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As mentioned elsewhere my interest is mainly audio. This stems from the valve equipment my Dad passed down to me when he was presented with the gift of a new transistor set up by the factory as an award. As a kid in the mid 60’s I was proud of this set up. It was way superior to the equipment most households had at the time such as Dansette and Hacker “record player in a box” . If you click on the above link to view the kit you will understand that all these valves kept the bedroom warm! Great wall paper! During my short time at the factory there was an auction of surplus equipment that the R&D Department had amassed. Amongst this was a AR1214 Tuner amp labelled Prototype No 2. It was in poor condition, but none the less I secured it for £6.26, half a weeks wages! I rebuilt & repaired it. This then became the basis of my Hi-Fi system until I married and left home, “bequeathing” this equipment to my brother. It then disappeared into the mists of time. This was 1979. I didn’t really have any further involvement in Heathkits until 2006. At this time I saw advertised on ebay for AA1214 & AJ1214, “separates” of the AR1214 I had owned some 30 years earlier. Having secured the purchase for a very reasonable £5 for the pair, I carefully transported them home. Before powering the units up I removed the lids to make safety checks. Then the smell hit me! The equipment smelt exactly the same as the factory. The memories came flooding back. What a powerful sense, smell is. I put the power on and they worked faultlessly. A fitting tribute to quality & design. Since then I have acquired a AR1214 from the States, thus replacing my long lost Prototype No2! This Tuner Amp has joined forces with the AA1214 I previously obtained along with a Heathkit SQ quadraphonic decoder to provide a 4 channel surround sound system.
My Kit
As mentioned elsewhere my interest is mainly audio. This stems from the valve equipment my Dad passed down to me when he was presented with the gift of a new transistor set up by the factory as an award. As a kid in the mid 60’s I was proud of this set up. It was way superior to the equipment most households had at the time such as Dansette and Hacker “record player in a box” . If you click on the above link to view the kit you will understand that all these valves kept the bedroom warm! Great wall paper! During my short time at the factory there was an auction of surplus equipment that the R&D Department had amassed. Amongst this was a AR1214 Tuner amp labelled Prototype No 2. It was in poor condition, but none the less I secured it for £6.26, half a weeks wages! I rebuilt & repaired it. This then became the basis of my Hi-Fi system until I married and left home, “bequeathing” this equipment to my brother. It then disappeared into the mists of time. This was 1979. I didn’t really have any further involvement in Heathkits until 2006. At this time I saw advertised on ebay for AA1214 & AJ1214, “separates” of the AR1214 I had owned some 30 years earlier. Having secured the purchase for a very reasonable £5 for the pair, I carefully transported them home. Before powering the units up I removed the lids to make safety checks. Then the smell hit me! The equipment smelt exactly the same as the factory. The memories came flooding back. What a powerful sense, smell is. I put the power on and they worked faultlessly. A fitting tribute to quality & design. Since then I have acquired a AR1214 from the States, thus replacing my long lost Prototype No2! This Tuner Amp has joined forces with the AA1214 I previously obtained along with a Heathkit SQ quadraphonic decoder to provide a 4 channel surround sound system.
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