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Old 24th September 2011, 09:40 PM   #1
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I did not know where to post this.....
I have a Sankyo Cassette recorder that has been in storage (in my closets) since about 1975.

Today I got hold of a cassette, checked it out (with my MP3 player), and it still works as remembered when it was part of my Heathkit/JBL sys back then.
This recorder weighs a "ton" and is built like a tank!

The question I have is how much it might be worth if I were to sell it as I really have no further use for it in this day and age.
I don't want to ask too much for it.

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Old 24th September 2011, 09:48 PM   #2
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It should be considered recycle unless you can find someone who still uses cassettes.

A power supply, some knobs, feet, maybe RCA jacks & guages, the aluminum faceplate & wire have scrap value. Maybe some other parts

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Old 24th September 2011, 09:51 PM   #3
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Yeah, It may be of use to someone who has some casettes that they want to convert to digital.
I may put on Craigs list to sell it locally.
I reaize it does not have too much value.

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Old 24th September 2011, 11:20 PM   #4
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It's probably a decent deck if it went for ~$300 in the mid seventies

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Here's one in good condition that sold for $59 on ebay. Nothing like a worldwide market to inflate the price.
I'd probably keep it if it were mine. Buy music (that I'm not sure I'd like) on cassettes for 3/$1.00 and dub onto HDD....
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Old 25th September 2011, 12:01 AM   #5
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Yes, it is a decent deck. Like I said, it was part of my high end sys even though I rarely used it in favor of vinyl.
It was actually an impulse purchase during a visit to the local Radio Shack when they used to sell hi-end audio.

I may still keep it..... I have had it this long.
In fact, I think I still have a casette head demagnatizer packed away somewhere and if I remeber correctly, I demagnatized the head right before I put it in storage.
At least, now I know it still functions properly.

I do regret saving this and not my Throrens TT.

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Old 25th September 2011, 09:33 PM   #6
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The moment you try depending on it for something halfway useful, it will break a belt, and those can be tricky to replace even if you can find one. (It's a miracle it still works!)
So, no Sankyo, but Sankyo for trying.
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Old 26th September 2011, 04:13 PM   #7
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I'm actually surprised that all the belts, etc still function properly..... without any (noticable)l wow/flutter.

One of the reasons I no longer have my Thorens is the (drive) belt completly deteriorated years ago and I could not find a replacement in the days before the net.

The Sankyo seems to have aged a bit less than I have in the last 35 years .

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