Posts Tagged ‘Kenwood’

Might be time for me to replace the ole’ Kenwood Stereo Amp.  Since I have lived on my own, the Kenwood has powered my sonic journeys.  God bless it but the time has come to find a new/old amp for my turntable.  The Kenwood requires a lot of attention when I fire it up as its connections are wonky.  I lose sound out of the right or left speaker and have to fiddle with the knobs to get it sound full and great.  When it works out, it works out and it sounds wonderful.  But I usually lose half a song fiddling.

I bought the Kenwood Amp some time ago when Paul and I first moved out to a basement suite together on Boundary Road on the Burnaby side of the Vancouver/Burnaby divide.  We lived sorta near Moscrop School and an easy walk to the Joyce Skytrain Station.

A picture of my set up circa early 2007, Fernwood Apartment. Kenwood is on the right, second unit up above the DVD player.

I am sure I have blogged about my amp before.  Paul and I headed out to a fair or flea market in Aldergrove or Cloverdale.  I bought the amp for $20.  Likely, the best $20 I ever spent.

The amp went with me when Alex and I moved to Commercial Drive.  My old man bought me speakers that year for my birthday and I still have those.  I’ve spilt some wax down the side.

When I got the job in Victoria, the amp made the sea voyage.  It was around that time that I foraged in my Dad’s garage for his old Hitachi Record player.

As the seasons changed, I phased the CD player out, but the Amp, record player and speakers have endured, Fernwood to Yates to Esquimalt.  I now run my DJ rig through the amp when I practice at home.

* I just want to stop for a moment to say that Jose GonzalezVeneer is amazing.

The time has come to think about replacing the Kenwood with something new, but part of me wonders if I should try and fix it?  It is just the connections that are wonky?  Maybe I could order or find the same model on the internet or maybe the answer is rolling the dice on a new/old amp at a garage sale?

The home stereo March 2009


The Book of Negroes threw me off my path of John Jewitt’s account of being a slave on Vancouver Island.  I’ll need to finish that book so I can begin my next step in creating my first radio documentary.

I’ll really need to get it done before I get some new books (fingers crossed) from Santa.  I have a couple on my list but one that I am excited to track down (if it doesn’t come down the chimney) is Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music by Greg Milner.

Greg travels through history, Thomas Edison to Auto-tune.  I can dig it.  Might make a good subject for a future podcast.  So many podcasting ideas.  We’ll see how well Coral and I can correct our financial situation in the new year before I can think about anymore audio gear.

That’s all I got, tomorrow we’ll see how my day shapes up but i might try to tackle my top 10 records of 00s.

Go with yourself.

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Coral and I got busy this weekend.  We have almost organized the homestead.  I went rooting through Madelyn’s closet and dug out the record player.  Just needed to find a home for it.  An adventerous trip out to Wal-Mart and we moved the TV off the mantle and onto a TV stand and now the record player has a home!

My record player is my old man’s that lived in our family home throughout most of the 80s and into the 90s.  It is a Hitachi Direct Drive Turntable HT-350.  I don’t know if that is a good record player or not, but it is the year 2009 and its still spinning 33s.  I had this old beast set up in my old Fernwood apartment.  The top is covered in wax from candles and there was a candle spill down one of my speakers.  The speakers are the newest part of the rig, my old man bought them for me as a present when I first moved out on my own or soon after.  The amp is an an ancient Kenwood KR-4600 from the 70s I bought at a flee market in Aldergrove (maybe ? or maybe Cloverdale) when I was living with Paul in the basement of that shithole in Burncouver.  Some guy had the bed of a pick-up truck full of old stereo equipment.  He sold me that Kenwood for $20.  He said, “kid, this Kenwood is older than you and it’ll work!”

These days, the amp has some connection problems when I fiddle with any of the knobs.  I might need to take my amp in for a tune up…and heck, the LP player could use a tune up too.  Alix was saying something about a store that sells juke-boxes out in Oak Bay or something where the guy can fix up and refurbish my archaic audiophile instrumentations.


Here is my weekly top 9!

01) The Replacements
02) The Decemberists
03) Boards of Canada
04) Explosions in the Sky
04) Maria Taylor
06) Braid
06) Bright Eyes
08) The Promise Ring
08) The National

God I love Sunday.


I have an exciting week coming up.  I have a new project that is paying me a good living wage to do what I do best.  When it is finished and my client is satisfied I’ll be sure to share it here.  It might be a new business venture for me.  I am jazzed on the concept because it is a job that remains focused on my core values as a person.  It feels good to get paid and recognized for what you fundamentally do.  Plus I can continue to rock the Zone and live in Victoria!  Those are such massive benefits.  I might actually start a real-life business and pay taxes and get a website and everything!  as Madelyn would say, “OooOoOoH  wow Da-dy.”

on the non-profit front, I have two new podcast ideas to try and launch in conjunction with Capital Rock City.  Both are spoken word and of a more serious nature.  I doubt I have the energy for both but I think I will try a demo of both a see what I like more.

The first idea is a history podcast.  Tackling a story or idea of Vancouver Island history every week.  I like history and there isn’t a good history podcast on the iTunes store… maybe I can be the guy that makes it.

The other idea is a farming podcast.  I am working with a farming family on Madrona Farm in Saanich on some fundraisers to help save their farm from the pressures of development.  The family are real characters with an encyclopedic knowledge of organic and sustainable farming.  It would be a shame to not share their passion for your food with you!  It’ll change the way the way you think about your salad greens, that’s for sure.

That said, if the podcast doesn’t get off the ground, a mighty rock concert will.  Details for the concert will play out on this blog as they develop.  If you’re in a band and you want to take part, please don’t be shy and fire me an email.

My coffee is running low and its almost time to flip the Fleet Foxes record to the B-side so I’m out like trout.

Go with yourself.

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