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Old 18th January 2004, 03:29 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Flea Market Finds - Tips/Advice

I am going to a flea market in San Jose tomorrow, and I was wondering if anyone here has experiece looking for hi-fi stuff at a place like this. I am only interested in units for DIY related stuff; ie gutting the power supply, case, connectors, switches for my own projects (if I ever start any ).

I am relatively new the DIY audio scene, and don't know too much about gutting stuff. What should I look out for? I want to build a GainClone; should I be on the lookout for something with transformers in it? Does a regular old VCR player have transformers?

Is there any other ideas/tips? Any specific equipment I should be on the lookout for? Also, any info on haggling...like should I go down to....50% of asking price?

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Old 18th January 2004, 06:39 AM   #2
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C'mon guys, even general comments are fine! I'm going tomorrow morning, and I need some input!

I promise I'll post my findings!!!
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Old 19th January 2004, 01:46 PM   #3
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Save your money. Go to your local repair shops and ask them for their non repairables. Every shop has a room full of them just waiting for a ride to the dump and will usually give the stuff away to a sincere hobbyist. This is a great source for chassis and power supply parts that are in excellent shape for free.
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Old 19th January 2004, 05:08 PM   #4
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Well, I didn't see anything worthwhile there that was audio-related, but i did get some other cool things!

I'll have to look into the repair shop thing....would I just look in the phone book under "electronic repair"?
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