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I recently acquired a system consisting of the following: quad els 57 speakers (serviced about 10 years ago but not used since) Naim Nac 22 preamp Naim Nap 120 power amp Linn LP12 turntable Quads: As far as I am aware the quads should be good as new, given they were serviced and then not used, unless the tension on the panels goes over time or there is some other issue. I do plan on removing the front grills to get a small dent out and repaint another colour. Amp/preamp: As far as I know, the preamp is fine, but given it has not been used in about 20 years and was never serviced before that, I've booked it in with a local audio engineer reccomended to me by a local reputable hifi company (James Morrow based in Edinburgh, Lothian Road) to have a general service. The power amp is a bit more complicated, as I have been told that one channel does not work so I did not turn it on for fear it might damage the quads. It has also been booked in with the local audio engineer to be repaired and serviced. These items are currently quoted at £80-£120 each, but I did get a quote directly from Naim at £270-£300 each not including shipping. I went with the cheaper option, as I am on a bit of a budget and I think it is just a missing capacitor, but I could be persuaded to go for the more expesive option if you think that it needs to be done by the people who built them, especially given they are one of the earliest models dating back to the early 70s. Also worth mentioning that I plan on adding capacity for a smartphone input, but since the preamp only has 4 pin inputs the only way I can see to do this is to get a 3.5mm to RCA cable https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01D5H8JW0/ref=twister_B01N8WW6TH?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 , then a 4 pin din to RCA cable Naim Style 4 Pin Latching DIN Plug - 2 x In-Line Phono/RCA Sockets Linn LP12: Fairly straightforward, it does not have a belt and has also sat unused for the last 20 years, and has not been serviced to my knowledge before that (made in the 70s) so I will book it in for a service with Linn and get them to replace the belt, costing £200. Sorry for the information overload, but I just wanted to get some well trained eyes on my system to let me know if there are any huge mistakes or things that could be done better. I'm excited to get it all working together, as they are all impressive parts.
I have already on a few threads about Quad 57 speakers made it clear that i intend to buy myself a pair . If any of you follow DIY threads you will also have seen that I have become very involved in a project to set up a pair of Monitor Audio 11 Monitors as a digitial active speaker. This has been great fun and has gone really well . So well in fact that I made a decision to seek out a set of KEF 103 (original 1975 era) which are my favourite current passive speaker and work on them as a new project to convert to Active with Digital crossovers. Much to my surprise on PFM I have been offered two pairs and i am now just in the process of seeing which pair is the best so it looks like I have this sorted and can look forward to working on this very soon . Then out of the blue after making an offer on a pair of Quad 57 units with stands at £150 under the asking price I find that this has been accepted. Now thrilled to have got a pair so quickly but right at this time with a new set of 103 due to turn up the issues with my wife will be very severe . The Quad is going to mean a complete switch around of the Music Room to be able to get them installed and quite probably it will also mean fitting a vertical radiator to give more flat wall space . None of which is likely to go down too well . Plus I now have my time and attention split between two systems that both really need full time focus. I think now would be a good time to consider retiring but think with brexit in view it amy well now not be till 2020 .