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OldSycamore
06-15-2011, 05:37 PM
" todays finds...all at SVDP
JVC L-L1 TT
Garrand ZERO 100 with wood plinth- dustcover, spare new Pickering XL-25U cartridge and sylus
500+... 60's-70's rock and pop albums..lots of Beatles,Floyd,Rolling Stones,The Who,led-Z,etc
Total = $10 "

you got 500 albums plus the gear for for 10 bucks ? are the store managers stupid there ? albums here are at least .25 and usually .50 - $1.
I think if that donor knew they were going to give them away he would have done a free curb alert instaed of hauling them in.

Cogsinister
06-15-2011, 06:32 PM
" todays finds...all at SVDP
JVC L-L1 TT
Garrand ZERO 100 with wood plinth- dustcover, spare new Pickering XL-25U cartridge and sylus
500+... 60's-70's rock and pop albums..lots of Beatles,Floyd,Rolling Stones,The Who,led-Z,etc
Total = $10 "

you got 500 albums plus the gear for for 10 bucks ? are the store managers stupid there ? albums here are at least .25 and usually .50 - $1.
I think if that donor knew they were going to give them away he would have done a free curb alert instaed of hauling them in.

i bet he ment 50+ not 500...

americankiwi
06-15-2011, 10:26 PM
OK..here's the scoop...i had to pay for the 2 TT's...the LP's were heading to the trash/landfill...i got word they got a foreclosure house to empty out...they took all the big stuff...and didnt want the small stuff..there view was 'no value"...so i saved 500+/- LP's from going to the dump...the realter had a "trashout crew" clean the place up..i missed out on 3 vehicles...they were sent to the junkyard..no titles...SVDP cant sell them/ dont want to deal with filing for titles on "old cars"

There's that old saying,.."its not what you know..its who you know."

americankiwi
06-15-2011, 10:28 PM
follow up pic's...all the rest of the audio equipment in the house was BPC and old HT

2SB56
06-15-2011, 11:48 PM
I scored a pair of Bose 301 series 1 speakers with the w06_second_gluedoofer foam suspension completely gone. A $21 repair kit later and I have a nice pair of bookshelf speakers!
First repair and second speaker fresh out of the cabinet (dogs in attendance):
http://www.spottydog.us/pix/bose_301/01_side_by_side_small.jpg

Second repair while the glue sets up.
http://www.spottydog.us/pix/bose_301/06_second_glued_small.jpg

45rpm
06-16-2011, 12:11 AM
OK..here's the scoop...i had to pay for the 2 TT's...the LP's were heading to the trash/landfill...i got word they got a foreclosure house to empty out...they took all the big stuff...and didnt want the small stuff..there view was 'no value"...so i saved 500+/- LP's from going to the dump...the realter had a "trashout crew" clean the place up..i missed out on 3 vehicles...they were sent to the junkyard..no titles...SVDP cant sell them/ dont want to deal with filing for titles on "old cars"

There's that old saying,.."its not what you know..its who you know."

http://www.hotwheelscollectors.com/IMAGES/VER2_0/site/GRAEMLINS/faint.gif

That right there is a S-C-R-O-E !!

dobyman
06-16-2011, 06:19 AM
OK..here's the scoop...i had to pay for the 2 TT's...the LP's were heading to the trash/landfill...i got word they got a foreclosure house to empty out...they took all the big stuff...and didnt want the small stuff..there view was 'no value"...so i saved 500+/- LP's from going to the dump...the realter had a "trashout crew" clean the place up..i missed out on 3 vehicles...they were sent to the junkyard..no titles...SVDP cant sell them/ dont want to deal with filing for titles on "old cars"

There's that old saying,.."its not what you know..its who you know."

That is amazing! Nice save!:thmbsp:

Tristen
06-16-2011, 12:11 PM
Picked up a pioneer pd-m500 today for 15 :D

jt45
06-16-2011, 12:19 PM
OK..here's the scoop...i had to pay for the 2 TT's...the LP's were heading to the trash/landfill...i got word they got a foreclosure house to empty out...they took all the big stuff...and didnt want the small stuff..there view was 'no value"...so i saved 500+/- LP's from going to the dump...the realter had a "trashout crew" clean the place up..i missed out on 3 vehicles...they were sent to the junkyard..no titles...SVDP cant sell them/ dont want to deal with filing for titles on "old cars"

There's that old saying,.."its not what you know..its who you know."

Outstanding pickup on all those LPs :thmbsp:

joshuahmad
06-17-2011, 10:29 AM
Found a Harman Kardon 330A this morning. Have no idea if it works, but it does power up. Jumpers included.

Only set me back$5.50

ASPEC
06-17-2011, 12:04 PM
Recently;

Klipsch Heresys - very clean - $30.00 goodwill

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/picture.php?albumid=1646&pictureid=10581 http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/picture.php?albumid=1646&pictureid=10584

Yamaha RX-V2200 - pristine - $55.96 goodwill

Yamaha TX900u tuner - nice shape (my 2nd) - $14.39 goodwill


:thmbsp:

icenine
06-17-2011, 12:27 PM
Recent Finds:
Philips CDR-880 stand alone CD recorder $14.99...works
Sony Minidisc Player MDS-JE320 $7.98 works but does have the grinding issue
Realistic Nova 10 $26.00
Realistic Mach Ones $24.00 need to be refoamed as I mentioned in another post

davew833
06-17-2011, 04:07 PM
Today's left-behind finds:

Yamaha R-1000 receiver: $20. Might have bought it but the tuner buttons didn't seem to work and there was a knob missing.

ONE (1) JBL 4312? Monitor- $30 at Savers. (looking at the prices for them on ebay now maybe I should have grabbed that one...)

And in the "Vindication" department, the thrift store I mentioned in a previous post finally got a clue that the $250k International Watch Co. watch they were asking $2000 for was a fake and sold it for $65. I TOLD them so 2 weeks ago, but would they listen to me? NOOOO....

adpopulum
06-17-2011, 04:20 PM
Recently;

Klipsch Heresys - very clean - $30.00 goodwill

:thmbsp:

Christ!

Gridslayer
06-17-2011, 06:06 PM
Recently;

Klipsch Heresys - very clean - $30.00 goodwill

SHUTUP!!!!!!!!!

mech986
06-17-2011, 06:37 PM
Today's left-behind finds:

Yamaha R-1000 receiver: $20. Might have bought it but the tuner buttons didn't seem to work and there was a knob missing.

ONE (1) JBL 4312? Monitor- $30 at Savers. (looking at the prices for them on ebay now maybe I should have grabbed that one...)

....

You left the JBL 4312 at that price?? Let me know where it is so I can pick it up!

FloridaSam
06-17-2011, 06:51 PM
Got a Pioneer SX 450 from Goodwill today for $30.00. Not the best score in the world but it looks brand new, sounds great and no burnt bulbs. A nice sounding receiver.

ASPEC
06-17-2011, 07:43 PM
Recently;

Klipsch Heresys - very clean - $30.00 goodwill

SHUTUP!!!!!!!!!

Christ!


Yup. I could not get to the front door fast enough! I even had a coupon that brought the price down to $30.00!!:thmbsp:



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Cactus Bob
06-17-2011, 07:52 PM
I posted this in the Vintage SS forum. I took the day off of work and found this beauty for 16 bucks this morning. A Sony 330ES power amp 110 wpc bridgable at 300. This beast is mint and sounds great!


http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=281476&d=1308341593

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=281475&d=1308341593

Hajidub
06-17-2011, 07:58 PM
Recently;

Klipsch Heresys - very clean - $30.00 goodwill

SHUTUP!!!!!!!!!

I don't think my local GW's could spell Klipsch! Awesome find, I'm sure the other shoppers thought you were demonic with the weird grin on your face at the checkout line!

Cogsinister
06-17-2011, 10:23 PM
Go Bob !!

What a scroe !

Noreaster
06-17-2011, 11:13 PM
Went to local public library book sale today and bought:

*30 classical albums circa 1957-62 (obviously the same owner) all in top condition; about half are Columbia Masterworks 6-eye mono recordings...50 cents each
*Five 10.5 inch Maxell metal reel tapes and one 10.5 inch TDK metal reel tape ...all in almost new condition...all with operas...25 cents each
*Five 7.5 ips commercial classical 7-inch reels and five Maxell 7-inch reels (with operas)...25 cents each...

davew833
06-17-2011, 11:20 PM
The JBL 4312 is in Layton, Utah... I'm heading back up that way tomorrow, maybe I'll pick it up.

Hendrix416
06-17-2011, 11:21 PM
Pioneer SE-205 headphones at GW for 2.99. One driver was loose and missing the padding. Opened her up and glued the driver back in place and rigged a smaller pad from a pair of Sony headphones I have. Sounds great!

csmguitarman
06-17-2011, 11:39 PM
Yup. I could not get to the front door fast enough! I even had a coupon that brought the price down to $30.00!!:thmbsp:



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Pics or it didnt happen, and I will need to physically verify they are real, Ill send you my address

BOUXY
06-18-2011, 01:16 AM
Realistic sta-2300D for 6 bucks at thrift mint!!!
Tannoy c-8's mint 20 bucks at thrift
Technics sl-d3 w/stanton v500 cart 10 bucks thrift
harmon/kardon 300b pre-amp 5 bucks garage sale
marantz 5 disc cd 5 bucks garage sale

Can someone please tell me what an STA-2300D is?.Never heard of it! I do have an STA-2300 Realistic/RS Receiver rated at 120 WPC bought new in 1982 but STA-2300D is a new one to me?:):scratch2:

ASPEC
06-18-2011, 02:09 AM
Pics or it didnt happen, and I will need to physically verify they are real, Ill send you my address

Um... they are in my previous post page #301 post#4512 of this thread. I also have a photo album of them in my user CP.:thmbsp:

But here ya go.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/picture.php?albumid=1646&pictureid=10585


I don't think my local GW's could spell Klipsch! Awesome find, I'm sure the other shoppers thought you were demonic with the weird grin on your face at the checkout line!

You're not kidding! Although when I was trying to get the grills off to look at the drivers a worker passing by offered me his pocket screwdriver to pop them off and said "those are Klipsch speakers" to which I quietly replied "uhuh". He then said "I didn't catch that until after I had put the price on them". That is when I grabbed one and almost ran to the cashier and had her hold it, with her hand on it, until I could run back with the other one.:D


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Duckzilla
06-18-2011, 09:17 AM
Found this Sony radio, mint, for $5 at SA, got it. Another thrift Paradgim Atoms for $35(passed) and a Sony GX333ES receiver for $69(!!!! passed).

andylsun
06-18-2011, 12:06 PM
Garrard AT60 turntable with Pickering V-15/AT-1 cart and Stanton D71EE stylus. Perfect condition.

Nakamachi Clock Radio 1

$7 for both :-)

undergroundr
06-18-2011, 01:28 PM
This was at a church rummage sale today and I couldn't resist for $15.

Carver CMV-1185, a home theater integrated amp from 1993. I can hardly find a thing about it on the net. Hifiengine doesn't know it exists. From what I can tell, it's 80 WPC for front l, r & c. 25 WPC for rear speakers. I wonder what it does in stereo mode, which I presume it's doing when I push the "Bypass" button.

The controls aren't obvious and I'd love to find a manual, but no luck yet. In addition to treble, bass and balance, it has a "Vocal Zoom" knob. WTH does that do???

http://i1014.photobucket.com/albums/af268/undergrr/IMG_20110618_115854.jpg

Seems to work perfectly, after I figured out I needed to plug cables to jump Pre outs to Main in.

Cogsinister
06-18-2011, 04:37 PM
Found by a dumpster, the owner said he was sick of the Left channel cutting out, he bought it new in Germany when he was in the Army.

Hauled it home....deoxit, a bit of a dust and its 100%

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3138/5845673489_7a440f1fb2_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2643/5846443142_f0d3f3c7d8_b.jpg

Sansui G-901DB.

Dandy
06-18-2011, 04:44 PM
Found by a dumpster, the owner said he was sick of the Left channel cutting out, he bought it new in Germany when he was in the Army.

Hauled it home....deoxit, a bit of a dust and its 100%

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3138/5845673489_7a440f1fb2_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2643/5846443142_f0d3f3c7d8_b.jpg

Sansui G-901DB.

