Cheap-Skates & Dumpster Diver's Club

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Re: Cheap-Skates & Dumpster Diver's Club

Post by ginniegatrit » 12 Jul 2016 18:19

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Top: Dual 504 - $12.99 (came with Shure 95EJ cart)
Pioneer SX 770 Receiver - $50
Pioneer SX 440 Receiver - #30
Bottom: Noresco NRQ235 Quad Receiver - $15

Speakers:
top: Szabo 525 Bookshelves - $6.00 (had to refoam woofers at a cost of $8)

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Tangent Speakers $10 pr

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Mirage 750's - $100 (seems like a fortune to me!)

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Dual 1015F - $15 (came without the plinth)

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NAD Receiver -$20
Harman Kardon PM625 Amp: $12.99 (got a matching tuner for $9.99)

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Sansui P-50 TT with Empire 4000 cart - $50
Pioneer Receiver: $20
Genexxa Speakers: $10

I have a bit more stuff around but this is what I'm using right now.

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Post by ginniegatrit » 12 Jul 2016 18:22

I think every newbie should check out this thread just to see what can be found on a budget.

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Post by Squiffything » 12 Jul 2016 22:31

ginniegatrit wrote:I think every newbie should check out this thread just to see what can be found on a budget.
Oh you're just showing off now :D :D :D

I completely agree. We get so many newbie posts asking about spending $200 - $300, £150 - £250 on a new turntable as a starter when I\We have spent maybe double that on a complete system! I appreciate in some cases old/used may mean a little work to get some items to their best but most of my gear has been plug in and play.

As I said before this does not go into the realms of the home made stuff :) I will happily spend serious money on a bowl or a bit of wood to put to use in my projects. Jeez I spent the cost of a good MM/MC amplifier for Squiffybowl! All of around £40 :lol: :lol:

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Post by nel27cain » 13 Jul 2016 04:00

here are some vintage receivers which is my garage at the moment
top- harman/kardon hk560- $20
mid- harman/kardon 330c -$20
bot- aiwa-$12.50
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patience is the key to this cheap purchases

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Post by nel27cain » 13 Jul 2016 06:34

part of my secondary system with a td165 and ar18s
luxman r1030 - $20
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Post by Tinkaroo » 13 Jul 2016 11:54

Some really nice finds there nel27cain!

I especially like the Harman Kardon 330C and the Luxman. The HK 560 also looks like a nice one. 8)

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Post by jdjohn » 14 Jul 2016 03:52

Do CraigsList bargains count? Today I picked up a pair of Infinity Column II loudspeakers for $75 that I found on CL. These sold for well over $1,000 back in the mid-70s. The grill is obviously off in this pic, but I do have the glass top installed, which is a kinda cool old-skool feature. These speakers have a bottom-firing 10" 'sub' woofer in addition to the one on the front baffle, and also another rear-mounted compression horn tweeter on the back. They are very bass-heavy as you might imagine with dual 10" woofers, but with both mid and high tone controls on the back, you can fiddle to your heart's content. The seller actually broke one of the grills today while setting it up for a demo #-o , but for $75, I knew I couldn't go wrong. The cabinets and foam surrounds are in great shape, and all drivers are strong.
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They are sitting in front of my Polk SDAs in the pic, but I think they would sound even better closer to the wall, which would bring the rear tweeter and sub more into play. Amazing deal!!

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Post by vinyl master » 14 Jul 2016 06:05

Wow, those are mighty cool, jdjohn... 8) Ain't it something what $75.00 can get you nowadays??? :mrgreen:

If it was bought in a thrift shop, in an antique shop, at an estate sale, at a garage sale, in a secondhand store, in a flea market, off Craigslist, off EBay, off Kijiji, at a record store, at an audio shop, or anywhere else, and say...the price was UNDER $100, it counts!

The same works if you scoured it out of the trash or was given to you for free!

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Post by Tinkaroo » 14 Jul 2016 09:50

That was a great deal on some nice speakers jdjohn! =D>

It's always nice to find some nice looking, great sounding speakers, and the bargain price makes it even sweeter. 8)

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Post by vinyl master » 14 Jul 2016 10:03

For $75, take a look at the positive reviews they get here...

https://www.hifiengine.com/manual_libra ... n-ii.shtml

You did good, my son! 8) =D>

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Post by jdjohn » 14 Jul 2016 17:05

Thanks guys! Thing is: I wasn't really *looking* for another pair of speakers, but while checking out CL I saw these and couldn't pass them up :D

I needed to edit my post, but it has timed-out for edits. The front tweeter actually looks like a replacement compression horn. The rear tweeter is still the original piezo; I'm pretty sure they matched at some point. The compression horn sound reminds me of my old CVs...for obvious reasons. I like the sound of dome tweeters better now.

As you both know, I have obtained a lot of free stuff from my dad's garage. HE was the thrift store scavenger :D Maybe I'll organize some pics of stuff I have brought home from him so far.

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Post by spensar » 14 Jul 2016 18:14

Those old Polks were terrific, I listened to them in the stores but could not afford them back in the day!

Appreciate any ideas on the speakers below, as they are coming up for sale and I only have this picture. They only have the AR Inc. logo on the front, with no identifying number. I have found pictures of some AR2ax's badged like this but all the AR3s pictures I can find have a "3" in the opposite corner of the badge. Any chance early 3s did not identify them as such on the front..or wishful thinking?

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Post by vinyl master » 14 Jul 2016 22:18

jdjohn wrote:Thanks guys! Thing is: I wasn't really *looking* for another pair of speakers, but while checking out CL I saw these and couldn't pass them up :D

I needed to edit my post, but it has timed-out for edits. The front tweeter actually looks like a replacement compression horn. The rear tweeter is still the original piezo; I'm pretty sure they matched at some point. The compression horn sound reminds me of my old CVs...for obvious reasons. I like the sound of dome tweeters better now.

As you both know, I have obtained a lot of free stuff from my dad's garage. HE was the thrift store scavenger :D Maybe I'll organize some pics of stuff I have brought home from him so far.
You've noticed how quickly the window to edit times out, too? Before, I could go back after a couple hours and edit my posts...Not anymore! :(

You know, I'd love to see some more close-up pics of what you've uncovered in dad's garage, jdjohn...I think we'd all like to see the quality of what your dad collected, so don't hesitate to show them, when you get a chance! 8)

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Post by ginniegatrit » 14 Jul 2016 23:46

I find that I'm always looking for used speakers more than any other stereo component.

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Post by jdjohn » 15 Jul 2016 04:33

It's always worth checking out the cartridge on bargain turntables, so here is a cluster shot of various Shure carts from some Dual 12XX turntables out of my dad's garage, and on the right, a Realistic R1000EDT (made by Shure) from a Realistic Lab-440 tt. I think we may have an M91ED fan in this thread...
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I think that RM91OE in the top left is also an M91ED equivalent??? I need to get a replacement stylus for the M95EJ.
For pics of the OEM diamond on the M91ED High-Track stylus, click here viewtopic.php?f=19&t=22894&start=330

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