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    Posted: 31 May 2018 at 8:50pm

Maybe this thread should go into speakerplans classic threads section

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Brought a few childhood memories back of valve amps, hifi amps and Maplin kit amps all working together driving whatever random mix of speakers I had managed to knock up!  Happy days!

Just recalling the main difference between children and men is the size of their toys.  So true, still building speakers and amps to this day, just now this hobby is starting to get really out of hand! Haha! Big smile
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2 x 12" Fane Disco Specialists 80watts, one in each big cab chipboard cab built with no glue! Sound City Valve amp and a Discosound Console after I messed up the Saxon one using Bakers fluid to solder on the board. (Dad used it when soldering a pipe, what did I know)! Circa 1975, I was 15.

Rapidly replaced by a pair of HH 15 and Bullet run by a Fal PA amp with, "Presence" control....

Disco was called, "Girosound" as the Post Office had just started Giro (not the dole) and we nicked the Logo, well Letraset did.  

Transport was by 62 mini traveler, the wood one, two or three trips, then Dads Maxi........

There were disco shops all over, even a big barn, the Disco Barn in Iver, full of used kit.

 Categorically better times.Heart



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Pair of Garrard SP25s, Discosound DJ70 integrated mixer/amp which offered..... wait for it 70 watts rms. Speakers were  a pair of 2x12 cabinets bought from RSC which we loaded with Goodmans Axiom 401s which they sold at Comet for a fiver each.

The mixer amp had a pair of mic inputs, each with a volume control, but shared treble and bass, and a pair of ceramic cart inputs with the same, separate volumes, but again shared treble and bass. The deck inputs also had switchable PFL and output for cans.

We built a console to house the decks and DJ70, from chipboard and covered it with red marble pattern Formica. Transport was a 1968 grey mini van reg NUY 214E.


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Home made (well school woodwork lesson made) chipboard 2x12 with goodmans 12PG 60 watt chrome-dome drivers, and a separate HF cab with a pair of Goodmans Hi-fax (to date, the worst sounding things i have ever heard) and 4 maplins Peizos.

Mixer was home made affair,running off a 9v battery,and turntables were a pair of miss-matched Pioneers.....a PL12D and a PL112D.

Amp was a single HH ic100 guitar amp, but did have the very cool glowing green front.

How advanced was I? Pair of Pioneers with a mixer inbetween,and this was 1976! Big smile


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Originally posted by Aman Gebru Aman Gebru wrote:


Maybe this thread should go into speakerplans classic threads section


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Love these threads, most of us didn’t have a lot of money but were happy!!

Memories of my Binatone all in one hifi which was totally shite. The source selector knob was screwed and if you put it carefully between phono and tape you could here both sources! My 1st mixer !!


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Old sony tape deck, nad 3020 and a pair of speakers one with a blown woofer. I loved it!

First pa rig was 2nd hand peavey pro 15 tops and subs and a couple of numark amps. Actually ran pretty well for the money spent.  

Yeah, good times but i wouldn't swap any of it with what i have now.
Except the nad... its still going strong!


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My first 'rig' was a a pair of 12 + piezo mid tops built from parts from an old car boom box and wood recycled from an old wardrobe, although I did fork out for a genuine motorola piezo for each cab too! Bass was a pair of cheap pressed steel basket generic 15's in some random cabs built from 12mm chipboard. Amps were an HH S130 per bass bin and a Technics hi-fi amp (which is now in my living room!) on the tops all strung together with phono leads and jack to jacks and not a crossover in sight. When I upgraded the amps to a Peavey CS1000x I thought I'd really made it (it's a THOUSAND watts)! 
 What is slightly scary and/or depressing is that I would rather use that lot than what some of the 'dj's' around this way use currently. Oh, and I've still got the Realistic ssm-2100 mixer from those days in the garage, and everthing on it bar the cross fade still worked perfectly when I last powered it up!  

 I've just remembered that if we wanted a little bit more oomph we would use a pair of HH 212DC's, one each side on it's side between the bass bins and tops, except they weren't technically 212's, they were a 412 that had been cut in half, badly.... They would get powered by whatever amp was going spare, normally some random old 100w pa head.


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I would just like to add...around late 1976 we had managed to save up enough pocket money to buy a pair of ILP electronics HY200 modules (120w each from memory) together with the ILP power supply to run them. Yippee,stereo at last.




I put them in a nicely made cabinet,even fitted at 4 inch cooling fan,just to be sure. Running into 8 ohms load each. Within a month,both had erupted black smoke and died.

Now the fun started. Sent them back to ILP under warranty (they were only a month old remember). Nothing. No reply. Weeks went past. Months went past.I sent many letters and phone calls. Finally on threat of legal action against them, a replacement pair finally arrived. One burnt up immediately,the other a few weeks later.

If anyone from ILP ever reads this,you should be taken outside and publically egged or pelted with rotten fruit for having the cheek to sell such rubbish, and also having the worst customer service i have ever experianced in over forty years!

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Hah, love it. A good reminder that not everything made in the era of simpler electronics was bombproof. I wonder how they managed to screw up that design so badly.
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Originally posted by supremesoundz supremesoundz wrote:

most of us didn’t have a lot of money but were happy!
I made my first rig out of a shoe box in the middle of the M4. We had to build the amp from old tractor parts 3 hours before the event and return the bits to the farm at the end and be beaten for't privilege!

Of course we couldn't afford music, but we got the mains hum going through the woofer and the noise floor going through the tweeter and took it in turns to wave our arms in front of them for rhythm.
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Squire cabs with a single 12" McKenzie twin cone, to which I added a pair of Motorola piezos.
Powered by a JPS 1002L amp, which I still have and which Mucker gave the once over and found it's still giving ~140W into 4Ω a channel. (Was a gift from an uncle who purchased it in the late 70's)

The decks were Citronic CL12D's with an NJD DM600 (?) mixer. All in a home made chipboard case that was made from the base board of my brother's train set. It was finished minutes before being sent off to duty on it's first gig... meaning you could clearly work out the layout of said train set! It was painted black the next day though!!! Lighting was a pair of FAL columns and a pair of fuzz lights. A pin spot scanner was added shortly after. Moving lights! Yay, I was the mutts nuts!

Ian, I have a box of HY60's here, 8 of them I think. They've been used, nay, abused and are all still working!


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