What a beauty! I can't imagine seeing such build quality in a new receiver today.

Cactus Bob
06-18-2011, 05:00 PM
Great find Cogsinister!! Gorgeous, Congrats!! :thmbsp:

Cogsinister
06-18-2011, 05:21 PM
Great find Cogsinister!! Gorgeous, Congrats!! :thmbsp:

Now i know why people rave about this series of Receivers.....

Built like a tank, and then some !

Committed
06-18-2011, 05:21 PM
Found by a dumpster, the owner said he was sick of the Left channel cutting out, he bought it new in Germany when he was in the Army.

Hauled it home....deoxit, a bit of a dust and its 100%


Sansui G-901DB.

You've got to be kidding me! Who in their right mind would toss such a beautiful piece of gear?

Good on you for the rescue and incredible score :thmbsp:

68custom
06-18-2011, 05:33 PM
nice sansui Cogsinister!

Cogsinister
06-18-2011, 06:01 PM
You've got to be kidding me! Who in their right mind would toss such a beautiful piece of gear?

Good on you for the rescue and incredible score :thmbsp:

Lucky i got to it before the torrential rain started !!!

Just struggled down to my basement man cave and hooked it up to my test speakers.....sounds fantastic......

After i have checked the DC offset and the bias i will hook it to my JBL L110's and see how she sings.

kdryan
06-18-2011, 06:26 PM
Went to a garage sale and the guy was throwing out this set of Realistics for the crime of needing new foam on the Woofers and Mids. Replaced the foam (well, had it replaced) and they're one of the best sounding sets of speakers I've ever had. Second is a set of JVC speakers I got at GW for $10.00. Third is a little Panasonic bookshelf stereo , also GW, that sounds quite good and has a nice little art deco thing to it (it's in my son's room now). Last is a set of 200 watt Sony's found at GW for $30.

Nothing really too heroic here, but some cool finds...

davew833
06-18-2011, 06:31 PM
Cogsinister for the win!! Unbelievable!

Cogsinister
06-18-2011, 07:48 PM
Cogsinister for the win!! Unbelievable!

:banana:

Happy camper am i........

But my back sure believes it.....its killing now !

Sam Cogley
06-18-2011, 07:53 PM
There is a local flipper who has multiple booths in several flea markets in town. Today, the itch struck and I stopped in one of the fleas that I hadn't been in in months...and found this homebrew PA amp/speaker:

http://i928.photobucket.com/albums/ad121/SamCogley/Random%20Audio%20Stuff/755A_3.jpg

Flipped it over, and what do my now saucer-sized eyes see?

http://i928.photobucket.com/albums/ad121/SamCogley/Random%20Audio%20Stuff/755A_2.jpg

Yeah, it is. VC checks out fine, and the cone looks about as close to perfect as a 50-year-old Holy Grail can.

http://i928.photobucket.com/albums/ad121/SamCogley/Random%20Audio%20Stuff/755A_1.jpg


According to an old bowetie427ss post, this 755A is an early model that was made in the Western Electric factory. http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showpost.php?p=2947575&postcount=2

:D:D:D :D:D:D

csmguitarman
06-18-2011, 08:10 PM
holy cow

Pio1980
06-18-2011, 10:04 PM
Driver chips go intermittent/bad in these things, genuine replacement readily available economically from Audio Lab of Ga.

I posted this in the Vintage SS forum. I took the day off of work and found this beauty for 16 bucks this morning. A Sony 330ES power amp 110 wpc bridgable at 300. This beast is mint and sounds great!


http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=281476&d=1308341593

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=281475&d=1308341593

Sam Cogley
06-18-2011, 11:52 PM
holy cow

That was pretty much my reaction as well...

Picture of the 755A's cone:
http://i928.photobucket.com/albums/ad121/SamCogley/Random%20Audio%20Stuff/755A_4.jpg

wasillaguy
06-19-2011, 12:51 AM
Me- "Do they work?"
Garage Sale Guy- "Oh yeah, they work"
Me- "So how much were you looking to get out of them?"
GSG- "I don't know, make me an offer I can't refuse"

So, I'm thinking the guy knows there's some value, and I shouldn't insult him with a low-ball number.... with a puzzled look on my face, I start contemplating offering him $60 for the amp and $40 for the tuner, but I can't move my mouth yet, something my Dad taught me about keeping your yap shut.
Then he says "How about $20 for both?"

.....I almost immediately give a look of "that sounds fair", followed by blurting out "that sounds fair", and then pulling out my wallet like it was a Smith & Wesson....

Sansui AU999 & TU999
I've not yet checked them out, but it's my best find ever.

davew833
06-19-2011, 01:03 AM
Passed again on the single JBL 4312 at Saver's-- it had a cheap replacement woofer and the dome on the midrange was pushed in- and it was actually $40. Not worth it for a single...

my Sansui G8000 was actually "free"... but that was only because FedEx damaged the case in shipping. I never bothered replacing it- it still sounded fine.

Sam Cogley
06-19-2011, 01:03 AM
Nice pickup! I dig the looks of those units.

CohibaJoe
06-19-2011, 01:55 AM
Saw a moving sale today and this is was I found....

Luxman R-117 for $50...Also come with Remote, Owner's Manual, Product Info Guide, Info sheet on 90's equiment and Technology Guide.

americankiwi
06-19-2011, 02:59 AM
Cogsinister..i think your beating my finds...nice save....feels good to save a piece of audio doesnt it?...no matter how great or small

Cactus Bob
06-19-2011, 03:04 AM
Cogsinister..i think your beating my finds...nice save....feels good to save a piece of audio doesnt it?...no matter how great or small


What he said. Cogsinister is a Scroe God for now on!! :yes: :thmbsp:

jbasse
06-19-2011, 07:24 AM
That was pretty much my reaction as well...

Picture of the 755A's cone:
http://i928.photobucket.com/albums/ad121/SamCogley/Random%20Audio%20Stuff/755A_4.jpg


Bought a single AR-1 from my local goodwill for $6 a while back with the Altec 755a still there.

Cogsinister
06-19-2011, 08:36 AM
What he said. Cogsinister is a Scroe God for now on!! :yes: :thmbsp:

Come on guys, ive not had anything like a scroe since mid December 2010 !

This was well overdue !

The guy that dumped it (just before the rain started) was convinced that it needed 100"s of dollars worth of costly repairs.

We know that dirt and dust in every switch and relay in such an old receiver can make them seem as if they are so broken down as to be trash.

I have given the volume control and the balance pot a good deoxit bath to start with to check if the "cutting out channel" that its previous owner said was so annoying him was there ......well i had it playing for 5 hours last night with no problems at all.

And the sound ?

Well ive got big high current amps here but this monster seems to have the headroom to beat them all, the FM section is amazing, and spot on.....i LOVE the sound of this monster receiver, i can now see why people rave about them, they are every bit as good as the fans say.....and then more !!!!!

Cogsinister
06-19-2011, 08:38 AM
Cogsinister..i think your beating my finds...nice save....feels good to save a piece of audio doesnt it?...no matter how great or small

It sure is a great feeling, apart from my back, thats feeling a bit sore :)

Cogsinister
06-19-2011, 08:50 AM
Me- "Do they work?"
Garage Sale Guy- "Oh yeah, they work"
Me- "So how much were you looking to get out of them?"
GSG- "I don't know, make me an offer I can't refuse"

So, I'm thinking the guy knows there's some value, and I shouldn't insult him with a low-ball number.... with a puzzled look on my face, I start contemplating offering him $60 for the amp and $40 for the tuner, but I can't move my mouth yet, something my Dad taught me about keeping your yap shut.
Then he says "How about $20 for both?"

.....I almost immediately give a look of "that sounds fair", followed by blurting out "that sounds fair", and then pulling out my wallet like it was a Smith & Wesson....

Sansui AU999 & TU999
I've not yet checked them out, but it's my best find ever.

Oooh what a lovely find !!!!!

wasillaguy
06-19-2011, 01:07 PM
Amp measures 3.7mv left, 5.7mv right. I'm a happy camper.

Hooked up my modded CS-88A's (only speaks in the room right now) with a digital source on the aux input, and it sounds great.

Next to check out the receiver.

Watthour
06-19-2011, 01:18 PM
...Than a frontal lobotomy.

Yeah, us old guys all got it.

Sounds like your father ingrained some skills pretty well. Twenty bucks just for keeping silent? Are you feeling a little guilty yet?

A Sansui setup like that would be a massive takedown for $100 around here. I don't know how you guys have all the luck. The market around Chicago and Milwaukee isn't anywhere near that level. I have a hard time finding anything but black plastic at the thrifts, and even the garage and estate sales I see won't let a 15W receiver go for under $50. And you can forget about CL or online sales.

Nice.

wasillaguy
06-19-2011, 01:46 PM
I think it's just the right circumstances up here. Lots of people came up during the oil boom/pipeline construction (late 70's early 80's), and made lots of money. Now they're retiring and leaving the state, and many either have lost interest or just don't want to ship everything to what is likely a smaller residence, in a setting where they'll never be able to crank a stereo anyway.

This guy said these had been at his cabin for many years, and his wife said they have to go now that they're moving south. I think he's got the wrong wife.

mech986
06-19-2011, 03:04 PM
Now i know why people rave about this series of Receivers.....

Built like a tank, and then some !

DUDE! What a save! Can't believe the owner would give up on something like that or put a little money into getting it fixed. A bit of AudioKarma knowledge goes a long way again.

Wow! Your clean up makes it look practically new. NIce! :thmbsp::tresbon::music:

IInvader
06-19-2011, 04:29 PM
As the poster above, I found an immaculate Hitachi SR-903 receiver at the local hospital thrift store for $15. This amp did not have a spot of dust on it anywhere and really pumped it out (75 watts per channel)! For some reason I convinced to sell it $90 (no remote/surround sound) and suffered such remorse I ended up buying a SR-604 receiver off Craiglist ($35 with half the power) to replace it, which I love and use as my daily amp to this day.

I also got my main speakers from S/A about 10 years ago, a set of Sansui S-930C 3-ways for $15, also immaculate. While audiophiles may poo-poo these, I've had a dozen other speakers I've tried and for my tastes the Sansui's always come out on top. They are very efficient, soft and smooth with a subtle bass considering the 12" woofers. It has very clear mid and high range, which I like, probably from the aluminum tweeter cones.

Over the years at thrift stores I've bought a hybrid tube amp ($15, sold $250), a Marantz 2230 ($15, sold $80), and much more.

I also bought my current perfect Sony str-de935 remote/surround receiver (550 watts) for $2.50 at the hospital thrift. It was listed as "untested $5.00" bought on half price-off appliance day.

I got a pair of Hitachi HSP-2400 speakers for free, included with a pair of EPI speakers I bought off C/L ($20). Turns out these Hitachi's blew away the EPI (at the lower volumes I listen to). I kept my eyes out for other Hitachi speakers on C/L and found a pair of 3-way HSP-3450 ($20, identical cabinet to the HSP-2400, (8"-2.5"), but with a 3.5" mid-range added), they sounded almost identical. My estimation is these Canadian-made speakers were from 1978-80. While rated for only 45 watts, they sound beautiful in my estimation, with a tight bass response which rivals my big Sansui's.

I bought another set of Hitachi 3-ways, HS-406 ($20, made about 1976). Exactly the same size speaker cones as the 3450 (8" - 3.5" - 2.5"), but with a slightly bigger cabinet, and no plastic frills around the speaker cutouts. The sound quality from all 3 of my Hitachi speakers was extremely close, but I choose the HS-406 to use as my main "B" speakers (on the sides) in a 4-speaker 2-channel array. The Hitachi's impressive response to the high notes makes it sound like "surround-sound" when combined with the more subdued and deeper front Sansui in two-channel stereo.

Despite the age of these speakers (the Sansui's were made about 1982) they all sound perfect and are thumped daily. They have no speaker rot whatsoever (all these Canadian-made speakers seem to have woven cloth-type speakers surrounds).

dgneo
06-20-2011, 08:05 AM
Yesterday's grab: Marantz DV8400 SACD/DVD Player

http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b449/raridadeaudio/MARANTZ%20CD-SACD%20-DVD%20PLAYER%20MODEL%20DV-8400/DSC00019.jpg

NOTE: Not my picture, just used for reference.

