Best Thrift Store/Goodwill/SA Finds

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

  1. ringading

    ringading Well-Known Member

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    Tough to find much around here as they put all of the good stuff online, especially anything with a silver face plate. Took a trip east of the mountains and found two - yes, two Yamaha KX-960 Decks. Threw in some new belts and they worked fine. Was able to flip them for money to keep looking for the next find!

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  2. ringading

    ringading Well-Known Member

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    90% of the GWs around here took record pricing from 99 cents straight to $4 so I rarely hit those stores anymore. I can understand some individual pricing if they think they have something special but $4 for everything is nuts when most of it is Mitch Miller, Barbara Striesand and Mantovani and warped, scratched, moldy, etc.
     
  3. CohibaJoe

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    Yep....It's $2 by me..
     
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  4. Sethbramwell

    Sethbramwell Active Member

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    Same here, 1.99 is the standard for our GW. Our Savers depends on who's ringing you up. Some people say "oh, that's old" and charge 99 cents, some say "Oh, that's rare" and charge 2.99. My favorite was a sealed comedy record at I picked up at Savers that was tagged at 99 cents. They rang it up at that, then took an unsealed record and rang it at 2.99. Um, what?
     
  5. bigx5murf

    bigx5murf Super Member

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    My GW has them for $2 each. But they seem to get the discount more often. I've actually been going to Catholic thrift stores for vinyl recently. They're usually $1 or less there.
     
  6. Imanoldee

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    $2.99 at GW around here.

    Mitch Miller.
    Elvis.
    or ELO.
    They don't seem to know or care.

    $2.99

    Even so, I have bought a few of their LP's. :)
    No great scores, still nice near Mint LP's from artists I like.
     
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  7. bob smog

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    My local SA dropped non-rock lps to $1.95, after a year of charging $2.95 for everything.

    They get decent Classical and Jazz, so this is good news. Most of the rock stuff they get, I already own.
     
  8. SoundOfSound

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    KORG AX1000G. Looks like a house mouse in NIB condition. Got it for about 1/2 the going rate.

    Pic from the interwebs :)
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  9. NAD80

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    Picked up some Etheral 4 M component cables for $1.97 each, Tripp-Lite AVBAR8 for $4.99. Going back on Monday for some short cables.
     
  10. audiobird

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    It has been awhile since I have been on this site. Someone had changed it awhile back, and this thread couldn't be found so I gave up on this site. This is the best thread ever, and it's one of the only reasons I come to this site. Well I thought I would try this site tonight because I found a piece of equipment today at thrift store worth sharing in this thread. I have been buying from thrifts for the past 30 years, and rarely have seen affordable tube equipment maybe once or twice. I owned a Dynaco 35 amp purchased from flea market 25 years ago, and like a dummy sold it. Regret to this day. Today I found the only other affordable piece I have seen in that span. $12.50 at SA. I don't recognize the brand, but it is a stereo amp. It's a keeper.
     

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  12. markshan

    markshan Sir Thrift a Lot Subscriber

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    My guess is that those are two OPTs and there is no power tranny but rather wired in a series string. Given that and the weird performance described on the eBay link, I'd probably be tempted to just use the iron in a fresh build.
     
  13. Cadillac Kid

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    Remember the movie 'Vegas in Space'? Yeah, neither do I, but I had to grab this today at Goodwill. From the movie soundtrack, here is the the hit single 'Brand New Dance' b/w 'Moonwalk' by Timmy Spence an the Sluts (Timmy plays the role of Dick Hunter in the film)

    Just awful and over the top campy. Seems to have a cult following.
    OK it was a slow day at GW.

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  14. audiobird

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    Thanks for the information. Yes, after looking at my amplifier a little closer it appears to be the same exact thing as the one in the Ebay listing you mention. It appears to be a mono amp, in this case the G 50 D, that has somehow been reworked to do stereo. The old amp part # rubbed/sanded off, new face plate with the Stereo 50 logo on it. Most likely done by the manufacturer because what is the likelihood there would be another exact item in my neck of the woods ( Nor Cal ). Too much of a coincidence. Although that being said, and with what other I could gather these were not widely distributed, maybe even just on the west coast, so somewhat rare. I would love to keep this item for repair / refurb but not sure how dependable this particular setup would be from other things I have read.
     
  15. Wires!!

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    I Picked up a cool Sony tfm-9450w radio.
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    And some cool vinyl
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    The direct master titles are interesting. All about having the best quality recording possible.
     
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  16. markshan

    markshan Sir Thrift a Lot Subscriber

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    I hate to burst your bubble. Yes, the recordings are well made, but they are 80s era re-recordings of 60s and 70s hits. Like so many "Audiophile" records, a nice recording of a marginal performance. Mountain, OTOH, is marginal recordings of music that will melt your face off (YMMV, IMHO, etc.).
     

     

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  17. audiobird

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    These are some pictures I have taken of the BOC - Bigg of California Stereo 50 tube amplifier found at SA for $12.50. If anybody has some input on whether or not I should keep this amp and why, please feel free to share it. I would love to keep it, but like I said in earlier reply, I have heard that this particular re-work of a mono amp, to do stereo is not that great. I love stereo's, and music but a electronics expert I am not.
     

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  18. audiobird

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    Found this at the same SA as the BOC Bigg of California stereo 50 tube amplifier. 10 " Ampex reel of 444 tape. Although the box is not sealed, the reel of tape is. $6.
     
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    A pic of the Ampex 444 reel of tape.
     

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  20. kryten79

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    Scored a pair of Klipsch KG4 speakers at GW yesterday. Veneer is chipping at the bottom, a few stains and a nick or little dent on a couple edges elsewhere. First set of full-sized speakers worth buying that I've seen at either GW or SA in a while. Usually find bookshelf, white van or crap towers and HT speakers. A couple weeks ago I passed on a pair of Acoustic Research AR-9s for $200 at SA. They were the newer version, not the desirable one - yes I double checked three times. FWIW, the SA here appears to be using a percentage of auction price average now when they price electronic gear.
    I'm not sure I needed the KG4s but it gives me more stuff to store. Really don't know what I'll do with them. I have not hooked them up yet. GW just opened another store up by I66 which I haven't visited. Should be better gear as the income levels are higher. Wonder if their pricing will reflect that? 15082529798431408551724.jpg 15082530218481237480652.jpg 1508253160755711527299.jpg
     
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