Best Thrift Store/Goodwill/SA Finds

Discussion in 'Dollars and Sense' started by Marantzaholic, May 21, 2003.

  1. MannyE

    MannyE Exterminate! Subscriber

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    We get more decent equipment than a lot of places thanks to the large amount of wealthy retirees that make south florida their home, but we seem to get all the people that loved Lawrence Welk and anything with "101 Strings" or "Reader's Digest" and tons and tons of insipid elevator music. I can't even begin to imagine the kind of soul-less creature that would listen to this stuff but they certainly seemed to buy them back in the 60's and 70's. If you're a fan of mid-century to 1990's Latin music, there's also a gold mine of minty vinyl for you here, but alas, I'm not.

    I did have one huge score last year when one of my local thrifts received about 8 large boxes full of hundreds of classical and opera music that was obviously someone's beloved collection. Almost 40 box sets and a few hundred records from Aida to Zaide and everything in-between. They had apparently just come in and hadn't yet been destroyed by whoever it is that paws through records and can give a shit about the next guy. I noticed a lot of them had the little round "LAST" stickers that indicated we not only had a music lover but an audiophile's collection.

    So I says to the lady, I says, "How much for those records?" She tells me they usually charge a buck each. So I ask, how much if I take all of them? And then she thinks for a minute and says $25 ok? I couldn't believe my luck. I guess they just wanted to move them out of the store! It took 4 trips to get them all in my car. I'm still going through them and listening. I wasn't a big fan of opera, but the box sets come with books that translate the Italian to English and after sitting down with the Aida set, I was hooked! I'm even learning Italian!
     
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  2. markshan

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    As an opera major in college, this post delights me. The lyric book is called a libretto (since you are learning Italian). Who are some of the leads/conductors? I'm curious as to the era of the records. For me, there is Pavarotti and there is everybody else, YMMV.
     
  3. MannyE

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    I'll post some pictures this evening when I get back from toiling in the salt mines.

    In the meantime:

    Don Giovanni Decca 412-5
    Sutherland Bacquier Lorengar Horne Gramm Krenn

    Wagner/Jochum Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg DG 2713011 Plácido Domingo, Roland Hermann and a few others.

    Arabella Angel Records "Digital" DSCX-3917 Julia Varady, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

    Fígaro. Angel Records 3608 D/L "S" Eberhard Wachter and Elizabeth Schwarzkopf
     
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  4. markshan

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    All over the place time wise. Sounds like they came from a true collector. Also all German stuff. I was more into the Italian "Bel Canto" (Verdi, Puccini, etc..)
     
  5. JayBlok

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    Found this Numark DM1001X Mixer/Preamp in front of the local record store on top of an empty speaker box by the dumpster.
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    Sounds Great and easily strong enough to push my 1971 Magnavox 1P3943 Amplifier through some re-foamed JBL 2600 Speakers!
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  6. numerique

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    Certainly oughta to sound a lot better than the stuff at WKRP.:rockon::rolleyes:
     

     

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  7. highping

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    Sanyo Plus Series PL20 amp and preamp for $10 at an electronic recycle center. 101_8712.JPG
     
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  8. MannyE

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    Yes! I hadn't noticed that until I started making the list. I guess since I'm not well (or at all) educated on opera besides whatever Bugs Bunny presented (hence my delight at finding Figaro..haha) I hadn't zeroed in on the names of the performers. Regardless it's a shit-ton of music and I like it! Only problem is i'm seeing the entrance to a rabbit hole! :)
     
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  9. Lazarus Long

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    Picked up a Pioneer Elite CLD 79 and a Laserdisc of 2010 to test it with. Great condition and fully functional. These seem to go for a decent amount on the bay..
     
  10. markshan

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    If you have any questions along the way, feel free to message me.
     
  11. Lazarus Long

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    Sounds like a pretty good haul. I bet you have some real gems in there. You could be sitting on some serious money..
     

     

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  12. MannyE

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    Meh. :dunno:

    Maybe but not until I've gone through them and find stuff I really don't enjoy listening to. That won't be for a long time.
     
  13. bobsvinyl

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    Any Telarc digital recordings in there? Some of them book really high. Very nice find. I don't think I could have passed them by for $25.00.
     
  14. JamVal

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    Set of Boston Acoustics A60 - with the dome tweeters and oak vinyl veneer. Woofers need to be refoamed. Slim pickings around here lately.
    Strange thing is my son found a set of A60's with the cone tweeters and darker vinyl veneer in the same store a week earlier. The foams on his were good, but not sure if they are the correct 'filleted' foams recommended for the BA 'A' series woofers.

    We will do a direct A-B comparison when I get mine done. I will rely on my son's ears, mine aren't what they used to be. Just had my annual check up and my doc says I have a hearing loss in my right ear. All this time I was wondering why every amp or receiver I score seems to have a slightly weaker right channel.

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    Those look very good! Should sound very good when you are done! Nice find! And even better, someone to share the hobby with! :thumbsup:
     
  16. MannyE

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    Yeah, well I wasn't even a fan of opera and only slightly interested in classical (I knew the basics that everyone knows) but even I couldn't say no. To be frank, I initially thought that such a pristine collection would have some value to someone so even if I didn't like it, someone would, but I ended up having a great time listening to them and discovering new music. Additionally, I knew exactly what all these mint condition records would have looked like after a week of being pawed through by whoever and I just hate seeing something irreplaceable destroyed.

    Those are great speakers! I have a pair of A70 I got in the exact same condition and after a refoam from Simply Speakers (I bought the foam and did it myself) they easily beat out the Klipsch KG 2.2 I had found earlier. In fact, if they weren't so freaking ugly I may have been able to keep them in the house instead of them being relegated to the garage. I haven't put them up against the Theil 04a yet, but the battle will happen soon.
     
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  17. bartmech88

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    How do you like the STA-36 receiver?
     
  18. Satch

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    No gear today, but some music (although some might disagree ;) )

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    Tool - Lateralus
    Tool - 10.000 days
    Opeth Blackwater Park (Legacy Edition)
     
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  19. likebike23

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    It has potential, but has issues right now. It has distortion on one channel that is more pronounced when it is on stereo vs mono. I ran it for a couple of hours one night and the distortion disappeared and it sounded really sweet. Unfortunately the distortion came back so I don't want to run it until I figure out what I'm going to do.

    @Satch, you got Tool and Opeth at a thrift? That would be a mega score to me.
     
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  20. Satch

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    I was surprised as well, not the kind of stuff you'd normally find in a thrift :)
     
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