Guy was throwing this out. Reason? "No HDMI"

....Okay, mine! All for the low cost of FREE. Mint condition, no scuffs scrapes or ANYTHING. Also with it was a Marantz RC1400 Universal Remote.

Committed
06-20-2011, 11:29 AM
Picked up a pair of KLH model AV-2000 at SA this morning for $3.96
They sound real nice, going to give them to my son for his bedroom to replace the Zenith Allegros which my wife hates in there.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/Danceswithtrees/AudioVideo/IMG_0266.jpg

kdryan
06-20-2011, 12:09 PM
We were talking about this in another thread over in Turntables. Just picked this up this morning.

Philips CA212 with Audiotechnica cartridge...

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b236/kdryan/Misc/Vntage%20Audio/IMAG0162a.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b236/kdryan/Misc/Vntage%20Audio/IMAG0161a.jpg

RamCharger
06-20-2011, 02:03 PM
Nice TT kdryan!

Yesterday, I picked up a set of Advent Calypso speakers at the GW for $10 bucks. Gave them to my son for his system.... he's quite happy with them!

istariknight
06-20-2011, 04:36 PM
Received this today :music:



50 because the seller thought it faulty....the controls needed cleaning!

Cogsinister
06-20-2011, 07:01 PM
Received this today :music:



50 because the seller thought it faulty....the controls needed cleaning!

That is one lovely amp, i have the SU-8080 looks very like that but not New class A.

That should sond fantastic !

lifer70
06-20-2011, 09:38 PM
Onkyo TX-8500 hulking beast. This thing is a nut buster weighing over 50 lbs.

I believe it is 100 wpc.

I got it for a Goodwill price of 16 bucks.

The comparison receiver is a Marantz 2235b.

blhagstrom
06-20-2011, 10:02 PM
Wow, some great scores lately. Marantz SACD, sweet. Big Onkyo, way to go Idaho!

Been slow here for gear but today I did score a Donna Summer "Love To Love You Baby" LP in 8-9/10 condition. I was starting to wonder if I'd see one of those. I see just about everything else she ever made.

I watched her sing that on "Midnight Special" back in the day. Mind shattering. The start of DISCO.

d2e8b8
06-20-2011, 11:33 PM
I finally found something that could be considered something of a score. HK 670 - Twin powered DC Amplifier. I believe it's 60+60. The controls needed a bit of cleaning but otherwise everything works great. It is a gorgeous looking amp with equally great sound. I couldn't believe the difference it made just swapping the amp.

On my way out after picking up the HK (within 1/2 a mile) I see a receiver on the lawn of a garage sale. I get out, take a look and it's a Sony STR V4. A pretty face and I couldn't resist engaging the owner in conversation. The tuning knob was jammed (I couldn't move it with both hands). I got it for $5.

Opened her up and after some fiddling decided it was the flywheel shaft that was jammed. A bit of isopropyl alcohol and lots of rotation, repeat again, and then some oil in the shaft and she's smooth as butter again. Tested it and the right channel on 'B' speakers had no sound. Again, some cleaning of the speaker selector switch brought the channel back to life.

They're both really good looking units and the Harman sounds so good.

istariknight
06-21-2011, 06:05 AM
That is one lovely amp, i have the SU-8080 looks very like that but not New class A.

That should sond fantastic !


It sounds fantastic, did a quick shootout with my other amps & it outperforms them with ease which isnt bad considering they are a recapped 2230 & sa-8800 !

If you find one grab it :thmbsp:

undergroundr
06-21-2011, 09:13 AM
Stack of components - total cost $1. Said they were all broken and they didn't know how to fix them.

Nakamichi 480 (runs but not perfectly)
Nakamichi CD Player 4 (not detecting CD's)
Yamaha R-500 receiver. Great after Deoxit, but FM is a little weak and missing an FM display lamp.
Yamaha R-300 receiver. Works perfectly after Deoxit.
Boston Acoustic A40's. Need refoaming.

The R-500 sounds great and I'm really excited about the two Nakamichi units, although they're going to take some work.

Blurry photo of the R-500 and 480 -
http://i1014.photobucket.com/albums/af268/undergrr/IMG_20110621_075726.jpg

audioholic2
06-21-2011, 10:19 AM
Found by a dumpster, the owner said he was sick of the Left channel cutting out, he bought it new in Germany when he was in the Army.

Hauled it home....deoxit, a bit of a dust and its 100%

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3138/5845673489_7a440f1fb2_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2643/5846443142_f0d3f3c7d8_b.jpg

Sansui G-901DB.

Very Cool!:thmbsp:

I would love to have one.

kdryan
06-21-2011, 08:57 PM
At the S-A today!
Pioneer SX-1250 = $20
my hands are still shaking...trying to type this...lol

I agree; no picture = it didn't happen... :)

americankiwi
06-22-2011, 12:36 AM
I agree; no picture = it didn't happen... :)

i posted a pic...go back in the postings..lol

jukeboxfun
06-22-2011, 10:47 AM
Finally got a decent score at Goodwill this morning. A Technics tt SL-B280 missing the dust cover for $2.97. My father in law was looking for one so I am giving it to him.

Only problem is now I'm addicted and will have go every morning to look.

http://i553.photobucket.com/albums/jj373/jukeboxfun/turn.jpg

Tristen
06-22-2011, 12:16 PM
Beetles red and blue albums by green apple records. Sawblade in the dust cover edition, but the vinyl is NM so I'm not complaining... Especially at the cost of free

Sam Cogley
06-22-2011, 12:18 PM
Kind of a weird one yesterday - Packard-Bell stereo console with fold-out speakers, Garrard AT-6 turntable, and PP 6BQ5 amp at the Salvation Army. The amp was sitting on top of the console, one 7025 was missing, along with one of the 6BQ5s from each channel. Two of the Packard-Bell branded Amperex (Holland) EL84s were still in place, along with one 7025 and the rectifier. Most of the tuner/preamp tubes, including another 7025 were in place, but the tube mounted on the MPX decoder and its shield were gone. On top of that, the original speakers were missing from the flip-out cabinets. :screwy:

jwxr7
06-23-2011, 07:49 AM
Picked up a set of mystery speakers for $5 at the local thrift. There aren't any badges or labels on the cabinets anymore. The drivers reminded me of my marantz speakers and the cabinets seemed fairly heavy so i had to grab them. Haven't had a chance to listen to them yet. The woofers have thin flexible rubber surround and the crossovers are potted to the back of the terminal cup.

americankiwi
06-24-2011, 01:29 AM
at the S-A
Kenwood KD-2055 TT
= $20

electronjohn
06-24-2011, 11:11 AM
Picked up a set of mystery speakers for $5 at the local thrift. There aren't any badges or labels on the cabinets anymore. The drivers reminded me of my marantz speakers and the cabinets seemed fairly heavy so i had to grab them. Haven't had a chance to listen to them yet. The woofers have thin flexible rubber surround and the crossovers are potted to the back of the terminal cup.

I have no clue what they are...but CTS=good:)

Sam Cogley
06-24-2011, 11:49 AM
Picked up a set of mystery speakers for $5 at the local thrift. There aren't any badges or labels on the cabinets anymore. The drivers reminded me of my marantz speakers and the cabinets seemed fairly heavy so i had to grab them. Haven't had a chance to listen to them yet. The woofers have thin flexible rubber surround and the crossovers are potted to the back of the terminal cup.

They look like a homebrew clone of the Imperial 6. I don't think CTS used those stickers on any OEM drivers.

mech986
06-24-2011, 03:36 PM
If anyone in Seattle is wondering where some of the good stuff from Goodwill is going, look up ebay seller seattlegoodwill, you'll see a bunch of nice stuff going on auction there. Too bad locals can't get access to that gear that gets donated.

likely similar in other cities too.

Bart

americankiwi
06-24-2011, 04:37 PM
yes..."all" goodwill stores send the good stuff to Auction...i worked for them untill last week...i'd had enough of there BS..the whole goodwill story is a crock of shit..its just another big corporate business...a few fat cats at the top getting rich...the rest work for min wage

Pio1980
06-24-2011, 05:39 PM
Then I shouldn't feel too guilty about scoring a Rolex Speed King off their junk jewelery rack for $0.50 then?

loudenuff?
06-25-2011, 12:54 AM
St.Vincent De Paul store. just picked up a bunch of old cassette tapes for 25 cents each. 2 Maxell XL II's, 1 TDK MA110, 1 TDK SA, 1 FUJI DR-II, 1 SONY CD-IT And a SONY FeCr. Oh yeah and a Optonica rt6207 deck for $6.99 The deck is very clean inside and out and plays great. The thing is big and heavy too.

AndyD421
06-25-2011, 01:06 AM
yes..."all" goodwill stores send the good stuff to Auction...i worked for them untill last week...i'd had enough of there BS..the whole goodwill story is a crock of shit..its just another big corporate business...a few fat cats at the top getting rich...the rest work for min wage

Figured as much. I just go to the local thrifts now.. seems like they still manage to operate somewhat honestly.

Hendrix416
06-25-2011, 02:05 AM
St.Vincent De Paul store. just picked up a bunch of old cassette tapes for 25 cents each. 2 Maxell XL II's, 1 TDK MA110, 1 TDK SA, 1 FUJI DR-II, 1 SONY CD-IT And a SONY FeCr. Oh yeah and a Optonica rt6207 deck for $6.99 The deck is very clean inside and out and plays great. The thing is big and heavy too.

Nice score! Don't know about your deck, but hope it is able to play FeCr tapes.

RamCharger
06-25-2011, 02:22 AM
yes..."all" goodwill stores send the good stuff to Auction...i worked for them untill last week...i'd had enough of there BS..the whole goodwill story is a crock of shit..its just another big corporate business...a few fat cats at the top getting rich...the rest work for min wage

Imagine that.:gigglemad
For the most part, I have given up on gw......I'll stick to the local thrift stores instead......seems gw wants to be like ebay these days.

jbasse
06-25-2011, 07:26 AM
It seems the goodwills here in Abilene are owned by a separate owner than most of the goodwills because the logo is different and I quite often find killer scores on speakers at the goodwills. In fact it is the only place here locally that I have found anything at. I guess Abilene aint so bad anyways.

Jovinyl
06-25-2011, 09:00 AM
Well after doing a thread search. I guess I'll call this a score. I was in Thrift store looking around and spotted this. Budget alowing I can only go on half price day just in case. I picked this up last week. Did some reaseach on it. I did get traces and it appears to work. Did have one small issue with a switch a little spray, worked the switch back and forth, bingo! problem gone. 29.99, half price off that. I'll take it. Tektronix 2235 :thmbsp:

Cactus Bob
06-25-2011, 10:16 AM
Went to a GW Grand Opening and picked up this Technics SL-1700 Semi Auto TT, 1 Hendrix Best of (German Pressing) & nice 3 Jazz LP's for 20 bucks. The TT is in good condition but needs a few shots of deoxit. It has a Stanton 681 EEE cartridge with the stylus intact.

Cheap Thrills :D

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=283035&d=1309011173

seek/destroy
06-25-2011, 10:38 AM
Last monday, I decided to make one more trip to the SA as I still had the car I rented for a couple of hours and had a car full of donations. As I pull up I see an SUV with a guy unloading some audio gear. So I walked over as he was taking speakers out of his car and just asked friendly "what do you have there"?. He showed me, a pair of JBL 4401 Control Monitors. I asked if he would mind if I took them and he said sure, no problem. He also brought a couple of DAT decks and a Furman Power Conditioner. We got to chatting and it turns out he was recently let go from a television production job and was clearing things out of his studio at home to try to make room for more. Really great guy. So, I took the stuff and loaded my car and then gave him $20...he wasn't asking for or expecting anything and was genuinely appreciative. We both felt good about it and I wished him well.

Once inside the SA, I didnt find and audio stuff but I DID find an amazing Olivetti Valentine typewriter...what a beautiful machine!

