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So for a while now I've gotten into collecting retro tech (vintage radios, TVs, computers, etc.) I already had a decent collection in the past, but lately I've been more enthusiastic to build it.

The condition or general worth of the items mean nothing to me. They all have special value to me because they reminds me of times that I enjoyed or wish I could have experienced (the 80's looked like such a fun decade). Unless, of course, a TV is smashed to pieces, for example... I'm not THAT obsessed.

I thought I'd create this topic to share what I have, and maybe demonstrate how they work when I find time. Please, feel free to share your collection as well.

 

  1. Polaroid Sun 660 Instant Camera. I remember when these used to be so cool and hi-tech when I was a kid... boy do times change. This one came with an extra battery/film cartridge still sealed in the factory box.

  2. A couple of portable TV/radios; a 1983 Sampo BC-526 and a 1986 Panasonic TRH-513T without the glass cover over the screen (I removed it because it was badly damaged). I just did a Google search and it appears that the Sampo might be a very rare model.

  3. 1986 Astra CRT TV.

  4. Below the skinny Sony phono is a Toshiba SM-70000 "Studio Music Centre" cassette/phonograph stereo system. Just another blast from the past I can't seem to track down, so I don't know the date of manufacture. My uncle bought it from an international trade dock in either Tokyo or the Philippines around 1979 when he was overseas. It was a gift to my grandmother, then my mom took it when she passed away, then gave it to me.

  5. Pioneer 8-track player for car stereo systems.

  6. Yorx phonograph/dual cassette-player/CD-player stereo system atop my GSC Music Entertainment System 200. Of course, this is my old arrangement. The setup is now much better organized and the videos and little horsies are on display elsewhere.

  7. 1997 HP OmniBook 800CT, the last of the OmniBook series and the first to use a Pentium processor. It even came with a power adapter. It is actually pretty fast for something from its time. And I love all the little beeps it makes when it powers up.

  8. My vacuum tubes.


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Demonstration of the Sampo. I just love this little thing's versatility:

 



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  1. Ambico "All-In-One Video Transfer System", which is basically a type of Telecine. It works, except that the bulb inside is burned out.

  2. Ambico box. It came with everything you see in the picture, even the protective foam.

  3. 1985 Sears-manufactured CRT TV... I can't seem to track this one down, though there is a so-called "Proformance" brand from Sears that looks very similar, but with more buttons on the interface.

  4. This is a very special addition to the collection; a 1978 Panasonic TR-3000P portable TV/radio, which was a rare series purposefully shaped like a video camera. Unfortunately, I can't power it on.

  5. Sony two-way stereo with high-speed dubbing system and five-band graphic equalizer. The speakers were unhooked from the sides and specially placed within my entertainment setup (One is seen to the right with a horse calendar covering it, the other is off-camera, underneath the JVC TV and next to my PS2).

  6. 1970's Lloyd's Solid State two-speaker clock-radio.

  7. 8-tracks with revolving display.

  8. Plantronics Starset Supra headset from either the late 1970's or early 80's.


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  1. I was going to include my Game Boy Color in here, but then I thought "Game Boy? Puh-leeze, I've got this..."
    The 1978 Parker Brothers "Merlin" (AKA: "The Electronic Wizard"), capable of playing six types of games and can be used as a musical synthesizer.

  2. Merlin instructions.

  3. These are reference guides for operating and programming the 1982 Compaq Portable Computer. So if I ever find one someday, I'm definitely prepared!

  4. Same. The pages are kept in a binder format that fit into a protective slipcase.

  5. Inside.

  6. It appears that the previous owner was improving the information. In pencil, of course, as not to permanently damage the pages.

  7. A printout from the previous owner's Compaq computer.

  8. Programming notes on the other side.


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  1. Late 70's / early 80's Harman Kardon "Three Thirty" (330) stereo receiver. Still works great, though a couple of bulbs are burned out and some knobs appear missing.

  2. Back of the HK-330.

  3. The awesome lights when it's powered on.

  4. Craig 2620 portable radio/cassette-recorder.

  5. Technics DC Servo SL-B270 Automatic Turntable System.

  6. 1964 E.F. Johnson Messenger III short-wave CB radio.

  7. Behind the Messenger III.

  8. 1980's Sears-brand SR2100-series boombox.


