Re: Favorite classic audio gear?
Boy was I lucky as a "kid" in college.
I had 2 sources: Ampex reel-to-reels (both 960 and 970s), Rek-O-Kut turntable/arm with Pickering cartridge.
Electronics were McIntosh C-8 preamps (fine, go ahead and laugh), Dynaco Mark ? (can't remember if they were IIs or IIIs)
Speakers were my roommates DQ10s.
For college kids in the mid 70s, it kicked butt.
Funny thing - I still have one of the Ampex RTRs, my old roommate still has his DQ10s and a separate friend has the McIntosh C-8s.
And yes, all 3 of us are major into audio still (though the old roommie with his 5.1 system based on Quads/ML26s has the most unusual system of the bunch)