Itt old and obsolete technology that make you moist.
I'll start with Nakamichi casette deck.
Dumb terminals. I have several, but wouldn't turn down more.
Used my tape deck just the other day to load software to my Apple IIe.
>tfw no more analog over-the-air TV stations
The 8920, I use it at work.
Not actually obsolete though, but that phosphor tube display sure is
Recently I've really wanted a Amiga for some reason.
It kinda seems like the perfect pre-modern computer.
Apple II series.
Borked something? Just remove the disk and reboot, back to factory default. Try again.
I'm currently setting up an ADT server so I can load all my disk images.
Complete Sony home entertainment center from 1976. TV, video player, recorder, turntable, radio etc
Oh you know what I mean.
Shame. Can't you replace it?
It just seems like it has a nice balance between old and modern.
Though price, logistics and it being way, way before my time kinda keeps me from getting one. I wish I lived close to some type of Goodwill store.
The Cheshire Catalyst at HOPE 2006 with his TRS-80 Model 100 hooked up to HAM radio station reading telemetry data off the International Space Station.
Like a boss.
It's just a TV (19" Trinitron) and VCR (Betamax) combination. There are no audio components. The primitive VCR is just that huge and top loading.
Some cold hard facts over here.
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I've got a thing for old film cameras. Too bad film is becoming harder and harder to obtain in my area, and even more difficult to develop c41.
>that flip clock
>them dual analog VHF/UHF tuners
1974 or 1975, I believe. At some point they revised the KV-9200 and replaced the old optional "Quick Start" system (basically just a standby cathode heater) with the newer "Econoquick" system which allowed for quicker starting without the standby cathode heater. Mine is the earlier version. Takes about a minute to warm up from a cold start.
>nearly $400 for a 9" TV back in 1974
haven't found a (reasonably priced) replacement drive yet
might just try to grab some non-working A500s on ebay or w/e and hope that one of them has a working floppy drive
would be kinda cool, that thing was my second computer, after the Commodore C116
My dick is reserved for black faced, LED display chocked '80s stereo systems.
>TFW you'll never play 80's classics in your rich luxury appartment next to your rich banking job office using a 80's high end HIFI.
Take me soon lord.
They don't make these anymore afaik, and I'd love to get my hands on some DPDT models to switch my audio inputs, but at like $15 a piece on ebay or wherever that isn't gonna happen. Shame.
Gotta love old HP equipment. I have a 3580A spectrum analyzer.
Mine is from the early 70's and still works perfectly.
Heh, that brings me back. My parents had one of those in the living room when I was a kid. When VHS won the format war, my dad ripped out the built-in betamax player and replaced it with a VHS machine.
I kinda wish I still had it. I always liked it.
Hey I'm using one of those right now
I wanted a quad receiver so badly, but they are insanely expensive these days
Also reel to reel audio recorders. I have absolutely no use for them, but I still desire one simply because of how cool they look with the spinning reels and softly glowing VU meters and stuff.
Mid century design is delicious.
>Bubble memory is a type of non-volatile computer memory that uses a thin film of a magnetic material to hold small magnetized areas, known as bubbles or domains, each storing one bit of data. The material is arranged to form a series of parallel tracks that the bubbles can move along under the action of an external magnetic field. The bubbles are read by moving them to the edge of the material where they can be read by a conventional magnetic pickup, and then rewritten on the far edge to keep the memory cycling through the material.
This shit is just too fucking nuts. Storing data as magnetically charged bubbles that you can move around. Not only that, but apart from industry applications they actually put this kind of memory into two pioneer consumer laptops in the early 80s -and- into a few Konami arcade cabinets in the mid 80s, including the original release of the iconic Gradius.
Mid century is my favorite. All I got is a lamp and a radio to go with it though..
Found it in a local thrift store.
That was a few years ago. It seems much harder to find good stuff nowadays.
My favorite piece. My dad's VX player from 1976. For some reason he had bad luck with VTR formats and picked the one machine that failed in the marketplace. They only made one VX player. The Quasar VR 1000
I'd never even heard of that format before.