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  1. Emerson CTR932 portable radio / dual cassette player.

  2. SDI Technologies "Soundesign" Model 3840BLK clock-radio cassette player.

  3. General Electric 3-5025A Cassette Player/Recorder.

  4. Emerson RED5676 clock-radio.

  5. City Time E505 digital alarm clock.

  6. 1985(?) General Electric 7-2945A 4-Band (TV/WB/AM/FM) radio.

  7. Kinyo UV-413 VHS rewinder.

  8. Polaroid Spectra 2.


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  1. Zenith VAC615 VHS cassette adapter for VHS-Cs. Yes, I also have some VHS-Cs with home movies on them, which I'll add here later.

  2. VHS adapter with lid open.

  3. Realistic (Radio Shack) Clarinette 110 AM/FM Stereo Cassette Music System with turntable. I had to remove the rubber piece on the turntable because it was warped into a shriveled blob.

  4. 1981 RCA Victor ColorTrak EFR291Y TV.

  5. 1970s Kodak Carousel 750H slide-projector.

  6. Just an extra halogen lamp for the projector.

  7. Late-1960's GAF Anscorama 980 slide-projector. I forgot that I had this since childhood, and stupid childhood me left it to waste away in my armory all this time. Thank goodness it's not too badly damaged... looks like it just needs a bit of a cleanup.

  8. Some cassettes I scored in a vintage case.


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  1. 1979 Technics SA-200 stereo receiver. A couple of knobs are missing.

  2. Early 80's Hitachi D-75s stereo / cassette player.

  3. Overture P-943 stereo receiver with 8-track player.

  4. P-943 with left and right speaker boxes unfolded.

  5. 1970's Realistic 12-662 pocket radio.


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Dang Stingy you collect junk people normally get rid off because of newer and better stuff. :P

inb4 someone comments about the older stuff sounding better. Thats not true, it just depends on how good it was made.

Whatever turns your rotors. :)



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I cant compete with this. I give up.crying.gif



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Leela25 wrote:

Dang Stingy you collect junk people normally get rid off because of newer and better stuff. :P

inb4 someone comments about the older stuff sounding better. Thats not true, it just depends on how good it was made.

Whatever turns your rotors. :)


 Hate to burst your bubble but it's true, older stereo equipment does sound better than newer systems!

Back in the day companies engineered their products to compete with sound quality, not who had the most features crammed into it. They were made to last long enough to maintain for decades to come. Hell, I think all the parts were designed and built in-house. Now they're all built cheap with parts from China or Taiwan or who knows where just crash and burn in just a few years if you're lucky so you'll shell out more of your hard earned money for the next piece of crap jam-packed with the latest gizmos. You can't service the new stuff without it draining your time and money, or it's just straight up impossible altogether. We're back to buying a new one. More profit for the big name companies.

Going back to sound quality, this is something sacrificed long down the marketing road in favor of fancy new features. If it looks pretty and it's compatible with your bluetooth, iPhone, other gadget, it's a winner. They're hollow without the "depth" heard in older equipment. I had a 1978 Sony receiver that shook the neighbors walls to rubble. I regret selling it because now I'm stuck with this dull 1990's era Sony. The ignorance of youth...

While Stingray's collection consists of borderline junk, he does have some gems like the Harmon Kardon and Technics. Those are legends among audiophiles (I'm not but I know good sound when I hear it). The TVs are a whole other issue.



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Lolz the Retro is retro. I honestly didn't see it coming. xD

I have a Yamaha from 2001 or 2002 and it souds awesome. I guess I'm just a casual listener because I cant tel the difference unless different kinds of speakers are used. Mine are small but sound OK. :/



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The 70s was the golden age of sound equipment. Get a Yamaha from that era and you'll never go back to anything later. I don't know what speakers you have but they should do just fine as long as they're compatible. Size doesn't always matter unless they're super tiny. Anything bigger than a mini fridge is overkill.



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Retro said it best. It's a statistical fact, not opinion, that most vintage systems sound better.

On the matter of TVs, I personally hate flatscreens unless they're computer monitors. CRTs are softer and don't pixelate. The latter detail is very distracting and ruins my viewing experience. The knobs and switches are a bit more convenient than going through on-screen menus, remote or not. I love the wood or generally clunky aesthetic as well.