Cogsinister
06-25-2011, 01:06 PM
Went to a GW Grand Opening and picked up this Technics SL-1700 Semi Auto TT, 1 Hendrix Best of (German Pressing) & nice 3 Jazz LP's for 20 bucks. The TT is in good condition but needs a few shots of deoxit. It has a Stanton 681 EEE cartridge with the stylus intact.

Cheap Thrills :D



I have an SL 1700, mine has a Grado Silver cartridge and a Kenwood Magnesium headshell, and i think it cost me $120 in mint condition, and to me its worth every penny, so you got a heck of a bargain there !!!

electronjohn
06-25-2011, 01:36 PM
Bob...you're makin' me ill here:)

Cactus Bob
06-25-2011, 02:04 PM
I have an SL 1700, mine has a Grado Silver cartridge and a Kenwood Magnesium headshell, and i think it cost me $120 in mint condition, and to me its worth every penny, so you got a heck of a bargain there !!!

Thanks Cog! My Technics TT collection is growing like crazy. I have a SL-1500 Manual, a 1600 fully automatic and now the 1700 semi-auto. All three are identical except for tonearm function.

Frankly I like semi auto the best or at least a TT that picks up the arm at the end of the record. I keep dragging stuff home with no place to put it. I have a hard time giving any of it up! :sigh:


Bob...you're makin' me ill here:)

Blame it on all the retirees & snowbirds from the Midwest :D

electronjohn
06-25-2011, 02:14 PM
I thought they'd all have garage sales before packin' up for Sunny Arizona.:)

Cactus Bob
06-25-2011, 02:51 PM
I thought they'd all have garage sales before packin' up for Sunny Arizona.:)

John . . . they need some good gear down here so they rock-out in the trailer park :guitar:

They play songs like "The Shuffle Board Boogie" & "The Bingo Blues".

rhiohki
06-26-2011, 06:26 PM
I guess I can post in this thread now. lol. $54.95 for an Akai GX-747 DBX

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5075/5874731514_c9c3dab1e0_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3054/5874731070_4698cd3864_b.jpg
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6008/5874173047_a5ed21b9c3_b.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5073/5874172475_bb453b4b0b_b.jpg

Cactus Bob
06-26-2011, 06:31 PM
rhiohki . . . that rtr is gorgeous!!

dobyman
06-26-2011, 06:47 PM
rhiohki, thats GORGEOUS! :thmbsp:

rhiohki
06-26-2011, 07:30 PM
Thanks, also managed to score a BUNCH of original West German import CDs including

Pat Metheny Group - Offramp
" " - American Garage
" " - Works
" " - New Chautauqua
" " - Watercolors
" " & Lyle Mays - As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
" " & Ornette Coleman - Song x
" " - self titled

jwxr7
06-27-2011, 07:29 AM
Well after doing a thread search. I guess I'll call this a score. I was in Thrift store looking around and spotted this. Budget alowing I can only go on half price day just in case. I picked this up last week. Did some reaseach on it. I did get traces and it appears to work. Did have one small issue with a switch a little spray, worked the switch back and forth, bingo! problem gone. 29.99, half price off that. I'll take it. Tektronix 2235 :thmbsp:That's a sweet score:thmbsp:. Now you can use it to help fix some other vintage gear.

sol7
06-27-2011, 07:39 AM
I guess I can post in this thread now. lol. $54.95 for an Akai GX-747 DBX



OH MY!!!!! You lucky dog. I'd been in heaven if I found that for THAT price!

R-2-R
06-27-2011, 08:21 AM
WHAT LUCK! That thing looks spank'in brand new!
Even has the original Akai reel and hubs!

B3Nut
06-27-2011, 08:33 AM
Nice score! Don't know about your deck, but hope it is able to play FeCr tapes.

FeCr will play back on anything. IIRC the EQ was supposed to be 70 microseconds like CrO2, but with standard bias. It was basically ferric oxide tape with a chromium layer on top to try and get the improved treble of chrome with the then-superior bottom end of ferric oxide. It didn't become very popular, however...chrome tape had been improved to address the bass end, and by the time metal-particle came out FeCr went the way of the dodo.

Pop the tape in, play it, and toggle between standard and chrome/metal playback settings...whichever sounds the best, roll with it. Ditto for recording. It won't be optimal, but it'll work OK. And a normal-only deck will play any and all tapes, just chrome and metal tape will sound brighter due to the different EQ. In car stereos back in the day, this was a bonus, providing a welcome lift to the top end.

TP

davew833
06-27-2011, 03:43 PM
This morning I just missed a Sansui 8080 receiver going out of the thrift store in someone else's cart. Not sure how much the guy paid for it but it looked clean.

Cogsinister
06-27-2011, 03:59 PM
This morning I just missed a Sansui 8080 receiver going out of the thrift store in someone else's cart. Not sure how much the guy paid for it but it looked clean.

Ack !!

:thumbsdn:

Alienz
06-27-2011, 04:38 PM
Thats a bummer :(
I'm teaching myself NOT to look at what people coming out of the GW store are carrying anymore, it only gets you down! :)

malanga
06-27-2011, 04:47 PM
Don't you HATE it when that happens! I missed out on Carver, Luxman and Marantz vintage gear in that exact same scenario! :tears:

This morning I just missed a Sansui 8080 receiver going out of the thrift store in someone else's cart. Not sure how much the guy paid for it but it looked clean.

wmgwizard
06-27-2011, 08:16 PM
Meridian M60 $10 at local yard sale(ys)
Yamaha DSP3090 $25 ys
Sansui 9090 $20 flea market (fm)
Sansui spX-9 free (ys)
Yamaha CR 2040 $40 gw
Fisher XP-1 $20 fm
HK 330i $5 ys
HK 590i $5 fm
Pioneer sx-750 $10 ys
Pioneer SX 1980 $50 fm for parts only
Pioneer sx 626 free

Many others that slip my mind at the moment

Bill

RamCharger
06-28-2011, 03:46 AM
Scored a sweet pair of KLH model 22's today......$15 bucks at the SA!

dgneo
06-28-2011, 09:17 AM
Pioneer SX 1980 $50 fm for parts only


http://fixitfixitfixit.ytmnd.com/

Cogsinister
06-28-2011, 11:41 AM
I am not a Boombox kind of guy but i couldent pass this up for $10.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5310/5880814017_19820fcc70_b.jpg

I mean, it has power meters !!!!!!!

:banana:

OldSycamore
06-28-2011, 11:50 AM
that boombox is 'prolly worth some good money.
shortwave and qood quality cassette it appears.
looks massive. what are they 8 inch woofers ?
Bet it takes 10 or 12 d batteries to run if you had no a/c.

Cogsinister
06-28-2011, 11:54 AM
that boombox is 'prolly worth some good money.
shortwave and qood quality cassette it appears.
looks massive. what are they 8 inch woofers ?
Bet it takes 10 or 12 d batteries to run if you had no a/c.

I know nothing about boomboxes, but i am reading that this model is one of THE most sought after !!

The tape deck dont work..as expected....i will have to work the Coggie magic on the belts methinks....but the rest seems to work fine.

Not even looked in the battery compartment yet.

electronjohn
06-28-2011, 01:24 PM
Yow. Worth LOTS more than $10...even with a balky deck. NICE find, sir!

Cogsinister
06-28-2011, 01:36 PM
Yow. Worth LOTS more than $10...even with a balky deck. NICE find, sir!

I need a long shafted Phillips screwdriver to get the back off......those screws are a long way down.....

Oh well a trip to the DIY store later.

Cactus Bob
06-28-2011, 01:39 PM
Nifty looking unit Cog. That things gonna hurt your shoulder dude! :yes:

Cogsinister
06-28-2011, 02:48 PM
Nifty looking unit Cog. That things gonna hurt your shoulder dude! :yes:

Managed to get the back off, deoxited the controls, now all the radios bands work (AM, FM and 5 short wave bands).

The cassette deck lifts the heads to the tape but dont lower them on stop, FF and RW work, heck of job to get into the cassette deck works.....

kdryan
06-28-2011, 04:31 PM
I am not a Boombox kind of guy but i couldent pass this up for $10.



I mean, it has power meters !!!!!!!

:banana:

I myself am easily impressed by lots of buttons. Nice find... :)

adpopulum
06-28-2011, 04:59 PM
Off the the GW on the way home from work today. Got a real good feeling about it this time:D

davew833
06-28-2011, 07:58 PM
Looks like you got a real scroe with that JVC boombox. If it's an RC-M90 one sold recently on ebay for over $800. It looks like yours is nicer!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Rare-JVC-RC-M90JW-Ghettoblaster-Monster-Boombox-RC-M90-/140563895658?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item20ba42d56a

Cogsinister
06-28-2011, 08:34 PM
Looks like you got a real scroe with that JVC boombox. If it's an RC-M90 one sold recently on ebay for over $800. It looks like yours is nicer!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Rare-JVC-RC-M90JW-Ghettoblaster-Monster-Boombox-RC-M90-/140563895658?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item20ba42d56a

Yes mine is an RC-M90 and mine is far far better, and i just fixed the tape section.....so its all working !

And no missing controls !

superdog
06-28-2011, 08:54 PM
Call me out of touch but I just don't get the ebay one.I probably would have passed on that at a GW if it was more than $10

zebra03
06-28-2011, 09:07 PM
When did boomboxes get to be collectable ?

Cogsinister
06-28-2011, 09:08 PM
When did boomboxes get to be collectable ?

Its sure news to me as well....

Water
06-28-2011, 10:20 PM
Call me out of touch but I just don't get the ebay one.I probably would have passed on that at a GW if it was more than $10

Seriously I probably would have passed on that boombox even if it said "Free" on it. I had no idea there was a market for old boomboxes. And $800? Not even in mint condition. I guess it is time to stop looking for SX-1250s and start looking for vintage JVC boomboxes :lmao:

chicks
06-29-2011, 12:20 AM
http://chicksolutions.com/ak/Realistic/SA-150/100_4188.JPG

electronjohn
06-29-2011, 09:16 AM
Seriously I probably would have passed on that boombox even if it said "Free" on it. I had no idea there was a market for old boomboxes. And $800? Not even in mint condition. I guess it is time to stop looking for SX-1250s and start looking for vintage JVC boomboxes :lmao:


It's been going on for several years now. The hot ones are the biggies like Cog's...particularly something that looks like it came out of an old rap video. People CAN & will pay crazy money. There's a couple out there complete with turntable, too. Big loot.

And, Chicks...gotta love that sleek little Realistic you grabbed!

AndyD421
06-29-2011, 09:26 AM
It's been going on for several years now. The hot ones are the biggies like Cog's...particularly something that looks like it came out of an old rap video. People CAN & will pay crazy money. There's a couple out there complete with turntable, too. Big loot.

And, Chicks...gotta love that sleek little Realistic you grabbed!

Yeah, the one hanging in my dad's shop went for $400 the other day... we laughed.

chicks
06-29-2011, 09:37 AM
If I had a nickel for all the giant boomboxes I've passed over at the thrifts. I had no idea... I do know not to pass up the little Sony multiband radios, though.

Cogsinister
06-29-2011, 09:55 AM
I still cant believe it......i thought it was just a massive cheesey boombox !

Committed
06-29-2011, 11:16 AM
Nothing major but got a Bose Sounddock ipod dock for $5.

xupernaut
06-29-2011, 11:44 AM
Found these Minimus 7's for @7.50 the other day. They cleaned up pretty nice and sound good for such little things. They be a good match for that Realistic mini amp in the previous post. The stands I had already it's like they were made for each other. I'm gonna give em a try as rear surrounds.

I remember those big JVC boomboxes back from when I was in high school. I'd take one of those any day over the so called mini systems Best Buy and the like sells. (not for $800 though)http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-8/803555/minimus%20001.JPG

Water
06-29-2011, 09:02 PM
Wow, I love that little Realistic amp. I think that would be perfect for a bedroom or office PC setup.

malanga
06-29-2011, 09:29 PM
Wow, I love that little Realistic amp. I think that would be perfect for a bedroom or office PC setup.


I have a Realistic 175B that I picked up at a rummage sale for $4.00. I actually recapped it just for chicks, and it makes a great little amp for my PC! :D

Hajidub
06-29-2011, 09:30 PM
When did boomboxes get to be collectable ?


Huge market out there for the nice old ones! If I think I can't remember the last one I came across!

