Score Of A Lifetime Thread

Discussion in 'Dollars and Sense' started by Snow, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. frahengeo

    frahengeo AK Subscriber Subscriber

    The guy that sold his SX-1980 to me picked it up for ~$50.00, but sold it to me for much more. So he got a score of a lifetime, and I just got an 'okay' deal.


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  2. markshan

    markshan Sir Thrift a Lot Subscriber

    Pittsburgh, PA
    If that is $200 for all three I think that counts as crazy good.
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  3. damacman

    damacman Blown and Injected Subscriber

    Gilbert, AZ
    My father's best score was a Marantz 7C and pair of Model 2 amps for $300.00 ...

    I've had a bunch over the years as I was buying like Snow for about 15yrs. One of the highlights was a Western Electric 142 and McIntosh A120 for $100 from a campground (retired from PA use) - both having pairs of WE350B tubes, which I stupidly let slip away. The A120 is such a rare amplifier, it wasn't worth much at the time as it was impossible to find another. I finally did sell it to a collector that had a single as well. A few years back, he sold the pair on eBay for serious coin.
  4. FastG

    FastG AK Subscriber Subscriber

    laurel MD
    I was out walking the dog one Saturday morning, passed a yard sale about a block from home. Looked around, just be sociable. In the corner were a trumpet and a tuba, both in great condition. Just out of interest I ask how much, I will always remember the reply "they are not of resale value so $10". I could not get my money out quick enough. The dog was very confused as we rushed back home to pick up the car. I sold them to a local brass instrument store for $650 the same afternoon.

  5. podbaydoors

    podbaydoors AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Chicago area
    Not sure whether this counts, but I just got a western electric 22d mixer for $7.04 on ebay.
    I'll have to figure out a suitable power supply and tie in an appropriate output matching transformer, but it should be a very nifty guitar preamp if nothing else. I can't find anything much on these on the web, but maybe it's so unusual..... Naaaahhhh, it's just an oddball mixer!
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  6. ryanward84

    ryanward84 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    My best was probably 2 pairs of Klipsch Heresy I's for $100. I also snagged a Marantz 2230, and Yamaha A-1 and a couple of Sony ES 5 disc cd changers for $100 a year or so ago.

    I just missed on an amazing score here in Utah of a Yamaha M-80/C-80 and matching CD, Cassette and tuner with some big Infinity RSBs for $200! Hopefully the guy who got them appreciates them! I don't have much time running around looking for scores lately though working 50 hours a week and fixing up the house we bought this summer.
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  7. Brad Muller

    Brad Muller Super Member

    Vancouver, Wa
    I never find a scroe...
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  8. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Ottawa, Canada
    The one that got me hooked. Not my best, but my most memorable.

    I stopped by a Salvation Army not that far from me on a Saturday afternoon. Lots of people looking around, stuff all over the floor. On the floor away from any shelving, I see an old metal case. Pick it up and I'm starting to get excited. Heavy. It says Dynaco. Price $10!!! PAS3!

    Got it home, cleaned it up, and it had its original dynaco telefunken tubes, and it all worked.

    I've been hooked ever since!
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  9. mrz80

    mrz80 I guess it's in my blood

    Gainesville, FL
    I've had a few runs of good luck. I'll leave out my uncle showing up on my doorstep with Mr. Mc's TD-125 (and a 1917 Enfield in .30-06) 'cause that was a gimme. :cool: Also in that category was the complete Collins S-Line HF station that Mom had bought for Dad the summer before I was born. She called me up one day and said, "Come up here and get what you want of your Dad's radio gear before I have your brother haul it all to the dump.":eek: Then she loads me down with the 113 and 275 from the living room 'cause she "wants something with a remote control for the volume." My brother just rolled his eyes and helped me cart 'em out to the car. :)

    Found a pair of Minimus 7s for $3.50 at a thrift shop in town; new coat of paint and some judicious suction with a vacuum cleaner to pull out a dented dust cap and they're fine and dandy.

    Stumbled on a Marantz 2235 at a yard sale for $20 some years back. Recently sold it for $75.