Are the machines worth anything? I imagine they're quite rare but probably don't have much demand for them.
It's because everyone "knows" about it. I've noticed it here too. Back in 2008 when I started I was finding tube radios etc for pennies on the dollar. Now its near impossible PLUS Goodwill and other stores now price check EVERYTHING and anything that looks "vintage" gets marked up. Not so "thrifty" anymore.
For example. I was at a Volunteers of America once, and saw a decent looking tape deck from mid 70s or so. I look inside, and BOTH plastic capstan/reel grippers were broken. aka the whole thing was literally useless. I look at the price. $39.99 bullshit.
Lastly, this stereo console is probably the best find I'll ever have. Near mint condition, it had a blown left channel transistor when I bought it. They only wanted $25 for it. I've used it ever since and it sounds great.
Maybe to an extreme collector, but to most people no. Unfortunely, it was in a flooded basement about 15 years ago, and the motor which spins the head burned out. I've vowed to personally restore it someday no matter what it takes.
Yeah. I started in 2008 and thrifting was already getting tough, and it just keeps getting gradually worse.
Unlike Goodwill, my local Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity don't tend to overprice things. Habitat for Humanity also discounts things very quickly when they aren't selling, and even just gives the stuff away after a while.
I still find some good stuff for cheap once in a while, even at Goodwill, but the finds are very few and far between. I managed to score these Ace Staplers for a buck a piece at Goodwill this year.
My mom has the bigger one of those, but with tan plastic. solid.
yeah, anything that isnt "vintage tech" tends to be plentiful. Tools, calculators and smaller misc. things that are retro are in a different section, at the place I go to and are mostly untouched.
I don't know why, but nothing is more cyberpunk to me than Minidiscs. I wish small optical discs in caddys would make a comeback, maybe with the same capacity as a Bluray.
yeah, it's always been kinda a central element of cyberpunk fiction for people to exchange data on tiny optical discs.
Definitely never going to make a comeback, just because of how fast and easy it is to host and transfer data over the internet now.
I've actually been getting into tools recently and haven't found much worth buying locally yet. The Flea markets were full of nothing but piles of junky and/or overpriced tools.
I've seen a lot of nice vintage adding machines at thrift stores, but don't have much use or space for those.
Unfortunately I have to resort to eBay for a lot of the stuff I want.
When I started, records at my place were 20 cents for anything, new condition or not. 45s were 10 cents. Now they are 1.50 and $1.00 respectively.
Ha, I know that feeling. For me, ebay is like defeat. I know I could find what I want on there in seconds and have it ordered and shipped, but theres something about the thrill of hunting for it at the store and finding it for a good price. at least for me
What is this TV? Something European?
Yea its European,I restored it myself,how did you know ??
Hey I just found one at my dads, is it possible to hook up cable to it?
old cheap black and white tv my parents bought in the early 80s
>shit 80's tv
>bentely b&w portable
>muh watchman ive had since 2002
my favorite one
color dual tv/radio by em3erson
i also have a 70's solid state sony tv but i dont wanna take a pic
to run it all I have an agile modulator that hooks up to an x201
I had this little guy for a few months, pretty average audio quality but i LOVED the look of it. the glassbowl FM/AM lighted dials were awesome. I ended up selling it back in march because I had no room in my apartment..
Some fraternity guy and his roomate came and bought it. I hope they treated her well. I gave it a full scrub down and de-oxit.
you jelly niggers? this guy should be coming in between tomorrow and the 16th
An early 70's Claricon that had the option for matrixed 4channel audio. Didnt have any 4ch 8tracks or LPs so I'll never know
Never cared much for 80s plastic tech, but some of it I liked
Not really audio, but my grandmother gave me her 1973 Hammond Organ before she passed away. It's nothing close to professional, but really fun to play around on.
old item 1/3
my vintage harman kardon tuner. circa 1973
vintage ipod collection:
1st gen 10gb
3rd gen 15gb
4th gen 20gb u2 edition
4th gen photo hp edition 60gb
shuffle 1st gen 1gb
dell at101 mechanical keyboard with salmon alps switches. circa 1992
If you have analog cable, then you can connect to it directly and receive a handful of channels. You are supposed to use an adapter (still available at Radio Shack and maybe some other stores) to go from the 75 ohm coax cable cable to the 300 ohm twin terminals.