TexAg71
06-30-2011, 12:32 AM
Found by a dumpster, the owner said he was sick of the Left channel cutting out, he bought it new in Germany when he was in the Army.

Hauled it home....deoxit, a bit of a dust and it's 100%

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3138/5845673489_7a440f1fb2_b.jpg


Sansui G-901DB.

Please excuse me for a few moments . . . I must find a dark, quiet corner in which to weep. :pity:

jukeboxfun
06-30-2011, 09:24 AM
Today I found a BSR EQ-3000 equalizer spectrum analyzer at Goodwill for $15.97. Do I need this? I don't even know how to hook it up, will it help when playing my records? I only see tape connections. Thanks for any comments or help. ....... Okay I found the manual online, so I think I can hook it up okay. Opinions on this piece?

http://www.oaktreevintage.com/web_photos/Stereo_Signal_Proc/BSR_EQ-3000_Stereo_Graphic_EQ_Equalizer_collage.jpg

Pio1980
06-30-2011, 12:13 PM
It could be useful as a real time spectrum analyzer if the original mic is included. If not, a standard capsule electret mic will work but will be uncalibrated to the unit and thus inaccurate in the absolute sense.
I picked one up like it by ADC for the same price minus the mic knowing that, I had a mic I rigged for a prior piece long gone and missed. I do not use it as an equalizer for listening, only analysis.

chicks
06-30-2011, 10:29 PM
Found some playmates for the little SA-150 today. :) Solo 8's, very nice real walnut veneer, surprisingly good build quality. Popped one open, driver says "Ultrarange 1210DC" Made in Korea, 8 ohms. Fostex clone? Ceramic magnet.

Almost the same size as my Boston Acoustics CR4's, also a full range design. Will have to do some comparison tests...

http://chicksolutions.com/ak/Realistic/solo_8/100_4195.JPG

dales75
06-30-2011, 10:33 PM
Stopped by today to drop off furniture my college grad was definitely not taking to my house. Saw a pair of sad looking Nivico's SE 5340's. Both woofers were junked out and one cabinet had landed on the corner from height. But the metal grills looked real good. They wanted 35 for the pair. Guess I could of used them to hold the tarp down. Maybe parts?

davew833
06-30-2011, 11:25 PM
That BSR EQ/Spectrum analyzer looks like one Drew Kaplan used to sell out of his DAK catalog... I loved looking through those. Never bought anything though-

zebra03
06-30-2011, 11:49 PM
That BSR EQ/Spectrum analyzer looks like one Drew Kaplan used to sell out of his DAK catalog... I loved looking through those. Never bought anything though-

Man , that was exactly what I was thinking ! I did bite on one of DAK's less expensive BSR EQ's though . Still works great for playing music DVD's thru the main rig . I think at one point , a third of the Audio magazine was DAK's catalog .

cnolanh
07-01-2011, 06:10 PM
By far my best score was at a big yard sale: Pioneer M-25 amp, Sansui TU-X1 tuner, and Phase Linear 3300 Series II preamp. $20 for the lot. Whoa! They were very dirty, like they'd been stacked in someone's wood shop for years. But they cleaned up pretty nicely. The Sansui and Phase Linear work beautifully. Still troubleshooting one side of the Pioneer.

Also got a Yamaha CR-840 receiver that day for $10 -- looks and sounds terrific.

Of course now I stop at thrift stores and yard sales all the time, finding mostly crap. I guess I'll have to pay my dues for a while. ;)

icenine
07-01-2011, 06:28 PM
Sony Minidisc Player MDS-JE480 for $8.99....at least if does not have the grinding noise that the MDS-JE320 has that I found for the same price last month at the same SA

dodog
07-01-2011, 08:46 PM
Sony Minidisc Player MDS-JE480 for $8.99....at least if does not have the grinding noise that the MDS-JE320 has that I found for the same price last month at the same SA

Must be something in the water. I found a Sharp MD-MT15(S) minidisc player for $1 the other day. Even had a disc in it.

jhacker5150
07-01-2011, 10:28 PM
Found this bad boy at a local Goodwill. Yes, it's a Music Hall MMF 2.2. Not top of the line, but it's certainly nothing to laugh at.

I saw it on top of the counter where they keep the expensive items (i.e. Playstation 2 games, joysticks from 1996, and broken Polaroid cameras).

I gave the clerk $29.99 and walked out as the new owner. It did not come with the external power supply - I ordered that from a local Music Hall dealer which was $40.00.

$40.00 for the power supply. $29.99 for the turntable. Some things in life are like that I suppose. The dustcover had a nasty stain on it (chemical perhaps) but I was able to take some jeweler's rouge and buff it out pretty well. The stylus is in good shape, I don't have a microscope to inspect it but it sounds decent.

I'm going to order a new belt for peace of mind and possibly the Pro-Ject Speedbox and acrylic platter. :music:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/269536_10100277171143769_16816789_49722662_5438746 _n.jpg

DanTana
07-01-2011, 10:42 PM
First time I've posted in some time. Was driving to Walmart when I passed a garage sale, and I saw some speakers on the lawn. Well I had to stop and look those first speakers I saw were some cheap looking sub boxes. Then I spied some small bookshelf speakers on the grass to the side. I picked one up and immediately impressed by it's heavy weight for such a small speaker. I took off the grill and noticed what look like silk dome tweeter and the name ERA. I've never heard of them before, but the silk dome tweeter was a good sign and the price even better. I figured I'd take a chance and brought them home, did a search and found out they are ERA Design 4's, retail price of $600.00 a pair with some glowing reviews by 6Moons and Stereophile magazine. I hooked them up and they do indeed sound fantastic. Immediately impressed by their imaging and detail. Not much for bass but I have a subwoofer. All in all a very productive start to my 4th of July weekend!!!

pioneerSRV
07-01-2011, 10:45 PM
Smaller Advents, for $20 with bad foam, dinged up cabinets and an awful smell. Laugh if you want, the only other piece of audio equipment that I saw at a thrift store that even resembled something decent was an EAD cd player...and they were selling it for $1500!

chicks
07-01-2011, 11:34 PM
Found this bad boy at a local Goodwill. Yes, it's a Music Hall MMF 2.2. Not top of the line, but it's certainly nothing to laugh at.

I saw it on top of the counter where they keep the expensive items (i.e. Playstation 2 games, joysticks from 1996, and broken Polaroid cameras).

I gave the clerk $29.99 and walked out as the new owner. It did not come with the external power supply - I ordered that from a local Music Hall dealer which was $40.00.

$40.00 for the power supply. $29.99 for the turntable. Some things in life are like that I suppose. The dustcover had a nasty stain on it (chemical perhaps) but I was able to take some jeweler's rouge and buff it out pretty well. The stylus is in good shape, I don't have a microscope to inspect it but it sounds decent.

I'm going to order a new belt for peace of mind and possibly the Pro-Ject Speedbox and acrylic platter. :music:


Very nice find. I found an MMF 2.1 at the GW a while back, think it was $15. Wasn't about to pay that much for a wall wart, found one on fleabay for $2, worked just fine. BTW, it's pretty easy to build an anti-skate weight using a fishing sinker and 2 lb. test monofilament: http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=305398 KAB carries the belt for $10.

Oh, welcome to AK!

jhacker5150
07-02-2011, 12:05 AM
Very nice find. I found an MMF 2.1 at the GW a while back, think it was $15. Wasn't about to pay that much for a wall wart, found one on fleabay for $2, worked just fine. BTW, it's pretty easy to build an anti-skate weight using a fishing sinker and 2 lb. test monofilament: http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=305398 KAB carries the belt for $10.

Oh, welcome to AK!

Thank you, and thank you for the link. I was fortunate in that this TT came with the stock anti-skate weight.

Other recent finds: Onkyo TA-R33 Cassette Deck $8 at Savers; "Stereo Club of America" 8 track player $2 at GW (think I might re-donate this one); working entry-level Pioneer Laserdisc player with Direct CD Tray: $10 at GW.

loudenuff?
07-02-2011, 09:13 PM
Picked up these 15" for 6.99 each. They both sound good. Thinking of making a sub box for my work car. Should shake it apart real quick LOL.

zbinks
07-02-2011, 11:56 PM
I just found an old Marantz 2270 at a garage sale. It's filthy and I've yet to try it out to see if it works or not, but for $3.00, I figured it was worth the chance.

superdog
07-03-2011, 01:38 AM
I just found an old Marantz 2270 at a garage sale. It's filthy and I've yet to try it out to see if it works or not, but for $3.00, I figured it was worth the chance.

My kind of find although it's been a looong time for something like that.

zbinks
07-03-2011, 04:02 PM
I just found an old Marantz 2270 at a garage sale. It's filthy and I've yet to try it out to see if it works or not, but for $3.00, I figured it was worth the chance.

Well, there's there's faint sound on the AM band through headphones with the volume all the way up, but it does still power up and the lights still work It cleaned up ok on the outside, too. Time to start saving up for a restoration.

weasel2htm
07-03-2011, 05:19 PM
Sorry for the late reply:

Chicks, nice find on the SA-150, I have been keeping my eye out for a mini receiver and tuner like that for a while now.

Cogsinister
07-03-2011, 05:49 PM
Well, there's there's faint sound on the AM band through headphones with the volume all the way up, but it does still power up and the lights still work It cleaned up ok on the outside, too. Time to start saving up for a restoration.

Have you tried it thru some speakers ?

kdryan
07-03-2011, 06:05 PM
My first big score. :) Picked up a Pioneer PL-55x from a nice lady for $40.00 in perfect shape and in the original box. :) Rather than post the pics again, here's where I mentioned it in another thread. It's a thing of beauty...

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=379214

FloridaSam
07-03-2011, 07:12 PM
I got this Peavey Bandit guitar amp today. It will need one pot replaced but other than that its in good shape. Sounds great! $25.00

http://oi52.tinypic.com/334i0e9.jpg

zbinks
07-04-2011, 02:31 AM
Have you tried it thru some speakers ?

Not as of yet.

Alienz
07-04-2011, 01:25 PM
My first Kenwood, the KT-5500! :)
I hesitated bying it because I promised myself not to buy any more tuners but I glad I did, from what I've found on the net sofar its reception could be better but the sound seems to be very good, gonna connect it tonight and have a listen :)
price: 5 euros

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_VafINDPNXao/TGtG6lrXYDI/AAAAAAAAAPI/u4UwT4D9DNk/s320/kenwood.JPG

(pic from http://vintagesound-vintagesound.blogspot.com)

seek/destroy
07-05-2011, 02:13 AM
I just hooked up my find of the year so far...

A SUNFIRE CLASSIC VACUUM TUBE PREAMPLIFIER.

I freaked out! (quietly, on the inside) when I saw this sitting on the floor of my local thrift. I grabbed it and headed off to as much seclusion as possible. It was during a July 4th, 1/2 price sale so the place was PACKED and I was even going to go in. The price written on the faceplate in lovely permanent marker was $180 so I walked out the door with it for $90. It is missing two knobs and there are scratches on the top but I really could care less right now.

The WONDERFUL thing is that I thought with my Magnepans that I would never get to try tubes, because I am not rich and my Magnepans really love 800watts/channel. I've only listened to a few songs so far, but I am beyond satisfied as I type.

audioholic2
07-05-2011, 10:33 AM
I just hooked up my find of the year so far...

A SUNFIRE CLASSIC VACUUM TUBE PREAMPLIFIER.

I freaked out! (quietly, on the inside) when I saw this sitting on the floor of my local thrift. I grabbed it and headed off to as much seclusion as possible. It was during a July 4th, 1/2 price sale so the place was PACKED and I was even going to go in. The price written on the faceplate in lovely permanent marker was $180 so I walked out the door with it for $90. It is missing two knobs and there are scratches on the top but I really could care less right now.

The WONDERFUL thing is that I thought with my Magnepans that I would never get to try tubes, because I am not rich and my Magnepans really love 800watts/channel. I've only listened to a few songs so far, but I am beyond satisfied as I type.

:thmbsp:

jayk
07-05-2011, 01:25 PM
I just hooked up my find of the year so far...

A SUNFIRE CLASSIC VACUUM TUBE PREAMPLIFIER.

