When we came to Canada in 1957, my parents brought with them a Grundig console.
This was the top unit of the day, a Grundig 9080 with a TM819 tape deck and--a PE Rex AA with a magnetic cart, tracking at a very nice 7 grams... Here is a look-see:http://grundig.pytalhost.com/1956/17.jpg
with the tape chassis TM 819a :http://grundig.pytalhost.com/grundig54/ ... B55_02.jpg
and the Rex with detachable head:http://perpetuum-ebner.pytalhost.com/RexAs/RexA-01.JPG
Moving forward into my teen destructive years, this unit was to be my experimental box and launch my electronic skills. I built a separate single channel amp to the same design as the radio chassis with two EL84/6bq5 and two ECC83/12ax7 and swapped the volume control for a twin 1.3meg control.. Stereo was finally had out of the old box!
The Rex was getting a bit tired, even though I had replaced the cart for a stereo Ronette (ceramic cart) and besides, it did not look as snazzy as a 1007a! Hindsight tells me that the Rex was faaar superior to the 1007a... and perhaps even my brother's Dual 1006a (which he had for a short time until that one rightfully flew out of the window for a TD 124....):
Anyways, one day I put my experimental mitts on this 1007a and figured I could also get a B&O SP1 to work on this unit since the 1009 had the same head shell plus the same cart.... I tinkered on it and it sort of worked, until finally I did scrape up money for a 1009.
During this time (1963/4) my dad was doing weekend gigs with his Zither at a German restaurant playing "Schramm musik" and I was enlisted for the sound. In between his sessions I was asked to play tape, music I copied from Polydor records of the day. This called for a tape recorder and it was going to have to perform, only the best would do, and the TM 819 was/is a great unit, so it would be a Grundig.
At that time I was working weekends at Montreal's premium Hi-Fi store with all the great European stuff; I was in paradise! I purchased my first big item (over $400 at the time) and chose a Grundig TK 46... and for a look see:http://grundig.pytalhost.com/grundig65/grundig35.jpg
This beast was sexy to say the least! I used this thing for about four months and it gave nothing but grief! This bloody Grundig had to go. The sleeper of tape recorders was a funny looking thing compared to the Grundig, homely looking, if you come right down to it, and it was nearly a hundred bucks more!! I needed a reliable portable tape machine since I could not use the built-in Grundig TM 819a chassis on the go. The boss of the shop Helmut (or his brother Herbert?), told me to go with this thing:http://dual.pytalhost.eu/tg12SKs/TG12SK_SvcMan_01.jpg
Well, my dad and I schlepped the zither and the TG 12 to "The Happy Wanderer" every weekend for about four years and it needed to be serviced only once by the Dual service manager, who was to become my manager at Dual about ten years later, and finally my partner.
While working at Dual, I was to be the kid who would service these units and the subsequent not-so-good tapes and finally the fantastic line of cassettes using the round motor from the 1219 by the way!
So looking back over these fifty (bloody hell..) years, I have had a few thousand Dual's and a few hundred PE's go through my hands professionally, and still have and use the 1009 and the fabulous TG12a tape, my first real big Dual!
and yes there is an epilogue
I no longer have the 1007a, but it is interesting to note that the auto mechanics developed in the predecessor 1007 (of which the "a" is a cosmetic variant) is the "mother" to all the changers Dual subsequently produced. Every changer after the 1007 is only a refinement of this classic design. A true engineering feat!
And that's my story, and I'm sticking to it!