerely hope to inspire, encourage and help some people with my writings.
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