I freaked out! (quietly, on the inside) when I saw this sitting on the floor of my local thrift. I grabbed it and headed off to as much seclusion as possible. It was during a July 4th, 1/2 price sale so the place was PACKED and I was even going to go in. The price written on the faceplate in lovely permanent marker was $180 so I walked out the door with it for $90. It is missing two knobs and there are scratches on the top but I really could care less right now.

The WONDERFUL thing is that I thought with my Magnepans that I would never get to try tubes, because I am not rich and my Magnepans really love 800watts/channel. I've only listened to a few songs so far, but I am beyond satisfied as I type.

well, i'm impressed! (and drooling...:drool:)

Malone
07-05-2011, 01:28 PM
When the best means the best for the money paid, my biggest bargain were these two.

Sherwood S-7910 and a Setton BS 5500

http://s7.directupload.net/images/110705/temp/w4i2tppx.jpg (http://s7.directupload.net/file/d/2576/w4i2tppx_jpg.htm)

I Paid 20Eu ~ 30$ for the Sherwood and 35Eu ~ 50$ for the Setton.

The Sherwood was nearly in perfect condition, despite of some scratches and some minor damages to the wood case.
The Setton needed some rebuilding at the right channel.

Cheers Dan

seek/destroy
07-05-2011, 01:34 PM
It does sound wonderful! I am currently using my EV interface D speakers which I just switched to over the weekend. I really can't wait to hear this with the magnepans. Now I just have to find two knobs for the Sunfire.

Also, I feel its a little overkill that I am still using my Rotel RSP-1066 Preamp Processor with this. I do not have a surround sound set up right now and have been using the Rotel for its upsampling and DVDA and SACD. Last night though, I hooked my tuner and my turntable (via Musical Fidelity VLPS) directly to the Sunfire and just have my DVD player running through the Rotel and into the Sunfire. I'm wondering if this is all necessary.

simplynuts
07-05-2011, 01:38 PM
i have the same unit i bought new with mic and manual. Great unit that improves the room acoustics.

seek/destroy
07-05-2011, 01:45 PM
i have the same unit i bought new with mic and manual. Great unit that improves the room acoustics.

Which unit are you referring to?

Malone
07-05-2011, 02:15 PM
Which unit are you referring to?
And how about you?:D

seek/destroy
07-05-2011, 03:08 PM
And how about you?:D

Does the Sunfire come with a mic? You MUST be referring to the Rotel, right? :scratch2:

Committed
07-05-2011, 05:36 PM
Not stereo gear but electronic and cool nonetheless imo. Royce CB base station for $4.95 with mic and fully working. Made a quick dipole antenna and was listening to truckers chat it up. CB's were huge when I was a kid and I used to sit in my dads truck and use his as often as he would let me.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/Danceswithtrees/AudioVideo/IMG_0292.jpg

Malone
07-05-2011, 05:43 PM
Does the Sunfire come with a mic? You MUST be referring to the Rotel, right? :scratch2:

Nope...
I wondered first, to what you were referring to.
But then i remarked you were writing about your post the page before:yes:

Because I referred to nothing, and just posted my best find:music:
But I have also no idea what simplynuts meant:scratch2:

americankiwi
07-05-2011, 11:05 PM
Today at the S-A
Micro Seiki DD-40 with MA-505 Grace tonearm
Kenwood KR-4140
Akai X-150D
Akai GX-215D
Total $25

americankiwi
07-06-2011, 01:12 AM
update...
just cleaned the Micro-Seiki..she was a little dirty (ok..it was a pig)...cleaned up better than i thought...what looked like chips in the wood was just inground dirt...not a mark on the plinth!...only bad spot i could find was the Grace badge has a dog ear corner...have it up and cueing as i write

PS...i didnt know what brand of TT it was untill i got it home...when i saw it laying at the SA..i thought it was a MCS or something like that...it was dirty..i couldnt believe someone could treat a fine TT this way...it came in a bulk deal...i was more into the receiver and r2r's...soon changed that thought after what brand name was written on the back of the unit!!!

seek/destroy
07-06-2011, 05:24 AM
update...
just cleaned the Micro-Seiki..she was a little dirty (ok..it was a pig)...cleaned up better than i thought...what looked like chips in the wood was just inground dirt...not a mark on the plinth!...only bad spot i could find was the Grace badge has a dog ear corner...have it up and cueing as i write

PS...i didnt know what brand of TT it was untill i got it home...when i saw it laying at the SA..i thought it was a MCS or something like that...it was dirty..i couldnt believe someone could treat a fine TT this way...it came in a bulk deal...i was more into the receiver and r2r's...soon changed that thought after what brand name was written on the back of the unit!!!

Wow~+! Nice find!
I actually am confused by the "Grace" on the turntable. To ME, that tonearm certainly, almost definitely looks like a Micro Seiki MA-505...and of course that makes perfect sense too.

right?

http://www.micro-seiki.nl/micro-market/photos/20110518224803_Micro_Seiki_MA-505S-201.JPG

Thats a SERIOUS tonearm.

Alex Hayes
07-06-2011, 10:00 AM
Found this pair of speakers at my local Re-Store for $10/pair. They are Acoustic Research model 8b. I don't know a whole lot about them. The woofers need new foam. I thought they would be a good size speaker to bring with me to college this fall so I took a chance on them. Seems like a good deal for the money.

seek/destroy
07-06-2011, 02:00 PM
Here is a photo of the Sunfire Classic Vacuum Tube Control Center that I picked up over the weekend.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6012/5909575360_165c9b9906_z.jpg

Gruvin'
07-06-2011, 02:38 PM
Found a Technics SL-QL5 TT at GW today for $10 and it works:banana:
Has an AT PM 7000 cart on it. It needs a good cleaning though but it doesn't look abused:D

istariknight
07-06-2011, 02:56 PM
Also posted in the Kenwood area but thought I'd put it here too....

Just got my first Kenwood! A nice KA-701 in good condition. Picked it up cheap because the speaker selector switch wouldnt work.

Some eejit had lost the screw out of the shaft coupler & decided to glue it.... The wrong way so that it was fouling on the transformer

All fixed & sounding sweet, very sweet indeed :smoke:

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c129/istari_knight9/DSC00352.jpg

koseltri
07-06-2011, 06:02 PM
I still cant believe it......i thought it was just a massive cheesey boombox !

You evidently haven't heard the good ones that were made. And there were good ones. The M90 is definitely not the worst. I'm running a JVC that has no trouble driving a pair of TSW-410's.

gary7
07-06-2011, 08:36 PM
Pickup a near mint pair of Polk Audio Monitor 10b Speakers, with original boxes & packing material (owner said they had been stored the last 15 years) of CL for $80. Fellow hooked them up and they sounded sweet. :music: Surrounds were in excellent condition. I'll post pics as soon as I get them hooked up.

Quadguy
07-06-2011, 10:10 PM
I was lucky to pick up a Mcintosh mx117 preamplifier for $80 and a sansui 7070 for $50. A revox reel to reel for 10 bucks.....long live thrift shops!!!!!

mech986
07-07-2011, 12:57 AM
I was lucky to pick up a Mcintosh mx117 preamplifier for $80 and a sansui 7070 for $50. A revox reel to reel for 10 bucks.....long live thrift shops!!!!!

That is quite a haul! Pics?

FloridaSam
07-07-2011, 12:59 AM
Today was a good day. First I hit Goodwill and found a Nakamichi CR-1a deck for $7.00. Got it home and opened her up and the belts are good as new. Works and sounds spectacular.

Then on the way home I hit Amvets as it was 50% off day. I found this almost mint JVC R-S77 for $39.99... but 50% off day made it $20.00. This was very clean inside and I can't find a thing wrong with it. This is my 3rd vintage JVC and none of them have dissapointed yet.

Here's a pic as I put it in the basket.

AnalogDigit
07-07-2011, 01:54 AM
Picked up a Project One Mark 600 receiver for $5. AM and FM work great, the trouble is the tuning and signal meters do not work, either does the power output meters.

zebra03
07-07-2011, 09:18 AM
Today was a good day. First I hit Goodwill and found a Nakamichi CR-1a deck for $7.00. Got it home and opened her up and the belts are good as new. Works and sounds spectacular.

Then on the way home I hit Amvets as it was 50% off day. I found this almost mint JVC R-S77 for $39.99... but 50% off day made it $20.00. This was very clean inside and I can't find a thing wrong with it. This is my 3rd vintage JVC and none of them have dissapointed yet.

Here's a pic as I put it in the basket.



Gotta love the Nak !! Sweet

Cogsinister
07-09-2011, 09:24 AM
Realistic STA-420 from 1980 ( only in the catalog for that one year)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6125/5918028215_c9f3133ab2_b.jpg

All lights working, i did a good cleaning of the insides and deoxited the pots, but i put the top back on before i took the pics....oh well i will put nudies in the nudie thread later on today.

Not connected it to a set of speakers yet to see if it works, but i bet it does.

electronjohn
07-09-2011, 10:08 AM
Man, that's a sleek one, Cog!!:)

dodog
07-09-2011, 10:17 AM
Stopped at GW yesterday. I promised myself that I'd NEVER get into RtR (along with minidisc, LP, cassette, etc.) but, well, this was too good to pass up. There were two boxes of tapes, most were 3 in/s Columbia House (bottom two rows in pic) but there were a few 7 in/s (top row in pic). I left MANY Ferrante & Teicher, Andy Williams, etc. Along with the tapes I picked up this TEAC A-4010S, with NM dustcover, all for less than $20. I haven't had time to demag/clean the heads and lube it up but it spins in both directions, lights up, VU meters look to work, etc. Man, that sucker was heavy (40+ lbs.?). Score?

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/135/teacwcase.jpg
http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/9579/teact.jpg
http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/3369/tapess.jpg

audioholic2
07-09-2011, 10:49 AM
Realistic STA-420 from 1980 ( only in the catalog for that one year)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6125/5918028215_c9f3133ab2_b.jpg

All lights working, i did a good cleaning of the insides and deoxited the pots, but i put the top back on before i took the pics....oh well i will put nudies in the nudie thread later on today.

Not connected it to a set of speakers yet to see if it works, but i bet it does.

I have an STA-225 and love it. From what I have read the STA-240 was from 1980 and produced for only one year.:thmbsp:

tubeornotube
07-09-2011, 01:26 PM
Well,while out g-saleing today,I had just about given up,found 5 good cd's but no audio..the last garage sale I stop at,didn't see the sign earlier,and a mere block and a half from my house,found sitting on the lawn a pair of Bang & Olufsen Redline 140's..Dusty and dirty but had stands and despite dirt looked in good shape..$30 and a good cleaning they are now playing jazz in my hobby garage.Woofers sound like they are fine(refoaming?) but I will need to take them apart for a full inspection at a later date.
Two weeks ago on the same street a vintage B&O 3000 turntable with good SP-12 cart and a Dual 1019 with Shure M-97EDS and stylus still very good..Spent some time on those to get their auto functions to operate correctly,but at $35 for both..another nice find

tubeornotube

tubeornotube
07-09-2011, 01:32 PM
I was lucky to pick up a Mcintosh mx117 preamplifier for $80 and a sansui 7070 for $50. A revox reel to reel for 10 bucks.....long live thrift shops!!!!!

WOW,NICE!!

Which Revox did you find?

And $80 for a Mac?? Sublime!

Cheers and happy hunting!!

Matt........tubeornotube.........2bornot2b

Cactus Bob
07-09-2011, 01:38 PM
My heart can't take it, you guys are killing me here! :drool:

Malone
07-09-2011, 01:53 PM
I have an STA-225 and love it. From what I have read the STA-240 was from 1980 and produced for only one year.:thmbsp:

Interesting.

I have got a Sta-820 i guess it is of the same year.
http://s7.directupload.net/images/110709/c6w22ur2.jpg (http://www.directupload.net)

I am quite sure, that these were built by Hitachi, because they are very similar in position of Knobs and inside to their SR x03/04 series.
Only the transistors are different

FloridaSam
07-09-2011, 02:00 PM
Found this JBL 6260 power amp at a pawn shop today. 150w/ch @ 8 ohm. 300w/ch@ 4ohm and 600w/ch bridged mono! Nice specs. Sounds and works perfcetly. I have it matched to my new to me JBL 4412's. A match made in heaven....or at least California ;) $75.00 WELL spent.

http://oi56.tinypic.com/2mynlly.jpg

Vintagegeek
07-09-2011, 05:59 PM
:music:I have had a good summer so far!

