I put together a second stereo for the OnceWereBachelor Pad. This latest one is not as "totally awesome" as my first. But in at least one way, it's particularly special to me, as it is partly comprised of my father's old sound system from his dark, solemn den in Manila. While I found the Sansui 1000X receiver, manufactured in 1969, and the Kenwood KD-5077 turntable from the Seventies both on Craigslist (a place becoming for me more and more like an online heroin shooting gallery), the Standard Radio Corp. speakers in walnut and black and matte steel (very Bauhaus) were smuggled over from Tokyo by my dad in 1968 in a spare pilot's bag. They are compact, well made, and absolutely beautiful. They followed us over from the Philippines, along with my dad's own Sansui 5000x receiver and SD 7000 reel to reel. The latter two pieces gave up the ghost in the Eighties, but my dear mom lovingly stored the surviving speakers away, for me to find decades later.
The whole system is not the powerhouse I have downstairs. But I leave that for the punk rock. This upstairs unit, just steps from my and my son's rooms, doesn't threaten the same wattage, but for things like Sinatra at the Sands with Count Basie & his Orchestra, conducted by Quincy Jones, a record pressed in mono in 1966, it's perfect. I like to think of my upstairs system as a spiritual successor to Don Draper's stereophonic console.