Post by Kempy on Jul 31, 2018 21:01:58 GMT 12
I thought I'd start the intro's and hopefully gets the ball rolling..
I have what's been described as a "Diverse" collection of hobbies, on the automotive side I have car, motorbike and caravan projects/restorations, I also play around with a couple of small jet engines which is a bit of fun which I'm sure the neighbours love, and seemingly continual renovations on the house.
Coffee has been one of my passions having roasted and completed ground-up restorations on some classic Espresso machines like the famous E61 Legend Faema etc..
The one interest that's been present all my life is electronics, pulling everything apart including Dad's electric fence unit apart at age 6 to see how it worked (Boy did I get a belt for that, and not from the fence unit).
Things really took off when I got a Soldering Iron for my 9th birthday and shortly after discovering this fascinating little device called an LM3909N which became a flashing LED project, this lead to many days pouting over David Reid and Dick Smith catalogues and the eternal wait for mail orders to be delivered.
My beginnings with vintage radio began a couple of decades ago now when I decided to dig out a couple of old Leak point 1 amplifiers that I had bought as a teenager from a technician at a radio and TV store that I worked at after school and on Saturday mornings
Some of the valves had smashed due to poor handling over the years and I decided that I wanted to get them going again, I think I might have placed a wanted on the now defunct website "Audioenz" and Owen Young got in touch, he had a couple of ST shaped 5U4's that I needed, shortly after I trotted over to Owens and collected the tubes and shared our common interests and if memory serves Owen suggested to contact my now very good friend Gerry Billman for advice on fixing the amplifiers.
I remember well meeting Gerry for the first time and was completely astounded at what I believe is the museum standard collection he has, and to top it off seeing his collection of valves in nearly every type and shape possible!
I obviously caught the valve bug seeing Gerry's valves as I have an ever growing collection of valves for my many amplifier projects, fixing the odd radio, helping out others and my small but growing Display tube collection.
When it comes to radios, I have a preference for Bell Colt's which I have collected White, Maroon, Green, Blue, Grey, Oak, a painted fire engine red one and a badly faded Red one, I also collect and other small coloured radios, and of course a very nice Zenith Shutter Dial.
Now days I tend to gravitate to 50's and 60's valve amplifiers and HIFI gear as projects, I enjoy the collecting and fixing part mainly, collecting spare parts like transformers (Beacon is a favourite), older philips resistors etc.. to try and keep repairs looking mostly authentic when I can, as when they are fixed I tend to lose interest unless they are particularly special or have a certain je nais se pas
So there it is, a small and abbreviated intro.
Certainly looking forward to reading others when the replies come up.