I can’t tell you how excited I am to show off today’s music system! I think I’ve been waiting close to a year to put it all together, which in my world is a lifetime (I have zero patience!). It all started with the incredible 1970s Philips 212 record player (purported to be the best turntable that Philips ever made – read a review here), which I bought together with the most beautiful amp. Sadly the amp emitted smoke when we turned it on, so the game was on to find a worthy match for the Philips, which has the most crazy lumo green buttons when it’s turned on, a ‘floating’ deck, fabulous veneer case, and a brand new needle! Of course we also needed speakers, and I was lucky enough to find these 1972 German Perpetuum-Ebner speakers a few months later. Some of the wooden strips on the one speaker had been damaged so Justin had to use a bit of wood filler to close the gaps – the repair is noticeable, but the speakers are still uber handsome – so handsome in fact that I tried to convince Justin to ditch his fancy (but rather unattractive) speakers and keep these guys (which are way better looking!). Sadly though he was having none of it, so our tale continues – we were still waiting for the amp…..
And then finally the other day I found my dream amplifier – truly I’m a little bit in love! The Arena T2400 amp (and radio) was made in Denmark in 1966, and like the Philips turntable, is a very respected piece of hifi equipment. In an online radio forum someone compares the quality of Arena to that of B&O, and talks of how their friend bought an Arena amp in London in the 1960s for £500!! So I was right to be excited when I found it – obviously, knowing very little about anything technical it was the beautiful design of the Arena that got me so hot under the collar, but I’m very grateful to have found out that not only is this a ridiculously attractive amp, but it’s also pretty decent quality!
Note: The dust cover on the turntable is quite scratched, but the scratches aren’t too deep. There are also some scratches on the inside of the turntable (noticeable when you lift the dust cover)
Visit Mint’s YouTube channel to hear a bit of George Michael, and to get an idea of the quality of the sound
NB: For sale in Johannesburg only
Dimensions: Record player – 39cm wide x 33cm deep x 15cm tall ; Amp – 50cm wide x 25.5cm deep x 9cm tall; Speakers – 25cm wide x 20cm deep x 47cm tall