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vintage equipment with power cord docked, will you still buy it??

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Posted on January 3, 2017 at 18:32:59
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Just wonder? And your point of view? Thanks

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RE: vintage equipment with power cord docked, will you still buy it??, posted on January 3, 2017 at 18:45:45
bean
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I used to, if the price was right for a parts unit/basket case.

Any more, I have so many unfinished projects, I pass.

 

RE: vintage equipment with power cord docked, will you still buy it??, posted on January 3, 2017 at 19:23:31
geezerrocket
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I always get rid of the cracked under spec'd stock cords as a matter of course.

I know when Mikey Samra rebuilt my Sherwood S-5000, he replaced the old shitty cord with a far better one.


Stay calm and return fire.

 

RE: vintage equipment with power cord docked, will you still buy it??, posted on January 3, 2017 at 20:20:26
Eli Duttman
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The clipped power cord is an indication of trouble. Another poster's remarks about a parts donor make sense. In general, I suggest you steer clear.

Eli D.

 

RE: vintage equipment with power cord docked, will you still buy it??, posted on January 3, 2017 at 22:07:35
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If you can see pictures of the top and underside of the unit,there is no problem buying vintage gear with clipped cords.
A big thing Asian buyers would do back in the 80s,90s,and even today,they would go to the Dayton hamfest and buy Mac and Marantz tube gear and the first thing they would do is cut cord off.The reason they did was,when they sent it back to Japan or HongKong,they would say it was a broken unit for parts or service and that would lower the tax or duties on the unit by a lot.I found this out later from a vintage Mac dealer who also sold new Mac gear.


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RE: vintage equipment with power cord docked, will you still buy it??, posted on January 4, 2017 at 06:32:30
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Depends on what stereo or amp you are talking about, the price you are paying, where you are getting it from.

Most importantly are you in the position to do what you need to do if it is a total junker?

More facts would help. Also are you capable of restoring a tube or SS stereo?

 

YES, posted on January 4, 2017 at 07:18:42
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I like to fix stuff. Even better if it is something that I have never worked on before. Typical, at a tag sale, walked past an item, no interest. Hear in the background, oh that doesn't work, wife responds oh no, knowing it will be coming home with us.

So the answer will certainly depend on who you ask.

 

RE: vintage equipment with power cord docked, will you still buy it??, posted on January 4, 2017 at 07:54:25
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It all depends upon price and other cosmetic condition.

I would like to own a Marantz model 8B. If cord was bad, amp cosmetics good & has the tubes I would buy it for $1500 in a second. Retail price is $2100-2500 now.

 

RE: vintage equipment with power cord docked, will you still buy it??, posted on January 4, 2017 at 07:58:58
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Maybe, at the right price?
If it looks like it's been used as a boat anchor, I'd pass for sure.

Steve

 

"I always get rid of the cracked under spec'd stock cords", posted on January 4, 2017 at 10:05:33
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This post isn't about the condition of the cord itself, but what a cut off power cord may indicate.

Many techs would cut off the cord of a unit which might prove dangerous (shock or fire hazard, etc) if it were plugged in by some unsuspecting person.

Almost like someone taking the spark plugs out of a car with no brakes. It's not a great analogy, but you get the idea.


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thanks guys (Nt), posted on January 4, 2017 at 10:10:34
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