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syjos - I bought a Sony Walkman a few years back and put a 256g sim into it. I have nearly all of my music in full lossless on it. It will connect to the Yamaha surround receiver I was gifted at Christmas via blue tooth and I haven't noticed any loss of range or fidelity with it - haven't investigated into whether I should expect it or not.

I plug it into the Onkyo in my pole barn via aux jack. It's not a big hassle but I might consider blue tooth on the next amp I buy.

Never thought about scouting the local Salvation Army or Goodwill for used higher end stuff. Would make sense that some people will just ditch them without knowing what they truly had.
 

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One of the best car forum threads ever!
Excellent work gentlemen, I felt like I was right there with you listening to a wonderful conversation and walking through the memory garden.

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Thanks Richard,

I am having a great time discussing one of my favorite subjects.

I've been on music, stereo, audiophile and other forums and most of those are pretty contentious. They are still arguing about analog vs digital, expensive speaker wire vs zip wire etc.

This thread has been a friendly reminiscing of the past in regards to music.
 

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I remember 8-Track tapes being some early road art, cases broken and tape draped upon the roadway. Next, on a smaller scale, it was the cassette tape. I still have some of those late high end cassettes with little reel to reel guts.
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Ah yes! The shimmering ribbons strewn along the interstate! lol

Cleaning out some storage crap I came across a bunch of cassettes. Refused to throw them out because I want to go down memory lane with them. Just have to find something to play them on now . . .
 

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Cleaning out some storage crap I came across a bunch of cassettes. Refused to throw them out because I want to go down memory lane with them. Just have to find something to play them on now . . .

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Goodwill or any thrift shops usually has cassette players for sale for less than $20

I found a Nakamichi LX5 cassette deck at St Vincent DePaul last fall. Bought it for $15 and sold it on eBay for $265! These are legendary studio quality cassette decks with a flat response and minimal noise. I had one in the 80's.

I cruise through all the thrift shops regularly and have picked up vintage audio gear to resell on eBay. There's not a lot of vintage equipment available in thrift stores, but when they have something, it is priced low. The employees at thrift stores probably know nothing about vintage gear and price accordingly.
 

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Wow Chickenwire,

That is some light show. Are they mounted above your bed? Humor Ar Ar.

The advancement in stage lights are really something. Especially with the new DMX controllers.

I had a basic multi light setup on tall tripods, gogo's, moonflower etc.

I often played to an older audiance who sometimes got disoriented with moving bright lights. So I didn't use the moonfloweres and hobos as much as I liked.
 

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John, I bet his neighbors love him. What type of music does he listen to?

LaScalas, Klipsch.

One of my favorite speaker brands.

Having spent most of the last 44 years listening to PA speakers with high frequency horn drivers, I'm really partial to horn speakers and Klipsch is about the only home speaker manufacturer utilizing them.

I use a Klipsch center channel speaker in my home theater specifically for the horns upper range. The horn is more directional than other types and let's me hear dialog more clearly.

I built a pair of knockoff Klipsch cornerhorns back in the 70's. They didn't go very low, maybe 30hz, but the amount of bass was awesome. You could feel the bass thumping your chest. It used the rooms corner walls for part of the big horn and the bass coming out caused all the sheetrock nails to come loose. The mids and tweeters were horns too and though not audiophile quality, was very accurate with rock music. Wish I still had them. They would sound great in my basement with concrete walls.
 

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gee, does it counts that I had a 45rpm record changer in the glove compartment of my 64 Plymouth?

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Bill, that counts for a lot . In 1964 I was 13. That means you are older. Yea!

And glove boxes were actually big enough to put stuff in back then.

Actually, that sounds kinda' cool. Do you remember if it skipped over bumps?
 

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What amplification looked like in 1959.
ahhh, tubes... my Sansui tube receiver was better than any transistor receivers I've had since; sadly when the transformer (made of unobtanium at that point) died it hit the trash.
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ahhh, tubes... my Sansui tube receiver was better than any transistor receivers I've had since; sadly when the transformer (made of unobtanium at that point) died it hit the trash.
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Wow John, those are very vintage. How long have you owned them?

