|"I did want to ask you about your user name "tubesandwires". Do you mean as in vacuum tubes?"|
It was a nick name given to be by a friend. He had no music system at the time, so I rigged up a stereo system for him that was assembled from a multiposition multiple pole switch and wiring and two ~10 watt r.m.s. mono vacuum tube receivers that used to be in old console cabinets, one an Electrohome, the other an RCA. The only thing he did have was a pair of large speakers.
Years previous to that our family used the same two mono consoles, intact, for years in our basement along with a Sony 7" reel to reel stereo tape player / recorder, and a Garrard stereo turntable, the same one I lent to the friend. Both consoles had mono turntables and AM radio . The consoles were on either end of one side of the basement "rumpus room" which was the full length of the basement.
Our parents allowed us four kids - one pre-teen and 3 teens - to have friends come over and make a reasonable amount of noise playing music downstairs, up to a reasonable time in the evening, as long as they were home. (We never had parties when they weren't home, which was rare.) Kids who had stereos at home but could not play them as loud as they wanted due to their parents wishes loved to come over to our place.
Way back, I took a 3 year electronics course in high school. Vacuum tube receivers, amplifiers, and TVs were common then, and transistorized full size of the same things were a relatively recent thing. In the last year of the course we learned abount integrated chips, which were a very new thing.
I have repaired a few vacuum tube things, but not many.
My Dad (he's 85) used to collect antique radios, refinishing their cabinets when they were in poor shape, but he has given them all away except for one large one - a Victor Radio model - he has two sets of the two modules for that.
By the way....
I have a bunch of repair manuals for old radios that were given to me by a son of one of two brothers (he was a friend of my brother) - the Cable brothers - that had a long time business here - they were going to throw them away, so he gave them to me because he thought I might eventually find someone who would be interested in having them.