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#31 Hisrudeness

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 05:32 PM

Yes.
Choose a box with proper RCA line-ins that you don't have to antenuate. It'll save a lot of hassle later.

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 05:46 PM

If you're going to buy something by something that's got features that can perform and is fully working that way you don't get a bad experience and it'll want to keep you collecting more.

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 12:28 AM

It’s always safer to go for the top tier models in a range to get the features you want (if the budget allows). With regards to getting a fully working box, good luck!! I’ve almost never received a box that was ‘fully working’.

Some brands/models seem to age better than others. Do your research and always buy local if possible - try before you buy, it’s such a beautiful thing. :-)

#34 Ferguson3T18

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 01:50 AM

It’s always safer to go for the top tier models in a range to get the features you want (if the budget allows). With regards to getting a fully working box, good luck!! I’ve almost never received a box that was ‘fully working’.
Some brands/models seem to age better than others. Do your research and always buy local if possible - try before you buy, it’s such a beautiful thing. :-)

Which makes and models should I be looking for? I want a good sounding box and must have good FM reception with a mono selector. Obviously a line in. Must be reliable too. And not too big as it must not take up too much room on the kitchen worktop. Not too bothered about how it looks as long as it sounds good. Does not need tons of bass but I would like to hear the basslines, good mids and highs, I don't wish to spend hundreds of £££'s.

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 02:28 AM

There are a few radios I could recommend but only if you get the non euro versions with RCA line inputs. Sticking with Hitachi, the TRK -8080 US version has a proper line in, good sounding tuner and deck.

I know there are 5 Din units out there that can work as a usable line in but none that I’ve come across. (In Australia). I’ve even seen a euro M90 that has no useable line in (except the phono in via an attenuator). When I say ‘usable’, I mean a line in that requires no involvement what so ever with the tape deck.

Also keep an eye out for the early AIWA TPR series units that, despite not having a switch for line in, actually do have usable RCA inputs in the rear that function as a line in on tuner mode (the tuner is muted in favour of the RCA input signal).

#36 Hisrudeness

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 04:08 AM

I agree with Jimmy. Do some research (look in the collections section) also online and try and shortlist a few that you like the look of. The problems with asking the members to recommend boxes is that the choice is almost infinite. Different tastes and styles means that the thread goes on and on unless you can shortlist it down. Even then it’s complicated because the boxes might not be available straight away. What country are you in?

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 10:35 AM

I was just about to ask what country you were in, that would help. I probably have a few boxes i could part with cheap, whats your criteria? Do you need a working deck or just radio and line in? Colour preference, EG: silver box, black box etc. Any favoured brands?



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Posted 12 December 2017 - 01:05 PM

I live in Mid Wales,UK (just added location to my profile). As I have now eliminated the Hitachi TRK 8110E from my wish list, should I start a new thread "boombox for my kitchen" or should I carry on with this thread?

I was just about to ask what country you were in, that would help. I probably have a few boxes i could part with cheap, whats your criteria? Do you need a working deck or just radio and line in? Colour preference, EG: silver box, black box etc. Any favoured brands?

  

I agree with Jimmy. Do some research (look in the collections section) also online and try and shortlist a few that you like the look of. The problems with asking the members to recommend boxes is that the choice is almost infinite. Different tastes and styles means that the thread goes on and on unless you can shortlist it down. Even then it’s complicated because the boxes might not be available straight away. What country are you in?



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Posted 12 December 2017 - 01:22 PM

There are a few radios I could recommend but only if you get the non euro versions with RCA line inputs. Sticking with Hitachi, the TRK -8080 US version has a proper line in, good sounding tuner and deck.
I know there are 5 Din units out there that can work as a usable line in but none that I’ve come across. (In Australia). I’ve even seen a euro M90 that has no useable line in (except the phono in via an attenuator). When I say ‘usable’, I mean a line in that requires no involvement what so ever with the tape deck.
Also keep an eye out for the early AIWA TPR series units that, despite not having a switch for line in, actually do have usable RCA inputs in the rear that function as a line in on tuner mode (the tuner is muted in favour of the RCA input signal).

