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Old 02-01-2016, 10:23 PM
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Steve.......Your Sansui TU-919 is a beauty. Thanks for resizing the photo.


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Old 02-01-2016, 11:02 PM
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Love the look of that Sansui. I just cranked up my new to me accuphase c3800, so I can't even verbalize what I'm thinking about now in terms of tuners ...
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Old 02-01-2016, 11:56 PM
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Steve.... The Sansui TU-919 looks fantastic. Happy listening.
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Old 02-02-2016, 12:33 PM
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Thanks! After posting, I listened to it for a couple of hours last night. Sounds pretty darn good! Fortunately, there are about forty FM stations within about forty five miles of my location and some of them put out a quality signal. I can pick up most of them with a simple T-type indoor antenna, but I have an MD ST-2 on order and hopefully, will be able to pick up even more stations.
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:50 PM
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On Saturday, I received my new arrival, a McIntosh MR80 tuner. Unfortunately, after opening the packing, I quickly realized it was yet another victim of improper packing; not by the seller (who was great thru this whole ordeal), but the pack & ship shop he typically uses. Apparently there was a newbie working that day and clearly didn't know what he was doing. So there it was, the dreaded smashed glass.

Not only does the MR80 have one of the most expensive glass faces to replace (in that size anyway), it's one of the most difficult, or at least tedious to replace due to the design of the capacitive touch buttons. To make a long story short, the seller and I came to equitable terms so I'm keeping the tuner and after encouragement from Vintage Pete, 62Caddy and a few other (thanks guys), I decided I'm going to replace the glass myself. This should be fun.

In any case, the MR80 is recognized to be one of the best tuners McIntosh ever made and I can attest to it, this thing sounds amazing! I'm sure it'll sound even better when I install new glass and upgrade the lamps to LEDs this weekend.
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Old 02-02-2016, 09:41 PM
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Mike.......Sounds like you had a level of respect for the seller but I have to say he was foolish to expect a pack & ship store to properly support and secure the MR80 for shipping. I mean, you have to be a bit lackadaisical to just drop off the MR80 and believe the minimum wage fellow in the back room knows anything about shipping McIntosh gear. The only way to ship a McIntosh component is in the properly designed double boxes that McIntosh uses. The ol' "Don't worry, I know how to pack audio gear" doesn't fly with me when it comes to shipping McIntosh gear. It either gets shipped in the proper boxes or I don't make the purchase.

I am sorry to hear about the smashed glass. That is infuriating to discover when you are excited about receiving a new component. Good luck with the repair.
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Old 02-02-2016, 09:50 PM
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I ordered five boxes from Audio Classics in case I need to ship my vintage gear including my MR78. I will receive the boxes this Wednesday and will post what I receive. The boxes are supposed to be double to triple boxed design to safely ship. I ordered them as I have already had a PE turntable destroyed by UPS and never want that to happen again. The boxes are expensive but I consider them to be a type of insurance.
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:08 PM
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When I was in college I had a Yamaha receiver with a good tuner and listened to KJAZ (Bay Area) all the time.
Go forward many years and my listening habits changed and I found myself listening to FM radio only in my car and mostly news.
Thinking that the problem was that I did not have a good tuner, I bought a Magnum Dynalab tuner hoping that I would go back to listening to FM music like the old days but that did not happen.
So I admitted that my habits had changed and sold the Magnum.
Today most FM stations are accessible via streaming. One can listen to radio stations from anywhere in the world. Also many stations transmit in digital format (HD radio) which helps with reception but only if one has a digital receiver.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:37 PM
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I have new glass on order and today I installed the LEDs in my newly acquired MR80. Here's a photo of the progress. Notice the cracks near the tuning knob.





It sounds wonderful though!






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Old 02-06-2016, 05:49 PM
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I received the new glass today. All in all, it took several hours to transfer everything from the old glass to the new glass. The MR80 is one of the more difficult McGlass swaps there is. Here's the finished work...













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