Unfortunately, I've had little to no luck at various pawn shops and thrift stores when looking for vintage tech equipment. Most of it is 98.9% plastic junk that really tells no story nor sounds anything close to good. I've found a few pristine pieces during my extensive search, but for the most part, all I find are all lower end units. eBay is probably your best bet when it comes to scouring for such rare gems.
So sure, I'm a bit of a pessimist when it comes to the outlook of vintage tech collecting, but as I read HiFi magazines for a glimmer of hope, I can't help but to ask myself, "Why can't companies go back to building true quality A/V equipment like they used to?"
But perhaps other folks have had more luck than I have. Where do you find your vintage tech?