|No, it's not
a circuit board. It is Rick's Triple Stack Pioneer Silver-face Audio
gear. This business was started as a result of Rick's personal passion
for vintage audio gear and a desire to help others with their collectible
We use the term *70's Audio* to represent the *mindset* and the
well-deserved nostalgia regarding the overall build-quality of mainline
consumer audio products that many people think reached a zenith
in the late 70's and early 80's. Prior to about 1981 or so, most
audio gear was not stereo-on-a-chip, light-weight, black-plastic
(black plague) boxes.
the kind we mean.
By the 1990's, if you push a button
control, they scoot across the shelf. This is "convenient." Use
one hand to hold it still and the other to push the button. Vintage
/Classic audio equipment was generally heavy, with massive power
transformers and extensive use of brushed aluminum and other metals.
Some even had machined metal knobs. Most used an extensive amount
of discrete components and could actually be repaired as opposed
to thrown in the trash if a problem developed.
should not be construed to mean that no companies produce high quality
audio gear any more. They do. The problem for most folks of average
means is that the price of the "good stuff" vastly exceeds their
ability or willingness to pay.
Today, most folks concentrate
their home entertainment budget on video and home theatre gear (and
ipods). The audio portion of this stuff may sound OK, but if one
simply wants to listen to some music, it often doesn't compare well
with the dedicated audio gear of yesteryear. You can find more information
on this topic in Rick's 70s Audio article
and in Anthony Young's (Reference
Sites fame), Classic Cars,
Classic Audio article written for publication on our site.
We initially started our business to concentrate on documentation
for audio products produced before that general decline in overall
build-quality. Our manuals and brochures were mostly from the early
1970s through approximately 1985. Things have changed and now, we
have thousands of manuals for models produced in the 1970s, 1980s,
1990s and right up through the turn of the century.
is not a buzzword.|
It IS Our Guiding Principle
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