    Way back in high school I found a Hammarlund BC-1004 (mil. labeled SuperPro receiver) in the junkpile in the Radio-TV servicing classroom. Gave it to my dad, who found a power supply for it and got it working. Found its way back to me when he passed away (see the threatened run to the county dump above). Sold it at a hamfest to a Hammarlund collector. That's one of those "I wish I'd never sold that!" things. What was I THINKING?!?! :crazy::(

    Best score was a coworker who "found you something interesting at a yardsale" for $10. Turned out to be a HK Cit II with no tubes! Ended up selling it at a hamfest because I just didn't have the time to restore it. Hadn't even gotten it out of the car and onto the table before someone walked up and made me the offer I couldn't refuse for it. :)
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  10. opossumcrush

    opossumcrush The Central Scrutinizer Subscriber

    I've gotten alot of decent gear at really cheap prices, but i think my best deals are Soundstream M2 and M3 for $2.00. And my estate auction score, Onkyo Grand Integra M508 near flawless condition. In the original box and packing with the manuals and Onkyo catalog, $50.00.
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  11. motorstereo

    motorstereo AK Subscriber Subscriber

    For me gear comes and goes; some stays and some leaves to make room for more. For me my lifetime score in the audio world would be my best friend Dave who was a lifetime vintage collector-enthusiast who took me under his wing so to speak and got me started and showed me the ropes of the vintage audio world. Sadly Dave passed away a couple years ago but I'll always consider him my number one "score of a lifetime" in this hobby
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  12. bigx5murf

    bigx5murf AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Las Vegas
    Mine have all been posted in the best thrift scores thread.

    Yamaha rx-z7 for $40
    Anthem avm20 + pva7 for $25
    Kef q90 for $25
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  13. Hajidub

    Hajidub Chihuahua/Pug = Chug Subscriber

    Colorado Springs, CO
    An original UK pressing of the Beatles ~white~ number 8500 for $50.
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  14. 2526

    2526 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Pittsburgh, PA
    I got my Fisher 400 in excellent original condition for $75
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  15. mattsd

    mattsd AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Big scores for me have been kinda far and few between, but...

    Pioneer SPEC-2, free. Yes, free. I'll be doing a restoration thread on it soon.
    Pioneer SX-1250, $75, needed an easy power supply repair.
    Pioneer HPM-100s, $100.
    Sansui G-8000, $100
    Sansui AU-20000, $200
    Thorens TD-125 MKII, $300. Completely working and came with a mint Audio Technica AT15S
    Pioneer SX-1980, $400, fully working.

    I still have all but the G-8000 and AU-20000 as well, though electrically it is all a lot better than before. :D I do regret selling the 20000, really should have kept that.
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  16. bobinaz

    bobinaz Active Member

    phoenix az
    My all time best score in 2008 on my birthday. I n thrift store I got a mcintosh mc2125 AND a mx113 both in nice wood cases for $25.
    Later next year at a yard sale I got a marantz 2325 in wood case AND a sansui 990 for $60
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  17. Mrv8q

    Mrv8q Well-Known Member

    Los Angeles
    I love reading these. Some gear I know and some I don't.

    Just love the fast beating of the heart when one knows a score is imminent!
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  18. jdsalinger

    jdsalinger AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Pilot 402 - $40
    ADS L-1290 - $60
    Fisher 500t, Garrard LAB-80, AR 2ax - $25 for all
    Another Fisher 500t - $50 ( may not seem like a score, but the sound quality & styling are priceless to me )
    McIntosh MPI-4 & C24 - $250
    Advent 5012 - curb score
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  19. jberger

    jberger AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Long Beach, CA
    Infinity 7 Kappa $80
    Wharfedale E60 $20
    Sony 300 disc DVD changer (that read SACD discs, too) $10
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  20. anytune

    anytune Super Member

    I will limit my all-time best list to items I still own:
    Klipsch Fortes $20
    Sansui G-8700DB $35
    Marantz 2215B $10
    ADS L520s $15
    ADS L420s $20
    ADS L10s $15
    KLH Model 6s $15
    KLH Model 30s $15
    Frazier Manhattans $20
    Original Large Advents $10
    HPM 60s $20
    Dynaco A-35s $20
    Pioneer SX-535 $10
    Realistic STA-2000D $10
    Kenwood KR-6600 free
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