On the Hunt: Collecting Vintage Tech

On the Hunt: Collecting Vintage Tech

Anthony Nguyen
May 4, 2012

I'll admit, I have a thing for 70's electronics. I remember growing up and being enamored with my dad's silver stack of A/V equipment, power meters flicking with the beat. In today's modern world, I can only strive to recreate that golden age of electronics once again.

I dream of the day I'll find time to build custom audio consoles like Paul Athens did with his vintage Marantz receiver and touchscreen tablet.

Other times, I'll visit Woo Audio and drool over their vintage-inspired tube amplifiers, or perhaps take a stroll to my local audiophile shop to see what 'new' Grado headphones he's found rummaging through his attic.

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?

(Images: Petra Bendel, Paul Athens, Anthony Nguyen)

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