Flawless SX-1280 craigslist score

Discussion in 'Pioneer Audio' started by Vinyl Seance, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Vinyl Seance

    Vinyl Seance listens to doom loud

    Totally got my dream monster amp today off the old craigslist. I saw the sx 1280 minutes after it was posted yesterday evening with an incredibly fair price (Compared to what they been getting on ebay). I sent an email and got first dibs. Upon meeting the owner and seeing the amp in person I was shocked to find a minty, scratch less and recently internally cleaned monster!!! The owner warned me that the phono channels were faulty but I said I didn't mind and payed cash and hurried out before the guy changed his mind.
    I got it home and with a quick deoxit spray I fixed the phono channels and now I'm listening to one of the "end of an era" Monster receivers and loving it.
    Totally stoked!!!!!
    I attached some photos!
    The last is a shot of the new sx 1280 with my sx 980 on top that will soon make its way to a new home ( I only allow myself to keep two working receivers or shit would get crazy. The other keeper is my sa 9500)

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  2. supereagle

    supereagle Active Member

    That is awsome congrats listening to my 1250 right now i love vintage
  3. qguy

    qguy Super Member

    Nice score..

    I just love the internal layout of these monster receivers SX1250, 1280 and SX1980...
  4. Big Tuna

    Big Tuna Too Much Power! Subscriber

    Awesome grab! A nice unit indeed. :yes:

    It's not a score unless you mention how much $$$ you paid. :D
  5. Big Tuna

    Big Tuna Too Much Power! Subscriber

    What is your opinion on how it sounds compared to the SX-980?
  6. zebra03

    zebra03 All Audio - NO BS

    very nice
  7. MAXZ28

    MAXZ28 Addicted Member

    That's a keeper for sure! Congrats and enjoy! :music:
  8. squirrelnest

    squirrelnest Addicted Member

    Nice amp....that thing is huge...
  9. butch4695

    butch4695 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Nice !:yes:
  10. CohibaJoe

    CohibaJoe AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Very Nice...I picked up a SX-1250 last month...Started to order caps...
    will be Recapping this in the fall.
  11. Vinyl Seance

    Vinyl Seance listens to doom loud

    Thanks for the kind words yall!

    I feel weird putting the price out in the open cause I have a feeling the former owner may be a member. Lets just say I got it for what a "good deal" on a sx- 1250 would be. :banana:

    I absolutely loved the sound my sx-980 put out and in my opinion the sx- 1280's wider tone range just expands on where the 980 left off. More options and much more power. I havent been able to crank it yet though....... but I had it to the 8 0'clock position and woke my roomate on the floor above me . :thmbsp:
  12. DaWoofer

    DaWoofer Super Member

    if he's a member than he wouldn't advertise on CL.
    You feel like me after getting a nm SX-1980 for 100 bucks.
    Nice score
  13. willyrover

    willyrover Super Member

    Why not?
  14. Ballylongford

    Ballylongford AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Maybe the former owner is an AK member but not a subsciber?

    Hence he does not enoy the benefits of Barter Town, where most of the good deals appear to happen on AK.

    (Shameless plug to subscribe to AK)

  15. Skylab

    Skylab Altimeter reading zero Subscriber

    Very nice! I have a fully restored (by AK's MattSD) SX-1280 and I love it. Great receiver. Congrats!
  16. Big Tuna

    Big Tuna Too Much Power! Subscriber

    Baloney. Practically every member who has/had something to sell, uses CL.
  17. Vinyl Seance

    Vinyl Seance listens to doom loud

    Wow. Thats a dream to get a sx1980 for $100.

    Anyhow, I have sold all my vintage gear on CL with good results.....its cause guys like us are always sharking on it for that great vintage dream buy.

    So, Question for the group........I am always reading how a recap does wonders for the sx series.....my sx 1280 is in great shape inside and out but would it be worth a recap? After all it is an old amp......I also would like to know if there is a way to tell if it was recapped recently by a previous owner..... my guess may be yes just by its overall condition. Truth be told Im not even sure what a recap is.:D
  18. JHS2RT

    JHS2RT and Miss Sasha Subscriber

    Get in there and take some close up photo's of the power and amp boards and post them---some of our experts will chime in and tell you if you have original parts.
    In answer to your thoughts --I would plan on a recap sometime down the road.
    A recap of my 1250 did it wonders.
  19. slow_jazz

    slow_jazz AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Very jealous here.

    Congrat's on a super clean receiver...
  20. shrinkboy

    shrinkboy AK Subscriber Subscriber

    too cool

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