mickb69 wrote:hi guys, just a general question/musing...
at roughly what point does an item become regarded as "vintage"?
and is it me or are things becoming vintage faster these days?
I tend to draw the line at each significant change in technology. PLEASE NOTE: the following is only my opinion, albeit strongly rendered. NOT gospel.
Tube gear becomes vintage if it is made prior to 1963, often considered the transitional year between mostly-tube and mostly solid-state. Made after 1963 - it is just 'old'.
Solid state gear is a moving target. I use 1972 as a transitional year as prior to that date, most SS circuits used primarily discrete components. After that date, output amp packages, op-amps and various other chips started moving into ascendency over other choices.
1978/9 as the year that good, inexpensive kits became a vanishing species with the demise of Dynaco and with Heath more-or-less eliminating their audio lines. By then Eico was long gone. Hafler tried to continue the tradition - but that generation and its followers no longer had the interest in DIY enough to sustain the concept of kits.
1980+/- when very nearly every US maker of consumer-grade equipment except McIntosh moved offshore. So, any US-made equipment in a consumer-brand is therefore "vintage".
1982+/- when phono-pre-amps started to disappear from new receivers and pre-amps. So, anything with an OEM-installed phono-pre-amp becomes "vintage". And I would use that date (30 years old) as an arbitrary cut-off in any case.
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