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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:48 pm 
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Just picked up an inexpensive tuner last nite.
The Dynaco FM5.
Holy smokes! Great sound for 60 bucks.
Ive had Magnum Dynalab ft 11 and ft 101.
Ive recently sold my Pioneer Tx 9500 and out of all of them this Dynaco can really hold it's own.
It was from the original owner who put it into storage for many years.
The bulbs all work as does the signal meter.
My guess is it cost more than 60 bucks when new but wow the background of the tuned stations is dead silent.
The dial is very accurate to the number/station tuning.
The tuning knob has a great roll to it and it has a built in pre so it can be hooked to an amp directly.
I love radio (FM) and listen for hours at a time when not listening to vinyl or cd.
There is a serious clarity and warmth to this tuner and it's one of the better bangs for a buck I've bought in a while.
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I think you are underestimating the original cost of the FM-5 chipmunk. We were selling the FM-1 as a kit (non-assembled) for around $80. The more upscale FM-3 sold for around $100 as a kit and $150 assembled and the FM-5 was around $150 in kit form or around $200 assembled. In contrast, a mid-line Radio Shack Realistic tuner equivalent to the FM-3 sold for $100 and a McIntosh MR-65B sold for $329. So assuming your FM-5 was factory built and not a kit, it was still worth over 3X the $60 you estimated. It was far from the "cheapie" piece you seem to think it was in its heyday.


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OBI56 wrote:
I think you are underestimating the original cost of the FM-5 chipmunk. We were selling the FM-1 as a kit (non-assembled) for around $80. The more upscale FM-3 sold for around $100 as a kit and $150 assembled and the FM-5 was around $150 in kit form or around $200 assembled. In contrast, a mid-line Radio Shack Realistic tuner equivalent to the FM-3 sold for $100 and a McIntosh MR-65B sold for $329. So assuming your FM-5 was factory built and not a kit, it was still worth over 3X the $60 you estimated. It was far from the "cheapie" piece you seem to think it was in its heyday.


The Dynaco "factory" consisted of college students assembling the kits in their dorms.

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Tom_r wrote:
OBI56 wrote:
I think you are underestimating the original cost of the FM-5 chipmunk. We were selling the FM-1 as a kit (non-assembled) for around $80. The more upscale FM-3 sold for around $100 as a kit and $150 assembled and the FM-5 was around $150 in kit form or around $200 assembled. In contrast, a mid-line Radio Shack Realistic tuner equivalent to the FM-3 sold for $100 and a McIntosh MR-65B sold for $329. So assuming your FM-5 was factory built and not a kit, it was still worth over 3X the $60 you estimated. It was far from the "cheapie" piece you seem to think it was in its heyday.


The Dynaco "factory" consisted of college students assembling the kits in their dorms.


OK, let me rephrase that as PRE-BUILT rather than factory built. ... LOL!


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I think it was pre built as it is stamped built in US.
I don't have preconceptions of it being cheap i am however very surprised with it's great performance for such a small scale piece of kit.

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LOL, factory prebuilt units will have a serial number tag.

Don't get me wrong, I love my Dynaco FM3's, ST70, MKiii's, etc. :D

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I would imagine the tag as you say has fallen off but the unit is clearly prebuilt.
Either way it works flawlessly.
For 60 bucks its great!

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Well apparently i found out that this tuner has a built in pre and currently i am/was without my TT while waiting for my phono pre to arrive.
I thought hooking up the TT to the tuners pre would not yield much but was pleasantly surprised to find that it worked with my cartridge.
Not a large amount of gain from the tuner pre but enough for listening.
Who knew?

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 3:22 am 
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For those that may think Dynaco was "just" a kit company:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynaco

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hafler

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