- GA 212, $25, new belt/cartridge (free)
- LAB-2200, $15, very low hours, good cartridge
- Realistic STA-2200, $10, 9/10 cosmetically, being serviced right now, left channel is weak.
- Sansui 1000X receiver, $5, again pretty pristine after a good going over.
- Amber 70 power amp/Amber preamp/Denon digital tuner, free gift from my brother.
- JVC SX-A5 speakers, $20, used these up till last night.
- JBL L50 speakers, missing driver in one cabinet, next project to complete.
- Boston Acoustics A400 speakers, $1, guy was just downsizing his lot and freeing up space.
- ADC SS-100SL EQ, $8, no issues except for a few missing caps off some sliders.

Wolverine
07-09-2011, 06:01 PM
Decided to stop by a GW that I have found some nice used CD's but never any gear. That changed today with this nice little Sony SCD CE595 SACD player. Now I finally have a stand alone SACD player for the main system rather than a DVD/SACD player. So far I have played DSOTM on it and I was very happy with the sound. Trying a little Beethoven now. Seems to fit in nicely with everything.

Vintagegeek
07-09-2011, 06:03 PM
FloridaSam...nice purchase! I almost bought a onkyo preamp like yours last weekend. The guy wanted $30 for it and he is a retired audio repair man. Thought about it as I am using a Nikko 7070 reciever with the Amber 70 power amp.

Cogsinister
07-09-2011, 08:16 PM
Wow Sam !!!

What an amp !

fizzgig
07-09-2011, 10:16 PM
found a guy getting rid of his JVC QL-A2 TT and 23 albums. TT in near mint condition (just a some scuffs on the cover) as well as the albums, and there are some good titles too (Blondie, Steve Miller, Doobie Bros, Men at Work, David Gilmour, Pat Benatar, etc).

$30

Score? I dunno, but I like additional music and a little backup TT. :D

http://i54.tinypic.com/aln1cn.jpg

fizzgig
07-09-2011, 10:28 PM
golly thats a big pic. lol. oops.

Montycat
07-09-2011, 10:45 PM
I picked up a NAD 5240 CD player today for $20. It works great and cosmetically is more than fair. It has the "I've seen it before" LCD backlight burnout problem which I can fix...it's roughly my 6th or 7th piece of NAD gear in the last 25 years.

dunhill
07-09-2011, 10:50 PM
Magnavox CDB 473 CD player with the classic CDM2/10 swing-arm laser mechanism and TDA1541 DAC for $15.99. Mint cosmetically and mechanically! Plays CD-Rs, too!

(Not my photo)
http://www.goldaudio.ru/uploads/thumbnails/uploads/hs-images/298_50841939_500x0.jpg

kdryan
07-09-2011, 11:02 PM
Saw a brand new looking Crosley CR49 turntable that still had the little paper insert and a warranty card for only $30. Passed on it because money is a bit tight right now, but I sure was tempted.

hewlew1
07-09-2011, 11:58 PM
Picked up a Kenwood KR-5400 at sallys for a 10 spot. Here is a picture not the best because of the flash.

Hendrix416
07-10-2011, 01:35 AM
Saw a brand new looking Crosley CR49 turntable that still had the little paper insert and a warranty card for only $30. Passed on it because money is a bit tight right now, but I sure was tempted.

I wouldn't have bought that in the first place. Not a good quality TT at all. Stick to your current setup.

blhagstrom
07-10-2011, 01:46 AM
Scored an Adcom GFA-2535 today for $28.

Photos from the web, but mine looks just as good and works fine.
Hmmm, mine has a rocker power switch though.
The things people donate....


http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/image.php?image=1045896&is_user=0

http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/image.php?image=1045903&is_user=0

js1138
07-10-2011, 10:06 AM
KLH HA-9000 (is that a joke?). Same as Apex H-180.

$5 with remote. No speakers.

Cute little DVD player, tuner, 6 channel T-amp.

Hooked it up to my Magnepan SMGas, and it sounds great. My first encounter with T-amps. They sound bigger than they have any right to.

Apparently they had trouble with build quality and with an unfriendly user interface. Too bad, because this is a killer idea.

A little bit of quality control and this could go head to head with the Bose lifestyle HTs (at ten times the price) and win. I know, because I have a Bose.

The Maggies are the least efficient speakers I have, and this little tiger can drive them to very satisfying levels.

jmosher
07-10-2011, 12:18 PM
I found a pair of Nova 8's with nice cabinets for $15 at our local thrift. They sound like a re-cap may be in order.

I did get a pretty good score off of Craigslist. I saw an ad for some Marantz receivers for sale and decided to call on them. After talking to the gentleman for awhile he mentioned that he also had a bunch of speakers. Problem was he lived about 2.5 hours away.

I made arrangements with him and made the trip. On the first trip I came home with;

A pair of Klipsch Heresy HOO Speakers (from 1983)
Marantz 2216
Marantz 2220B
Marantz 2226B
Marantz 2235

The second trip I brought home;
Klipsch KG2's
JBL C36's
A beautiful pair of Electrovoice EV-4's

I am fairly happy with what I got and I made a new friend out of the deal. He gave me a pair of B&W DM2 MKII's to take home and refoam but I had no more room in the Accord. I am not sure when the third trip will be.

I must thank AKer Joel27 too. I think I pushed his allocated texts to the max as I had to keep questioning him on different sets of speakers.

Jeremy

tubmyk2
07-10-2011, 07:10 PM
Man, you guys all find pretty awesome shit in comparison to what I can find around here (shoreline CT)... Then again, I'm probably not fast enough to catch the goods...

Realistic LAB-395 turntable, direct drive, for $2.00. Needs a new cartridge and just had to glue the tonearm lift piece back together (was snapped in three places...)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6030/5924111832_6496c41975.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10000341@N05/5924111832/)

EDIT- just tested it out with the stock Ortofon FF15XE cartridge from a Technics SL-B2 (headshell was swappable) and it actually plays and sounds pretty nice!

krisjay
07-10-2011, 07:20 PM
Just picked up a sweet Sansui AU3900 Amp today at GW. Man this little sucker sounds sweet. 10 bucks and I took it and ran. Will post pics later.

kdryan
07-10-2011, 07:40 PM
Man, you guys all find pretty awesome shit in comparison to what I can find around here (shoreline CT)... Then again, I'm probably not fast enough to catch the goods...

More than likely, first off they call their friends to give them first shot, then they have the people they call who buy the stuff en masse' then whatever is left over goes to ShopGoodwill, then whatever is left after THAT gets put out on the floor to be picked up by the people who come in there twice a day or right after they open, then you get a shot at whatever is left over.

Just a regular guy who goes in there, doesn't stand a chance...

Alienz
07-10-2011, 08:40 PM
Just picked up a sweet Sansui AU3900 Amp today at GW. Man this little sucker sounds sweet. 10 bucks and I took it and ran. Will post pics later.

:thmbsp:

tubmyk2
07-10-2011, 08:49 PM
More than likely, first off they call their friends to give them first shot, then they have the people they call who buy the stuff en masse' then whatever is left over goes to ShopGoodwill, then whatever is left after THAT gets put out on the floor to be picked up by the people who come in there twice a day or right after they open, then you get a shot at whatever is left over.

Just a regular guy who goes in there, doesn't stand a chance...

Touche... Good point.

krisjay
07-10-2011, 10:28 PM
http://i987.photobucket.com/albums/ae357/krisjay1/001-44.jpg
:yes:

Sam Cogley
07-10-2011, 11:16 PM
Did some estate saleing in St. Louis this weekend. Picked up some pretty good stuff:
Framed timeline of classical music poster, printed for the late, lamented KFUO
Framed signed & numbered modern art lithograph
About 15 various LPs across two sales
Realistic bulk tape eraser, in box
Unopened package of 3M splicing tape
About 10 vintage ties of various styles
50s/60s vintage tall pottery lamp, appears to be a Haeger but there is no label present - complete with linen cylindrical shade.
Precise/Topping F-15 Phantom II desk model in beautiful condition, extremely rare Imperial Iranian Air Force camouflage markings
Double deck of 50s playing cards with Japanese woodcut prints on the reverse
Nearly pristine Pioneer RT-1020L Quadrophonic open-reel deck and tape splicing block.

Edit: forgot the big bag of cassettes - some factory recorded, and a whole bunch of Type IIs, mostly Maxell.

henree
07-11-2011, 03:22 AM
I saw a Sansui 4000 at the flea market for 50 bucks. Is this a good deal?
Anyone know how this unit sounds?

Hendrix416
07-11-2011, 03:59 AM
Magnavox CDB 473 CD player with the classic CDM2/10 swing-arm laser mechanism and TDA1541 DAC for $15.99. Mint cosmetically and mechanically! Plays CD-Rs, too!

(Not my photo)
http://www.goldaudio.ru/uploads/thumbnails/uploads/hs-images/298_50841939_500x0.jpg

Nice. This was my dad's first CD player and I remember him bringing this home with a Marvin Gaye CD. Soon all his vinyl and his TT was mine. Later down the road the CD player became mine as a teen but as a teen I gave it away, not knowing how great this CD player was.

Alienz
07-11-2011, 07:42 AM
http://i987.photobucket.com/albums/ae357/krisjay1/001-44.jpg
:yes:

Congrats, I have the same one, was one of my first vintage hi-fi amps, bought it about 8 months ago. Paid a bit more for it than you at GW but its sound still amazes me every day! :music:

krisjay
07-11-2011, 08:09 AM
I agree, I was taken back with the sound. I didn't expect it to be that good, but after researching a little it appears that this series of amps from Sansui had really good sound. Verry pleased with this amp, I will be putting together a small system using this amp as the main piece, a nice low watt system for playing vinyl, should be nice.

Alienz
07-11-2011, 02:00 PM
I agree, I was taken back with the sound. I didn't expect it to be that good, but after researching a little it appears that this series of amps from Sansui had really good sound. Verry pleased with this amp, I will be putting together a small system using this amp as the main piece, a nice low watt system for playing vinyl, should be nice.

Good idea! :thmbsp:
Yes it seems Sansui also did their best to give the smaller amps the same good sound as their bigger brothers. I have it paired up with some 70s Kef Corelli speakers.
Btw, could you check something for me? I just discovered few weeks ago that the mono-switch doesnt seem to have any effect on anything at all, wondering if yours does.
Thanks,
Gerard

seek/destroy
07-11-2011, 05:59 PM
Went back to the TS that I found the Sunfire preamp at last week and picked up the Denon TU-1500RD tuner that was there for $15. Sounds really nice. I am so used to vintage tuners (Sansui TU-717 and Kenwood KT-8300) that the sound was quite a nice surprise! The RDS feature is kinda nice too.

The Denon cd player was still there, but that Onkyo Integra Receiver is gone.

AndyD421
07-11-2011, 06:14 PM
Picked up a decent Pioneer SX-450 at a thrift today for $15. First time I have EVER seen anything nice. My not so knowledgeable neighbor on the other hand saw a SX-1280 for $18 last week, and thought it wasn't worth mentioning, let alone buying. :(

mech986
07-11-2011, 06:36 PM
Picked up a decent Pioneer SX-450 at a thrift today for $15. First time I have EVER seen anything nice. My not so knowledgeable neighbor on the other hand saw a SX-1280 for $18 last week, and thought it wasn't worth mentioning, let alone buying. :(

ACCKKKK!! When working with neighbors, friends, and family, one must train them in the art of spotting vintage gear. Besides any type of spotter's guide, quality appearance, thick metal faceplates, shiny knobs, and weight / solidity of build are all important factors. Bringing them over for a look, heft, and examination of your current gear should give them a good introduction. Same for turntables and speakers but that gets a bit more complicated.

Also, with the advent of smartphones that can take and transmit pics, ALWAYS have them snap a photo and send it to you while they wait 5 minutes. you can assess and check it out, and reply.

Lastly, always, ALWAYS, empower them to BUY if there is any potential its good and you'll reimburse later. There will always be learning mistakes but the cost is minimal for really good deals.

