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QUESTION: What do you do with older gear that doesn't work

Discussion in 'Dollars and Sense' started by 70'sMusic, Nov 9, 2018 at 7:21 PM.

  1. 70'sMusic

    70'sMusic Active Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    Got a question for the collective wisdom of the group - what do you do with older gear that doesn't work anymore? I have several pieces that are in great condition but need a little work. It will cost more to get them fixed than it cost to purchase them. I don't want to throw it away, what have you done to get rid of old non-working equipment?

    Thank you in advance for your help, I truly appreciate it!
     

     

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  2. tyeeslayer

    tyeeslayer Super Member

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    Fix them myself. Or sell them as is for a reasonable price. Depending on what they are they can still be worth $$$$ or pennies.
     
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  3. Harvestor

    Harvestor Super Member

    I paid $50.00 ( fifty ) for a mint condition Receiver and I phucked it up one month later and shorted out the whole thing with probes during a Bias Adjustment. .. It wasn't broke so I should have left it alone!! !!

    Anyway it's a phucking paper weight until I spend about $500.00 to have it fixed and refreshed with new Caps....

    Yes it's worth it to me, because....
    #1. It's a memorial piece in Remembrance of my deceased brother.
    #2. Because it sounds better than anything else in the world made today for $500..
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    it's the top one ...the Technics SA 600

    I'm flat broke and trying to sell a couple of AK Rifle's that I cherish.. .to get it fixed and pay my wife back for the SA800 underneath it
     
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  4. swechsler

    swechsler Frog Whisperer

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    If it's a vintage silver-face piece (and not bottom of the line), chances are someone will either want to restore it, or refurbish their own with a good condition case, front panel, etc. Take a look on eBay and see if there is any demand for the items you have, then you can either start an auction at the lowest price you're willing to accept for it (don't forget the ebay and paypal fees), or list it at a higher price with offers accepted. If after a few weeks you get no bites, you know that there's not enough demand. In that case you can put it up in Craigslist free items section, most likely someone will take it.
     
  5. Harvestor

    Harvestor Super Member

    Never " throw away " any equipment that you could give as gifts to those that would fix to use for their own personal usage & not personal gain.
    Give or ( Donate ) to an appreciative recipient
     
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  6. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    This is the unfortunate way that folks on ak learn about mini-grabbers. If you had used them there might have been a chance for a successful adjustment. Don't worry about being alone, you definitely are not. I lost a resistor in a Sony TT which killed the table until found and replaced. Thanks to @Grainger49 for the guidance on that repair. Now have mini-grabber test leads. Lots of folks start out opening up a unit with no user serviceable parts inside and start adjusting only to start a new thread asking for help fixing their beloved blowed up receiver.

    If you know which end of the soldering iron to hold, maybe you too could start a thread to repair and recap your 600.

    This leads to another answer to the OP's question, many here seek help to repair their units and much help is offered and gear gets fixed by those that have no idea until after the repair whether they would ever hear their unit again with professional help.
     
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  7. markshan

    markshan Sir Thrift a Lot Subscriber

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    Sell it for pennies on the dollar. Part it out. Give it to a friend who is handy with such things (if you have one of those). Ask your friend if he would like to have a half dozen and give you back just one repaired one. Lots of possibilities. It depends mostly on what you are comfortable with.

    For example, I have no issue pulling a tube amp from a console (with just a couple exceptions). Some folks think that is sacrilege. Some folks have no issue taking $30 for the knobs and chucking the rest. That would bother me if I thought it was clean and salvageable. OTOH, people need knobs. So, it's really up to you. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks (unless someone thinks it's a good idea to throw them into a gully, that guy is a putz).
     
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  8. markshan

    markshan Sir Thrift a Lot Subscriber

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    Oh, I forgot the most frequent option. Give it/ sell it to someone else who will initially be excited but then repeat the process after it has spent a few years in his garage.
     
  9. Harvestor

    Harvestor Super Member

    Definitely Grabbers would have saved me a WHOLE LOT of Grief....
    I will Never again attempt my own work without ...

    First : having expendable cash at the Ready in case I mess up...

    Second : having the Correct test equipment

    Third: Not touch or mess with Something So Important to me that's not broke in the first place!
     
  10. OMGCat!

    OMGCat! AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    This is great advice. I'll add that if there is a repair shop nearby that's known for their vintage work you might be able to trade some carcasses for credit toward a restoration on something that you really like.
    Lots of good options for clean but non functional gear.
     
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  11. Hobie1dog

    Hobie1dog Super Member

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    Craigslist or Goodwill, I am not sinking money into failures.
     

     

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  12. mkane

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    Goodwill or toss it.
     
  13. ConradH

    ConradH Addicted Member

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    +1 on micro grabbers, mini grabbers, grabbers and giant grabbers. Also, it's sometimes safer to put shrink tubing on small screwdriver shafts if you're going to make adjustments close to something live.
     
  14. Harvestor

    Harvestor Super Member

    And or use Plastic screwdriver's designed for technical electronic work
     
  15. Mingo

    Mingo stranger in a strange land Subscriber

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    Viagra?
     
  16. UncleBingo

    UncleBingo AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Hahaha! There's always a Mingo in the group!
     
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  17. slow_jazz

    slow_jazz AK Subscriber Subscriber

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  18. UncleBingo

    UncleBingo AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Subscribe to Bartertown and sell it as whole or parts.
     
  19. UncleBingo

    UncleBingo AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Post your location. Maybe somebody will fix one of them in trade for some of the others. Pretty good bunch on here, generally speaking.
     
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  20. Montycat

    Montycat AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Ha! I did that just a few days ago, trading a piece I couldn't fix for a different working one. Meanwhile, I kept the one part from that device that was worth anything and sold it for more than my investment, other than time.
     
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