Get acquainted with the electronics repair shops in your area. I haven't found one yet that didn't have some refurbished vintage gear for sale -- usually stuff that was brought in for repair and ended up costing more than the customer wanted to spend. Don't bother with the big retailers (Best Buy, etc.); stick with the smaller shops.
On the Hunt: Collecting Vintage Tech
|7/26/12 12:13 AM|
I'm late to this party, I know, but had to add my compliments to the others'. Turned out beautifully. I do think it's too bad that you tossed the speakers and turntable, though. That looks like a Voice of Music 1297 record changer, which was -- and is -- an excellent piece of equipment. I have one that came with a Zenith Micro-Touch 2G tonearm, and it's become my main vinyl player. Like yours, it came from a console stereo; I bought it online, then ordered what I needed to clean and recondition it from thevoiceofmusic.com -- including an elegant poplar base and new dustcover. V-M's made-in-USA turntables can be found in a lot of the old consoles; another brand worth saving is the UK-built Collaro, later bought by Magnavox. Both are sturdy, reliable, and easy on LPs.
Gregory's Project: The Stereo Cabinet #2 - The Strip Show
|2/14/11 8:31 PM|
Elegant sound solution, and beautifully realized -- especially the lights and wire covers. One quibble: "Solid state" doesn't mean the turntable and receiver are a single unit; it means it's made with transistors instead of tubes. Those Allegros are a definite find, and worth holding onto even if you someday upgrade your electronics.
When it Comes to Stereos, Newer Isn't Always Better
|2/11/11 2:07 PM|