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doity

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Alright doity, I've got to ask: Portland, Maine or Portland, Oregon?

Portland Maine has a building that's an old converted porno theater in downtown. It was turned into a music venue in the early 2000's and is still operating under a different (but long time to the city) music venue.

Oregon. That’s funny that you are from Massachusetts and you automatically think Maine. I used to live in Arlington and when I said I came from Portland they always assumed Maine. Our Portland has any number of ‘repurposed’ porno houses. One is a music venue where I have seen various acts. Supposedly “Deep Throat” ran there for decades. Gross.

Oh.... for anyone that actually cares here is the video I referenced. I guess it is called “So Wrong they’re Right” not “their.” It is a early 90’s look at the the various oddballs and outcasts who collect 8 track tapes. There are actually a couple of Quad references in there also I believe.

 

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Oregon. That’s funny that you are from Massachusetts and you automatically think Maine. I used to live in Arlington and when I said I came from Portland they always assumed Maine. Our Portland has any number of ‘repurposed’ porno houses. One is a music venue where I have seen various acts. Supposedly “Deep Throat” ran there for decades. Gross.

Oh.... for anyone that actually cares here is the video I referenced. I guess it is called “So Wrong they’re Right” not “their.” It is a early 90’s look at the the various oddballs and outcasts who collect 8 track tapes. There are actually a couple of Quad references in there also I believe.


This is great! I saw that mentioned on the 8 TM website & thought how fun that would be to watch. A must for later tonight.
 

surround.sound.enthusiast

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Oregon. That’s funny that you are from Massachusetts and you automatically think Maine. I used to live in Arlington and when I said I came from Portland they always assumed Maine. Our Portland has any number of ‘repurposed’ porno houses.
I actually suspected Oregon, but had to be sure. I lived nearly 10 years in Portland Maine, so the coincidence was curiosity raising.
 

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Like edisonbaggins, I didn't even exist yet in 1970! I'm one of the "youngin' generation" when it comes to quad, and didn't pop into this world until '77.

I don't remember how I first heard of quadraphonics. I'm guessing it was either from the owner of the local music shop where I was buying my used records, or an electrical engineer at work. I do remember looking into what it was all about online and coming upon QQ. I bought my first piece, a Pioneer QX-949A, in 2002. Looking back, I don't know why I bought that model. I must have misread the forum :rolleyes: . I never really got off the ground with quad, and the hobby got put to the side around 2005/06.

Once I bought a used Denon AVR-4306 receiver and DVD-3910 disc player in 2011, I got back on track with surround sound in earnest. I bought my first vintage outboard SQ, QS, and CD-4 units in 2012 and haven't looked back. I've now got more gear than I planned when I started out (still fine by me), and over 450 quad LPs. And once I bought a record cleaner, I've picked up most all of the LPs in dollar bins and thrift stores on the cheap, and then cleaned them up.
 

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I just missed the Quad phenomenon by a couple of years. But I did grow up in the era of giant speakers, black lights, lava lamps, etc. I likely had acquaintances who had quad systems but it probably went over my head at the time. My dream stereo when I was just starting to buy albums was made from molded plastic, was named ‘Clarinette’ and was sold by Radio Shack. But of course the format was known to me at the time but was more of an urban legend that seemed to be talked about but never seen.

My first experience with quad was with a RS “Quatravox” box that always seemed to trip my amplifier whenever I turned it up loud. Figured it was doing more harm than good so I set it aside.
 

