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    Default Pawn shop treasure

    The other day I was trolling the local pawn shops for good deals (I found my RTi70's and CSi40 at a pawn shop for a steal price). First treasure, and this may cause controversy, was the fabled Sony Playstation 1 with the model number ending in 1001. This is the one that is rumoured to sound as good as cd players costing in the thousands of dollars. Took it home and did A/B comparison testing with my Pioneer Elite DV-79Avi player. The Sony definitely sounds better. The Pio has deeper low end but the Sony is tighter and more defined. The mids are very smooth and the highs are more airy and real sounding. This $10.00 unit will have a permanent place in my two channel audio rack.

    Next was even better. A different pawn shop. I saw a box on a table in the old audio section. I asked the owner if I could look. He told me to go ahead. Inside was a slighly dusty but near perfect Marantz 6200 turntable. Dust cover had a couple light scratches but nothing deep. heavy duty rca cables. The original headshell with a cheapy Realistic cartridge and stylus. We plugged it in and all functions appeared to work except the belt was missing. I asked how much. He asked $20.00 and I offered him $15.00. He took it. Today I spent a good chunk of the day cleaning it up and setting it up with an older but still good Shure M95ED cartridge I had kicking around. I had a good belt robbed off a garage sale junk table that fit perfect. Long story short....it's works perfectly and looks great. I tested in my bedroom rig and it sounds fantastic. It doesn't have quite the detail of my Pro-ject rig but the cartridge amp and pre and not same caliber as my main rig's either. $15.00 and a fun day (for me anyway) tweaking and cleaning and the bedroom now has a first rate classic table. The old one was a very capable Dual 606 with Ortofon cartridge.
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    Pawn shop whore! :p hehe, jk. Kelvin. Sounds like a very successful day. :)

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    Damn.... LOL sounds like a hell of a fun day to me!! Congrats on your finds!!

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    congrats! that same turntable at any pawn shop here would have been listed at $90. Pawn shops here are WAYYYYYYYYYY over priced. you are a lucky dude. The only ones here priced reasonable are the silver plastic crap.. similar to the Black Plastic Crap stereo gear from the 80's.

    Might be time for a yearly trip to British Columbia for pawn shopping. ;)

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    Everytime I go to the pawn shop/thrift store they don't have crap that interests me.
    Nice find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leroyjr1 View Post
    Everytime I go to the pawn shop/thrift store they don't have crap that interests me.
    Nice find.
    The key to finding stuff at pawn shops is going there frequently. All of the stuff that is interesting tends to get snagged up pretty quick. Timing is everything with pawn shops. Being there earlier in the day shortly after the open helps too...because you get to see what new stuff they have before anyone else does.


    Nice find on the turntable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by comfortablycurt View Post
    The key to finding stuff at pawn shops is going there frequently. All of the stuff that is interesting tends to get snagged up pretty quick. Timing is everything with pawn shops. Being there earlier in the day shortly after the open helps too...because you get to see what new stuff they have before anyone else does.


    Nice find on the turntable.


    How about I just buy a house next to the pawn shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leroyjr1 View Post
    How about I just buy a house next to the pawn shop.
    How about you just buy a pawn shop? That would completely eliminate the middle man altogether. You'd get to see everything first, and keep what you want.

    You get lucky sometimes though. I have an original '69 Fender Stratocaster, that's valued at thousands of dollars...and I found it at a pawn shop for 900 dollars. The guy just didn't know what he had...amazingly. It was really early in the day when I went...and if I had waited until that afternoon to go, it probably wouldn't have been there anymore.
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    APC H10 Power Conditioner
    Denon DVD-2910 universal player
    DPA The Little Bit Three DAC
    Yamaha P-300 turntable/TCC TC-750 phono preamp
    Acurus L10 preamp
    Adcom GFA-545 power amp
    PolkAudio SDA 2A's/PolkAudio Monitor 7A's
    Audioquest Type 4 speaker cables
    Audioquest Sidewinder IC's
    Audioquest Black Mamba IC's
    Signal Cable Analog II IC's

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    you also get burned.... I took a blown up carver receiver ro a pawn shop knowing that it was useless and sold it for two hundred bucks... this was back in 1986.

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    I am finding that most pawnshops these days already sell on Ebay or they check Ebay pricing. The days of finds such as your cheap Marantz turntable are indeed numbered. Those pawnshop owners do not like leaving any extra money on the table.

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