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Did you know?
MCS was marketed in the US, by JCPenney's in the 1970's and '80's and has generally proved to be solidly designed and built gear in the long run (not so much gear past early 1980's). Most MCS (Modular Component Systems) equipment was built by either Matsushita (parent company of Panasonic (founded 1918) and Technics (introduced 1965) or NEC (established 1898-99, originally known as Nippon Electric Company). Both VERY well respected, electronics industry giants. Most of the MCS stereo receivers and amplifiers prove to be fine performers once 'Certified' by a qualified technician. There are a few 'exceptions' and when we encounter one, they don't even make it to the bench, but then, most brands, including Pioneer, Marantz, Sansui, Kenwood, Sony & Yamaha made a handful of 'exceptionally cheaply designed and built' models that we won't bother to refurbish / restore. When I sold either Technics or Panasonic gear new, I knew there was a VERY low chance of that unit coming back with an issue, over many of the other brands I might have had at my disposal. Needless to say, I am a fan of most gear built by Technics / Panasonic and have seen enough of it to know that if I had to place a 'blind-bet' on an 'as-found' unit either being in 'functioning condition' or being close to it, gear built by Matsushita (NEC as well) will be a 'safe bet'.

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Did you know?
While the company 'Pioneer' was officially established in 1961, the founder was actually developing speakers as early as 1937. In 1962 Pioneer marketed the worlds first 'separate component' stereo system for the home, and in 1975, the worlds first 'component system' for the car. In 1984 they introduced the first CD player for the automotive use (and I was selling it then). Pioneer had many other 'firsts' and continue to be a major 'player' in consumer, professional and industrial electronics.

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It would be hard to name a category of 'musical instruments', 'audio equipment', 'motorized vehicles', or 'sporting equipment' that Yamaha does not have a 'hand in' with 'branded models'. Most folks do not realize this, but Yamaha is one of the oldest companies in existence, certainly when it comes to music gear and was actually established in 1887 and was incorporated on October 12, 1897! The company's origins as a musical instrument manufacturer is still reflected today in the group's logo—a trio of interlocking tuning forks. Yamaha has grown to become the world's largest manufacturer of musical instruments. I have worked for Yamaha dealers over the years, in both the 'consumer' level and 'pro-audio' / 'MI' level. Their gear was 'spec'd' more often in the military contracts we received, than any other brand. I knew when I sold a Yamaha unit, there was little chance of an 'issue after the sale'. Yamaha products are known as having about the best 'resale value' of any brand, regardless of the product class.

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