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 Post subject: Vintage Lafayette?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:58 am 
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One fine day I'll take the plunge and acquire a tube amp. I'm slowly learning about what's out there in the way of Scott, Eico, Dynaco, etc. I've read some good things about a few Heathkit models, but also about Layafette. The Heathkit AA-32 looks interesting to me, but also the Layafette LA-224. Any comments regarding these pieces? Or would it be advisable to stay with the "bigger" names. I'm slowly (but surely) gravitating toward a restored tube amp from the 60's along with speakers of the era, or quality single driver.


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Lafayette?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:38 pm 
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Can't go wrong with Heathkit W series amps: W4, W5, and W6 in particular are good performers once every cap and resistor has been replaced. They'll sound like the designer intended and you won't need to worry about taking out a transformer due to a suddenly bad capacitor. And carbon comp resistors start drifting as soon as they are made so there's no reason to keep them.

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Lafayette?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:45 pm 
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so your hearts set on vintage? like mentioned above if you can't repair yourself make sure its already been done - and properly.

bigger names?! scott, eico , dynaco etc kinda ruled the mass market.

are you referring to the luxmans, macs, Marantz, maybe hk??

why not new? lots out there.

how 'bout retro new... look at the st-70. prolly one of the most popular tube amps but lately prices have been absolutely goofy.

search triode st70. built or a learn whats what kit....had one and it was a hoot. wish I woulda went latino tho...

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Lafayette?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:57 pm 
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I have two Lafayette components. A LT-81C tube tuner. Still running original tubes. Very nice sound using FM. No issues with it so far, I have had it for three years. I dig the gold chassis of the tuner.

Second piece is a Lafayette SS piece. Circa 1977. It isn't tubes but is very reliable.


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