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1970....I was 14 and just starting high school. I loved music. My mother was the organist in a baptist church so I ended up in the choir and singing in the church quartet and various duets trios etc..hey she was a big part of the music program. At about this time, the family bought a stereo from the local western auto. It was a coffee table with a stereo built in, which included a really cheap BSR record player and radio. One morning before I went to school, Elton was singing "Mona lisa and mad hatters" on the radio and I was mesmerized. I laid down next to one end of the stereo and listened. Not too long after that, My brother was working for a place called "walker radio" and came home with a sony reel deck with built in speakers. He had recorded "Honky chateau" one one side and Neil diamonds "Stones" on the other. I loved both. A few years later I was working in a local hospital and was able to buy my first car, a 72 dodge charger. I was constantly driving to record stores and stereo shops. I miss these places immensIey. I spent a lot of time in Team electronics and Lafayette radio. I heard my first quad system, which was all Marantz playing Essex's "Rock on". Blew me away. I was addicted to quad at that moment but could only afford a stereo which ended up being a Pioneer 7100 integrated amp, BIC 960 table, shure m91ed and some non descript brand speakers. I really wanted large Advents or if price were no object, Jbl Century 100's (I have both now). I did not experience my own quad system until the mid 90's when I picked up an Akai 80dss quad 8 track deck from an arc store along with several Q8 tapes, which included "Best of bread". I played the tape in stereo and noticed parts missing, so I got another integrated amp speakers. I've been hard on the quad trail since that time. I bought surround sacd's and dvd audio's when they first came out. Now I have a 7.1 vintage system set up. I've come a long way baby.
 

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I picked up an Akai 80dss quad 8 track deck from an arc store along with several Q8 tapes, which included "Best of bread". I played the tape in stereo and noticed parts missing, so I got another integrated amp speakers.

Hey TVB. May I call you brother?
In '72 I was dating my long gone old girl friend Jann. She went off to a terrible JUCO place in the middle of Nowhere Kansas. At one singular generic grocery stores out there, I bought a Moody Blues Quad 8 Track tape. I only had 8 track stereo in the car but I plugged it in anyway. I don't remember the exact album. But when I played it I heard: flute, chorus, echoy things. Where was the bass, drums, main vocal? I adjusted the head tracking adjustment & heard bass, drums, vocal. Where was the flute & chorus?

I saw the virtues of discrete Quadraphonic sound. I never got into Q'8s but fell in love with Quad R2R. Still have those Moodies from reel saved on dts.
 

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Hi proufo...My 7.1 vintage is a marantz 4100 vintage 4 channel integrated amp, vintage yamaha power amp with separate volume controls ( 1 chan for center one channel for sub) and the 2 side channels are powered by a vintage pioneer SA 6800 integrated amp. The 7.1 channels (analogue outs) originate from a panasonic ub 9000 blue ray player (oops- not vintage). I can adjust volume of the channels almost as quickly as I did when I ran a modern sony es 5.1 preamp years ago (which sadly had a fatal encounter with a power surge). I checked on line a few days ago for a new surround pre amp of the same type and they were about $3000! ( I was looking into what it would cost to change over to hdmi and atmos). Sonik wiz, yes you can call me brother (and I hope I'm a brother to everyone on this website). I personally think Quaddies seem to get along better than most.
 

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Hi proufo...My 7.1 vintage is a marantz 4100 vintage 4 channel integrated amp, vintage yamaha power amp with separate volume controls ( 1 chan for center one channel for sub) and the 2 side channels are powered by a vintage pioneer SA 6800 integrated amp. The 7.1 channels (analogue outs) originate from a panasonic ub 9000 blue ray player (oops- not vintage). I can adjust volume of the channels almost as quickly as I did when I ran a modern sony es 5.1 preamp years ago (which sadly had a fatal encounter with a power surge). I checked on line a few days ago for a new surround pre amp of the same type and they were about $3000! ( I was looking into what it would cost to change over to hdmi and atmos). Sonik wiz, yes you can call me brother (and I hope I'm a brother to everyone on this website). I personally think Quaddies seem to get along better than most.
Great!

For a long time my system was as yours, using several two-channel preamps (Lexicon CP3s). Two of them have survived to this day.
 

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Olson Electronics LOVED that place built my first set of real speakers from there, My dad worked at Polk Brothers, drank plenty of Hacker Pschorr,used to cross the border all the time to buy beer
 
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