I fancy getting into vintage hi-fi (late '60's/early 70's) and would like to know what the best stuff to get would be. I need a turntable (and classic cartridge), amp (valve preferably) and speakers. May also invest in an 8-track!
Well, I really love the idea of a high end 50's set up, but the prices of gear from that era are astronomical . I see the late 60's early 70's period as being the classic period in hi-fi with some bargains still to be had.
Unfortunately, Quad are no longer able to service the ESL-57, so you'd be relying on some form of third party refurbishing rather than original parts. There is a shop here in Zürich who sells refurbished ESL-57s.so when it comes to Electrostatic speakers factor in that most will need work - If they dont thats good, but at that age a service is well worth doing.
I ran a Sansui AU-417 and TU-417 for over 25 years; for the second half of their life the AU-417 drove my ESL-63s. Both Sansui's have now been discarded: they had reached the end of their useful life. I still have the ESL-63s.Sansui equipment of this era is often mentioned