I am brand new to the world of "stereophilia", but I am working on a project and you seem like the folks to ask for advice.
I recently inherited my grandparents' old hi-fi console. It is a beautiful piece of furniture with all the original finish and electronics intact. I had the idea that I would like to "remodel" the console to include a high-end-ish stereo but still look vintage on the outside. I am somewhat handy and can probably pull off the woodworking that needs to be done to accomodate the updated system.
So now I am trying to figure out what the best way to go about this would be. I would like to spend around $1000-1500 on the audio components. My uneducated first idea would be to find some kind of rack-mounted component system that I could install into the center part of the cabinet (behind the door panels on the front); I think to start with, at least, I would want a pre-amp, tuner and CD player. As for speakers, I was thinking about buying some wall-mount speakers that I could just install in the speaker panels after removing the old ones.
I am wondering first of all if anyone could suggest some components and speakers that might fit the bill in this price range, and if anyone has ever done a project like this and can offer some advice?
Thanks a ton!