 

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I cant compete with this. I give up.crying.gif


 

You have a collection too? Well, don't be shy, post it here.



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Stingray wrote:

Retro said it best. It's a statistical fact, not opinion, that most vintage systems sound better.

On the matter of TVs, I personally hate flatscreens unless they're computer monitors. CRTs are softer and don't pixelate. The latter detail is very distracting and ruins my viewing experience. The knobs and switches are a bit more convenient than going through on-screen menus, remote or not. I love the wood or generally clunky aesthetic as well.


 Like I said whatever turns your rotors. :P

When you say flatscreen are you referring to plasma or LCD? They have adjustable refresh rates that are better for your eyes than CRTs. But plasmas have burn in problems when you hold on an image too long, so I understand a hate for them.



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Plasma screens no longer suffer from burn-in. They have better phosphors and pixel orbiting technology that moves the picture a few pixels around the screen.



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Sweet. I personally like LCDs a bit better though.



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Anlog recordings have more quality in sound, Digitizing has a problem of avraging & clipping the sound wave. Like drawing a squwiggle line on a graph paper & filling in the blocks. lots get lost in translation,

Early Bell auto pilots / Helipilot. SAS systeme are anlog curcits, (even in 2010 Bell 412s.)Hear of a liniar transformer?

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Alright, time for some REAL retro gaming!

I got this 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) at my local thrift shop for five bucks. Came with everything you see, except for a power cord. No problem, I got plenty. I just need to find some games.

Also found some more 8-tracks for my collection.



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1. 1985 RCA XL-100 console TV, manual and brochure included.

2. 1986 Sylvania console TV with swivel stand. Tube is broken, but I'm sure I can find a replacement.

3. 1989 General Electric 26GC630 console TV with swivel stand.

4. 1993 Magnavox TV (Model No. RR1933 W822 - Chassis Model No. 19D600-00AA).

5. 1984 Montgomery Ward JSA-12386 TV, with remote and protective glass panel over the screen.

6. 1970's Sansui 7070 stereo receiver.

7. Small radio

8. Casio PR-101 printing calculator.

9. Lanier VoiceWriter VW-210 micro cassette transcriber / dictation machines with all the accessories.

10-11. Kodak Carousel 850 slide-projector with carrying case.

12. More 8-tracks!

13-14. Kraco KCA-8 stereo cassette adapter for 8-track players.

15. Big box of cassettes. I included these because some are rare demo tapes and contain a lot of old music I can't identify.

16. Ampex Digital Audio Tape (DAT).

17. Sega Genesis.

18. Nintendo 64.



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Stingray, do you do repairs? If so I could use some help. I have an old GE 6 band radio, it needs the antenna put back on and in place and perhaps a speaker.

My prize in my collection is an old Sharp 19SC111 with remote and orginal controllers. Bought it off a friend for $70!! I didn't know what I was buying and they didn't know what they had when they were selling!! Little did I or they know just how rare these are!! They also threw in 2 big boxes of games, in the original boxes with books! Talk about a jackpot!! Anywho that's my only prized old possession.

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I'm sorry, but no, I don't do repairs. Just an eccentric collector. I still haven't gotten around to fixing my own stuff. cry

That's an amazing find. I didn't even know NES TVs existed until now. One for the hunting list, lol. I doubt I'll ever find one in the thrift store dumpster, though. That's also cool that you have all the accessories and games. Does everything work alright?



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Yes, I don't use it often because it's rare but yes. It works perfectly. What's better is any standard NES controllers or the light gun work with it too so if you wanted to play Duck Hunt, you can. :) Because it's so rare, I'm using it as a nest egg for my daughter when she grows up. It should be worth quite a bit more when she is old enough to appreciate it. The cool part is it even has it's original manuals as well and from all I've read, those are super hard to find in themselves.



-- Edited by jrbirdman on Thursday 11th of December 2014 11:02:52 AM



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1-2. 1999 Apple iMac G3 (slot-loading) desktop computer. Apparently it was a school computer. I need to figure out a way to bypass the security to change that .

3-4. 1990s Toshiba Satellite T2100CS laptop.

5. Finally I found a pre-90s computer! This is a late 1980s Samsung S550 business computer. I can't find anything about it online except for brief mentions in a few old computer magazines. Is it really that rare? I'm even more amazed that after everything it went through with the previous owner (left in the rain and sun several times), it still works. I need to find a compatible monitor so I can try it out.

