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Misc. Shop Appliances #4: Gotta Have Music

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 01-15-2021 03:17 PM 1110 reads 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been a fan of vintage (go figure) Pioneer receivers, amps, etc. since my college days. That’s when I picked up my SX-1050 “silverface” receiver that’s still with me. Anyway, found an SX-650 for cheap and put it in the shop, wired for four speakers. Life was good, until it wasn’t. Unit died last April, so I reverted to the Panasonic RE-7300 Multiplex Receiver in the interim.

Long story short, finally found a suitable replacement!

Nighttime shot.

And it’s hooked to a private network (old Apple Express), allowing me to play music from phone or ipad or ipod when I’m in the mood for playlists.

Happy Days are Back!

:-)

Thanks for looking.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -



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AnthonyReed

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#1 posted 01-15-2021 03:39 PM

Retro tech. Snazzy!

My dad had that same receiver, we weren’t allowed to touch it.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 01-15-2021 03:44 PM

Hi Tony!

I wouldn’t let any of my four kids touch it either when they were growing up. But that didn’t keep my oldest son from swallowing a knob he pulled off. We found it the next day, and I’ll never tell anybody which one it was. lol

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#3 posted 01-15-2021 03:59 PM

Where are the tubes?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 01-15-2021 04:01 PM

Those are in my guitar amp, silly…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#5 posted 01-15-2021 04:03 PM

Oh! :-)

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 01-15-2021 04:31 PM

You got any Abba in those 8tracks, after all they would be period correct!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 01-15-2021 04:38 PM

I do (inexplicably) have an Abba catridge… the next time you stop by, you can give it a listen. I’ll be busy… somewhere else.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#8 posted 01-15-2021 04:57 PM

Haha!

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 01-15-2021 06:00 PM

Nice, Smitty! I remember those old Pioneer silverface receivers fondly.

During college we took an old monitor speaker that some band gave up on fixing, gutted the case, and built an 8-track player inside it. The plug was on the back of the cabinet to match up to an outlet in our living room, and the slot for the tape was on the side (so it was harder to spill beer into it). No power switch or volume accessible, to turn it on you pushed it to the outlet and plugged in a tape, and to shut it off, you pulled out the tape and moved it away from the outlet. Worked great for parties. Left it in the house for the next batch of students when I got my own post-college housing.

Today I have an iPod with a 1TB SSD and 18,000 or so songs (all of my CDs) on it, connected to a pair of monitor speakers in the shop. About one day in five I turn it on set to shuffle (I hope to live long enough that I’ll have to shuffle the songs again). The other days I just listen to the ringing in my ears and the sounds of working wood by hand. It’s fun listening for the tschick as the lead screw of an auger bit pops out the far side of a piece of wood…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 01-15-2021 07:23 PM

18,000? Holy cow, I thought over 9,000 was a lot. I’m humbled. Again. Great stories Dave, thanks.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#11 posted 01-15-2021 07:24 PM

Seeing this reminds me of when I used to do custom home audio. My son was helping me and had a puzzled look, “What’s Phono?”. I said Phonograph, he was still not following so I said record player. He smiled and said oh I get it. I than said you were acting like it was an 8 track. He replied “what’s a 8 track?”

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#12 posted 01-15-2021 08:48 PM

love the look of the old silver face recievers and amps. I’ve gone all techy in the shop so I don’t get dust in the works of my old receiver and use my phone with a blue tooth connection to an external speaker. Now I want to go back to the old way…. The whole house should listen to my music anyway, right?

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#13 posted 01-15-2021 09:48 PM

My shop music is now an old otherwise useless table pumping spotify to a pair of speakers. It keeps me moving! (Well, most of the time!)

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#14 posted 01-15-2021 10:15 PM

Cool Smitty! I have an old Lafayette receiver, little known brand but I bought it because it has a mid-range knob as well as the bass and treble. My wife was learning banjo back then. Turning up the mid-range would almost isolate banjo music. I have built a shelf for it in my shop but currently can’t get back to that corner until I get other stuff rearranged. Also have an equally old turn table so I can play some old records.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#15 posted 01-15-2021 11:13 PM

I used to have an old receiver in the shop with an old iPod plugged in, but I’ve since switched to a raspberryPi wirelessly connected to my NAS with all the old vinyl and digital music in my collection stored. Small, dustproof and gotta love that shuffle feature.

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