Score Of A Lifetime Thread

Discussion in 'Dollars and Sense' started by Snow, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. PanheadXR290

    PanheadXR290 Active Member

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    [Mod Edit] I work hard finding ,then negotiating for gear in a state with an utterly destroyed economy , I worked my ass off aquiring the gear below one piece at a time, except speakers & CD I negotiated into 1 deal, every piece below I bought within the last 60 days except the Emotiva score .
    Here's a $2,000 pair of McIntosh speakers I scored for $1,200 because I negotiated my ass off for over a month ,the seller didn't know what they had .
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    Here's $10,000 worth of Emotiva reference gear I scored by being the 1st person to message the seller with a $3,000 cash In person offer ,I drove 5 hours 1 way to Sidney Ohio to get it .
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    Here's the $4,000 + McIntosh current model CD/SACD/Preamp I just got for $300 because the seller threw it in if I'd pay $1,500 for the speaker system above .
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    Here's another " luxurious " piece of McIntosh I scored at 50% off MSRP because I visited the dealers store all summer long while on bike rides & pestered the crap out of him to give me a deal .
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    Here's another McIntosh C-2200 I ebayed for $600 to $800 less than average price because I pulled the trigger while others flim flammed & asked silly questions as to why he was selling so cheap .
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    Here's a $20,000 pair of McIntosh line arrays I snagged at 25% of MSRP because I immediately contacted the eBay seller and moved negotiations to Audiogon ,rented a U-Haul and made the 4 hour 1 way trip with cash in hand .

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    Here's a Mcintosh C-2500 I grabbed for $1,000 less than current resale because I negotiated with the seller ,moved negotiations from eBay to private ,offered cash & drove over 4 hours to pick up with cash .
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    Here's 1 of the most highly sought out/fastest selling audiophile EQ's ever made I picked up for $75 from Craigslist ,I'll get $500 or above for it when I sell because I have the unicorn factory Microphone everybody loses .
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  2. Bdbras84

    Bdbras84 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Lol oh garsh I'm on the list. Just hear me out, it takes experience and knowledge more than anything else. Like most of us here, we have educated ourselves to know a good deal when we see it and be able to finish the deal. Either it'd be luck, location, putting in the time it takes to settle the deal and get it home safely ( an mind you we will never get our time back of all the countless hours it takes sometimes) it just comes down to having fun, enjoying the music and getting some kick ass gear while doing it. Sometimes if you know where to look just by doing some networking and research you found the gear, the gear didn't find you by coincidence. I'm out!
     
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  3. pustelniakr

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    This thread has been stripped of the recent interpersonal back and forth. More of this and there shall be some membership suspensions...

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  4. BilboBaggins

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    I think my score of a lifetime would be the Sony SS-G7s I found just before Christmas at a Saint Vincent de Paul’s. I’ve had some great scores, but this find is the best! I liked them so much that I paid a lot more for the pair of Sony SS-G3s I got this week!

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    Very happy with both pairs. Now I have to decide what direction I’m going to go with these. Nice quandary to be in. :D
     
  5. Fleischer

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    As a competitor to Bilbo Baggins, I concur. It helps if you develop a sense of when they bring out the audio equipment at thrift shops, and station yourself right by the door to the stock room when it comes out, so you can beat the other thrifters to the good stuff. I can't tell you how many times I have taken a quick look at an item on the cart that happened to catch my eye, when someone with sharper instincts grabbed a great find off another part of the cart while I was distracted. Good stuff rarely languishes on shelves, and the race always goes to the swift. And to the persistent. More and more people are on the hunt - both collectors and flippers - and they are looking for things that are in dwindling supply. Knowledge, determination and quick, decisive action are essential to making good finds.
     
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  6. PanheadXR290

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    Is Saint Vincent De Paul a thrift store ? I remember seeing a sign with that name on it and thinking it was a church .
     

     

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  7. markshan

    markshan Sir Thrift a Lot Subscriber

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    They have various benevolent activities, one of which is a thrift store. It should say thrift store if that is what it is.
     
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  8. PanheadXR290

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    I'm not sure what the sign says except the saint part ,I go by the building prolly once a month so I'll have to pay attention next time ,thanks for the tip .
     
  9. BilboBaggins

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    Yes, it is a thrift store. I don’t normally find stuff there, but the last month has been pretty good.
     
  10. BilboBaggins

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    All the Goodwills are gone around here!
     
  11. PanheadXR290

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    That would suck for me ,between Goodwill and salvation army is where I get all of my flannel shirts at , it costs $30 to $50 for a good flannel and Goodwill sells em for $3 ,I buy all the A shirts I can find there as well ,they make excellent equipment & speaker polishing rags .
     

     

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  12. greymatter

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    My Sansui Ba-3000 and a Ca- 3000 that had been in storage for 10 plus years for 800.00 shipped from Oregon to Michigan included . The Ba - 5000 that I tentatively was going to buy for 1600.00 Canadian . That this dumb ass waiting to send the money the next day and it was sold that night . :)
     
  13. BilboBaggins

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    I have the 9900, and if I got an opportunity like that I would jump on it too! I love that preamp! And the power amp, either the 3000 or the 5000 would make my day!

    But I know what you mean. I had a chance to get a pair of really nice Tannoy large for $600 and passed because at the time I thought I had too many speakers. Duh!
     
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  14. OMGCat!

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    Not necessarily the score of a lifetime but definitely a nice deal and a good reminder that these things still lurk in the attics of houses all around.
    Yamaha CA-1000, YP-D6 with Shure M-70EJ cart and Sansui T-60 for $160.

    I also passed up a Pio SX-780 for $70 the other day because I don't need any more stuff and have been successful at keeping the collection static for quite a while. Until today that is. I wasn't even looking for things and yet they still find me.
     

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  15. Andyman

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    Years ago, a friend of my wife called up that she found some old tubes on the curb and could I look at them for her. She brought me a medium sized box with some Western Electric boxes in it among other thing, one of which had a new looking and testing 274A in it.
    Sold it to an Asian buyer for $700 and split the proceeds.
     
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  16. damacman

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    Marantz 7c and MC 240 for $1200
     
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  17. hugo454

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    Nice
    I also just picked up another MX110(this one a z version) from my tech,paid up for that one but worth every penny.
    way to go damacman,that Marantz must sound sweet.
     
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    Oh it did! Still my fave vintage preamp. Traded it to David Yo (remember him?) for an MC2500 in 1996.
     

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