Watts?

I've never owned tube lamps. But they sure look nice.

Just looked them up on eBay. BIG BUCKS That's why I've never owned them.
 

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Klipsch . . .

A friend had a set for DJ'ing and I borrowed them to jay for my sisters wedding. I remember my father telling me the next day "When I walked in front of the speaker to go and talk to you . . . it HURT!"
 

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Wow Chickenwire,

That is some light show. Are they mounted above your bed? Humor Ar Ar.

The advancement in stage lights are really something. Especially with the new DMX controllers.

I had a basic multi light setup on tall tripods, gogo's, moonflower etc.

I often played to an older audiance who sometimes got disoriented with moving bright lights. So I didn't use the moonfloweres and hobos as much as I liked.
I'll have to take and post more pics - the show has expanded since those were taken.

LED's have created a huge shift in lighting. My original moonflowers were halogen and you were cautioned to run 15 minutes on max followed by 15 minutes off. LED's consume so little and generate tiny heat so they're rated for how much you want whenever you want.

First laser I bought made me nervous, but class IIIB is considered safe and I've had no issues. Well, other than the wife becoming disoriented when it's actively scanning.

But that doesn't mean I consider her "older". ;)
 

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ahhh, tubes... my Sansui tube receiver was better than any transistor receivers I've had since; sadly when the transformer (made of unobtanium at that point) died it hit the trash.
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Tubes are still available, I re-tubed the Dynaco amps a couple of years ago. Sovtek and Elektro-Harmonix are the brands that i ended up with.
Wow John, those are very vintage. How long have you owned them?

Watts?

I've never owned tube lamps. But they sure look nice.

Just looked them up on eBay. BIG BUCKS That's why I've never owned them.
My granfather bought them the year I was born, along with a Garrard turntable, Mac C-20 pre-amp, and a pair of AR-1 "bookshelf" speakers.
They are 30 watts each and are about to go in for a test-and-tune.
He paid $143.50 each for them (I have the original receipt) so not so expensive, really.

PPshaww! I use a pair of Quicksilver Monoblock valve (tube) amps today, for my stereo.
Nice amps. Definitely a continuation of the McIntosh and Dynaco design philosophies.
 

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I agree a great thread. I actually pulled out the live version of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" not the wimpy 45 cut .Man that brought back memories as i use to cruise with my older brother in his 69 Super bee listening to it. I have seen some great sound equipment even in pawn shops going for very little especially turntables as the price of the cartridge & stylus was worth more than what they were asking for the turntable. I still held on to my vinyl since the 60's .
 

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Please, live a long time...

Everything in this thread is too nice to end up in the estate sale or the thrift store dumpster. As for finding goodies, it's like a lot of stuff, location and timing. I like to think divine guidance plays a part in the equipment calling to you as you enter the door. I used to do a lot of antique shows and could stroll the aisles scanning on and under the tables where a lot of the "don't know what it is" (or worth) stuff lived. Quickly learned you can have only so many console radios...they are huge. Interests change with aging (and you run out of room!) Then you wonder what can I do with this stuff? It takes an amount of interest, dedication and human connection to appreciate and save vintage items. Art Deco percolators anyone? My Dad set the hool with his appreciation of real trains, Lionel, real planes, Pontiacs and wonderful toys. He was a co-owner of a Piper Cub after WWII and I still remember sitting in my uncle's lap as he sat in the passenger seat as Dad piloted. The plane had no doors. Try doing that today! I remember the plane having the wing removed and placed with the body, loaded on a flatbed, as it was sold and disappeared into a child's memory. They could not afford to keep it. The fabric covering meant hanger rent and by then times were tighter. Still...

Keep this going. It's as interesting as modding the cars!

Richard Snipes
 
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