The more eyes, ears, and hands you have out there working for you, the better your chances are of getting the scores, especially if your friends like to GS or TS shop.

rfolden
07-11-2011, 07:04 PM
Popped in the E. Main store. Haven't stopped in any of the local GWs because the prices are generally astronimical and I'm convinced the Good Stuff is taken before it even hits the floor. Anyways I spot this thing... At first I think it is a rack mount Compact Cassette deck. Then I get closer and realize what it is. Plug it in and it seems to fire up, no error codes, no missing display segments. I still thought to myself that $30 was too expensive, and hemmed and hawed another few minutes until coming to the conclusion that even if the tape deck was fubar, it would make a REAL nice DAC for one of my old Sony ES receivers. Took it home and it seems to work just fine. The pictures show it hooked up to a cheez-whiz DVD player, and decoding the PCM stream from a CD that is playing in the DVD deck. I'm pretty stoked right now, and in search of some DATs to see if the business end of the thing still works.

Pics:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-VPHEkVvk4wQ/Tht-nz85svI/AAAAAAAAHio/f003UVNuV6g/s800/%252523001.jpg
Meters work!

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-2PzvnZHj9-4/Tht-nWujuJI/AAAAAAAAHik/8kxWnEPVejw/s800/%252523002.jpg
Haven't cleaned it up yet, but it looks pretty darn good!

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-FY1S8t1mLx0/Tht-msAI1dI/AAAAAAAAHig/fZM8NSvHQeY/s800/%252523003.jpg
The buttocks: plenty of I/O possibilities there!

I've tested the headphone amp, and it works fine. Gotta get me some DATs, man!

krisjay
07-11-2011, 07:06 PM
Well my happiness was short lived, the Sansui AU3900 clicks and then shuts down the volume output. Since I am still new to all this, what makes an amp click then shutdown volume? What needs to be done to fix this. Thank you.

americankiwi
07-11-2011, 10:10 PM
AndyD421...if that was my neighbor..i'd be flinging dog poop in his yard now...lol...i have trained my friends well..if they see something at a YS etc...they call me with the info and price...last one i got was a yamaha CR-620 with ADS 710's for $20

Committed
07-11-2011, 10:50 PM
Well my happiness was short lived, the Sansui AU3900 clicks and then shuts down the volume output. Since I am still new to all this, what makes an amp click then shutdown volume? What needs to be done to fix this. Thank you.

Sounds like it's going into protection. First thing I'd check is bias current. Not familiar with the AU3900 but you can probably find a manual at hifiengine.com

AndyD421
07-12-2011, 01:38 AM
AndyD421...if that was my neighbor..i'd be flinging dog poop in his yard now...lol...i have trained my friends well..if they see something at a YS etc...they call me with the info and price...last one i got was a yamaha CR-620 with ADS 710's for $20

I HAD told him just the other day about them. Life happens I suppose.

Alienz
07-12-2011, 09:14 AM
Sounds like it's going into protection. First thing I'd check is bias current. Not familiar with the AU3900 but you can probably find a manual at hifiengine.com

Or you could post about this problem in the Sansui or Vintage Solid State part of the forum, lots of helpfull people there. I hope you can get it fixed.

krisjay
07-12-2011, 09:24 AM
Thanks

romefalls
07-13-2011, 05:21 PM
A pair of Yamaha NS-A99W speakers when I lived in New Orleans. Ended up in Lafayette & when I moved back to MN I had to leave them with the ex wife (no room in the van). Makes you want to just go drive around...

jwxr7
07-13-2011, 09:08 PM
Picked up a pair of Grafyx Audio sp-8 speakers for $9.98. Can't wait to listen to them. They have a Philips tweeter and an 8" Gefco woofer that looks like some Madisound woofers I have. They have decently thick enclosures that look almost exactly like the last mystery speakers I just bought as seen in post #4578 of this thread(the ones with CTS drivers, which sound great btw)

appicker_nc
07-14-2011, 09:59 AM
Found at a local thrift store. I was not going to even bother to look at the vinyl today but some 45's caught my eye so I stopped to look at them.I was going to leave and skip the usual pile of gospel classical and kids LP's but decided to give them a look. In the very last pile I found this. A 1966 2nd state forth pressing Beatles Yesterday and Today. The cover is in good condition and the vinyl is in excellent condition. You can see Ringo's knees through the paste over cover. All this for $1.25

computeruler
07-14-2011, 10:10 AM
Found at a local thrift store. I was not going to even bother to look at the vinyl today but some 45's caught my eye so I stopped to look at them.I was going to leave and skip the usual pile of gospel classical and kids LP's but decided to give them a look. In the very last pile I found this. A 1966 2nd state forth pressing Beatles Yesterday and Today. The cover is in good condition and the vinyl is in excellent condition. You can see Ringo's knees through the paste over cover. All this for $1.25

I have one of those. After googling I see it going for $366 on one site :yikes:
On ebay I see it for around $20-$50. I have a capital one too but it says gold record award on it and is from apple. Too bad the cover on mine isn't too good :tears:. Some of those versions are worth a pretty good amount!

istariknight
07-14-2011, 03:30 PM
New speakers :rockon:

Afury8
07-14-2011, 03:35 PM
Went to a local TS and found this receiver under some VCR players. plugged it in and all of the lights come on. no speakers to test, but had to have it. I am five dollars poorer but happy.

mech986
07-15-2011, 04:50 AM
New speakers :rockon:

Don't tell me those are IMF Speakers!! OK, you've got to show them with the grilles off. Are they the proper British IMF or American IMF from Bud Fried?

How much and where did you find them?? Lucky bugger!

RamCharger
07-15-2011, 12:41 PM
More than likely, first off they call their friends to give them first shot, then they have the people they call who buy the stuff en masse' then whatever is left over goes to ShopGoodwill, then whatever is left after THAT gets put out on the floor to be picked up by the people who come in there twice a day or right after they open, then you get a shot at whatever is left over.

Just a regular guy who goes in there, doesn't stand a chance...

I've been running into this problem more and more......I'm a truckdriver, so I travel all over......which gives me better odds at maybe finding some good gear once in awhile......so one would think. No matter what city I was in in the last 3-4 weeks, if your not there at opening, or if you don't have a "connection" in the store, your chances are slim to none in finding anything of quality.
On the upside, I did find a cool little Technics SA-222 Receiver for $10.....it will be a nice "garage unit" :music:

istariknight
07-15-2011, 02:11 PM
Don't tell me those are IMF Speakers!! OK, you've got to show them with the grilles off. Are they the proper British IMF or American IMF from Bud Fried?

How much and where did you find them?? Lucky bugger!


Yup IMF TLS50. They say "Made in Britain" on the back so I assume they are the real deal. Bought them locally from a collector for.... a good price ;) The mids need refoaming at some point along with a crossover service but otherwise vgc.

As for the sound ? Best I have ever heard in my house, my AR2ax + B&W DM4 are currently sulking in the corner!

gobies
07-15-2011, 02:40 PM
i cleaned up and refinished the CS-06's i got from the fleamarket for $20...they were very badly faded in color finish (plastic base parts)...so darkend them a little...they look good in the flesh...flash on the camera makes them still look like the finish is wet...what ya think?...:thmbsp: or :thumbsdn:

I know the sound will never equal the speakers standing behind them (JBL- L80T, Paradigm- Phantoms V3 , B&W- Matrix 803-S2)...but i do like the looks of these little puppies

Several years ago I picked up a nice pair CS-06's at a GW for $24. They were marked as "end tables" They did double duty as nightstands (w/glass tops) in my daughter's bedroom for a couple of years, connected to an older Onkyo receiver. Have since acquired another pair and have thought about stacking them or placing them in each corner of a room. The service manual is on this site somewhere.

Montycat
07-15-2011, 10:05 PM
I stopped in a real junky junk store I don't get to much as he does not have consistent hours and it's so hard to browse being as...well...junky as it is.

I spotted and zoomed in on a Marantz 2215B receiver. It worked pretty well & had no significant cracklies in the controls but was a little bit marked up. I got it for $50, maybe not a killer deal but not bad.

Carrying it home on the Vespa was fun!

Putterman
07-15-2011, 11:13 PM
While not on the list of absolute BEST finds, visited a City Mission Thrift and found a Denon 335R for $50. It's a 40 watt receiver from 1990 (Yes, bpc) . Hans Fantel of the NY Times had nice things to say about it. When I was last there a few weeks it was paired with a pair of Infinity Reference 2 speakers. The manager saw me looking at the receiver and said you can have it for $30. I said I had to think about it. He said I'm marking it down anyway because it's already been here a week. Tested it out for FM noise with a spare speaker and bought it.

Then went to Goodwill, look around and saw the same old cassette decks and compact stereos that had been there for several weeks. Did one last check and there was a pair of Insignia NS-b2111 for $20 in new stock cart. Again, not sensational for a speaker available at Best Buy for $88 but not bad for a speaker I was curious about. as I was walking out the store with them, a guy says I just dropped them off. They're good speakers but I've gone upscale. Haven't actually tested either one out yet and will see if I can pics of them.

Vintagegeek
07-16-2011, 11:34 AM
:banana:I picked up a Yamaha R-9 reciever at a flea market for $10. Took a couple hours to clean up as it had about an 1/2" of dust and plenty of external goo on it. Really pushes the A400's well. Only problem I see is that it does not hold the FM presets and the flip down door was missing.

rfolden
07-16-2011, 11:40 AM
:banana:I picked up a Yamaha R-9 reciever at a flea market for $10. Took a couple hours to clean up as it had about an 1/2" of dust and plenty of external goo on it. Really pushes the A400's well. Only problem I see is that it does not hold the FM presets and the flip down door was missing.

I think that one has a back-up battery or "long hold" capacitor in there. Might be a quick fix. Might not.

At any rate, heckuva score!

Duckzilla
07-16-2011, 04:28 PM
Call me a dinosaur, but I found a mint Toshiba HD-A30 HD-DVD player for $25 at the SA the other day. Figured it would be a cheap way of playing my small collection of HD-DVD's on my main system. I already have an HD-D3 in my secondary system, so it allows me to play the discs I have; besides, on the used market they're not going to fetch much. Also traded an HK dual cassette and Sony SDP-E800 processor for a pair of B & W DM 620's, which I hooked up today in my office system and they sound really good.

fenacious
07-16-2011, 06:30 PM
Good story to tell...a long while back (perhaps 18 months ago), I passed an old furniture store that sold Sony stereos. On a whim, I went in. On the shelf was a McIntosh MA-6200 and Bang and Olufsen RX-2 TT. I asked the elderly gent who owned the store about it...he told me it was brought in by an elderly lady whose husband had died. He was not sure it worked. When I asked for a price, he replied he thought around $600 would work. I was not willing to pay that for a unit whose working state was unknown. He told me he would test it and call me.

I went by five or so times over the next few months. The man would say that he had not had a chance to test it but he would call me when he did. Finally I went in and he told me that he had returned the items to the lady...when I asked whether I could contact her, he again told me he would call me. I had, at this point, given up.

Fast forward two more weeks. I went by one of my local thrifts and saw they were loading a number of non-working speakers into the back of a truck. I told the man that I repair speakers and asked if I could see any of them. He said sure...there ended up nothing of note. He said he had just gotten in some nice stuff...McIntosh and Bang and Olufsen! I could not believe it. I asked if I could see it, and he said ok. They were in fact the same units!

I offered him $100 and he happily agreed. The Mc needed a cleaning but was otherwise in great shape. The B&O just needed a cart!

Karma indeed...hang in there gents, you never know...

wksmith27
07-16-2011, 07:55 PM
Great Story !!!!!!!!! It's only Karma thats for certain ..... Congrats to You !!!!!!!!

gewoonmaf
07-17-2011, 10:22 AM
Those are great finds!

Teradacto58
07-17-2011, 06:24 PM
I was at a GW a couple weeks ago....any electronic stuff that doesn't work....gets thrown in a bin....and a company buys it by the pound! I went back to find out that a Dual 1257 was tossed...because someone tried to steal the cartridge off of it....breaking the cartridge...pulling the coils out ,leaving the wires dangling ! Price was $45.....and now scrap!