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    Kellan
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    Was very excited when i was walking through the local auction house and found this gem sitting alone with a $50 price tag on it, its fully functional and in good aesthetic condition.

    this one kind of perlexes me, it seems to be from an odd production year or something, I don’t seem to see a ton of them on the internet.

    here are links to the radio museums tech sheets:
    https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/imperial_9_st1500e_ch_5502e.html
    https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/imperial_st1500.html

    after some research I came across this page and I almost spit out my coffee. Is this just a bogus listing? Or artificially inflated for god knows why? Any insight welcome
    https://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-697162368-sintoamplificador-imperial-st-1500e-germany-_JM

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    #10440

    phil
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    It’s a nice find because telefunken stereo amps are hard to find and old stereo tube amps are sought after. I can’t reflect on what its actually worth but there are some who pay nutty prices or old stereo tube gear so you do have something special. for the most part we , as “old radio nuts” restore older pieces but there are always some around hoping to find certain audio tubes. in some cases old radios are stripped for their tubes, or certain audio output tubes becoime valuable as the tube amp crowd wants them to build stereos and old radio collectors need them for restorations. this can sometimes cause animosity, 1970 is late in the game for tube audio. by then the Japanese pretty much had the American market on it’s knees as they had further advanced assembly techniques and use of transistors. Some feel that the older tubes made a more pleasing audio quality than the transistors. Most of us here are old radio restorers and collectors so high quality audio is of course recognized but ( in general) old US made radios usually did not have the audio quality that the Europeans achieved. The US radios were more repairable with not many circuit boards or brittle parts. The Europeans got into making circuit boards from ’65 or thereabouts and you’ll find lots of telephunken and similar looking radios with FM and usually a row of push button selectors across the front. youll find lots of these “pianno key” radios but tube amps like that one are sought after. same crowd that wants to play LP’s rather than digital CD’s etc. The audio is different. the transistor may have had good curves but what sound is pleasing to the human ear leads to all sorts of undefinable terms like it sounds “sweeter”
    thats why it’s special.. Yes that price might be a dream price, I can’t say much on that.
    Phil

    #10478

    Don Henschel
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    I wouldn’t be surprised as well. When you look for early/mid 30’s Telefunken in Germany they command a high price. Here is a good example but of course not “ultra modern” like yours. I was having a “senior moment” and spied a 1933 Super 653 WLK Bayreuth on ePay.de and my my my this is looking interesting with what appeared to be little interest. Okay being stupid enough to investigate before going to bed and using a crummy little iPhone I throw in a stink bid higher than logic would dictate! Later I take a good look and notice a big crack on the top of the cabinet eeeeeeek! Next I see the very unique Lautsprecher cone is trashed and now I figure you are going to be stuck with a money pit. Then I look around for a cabinet while waiting to walk the green mile and find a broken cabinet in France with nothing in it and a chunk broken out with a final selling price of 47€??? Anyway finally my fellow vultures started circling and the final bid was 189€ Later I see one in better condition sell for about the same but Telefunken always means $$$ or should I say €€€
    When you look at how they are built with quite a large selection of “valves” they are probably a high end reciever back in the day. They always sell high across the pond and what amused me is how many of their other models of similar vintage kind of look like skyscraper buildings from years ago.

    #10524

    phil
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    Ive got a little sterio telefunken amp that i bought at auction. it came with two tables full of parts chassis so everyone thought I was nuts buying the whole lot but that’s how it was auctioned. the one I have is green with a metal case, gold trim.. and only about 2.5″ tall and about a foot wide and 8″ deep approximately. because of the size Ive always thought it would only work well with some pretty efficient speakers, maybe electrostatic? .. I dont; know the value but its in super nice shape and Ive never seen another like it.. instead of the RCA jacks it has din plugs and I keep meaning to try to find some connectors. I don’t know if I should plug it in or try recapping it first.. probably the latter, so I haven’t tested it. I opened it to have a look and it seemed nice inside. this thing is only an amp not a receiver. maybe used with a reel to reel or something ? must be late 60’s or so.. its tiny for an amplifier.

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