Details about ∎ Vintage Luxman L-100 integrated amplifier — 50th anniversary gem!See original listing
27 Jul, 2014 20:05:16 AEST
[ 18 bids ]
North Balwyn, VIC, Australia
Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition
Up for auction today I have Lux's flagship integrated amplifier from the mid 70's, the L-100.
The L100 is a bit special—it was the integrated in a special lineup conceived to celebrate Lux's 50th anniversary. Their goal was to push the state of the art furthest since Matsushita went bonkers with their early-70's Technics 10000 experiment, and they even did something highly unusual for a Japanese company: they hired a westerner, up-and-coming amplifier whiz-kid Tim de Paravicini, to provide the ultimate engineering direction.
It paid off because they're a splendid series of components.
The L100 is a conservatively rated 110Wx2 (actually more like 130W) 19kg monster crammed into a sumptuously pretty integrated chassis. Lux worked hard to keep all kinds of distortion to a minimum, and the sheer quality of the components used was staggering. It was absolutely state of the art and sounds like it too—you'd hope so, because it cost a bomb when new, 3x the price of an L-80V which itself was no cheap amp. Check out the USER tab at TVK for a circuit description: http://www.thevintageknob.org/luxman-L-100.html
Build quality is out of this world. These were Luxman's glory days and they put their flagship gear together with absolute care and finesse—it's bordering on obsession how much attention they paid to industrial design. Artists. The L100 has a carefully brushed, anodised and engraved two-piece faceplate with not a plain unbevelled edge in sight, and a certain muscular 70's look about it—I swear I can feel my sideburns growing just looking at it. Even the on/off light is a work of art: two small globes illuminate an orange paper square, which is then diffused through a long solid lens, all just so that the light is a soft, diffused whitish amber. It's as if a team of pedantic Japanese gurus worked a whole week designing it. Awesome.
This example is in very nice condition all round. It works beautifully, including the phono stage. Cosmetically it's excellent with no faceplate scratches or dints and only the most minimal marking (see the photos for a good idea). Even the fascia ring, often worn on these, is in nice condition. The wooden case has a few marks, but is good overall.
This unit is currently set to 240V, but it'll happily play music on 100/110/220/240V as long as you select the appropriate voltage internally.
I'm happy to arrange for local pickup or to post this out worldwide, with very safe void packaging—I can even supply photographs of the packing job if you're nervous about it. Let me know if you have any other questions, and happy bidding on this glittering 70's brute.
Shipping cost to Australian capitals (metro areas):
Sydney, Canberra: $42
Brisbane, Adelaide: $52
Perth, Darwin: $90
If you're overseas or not in an aforementioned metro area, contact me for a postage quote. Ignore the postage calculator.
On 20-Jul-14 at 22:40:20 AEST, seller added the following information:
I completely forgot to mention something: the plastic balance knob is broken. You can't see it in the photos but it's hiding behind the 'attenuate' knob. The break isn't visible at all, nor is it a problem as long as you don't need to constantly adjust the balance.