Marantz Model 19

Marantz Model 19

 

You'll find quite a few people that will tell you that the Marantz Model Nineteen is one of the best receivers ever made. It would be hard to argue with them given that each receiver was hand built and calibrated by Marantz technicians hence the "Custom Calibrated" badge on the front panel. It's said that even the WC-9 wood cases were hand rubbed. It was introduced in 1970 and retailed for about $1000.00 which was bumped up to $1200.00 about a year later. Marantz knew that price was not in the budget of most receiver buyers at the time and basically said so in their advertising. One ad stated, "It is strictly for music lovers whose demand for sound fidelity is beyond the pale of the average listener".

 

Marantz Model 19

 

The Model Nineteen has some of the classic Marantz styling features including the gyro-touch tuning wheel and blue tuning dial face that became a mainstay of later Marantz receivers. Some of the receivers also have a champagne colored faceplate.

 

Marantz Model Nineteen Dial

 

The Model 19 puts out 50 watts per channel and has a very good FM tuning section and pre-amp. As you can see below it also features a built in oscilloscope that acts as a tuning meter for precision station tuning.

 

Marantz Model 19 Scope

 

I believe both the Model Eighteen and Model Nineteen were made by Marantz after their sale to Superscope but they were also both designed by Saul Marantz and Sid Smith. Its solid state design incorporated a number of advancements. The tuning circuit is very similar to the Marantz 20B and it has a full complementary output stage which was ahead of its time.

 

Marantz Model 19 Inside

 

The Model Nineteen is not a huge receiver at 18¼" x 6" x 16" but still weighs in at a hefty 46 pounds! I think the WC-9 wood case was only used on the Model Nineteen though it's possible it was used on the Model Eighteen as well. The case shown below is possibly an aftermarket case as there were a couple companies that made wood cases for Marantz gear in the early 70's.

 

Marantz Model 19 Back

 

The brochure below shows how Marantz was targeting the upper end of audio buyers. They had no problem stating that the receiver was expensive, was expensive for a reason, and, unless you have no problem paying for perfection, then you probably should look at one of their other receivers.

 

Marantz Model 19 Brochure

 

As one of the classic Marantz receivers the Model Nineteen commands a high price. Higher then most any other 50 watt per channel receiver. Given its quality build and exceptional performance it's probably not over priced. Long term I can't see prices going down either. I recently saw one in excellent condition with its original wood cabinet sell for $1350.00. Generally, without the case they sell for $600 to $800 in good working condition.

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15 comments

 No.1 
Michael:

I have a fully restored Model-19. It is in my bedroom system connected to some nice Paradigm speakers. I was lucky to find one 12 years ago in good cosmetic condition. I was also lucky to meet a former factory Marantz service technician who helped me to align the FM section and the IF filter. To this day it is the best tuner in the house and I have a vintage McIntosh as well. I will go along with what many people have said in that it is the best receiver ever made.

May 30th, 2013 at 6:41 pm
 No.2 
eugene h holly:

I have an old Marantz 19 but after a lengthy period of no use it seems dead, the light comes on but no sound. Attaches to outside speakers.
How can I find out if it is the speakers or the Marantz?? where could I take it for repair in West Palm Beach area??
Gene

May 4th, 2014 at 6:57 pm
 No.3 
johan:

hi….do you still have the marantz 19?…interested in selling it?….thx.

February 13th, 2015 at 8:24 am
 No.4 
craig shane:

I have an original marantz 19 in mint condition that I am looking to sell.

August 22nd, 2015 at 4:40 am
 No.5 
Gabor Vajay:

Hi all,

I have a functional Marantz Model 18 I am looking to sell. Works great, except for the tuning tube and some of the bulbs.

Still the best sounding amp in the house though.

If I end up with $550 CDN, I will be happy. Let me know, and regards – Gabor Vajay

September 14th, 2015 at 6:09 pm
 No.6 
joel:

i am interested in this receiver let me know if you still have it Thanks Joel

September 16th, 2015 at 12:41 pm
 No.7 
Casey Nordberg:

looking to buy or trade for a marantz 19

thinkinginventor at outlook.com

May 18th, 2016 at 7:02 pm
 No.8 
Christine Baumgartner:

I have a new scope tube for a Marantz 18 D 3-11 GJ for sale

August 12th, 2016 at 8:06 pm
 No.9 
Christine Baumgartner:

I have a new Dial Glass for a Marantz 18 for sale. Includes instructions and screws.

August 15th, 2016 at 12:54 pm
 No.10 
Christine Baumgartner:

I have a circuit board for a Marantz 19 for sale.

August 17th, 2016 at 12:27 pm
 No.11 
Benoît:

I could be interested by the scope tube

August 28th, 2016 at 1:44 pm
 No.12 
Michael:

How much for the circuit board?

September 17th, 2016 at 12:27 pm
 No.13 
Michael:

Looking for these transistors for audio output or driver board
334-1007 and 334-1004

September 19th, 2016 at 5:34 pm

Hi,

I am looking for a cabinet for my Marantz 19. That would be the WC-9. I’d buy an original or a custom made. Please contact me if you have one available or could build one.

Thanks!

September 30th, 2016 at 9:52 am
 No.15 
Mustapha Dillah:

Hi:

I am a classic audio technician and I looking for the drive and outputs transistors for a Marantz 19 or replacement, can you help.

Thanks

Mustapha

October 31st, 2016 at 10:30 am

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