Tuner choice

I know no one is interested in tuners given streaming etc and on and on, but I moved to a place with some excellent radio stations and I think having a tuner would work for me. I got one for free from my brother, a 70s vintage Dynaco kit and it seemed to warm up over time without any repairs etc. although the light is out and gauge doesn’t seem to work. Muting is not functioning but once on a station it brings in some pleasant sound.
On the other hand, I see old units on eBay that are low cost, some say tested, mint condition, etc. so would it be worth a couple hundred dollars to have a different tuner? Or is the Dynakit not a bad vintage tuner and if it’s working, I’d be smart to stick with it? Any suggestions for replacements worth the change?



It depends on what you want.  A lot of tuner affionados are after long-range reception, which makes sense if there is a very good station you cannot otherwise reach.  But if you have a very good (technologically) station in the area, you should evaluate tuners on the same basis as other hi-fi gear.  Namely, how does it sound.  Musical?  Dimensional? etc.

In my area we have on of the best FM stations in the nation for sound .... WFCRi a public radio station that plays DJ'd classical music all day, and DJ'd jazz for three hours in the evening.  I've tested many, many tuners sise by side over the years, and I can name three that are really good sounding and don't cost and arm and a leg:  for tube, a Fisher FM90b or a Dyna FM3, for transistor a Carver TX-11 or an early Harman Kardon Citation 14 or 15.  There were lots of Japanes tuners with better sensitivity specs .... but many of them sounded as flat as cardboard.  With a good modern station and station-based DJ'ng, FM can sound like your own CD or SACD player.

With regard to @harrylavo 's post, depending on your location and desired stations to be tuned in; besides sensitivity, selectivity can be an important spec consideration

I was listening to some Pink Floyd on a local classic rock station on the Accuphase T101 (modified) that I mentioned previously. I was listening on my RAAL SR1a headphones. I was so shocked at how good it sounded that I had to listen to the same track on Qobuz to compare with the streaming version.

That  40 year old Accuphase is incredible and available on A'gon.

Unsound, I agree that selectivity is an important spec, although frankly it was more important in the past than it is now due to advances in technology  ..... while sensitivity in most tuner gear today is less than it was in the distant past (when FM stations were fewer and further apart.).  Ultimately, however, the tuner is a piece of hi-fi gear and needs to be evaluated as is any other source component.