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Old 15th Dec 2018, 3:05 am   #61
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A Swan 480 coffee percolator from 1970. (This one, in worst condition in my small collection, is used several times a week.)
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Old 15th Dec 2018, 7:38 am   #62
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Does my 1966 Boxford lathe count as vintage equipment? I used it this afternoon.
Definitely, what an incredible piece of engineering that's still working.
My daily lathe is pre-war Drummond round-bed. I use that most days at work.
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Old 15th Dec 2018, 8:52 am   #63
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At this moment I'm listening to Sounds of the Sixties using a Leak Delta 70 amplifier and (an even older) Leak Troughline Stereo tuner. These are playing through a pair of Philips floor standing bass reflex speakers (the number of which escapes me at the moment). The Leak Troughline is the best sounding FM tuner I've ever heard.
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Old 15th Dec 2018, 10:43 am   #64
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My trusty old Leak tl12 / Varislope is switched on each day. Purchased in the 60's and has never failed. It has probably had a set of EL84's but nothing else.
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Old 15th Dec 2018, 11:08 am   #65
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My contribution; my Goodmans Dimension 8 ‘speakers bought in 1973 and my grandad’s Christmas lights possibly pre-war. The lights have cotton covered rubber wire, still in good condition and brown ceramic bulb holders. Running out of pretty bulbs though!
Love em both!
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Old 15th Dec 2018, 5:25 pm   #66
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Just spotted this thread. Hacker Hunter used daily in the kitchen and a house full of vintage clocks (my wife's interest) dating from the early 1800s to the 1950s.
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Old 15th Dec 2018, 6:29 pm   #67
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My TeKaDe Teleprinter, and a Siemens T1000 teleprinter
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Old 15th Dec 2018, 7:54 pm   #68
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This afternoon I listened to The Radio 4 play on my Bush BA91 and I am now listening to Radio China International on my Ekco BAW71.

I have also used a 1940 Moore & Wright imperial micrometer today.

Yesterday I listened Radio 5 on my Philips 319B.

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Old 15th Dec 2018, 8:16 pm   #69
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Today, as well as the previously-discussed Roberts R606/R707, in late-afternoon I listened to some jazz on Radio3 using my Bush VHF81, and now I'm using my late father's Teleton GT-202 FM tuner (dating from the 1970s) to listen to a weak-and-as-yet-unidentified pirate station around 103MHz. It's playing through a homebrew stereo amplifier [a pair of 6BR7 and a pair of 6BW6 - I guess something liks 6W per channel driven hard] I built a while back using the mains-transformer and output-transformers from a scrapped radiogram chassis.

Also today, I've used a "King Dick" adjustable spanner and a 'Parasene' paraffin-powered blowlamp to do some plumbing work - which involved legacy 1/2-inch copper pipes.
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HP8640B signal generator, HP1740A oscilloscope - in support of testing a Tektronix TSG-271 video waveform generator.

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Old 15th Dec 2018, 11:55 pm   #71
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Ah yes, my Telequipment D1011 from around 1979 was used today - they said it wouldn't last!
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Old 16th Dec 2018, 9:34 am   #72
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The Decca CS1830 gets switched on most days, also lots of 60s/70s Christmas lights in use this time of year!

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Old 16th Dec 2018, 10:43 am   #73
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Hello This morning Radio 2 on my Bush VHF54 in the workshop and using my HP410B
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Old 16th Dec 2018, 12:46 pm   #74
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Hi,

Yesterday used a Muirhead standard cell to check my multimeter.

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Old 16th Dec 2018, 4:20 pm   #75
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I suspect most of us use old transistor radios on a regular basis. My bathroom set is a Grundig Party Boy 210 which runs very well on a couple of lithium rechargeable cells from a scrap power pack.

I also use a very old microwave. It was bought in 1988 when I moved into my present house and was the cheapest I could find at 69, branded 'Hinari'. One of the knobs broke a couple of years ago, but everything else is original, including the interior light bulb.

I have lots of 70s and 80s hifi in frequent use.
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Old 16th Dec 2018, 6:34 pm   #76
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A Russian multimeter that I bought in the 1970's, and have used on and off ever since. It is now becoming useful again as it's transistor tester is good for Germanium transistors, which many of the modern ones are not. I remember dropping it some years back, which would have killed most meters, but it seems pretty bullet proof (also not many are supplied in steel cases either lol). Like many, I have old radio's in daily use too.
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Old 16th Dec 2018, 8:00 pm   #77
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I didn't use it, as such, but I connected a civil aviation- specification Astrolite headset to a Puxing UHF transceiver to see if there was enough current or voltage to drive the microphone amplifier. There wasn't.
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Old 16th Dec 2018, 9:30 pm   #78
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My pair of Chartwell LS3/5a speakers (bought at my local flea market for 40, with speaker leads soldered to the terminals) through my pair of BBC LSM10 amplifiers bought many years ago at MB Radio in Leeds and finally restored this year.
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Old 16th Dec 2018, 10:01 pm   #79
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I used my Tektronix 535A oscilloscope (all 60+ valves of it) to inspect the timing of various signals coming from my EPROM programmer. It's still an amazingly reliable and versatile instrument. How many affordable, or not-so-affordable, modern scopes could combine anything up to four traces, high-frequency differential input, and microwave spectrum analysis up to 12GHz in one box?

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I use my hacker Hunter in the bathroom most mornings, and my Kef Reference 104ABs in the living room.

Yesterday I used my HMV Cavendish fan heater for the first time this winter.
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