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Sunday started off like any other day

During my Saturday morning eBay search I ran across an Marantz Model 33 Pre Amplifier in its original wood cabinet. This was a surprise because I'm sure it wasn't there on Friday. Not only was it a 1 day auction but it was located in San Jose, CA. About an hour from where I live.

Fortunately I won the auction and the 33 was mine. I made arrangements to pick it up on Sunday morning. As I pulled down the street, slowly looking for the house I saw to my amazement what would have to be a great site. There was an entire garage full of vintage audio equipment and test gear. It was like an American Pickers electronics honey hole.

I met the seller, a really nice woman named Nancy who explained that she was selling off a life times collection of vintage electronics from her uncles estate. Packed into her two car garage and spilling into the driveway was only a small part of the over 300 boxes of his collection.

There was endless bits and pieces from all sorts of test equipment. There were transformers and capacitors and box upon box of components and test leads. Oscilloscopes dating back 50 years were strune upon the ground along with bench gear that only the original operator knew what it was for.

There was several Fisher tube receivers, Marantz 22xx and 23xx receivers, a variety of tube amplifiers which looked like they were pulled from maybe jukeboxes, all sorts of power supplies, both solid state and tube. This guy collected everything he could get his hands on.


Nancy was very overwhelmed with all of this and didn't really know what any of this stuff was. She had been selling the easy to identify items on eBay. Gone were the many Fender guitar amps, a Marantz 2238 and 2385 along with some of the oscilloscopes.

I spent about an hour trying to explain what some of this stuff was and how to sort it into groups based on age. With the amount of equipment she need to sell, it could easily take a year to sort through everything. She had about a month to get it all sorted and sold.

What I took away from this experience was not only my new Model 33 pre amplifier but a better idea of what a collection can do to future generations. What a burden we create with our stuff. When I watch American Pickers I've seen relatives who have inherited a family members collection. It is amusing when it's on TV, it's a whole different thing when you see it live in Nancy's garage.

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Wow...I've sold off most of my collection and just have about ten high end items tagged with a description of each.

May 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElwood

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