This beautiful machine brought my attention to vintage hifi (and lots of spending).
Sony ST5055L – Miss beauty 1973 – 1975
It plays much better than my other modernt digital FM tuner Sony ST-SE700, more prominent bass and silky smooth midrange. Less background noise and so sensitive, you can catch any station without aerial.
I was lucky enough to buy this beauty in local flea shop. It was damn dirty and stinky with sign “Need to be tested with preamplifier” so I thought to give it go and offered 5 quid for it. Half an hour later it was this picture was taken, at home and playing. Working like a clockwork after those years.
You can see some oxidation, dust and dirt everywhere. Gross!
Pigeons have had access to the building, so you can imagine how stinky it was.
This is after thorough cleaning, vinyl waxing and all those things old lady deserves 🙂 In old catalogs I find out, that power switch (left – bottom plastic thing) missing aluminium tube/ knob. Oh dear! What could I expect for fiver huh?
Display and lights still going strong and look superb in darkness. Since then I understand why people love vintage stuff so much.
Rear side. This was my first machine and I was daring enough to add coax connector for aerial instead of screwy posts. I would never do that again. Leave old machine as they are, otherwise they loose their price!
In the end I find aluminium tube / knob on eBay. Cost me mere twice the price of tuner but as you can see, it was well worth it. It wouldn’t be complete without it and people with *O.C.D. like me wouldn’t be satisfied. It is NOS knob from legendary Moog Synthesizer. Fits exactly with a bit of drilling and filing. And this is a result. (masterpiece 🙂 )
*O.C.D. – Obsessive-compulsive disorder
If you want to know how to clean this old rubbish, then look for it on blog. Otherwise use appropriate cleaning solutions made fot different surfaces – and you can’t get it wrong.