Cheap-Skates & Dumpster Diver's Club

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Re: Cheap-Skates & Dumpster Diver's Club

Post by spensar » 08 Sep 2019 05:16

Very nice pickup on the Heathkit Glaser Steers, it looks immaculate. Value wise, the GE VR2 is worth as much or more than table!

Picked up some JBL LX44s today for $20, bit rough cosmetically but the components are sound as a bell. Pics will follow :-)

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Post by spensar » 11 Sep 2019 05:36

A pair of JBL LX44s ($20), and a pair of Clairtone bookshelf size speakers ($5) that I would think came with something like an all in one system. The Clairtones are not super hi fi but have a tight smooth sound that will not fatigue the ears - pretty vintage/classic sound and would be great as a shop or second system speaker. Clairtone quality build with plywood enclosures, walnut veneer and nice metal badges. A nice touch with clips to wrap extra speaker wire up out of the way. Gotta love the old Clairtone stuff.

The owner said the LX44s had been blown in the past and the woofers had been replaced. .... and there was also a pair of 408G woofers with no foams for $1 that I found out later from a net search were the original LX44 woofers. He said he didn't know what they were from - I guess it was a while ago and he had a lot of stuff. I wonder if they just had bad foams or what or really did have a problem. Definitely need to open them up to check it out. Pretty solid sounding speaker.
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Re: Cheap-Skates & Dumpster Diver's Club

Post by vinyl master » 11 Sep 2019 07:28

Both sets look great, spensar...Cheap vintage strikes again! :mrgreen:

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Re: Cheap-Skates & Dumpster Diver's Club

Post by truedeth » 12 Sep 2019 23:57

Picked this beauty up today at work $15 for my dad! JVC R-X60 from 1982.
After taking it apart and dusting the cobwebs, some board cleanup, and inspection of the caps, I plugged the stuff that was in my current reciever and gave it a good testing. It's pretty nice. A nice orange power output meter, digital am/fm display with digital quartz tuning and 8 button memory feature, the yellow backlit equalizer and strange light up Super-A logo.
I was tempted to keep it and give dad my old Technics since this JVC is from the same era as my turntable. But I can't give up my soft glow of my 70s reciever.
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Re: Cheap-Skates & Dumpster Diver's Club

Post by circularvibes » 13 Sep 2019 00:05

Boy truedeth, you sure picked a difficult choice to make. I am sure both sound great. Nice find for a nice price on the JVC.

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Re: Cheap-Skates & Dumpster Diver's Club

Post by andysomnifac » 13 Sep 2019 18:47

I've had a couple this summer:

A MOSCODE super-it phono stage. Tube\MOSFET hybrid phono stage. $40.
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A pair of 300B Push-Pull Monoblock Amps. $115 for the pair, so $57.50 each falls under the $100 spirit of the thread, right?
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It's going to be hard for me to top those for a while.

Andy

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Post by spensar » 13 Sep 2019 22:37

andysomnifac, I dub thee "sumegi" as in I almost scored by sumegi beat me to it! Very nice pick up.

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Post by andysomnifac » 14 Sep 2019 03:23

Thanks. I'm still trying to chase a hum in the amps, and I'm in the process of repairing a turntable to go along with the vintage theme. I can't wait until everything is up and running.

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Post by spensar » 14 Sep 2019 17:46

A very nice morning! The rain held off, and I found my first old school Sansui, a beauty of Sansui Seven, and for $15. The case is pretty well immaculate, and first testing with just AM and FM looks good - both channels getting signals, all the lights and meters work and the knobs are solid. It's 36 watts but has the features of the monsters - 2 phone jacks, 3 speaker outs, amp/pre-amp jumpers, plus a mid-range control in addition to treble and bass. Very sweet unit. An interesting feature is that lighted sections get turned off if the input does not need it, so full lights for FM, while AUX goes black with just a red AUX showing- this may not be everyone's cup of tea but may be why the lights are all still working. The pictures are as found, other than a light dusting of the cover.

Also picked up a pair of KOSS M80 Plus speakers for $15, very nice sounding small speaker.
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Re: Cheap-Skates & Dumpster Diver's Club

Post by E41877 » 14 Sep 2019 19:19

=D> Yard sale find? Gotta love vintage Sansui.

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Post by spensar » 14 Sep 2019 19:58

Yup, yard sale but it was in the basement. The turntable was put out at the side of the road in the spring! Just realized I wrote 2 phone jacks, that should be 2 phono inputs. Liking this receiver more and more.

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Re: Cheap-Skates & Dumpster Diver's Club

Post by truedeth » 15 Sep 2019 00:33

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Just got a turntable for my dad! $5 for a SL-220. Sounds good, had to adjust the timing using a kitchen under counter lamp since the neon is burned out. Unfortunately my timing disc is super old and has only 78 and 33 rpm on it.

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Post by vinyl master » 15 Sep 2019 03:33

You guys are just killin' it with the quality cheap vintage! You guys make me proud to be an audiophile!:cry:

For the prices you paid, I wouldn't have passed them up either! :D

With that said, I did have a question...I saw in one of my local thrift shops...Sennheiser HD120 wireless headphones and stand...$14.99...I passed them up...I already have some Sony wireless headphones for my TV/gaming needs and a very nice headphone stand for them with an USB outlet and charging capability for any other devices (IPad, phone, etc.), should I ever so desire...I have plenty of wired headphones just for the music and specifically the vinyl...So, did I miss anything with those Sennheisers? :-k

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Post by ravelax » 15 Sep 2019 23:57

Some very nice finds here recently. Just the other day I saw a Technics SL-1200mk2 on a local craigslist-type site for the equivalent of $190, seemingly in very good condition. These usually go for the equivalent of around $450-500 around here. Had to pass on it though since it was already getting late and it was in a neighbouring town. Understandably, it was gone the next day. Somebody made a great deal!

Myself, I recently got for free my sister's old hifi equipment that she now longer used. Nothing spectacular, but decent early 2000's mid-fi stuff. A Cambridge Audio A500 amp with matching D500 CD-player, and a pair of Gale bookshelf speakers that sound pretty decent considering they were very cheap when new. I'm planning to pass this system on to my brother who (in my opinion, at least!) needs some hifi.

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Re: Cheap-Skates & Dumpster Diver's Club

Post by Tinkaroo » 16 Sep 2019 10:59

spensar wrote:
14 Sep 2019 17:46
A very nice morning! The rain held off, and I found my first old school Sansui, a beauty of Sansui Seven, and for $15. The case is pretty well immaculate, and first testing with just AM and FM looks good - both channels getting signals, all the lights and meters work and the knobs are solid. It's 36 watts but has the features of the monsters - 2 phone jacks, 3 speaker outs, amp/pre-amp jumpers, plus a mid-range control in addition to treble and bass. Very sweet unit. An interesting feature is that lighted sections get turned off if the input does not need it, so full lights for FM, while AUX goes black with just a red AUX showing- this may not be everyone's cup of tea but may be why the lights are all still working. The pictures are as found, other than a light dusting of the cover.

Also picked up a pair of KOSS M80 Plus speakers for $15, very nice sounding small speaker.

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Fantastic find on the Sansui Seven Spensar! 8)

A genuine classic and a keeper too! =D>

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