There is a AIWA TPR-968k on EBay at the moment, is that a good box?

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 01:40 PM

Are you anywhere near Sheffield? There’s a lot of love for this box on the forum and the price shouldn’t go too high as it’s collection only. I only wish I lived closer

Aiwa TPR950

https://rover.ebay.c...tm/332483318828

#41 Hisrudeness

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 02:06 PM

There are a few radios I could recommend but only if you get the non euro versions with RCA line inputs. Sticking with Hitachi, the TRK -8080 US version has a proper line in, good sounding tuner and deck.
I know there are 5 Din units out there that can work as a usable line in but none that I’ve come across. (In Australia). I’ve even seen a euro M90 that has no useable line in (except the phono in via an attenuator). When I say ‘usable’, I mean a line in that requires no involvement what so ever with the tape deck.
Also keep an eye out for the early AIWA TPR series units that, despite not having a switch for line in, actually do have usable RCA inputs in the rear that function as a line in on tuner mode (the tuner is muted in favour of the RCA input signal).

There is a AIWA TPR-968k on EBay at the moment, is that a good box?

Great box, great looker, great build. Tricky deck (won’t be working) and din line-in. (It’ll sound low)

I was just about to ask what country you were in, that would help. I probably have a few boxes i could part with cheap, whats your criteria? Do you need a working deck or just radio and line in? Colour preference, EG: silver box, black box etc. Any favoured brands?


You could take T-Ster up on his offer and see what he’s got?

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 02:27 PM

As my user name implies, I do have a Ferguson 3T18  which I was very happy with until it went wrong, I bought it a few years ago on Ebay as not working and managed to get it repaired by an excellent tech (unfortunately he no longer has the time for repairs). Anyway the Fergi worked great for a few years then suddenly died again with a loud buzz. A local guy has looked at it and says it's too hard/time consuming to repair and I should bin it, I have had a price of £150 to repair it from Galaxy repairs in London which seems a little steep but it does include return postage (if it survives the courier service) but what if it goes wrong again in a couple of years? The thing may turn into a real money pit. Someone here at Boomboxery did offer to look at it but I did not contact him because I don't know his credentials. Perhaps I will contact T-Ster and see what he has on offer, maybe better than playing the Ebay lottery or throwing more money at the Ferguson? 



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Posted 12 December 2017 - 03:06 PM

As my user name implies, I do have a Ferguson 3T18  which I was very happy with until it went wrong, I bought it a few years ago on Ebay as not working and managed to get it repaired by an excellent tech (unfortunately he no longer has the time for repairs). Anyway the Fergi worked great for a few years then suddenly died again with a loud buzz. A local guy has looked at it and says it's too hard/time consuming to repair and I should bin it, I have had a price of £150 to repair it from Galaxy repairs in London which seems a little steep but it does include return postage (if it survives the courier service) but what if it goes wrong again in a couple of years? The thing may turn into a real money pit. Someone here at Boomboxery did offer to look at it but I did not contact him because I don't know his credentials. Perhaps I will contact T-Ster and see what he has on offer, maybe better than playing the Ebay lottery or throwing more money at the Ferguson?


Yes you could do worse and it was nice of T-Ster to offer.

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 04:12 PM

I was just about to ask what country you were in, that would help. I probably have a few boxes i could part with cheap, whats your criteria? Do you need a working deck or just radio and line in? Colour preference, EG: silver box, black box etc. Any favoured brands?


PM sent, not bothered about colour or brand as long as it sounds good, with line in, good FM reception, good working cassette player would be nice but not essential.

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 04:29 PM

No worries, i will let you know what i have, working conditions etc and some pictures and you can see what you think  :thumbsup:



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 01:05 PM

No worries, i will let you know what i have, working conditions etc and some pictures and you can see what you think  :thumbsup:


Thanks, I will give a fair price for a decent box.