Just came across this post. I purchased this item brand new in the late 70's and several 'more modern' amps have come and gone since then. My AX-7600 has outlived them all and currently stands alongside a Sony Video Control Center. Solid aluminum front panel, chunky [heavy] knobs and a removable GLASS tuning scale cover, they really don't make Hi-Fi equipment like this any more. I have the matching cassette tape deck somewhere, [also removable solid glass cassette lid], but that playback technology is long gone. So yes, if you get the chance to acquire one, go for it.
I found one of these for peanuts money in a job lot and bought it out of curiousity. Good old Servisol switch cleaner sorted it out nicely and it is now my regular choice for most listening. Inside is a a bulletproof build from the days before Sony bought the company name and then sent the brand downmarket. This is a real good quality 'sleeper' from back in the day (1977-1979), with filtering features and a front panel 'Tape 2' DIN socket which is really handy for messing around with other input stuff. It looks the part and I love it. If you see one cheap, I don't think you'll be disappointed. If you have a damaged or broken one, sell it to me for spares!
Bought one too, need a few repairs but the sound that comes out of the unit is simply unbelievable. This must have been among the last models made by Aiwa before they started churning out cheap HIFI. It's hard to believe till you listen to it.
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