6. I suppose my original Playstation can be added to this list now. My dad bought this for me back when it was brand new. The memory card is a bit unstable now.

7. General Electric 3-5233B portable radio / cassette recorder.

8. Panasonic RQ-310 mini cassette recorder. This was my Mom's when she was in school and used it to tape lectures, then gave it to me when I was a kid. It seems neither of us knew how to take good care of it, because I received it without the lid and battery cover, and I made it worse by coloring parts of it with a marker and broke some of the casing. I had no concept of value back then...

9. 1986 Realistic Model 14-817 microcassette recorder.



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I scored big this time.

 

1. Commodore 64!!! Unfortunately it's in rough shape, with a couple of cracks in the casing, a key missing, a key stuck, and rust on the back. Who knows, it still might work (the Samsung computer did despite being in a similar condition).

2. 1986 Sega Master System with original controller, joystick controller, Light Phaser, and SegaScope 3D glasses. I'm having lots of fun with this thing!

3. An SMS game with case; "Thunder Blade", which was totally inspired by Blue Thunder.

4. Another SMS game; "After Burner"... I play the NES version all the time. I have to say this version is way better, though.

5-6. Poster found in the "Thunder Blade" case.

7. Another NES. It's in rougher condition than the other I got a while back, but it still works.

8. Some more NES accessories; original controller, redesigned controller for the top-loading NES system, and the original NES Zapper.

9-10. A couple of NES games with slipcases; "Super Mario Bros 2" and "Mechanized Attack".

11. Late 1970's Radio Shack TV Scoreboard, which is basically a variation of the pong console.

12. Light gun for the TV Scoreboard.

13-14. 1940s Voigtländer Bessa 66 (Baby Bessa) folding camera. It's in terrible condition (the yellow filter even broke off).

15. 1970 Muntz Stereo Pak PF-30 "Porta-Four" 4-track player.

16-18. Probably an Empire solid state radio, but it says "Commercial" where the Empire logo should be. Also has fake wood finish around the dials instead of metallic.

19. GM Groupmen clock-radio / cassette-player.



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Stingray, may I please move in with you?? Lol, That is some really cool stuff! I was going to post my pic of my TV but it's 1MB in size so I believe that is too big. I also saw that Jane's book in your video, my birthday is in July! ;) j/k I would love to see that stuff up close, I am a huge retro nerd! Does that TV you made a video of have color and can you pick up any channels with it? Great stuff! I'm in total shock! I have an iPhone 5S 64GB now but I still have my first touchscreen phone running Android 1.0. I know that's not too vintage but it's still fun and it shows that I am well in touch with my pack rat side. Hehehe. Thanks for sharing Stingray. Kind regards, Jeremy



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The nostalgia is killing me!



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jrbirdman wrote:

Stingray, may I please move in with you?? Lol, That is some really cool stuff! I was going to post my pic of my TV but it's 1MB in size so I believe that is too big. I also saw that Jane's book in your video, my birthday is in July! ;) j/k I would love to see that stuff up close, I am a huge retro nerd! Does that TV you made a video of have color and can you pick up any channels with it? Great stuff! I'm in total shock! I have an iPhone 5S 64GB now but I still have my first touchscreen phone running Android 1.0. I know that's not too vintage but it's still fun and it shows that I am well in touch with my pack rat side. Hehehe. Thanks for sharing Stingray. Kind regards, Jeremy


 

Sure, if you can find your way through my labyrinth of retroistic awesomeness. (Yes, Retro, I stole your username and use it like a real word now).

You can post whatever size file you want. As far as I know, there's no limit to the storage capacity here and everything gets resized anyway (but not to that horrible 500x500-pixel range anymore, no worries!)

No, the Sampo is black-and-white. A bit hard to find color CRTs of that size from that timeframe, it seems. And I can't pick up any channels with it. So right now I just have it sitting next to my Sears TV, hooked up on the same feed, so it's like a cool gimmicky multiple-TV entertainment thing that raises eyebrows if I have someone visit. Because why not. biggrin

I'll make a video of my setup.



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It is a real word. Go ahead.



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Technically it's not, but anyway...

Here's the vid:

 



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