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Old 14th August 2006, 03:55 PM   #11
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This thread is like an inverse "antique roadshow".
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Old 14th August 2006, 04:36 PM   #12
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For me depression is thinking of my childhood.

My dad was head of service for a local Magnavox shop and ran a sideline home repair buisness. As well as serviced my grandfathers radio stations.

To my best estimation he had no less than 15 full RCA tube caddies, 2 walls of tube racks, And countless flats of bulk tubes, (Mostly 6L6's & 6V6gts) in the flats.

As kids ( With BeeBee guns ) we would gather a bucket or 2 and head off to the woods for practice.

Mind you this was 40 years ago. I still look back and realize that was one of the stupidest things I ever Did. 2nd thing is admitting this story is true.
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Old 14th August 2006, 04:53 PM   #13
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My parents sold off my grandfather's stereo system. This was nothing tube, but a really nice hi-end all Sansui system (amps, preamp, tuner, etc) for peanuts. I could have killed them.

For the life of me, I still cannot phathom why they would have not at least asked me about it before hocking it, knowing that I am audiophile.
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Old 14th August 2006, 05:31 PM   #14
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People do those things because that is what they do. We all have stories of missed opportunity or acts that in retrospect seem pretty stupid in the light of present knowledge..

I seriously doubt anyone currently guilty of such crimes is going to be reading this or any DIYAudio thread.

Your best defense against such events is to spread the word to friends, family, and casual acquiantances. A small business card you hand out during random encounters can pay dividends later, particularly if there is a hint of even small money being involved.

With eBay there is an increasing awareness of the value of prestigious old names like Quad, Fisher, McIntosh or Marantz, and in recent years I have not seen any hint of anything worthwhile at the local Salvation Army outlet or any local charity I have visited. I do sometimes see very inflated prices for low end tube stuff at yard sales around here. I usually don't buy, but sometimes something will come along.

Family is frequently guilty of the charge involved, the best and only defense is to indicate that you want it before it is available, and to remove it promptly when it is. To most people it will be clutter taking up valuable space, particularly if it has stopped working.

Calm yourself by thinking it was mostly used TV tubes and other less desirable rubbish when you inevitably run across the unwanted news of a stash lost. (In surprisingly many cases that is close to the truth.)

I have made quite sure that my spouse to be knows that my collection has considerable monetary value in the event that something unfortunate ever happens to me. Given that she often wonders where my money goes I think she knows this..

My stupid stories: A marantz 2 accidentally dropped from a 3rd floor balcony because it no longer worked. (Very long ago.) 15 genuine WE 300B at $3 each passed up for 6AS7GA at $2 each at a ham fest around 1990. They were unused, in the original packaging, the seller being a recently retired WE/ATT employee. I remember thinking at the time they would be perfect for an audio amp - I didn't know what they were... That OTL never got built either..
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Old 14th August 2006, 06:45 PM   #15
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I was at a thrift store that was jettisoning all the tube stuff that came in, including two original McIntoshes that I could see....

Me: Hey, I'll take that off your hands.
Manager: Nope, has to be destroyed.
Me: I'll pay you. You are a charity, this stuff is worth something.
Manager: Company policy.

People just don't care about anything anymore

I'd just grab the stuff and tell them: Go ahead. Call a cop. Do what you want, but I'm taking this stuff. Right now. I have a healthy disrespect for rules that logically and ethically need exceptions. Judge Dredd....
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Old 14th August 2006, 07:07 PM   #16
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Its weird, because there is a thrift store chain near me that has an endless supply of Tube Organs, and I bought a nice SE Pentode EL84 Hi-fi with a turntable, and an AM/FM tuner there last winter for 15 bucks. for me its just a matter of looking at the right time
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Old 14th August 2006, 08:01 PM   #17
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KBK is in Canada, it might be that liability law there precludes the resale of untested electrical devices to the public.

It does seem though that there ought to be some way of dealing with such occurances via registered brokers.

I had a similar problem with a local museum a more than a few years ago, but when I finally showed them my then existing business license (no more unfortunately) and assured them that they could safely sell to me as electrical scrap they just gave the stuff to me.
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Old 14th August 2006, 08:12 PM   #18
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Its weird, because there is a thrift store chain near me that has an endless supply of Tube Organs...
There's the odd one around here. Of all the thrift shops that are willing to cooperate, they get tube stuff about twice/year.
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My story is not nearly as bad as some of yours. My father n law gave me a Sansui amp that only needs a repaired preamp board. I heard one channel (only one worked) and it kicked the ever living snot out of anything I have ever owned or heard. It was very loud and very clear. I think it's rated at 250 RMS watts.

Anyway, when moving around, I didn't want to put the amp in storage, so I put it in a closet in my inlaws house. I figured it would be all nice and safe till a later date.

Anyway, my brother n law came back from collage and needed some space in his closet, so he put the amp in his friends storage shed. Outside. I just found out a few weeks ago where it was. I think my brother n law got tired of me tearing his room apart looking for it. They are young and they simply have no ideal what they are dealing with. To them, it is old, so it isn't important.

Anyway, my name is still on it and I'm going to get it back any day, but I hope the last year or two of it being in a storage shed didn't cause more dammage to it. I hope it is at least stored on a shelf and not on the ground. I'm going to be VERY upset if it is ruined.

Anyway, I want to build my first set of loud speakers using this amp and use my SACD and later buy a LP player. Having a good amp will save me wods of cash. I want sealed woofers and I need the powha of that amp.
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My story is not nearly as bad as some of yours. My father n law gave me a Sansui amp that only needs a repaired preamp board. I heard one channel (only one worked) and it kicked the ever living snot out of anything I have ever owned or heard. It was very loud and very clear. I think it's rated at 250 RMS watts.

Anyway, when moving around, I didn't want to put the amp in storage, so I put it in a closet in my inlaws house. I figured it would be all nice and safe till a later date.

Anyway, my brother n law came back from collage and needed some space in his closet, so he put the amp in his friends storage shed. Outside. I just found out a few weeks ago where it was. I think my brother n law got tired of me tearing his room apart looking for it. They are young and they simply have no ideal what they are dealing with. To them, it is old, so it isn't important.

Anyway, my name is still on it and I'm going to get it back any day, but I hope the last year or two of it being in a storage shed didn't cause more dammage to it. I hope it is at least stored on a shelf and not on the ground. I'm going to be VERY upset if it is ruined.

Anyway, I want to build my first set of loud speakers using this amp and use my SACD and later buy a LP player. Having a good amp will save me wods of cash. I want sealed woofers and I need the powha of that amp.
Sniff sniff The amp was never found. I think she is gone forever. I found one similer on ebay and it cost of $600.


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