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Restoration of an Abused 1965 McIntosh C22 All-Tube Preamp

Restoration of an Abused 1965 McIntosh C22 All-Tube Preamp

By Bryan Bergeron    View In Digital Edition  


The C22 — one of my holy grail audio electronics acquisitions — is known for quality in engineering and construction and audiophile performance. The C22, which originally sold for $330 in 1965, now sells for between $3,000 and $6,000, depending on condition. Even if you don’t own a C22, by following along, you can pick up pointers for your own vintage restoration project — especially when it comes to restoring improperly serviced gear.

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