Leak Stereo 70/Stereofetic FM Tuner

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    Retro Grooves

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    Hello, I wonder if someone can offer me some advice. I have recently acquired from my late father a Leak Stereo 70/Stereofetic FM Tuner combination in a dual wooden sleeve. I have to say, both the units and sleeve are in absolutely mint condition with not a mark or scratch to be seen. They haven't powered up for well over 10 years, so are currently being serviced by a reputable expert. My question is, would there be a market for this kind of equipment these days? Doing a bit of research, the 70 does seem to be a rare example of a Leak amp and combined with the tuner also quite rare, but I would value your opinion if you should have one. Regards, John
     

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    Both units are eminently saleable, although not rare as there are a fair few on eBay.

    The Stereo 70, if properly serviced is still quite good enough for today's use, albeit with some caveats. Power output is only 35 watts per channel, so efficient loudspeakers are required if sound levels are to be adequate. The amp is not capable of handling low impedance loads, so you really need to ensure that the 'speakers are 8 ohm rated, and don't drop below, say, 6 ohms.

    Input sensitivities are more suited to pre-digital sources where 100-250mV output was typical, not the 2V of today's digital sources. You should fit some attenuators to inputs being used for CD or other digital sources.

    The tuner, again if aligned properly, is capable of very decent results, especially on BBC Radio 3 and 4. FM radio these days is heavily compressed, and tuners of that era expected modulation to average 30%, not the 99% of today, so it perhaps won't do as well on commercial stations or BBC Radio 1.

    As to values, you will get a better idea looking at eBay's completed auctions to see what have been realised, but here's one that sold recently for what I think is a very good (i.e. high) price.

    Vintage Leak Stereo 70 Amplifier & Leak Stereofetic FM Tuner Combination | eBay

    More typically, I think the amp goes for £100-£150 and the tuner around £50.

    S.
     
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    Thank you very much for your informed reply. Most helpful Serge
     
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