The best way to do it is to use a VCR because any relatively modern VCR will be able to tune all the analog cable channels.
If you have digital cable, you could also connect a provider cable box to receive all your digital channels.
It just has that look about it. American and European TVs tend to look different.
That yoke desperately needs a turn. That's quite a rotation.
Doesn't get much simpler than that.
>Keyboard that's either ancient or, even worse, is made to look ancient
Hipster detected. Beard and plug earrings to confirm? Do you work at Best Buy and are you Canadian?
Keyboard is legit. Its from 1992 according to the date code on the plastic.
would rather be gay than have facial anuses
protip: theres actually 3 longboards there(1 is handcrafted)
I wish I had a use for all this cool audio equipment
All I do is play digital files on my computer straight into my headphones, am I a pleb, or is all this neat shit useless and unnecessary today?
Hand held radio I got at a thrift store for a dollar.
As a guy who owns/ owned
For me, its mostly obsolete. I tend to buy it for the aesthetics. Each era has its own charm.
I use the receiver for radio and tv/movie watching, but honestly I have a 5.1 receiver in the closet that I pop out for serious movie watching.
However, I do occassionally make cassette tapes for my car, since it's older and has a tape slot. I have a batch of Type II and Type IV cassettes just for that purpose.
Most of the records I have are just pure fun/basic stuff. classic rock and etc. I do have some rare releases and alternate mixes that never made it out of vinyl, those are fun to listen to.
As for the Reel to Reel. its mostly useless to me, but If I come across tape at stores I'll pick it up for fun.
Not him, but that reminded me, I did a project for a photo class where I mixed different era's of technology. It was cheesy and awful.
>I do occassionally make cassette tapes for my car, since it's older and has a tape slot. I have a batch of Type II and Type IV cassettes just for that purpose.
I used to do that with my Akai, but my car's cassette deck failed and I figured I'd install an FM Modulator and make the transition to digital music in the car.
>still haven't got around to it after several years
>now one of the woofers in the car has a voice coil rub and I've been putting off replacing that for months
The TDK SA tapes were always my favorite.
nit really tech related, but still cool. Vintage skateboard from circa 1975
I was the guy asking about the Triniton TV, thank you for your response
coil rub? is that like a ripped surround? my car had that and I had to buy a new piece of foam to glue in.
I've been finding random XL-IIs around. TDK SAs are great. My dad was a (pseudo)audiophile in the 70s and 80s or so he tells me, and he always went for TDKs and Maxell XLs
You're welcome. Here's a picture of the thing you'll need for connecting modern coax cables to those old style antenna connectors. That will be your starting point for connecting various things. A VCR is the next thing to have for the cable tuner and they can also serve as an RF modulator to connect game consoles and other devices to the TV.
The surround is fine because it's not foam. It makes a metal on metal vibrating sound whenever it's playing which from what I've read is due to a misaligned voice coil. As far as I know there's no way to fix it, at least nothing reasonable for a fairly low dollar speaker.
I had a stockpile of brand new TDK SAs, Maxell XLs, Sony Type IIs, etc. which I picked up cheap before they got rare, but I recently sold them all because I figured I'd never get back into recording. Might regret it someday, but I just don't have the space to keep stuff that I might never use. I still have to get rid of a lot of stuff.
bummer man. it makes me sad when tech becomes terminally ill like that. I try not to keep too many tapes, but 1 or 2 of each kind is good enough for me. Still looking out for some rare Type IVs in the wild. some thrift stores mark it at 10cents and toss it with the rest of the cassettes..
I kept a handful which I had previously recorded on so I'll always have some for testing and playing around with, and I'm still holding on to my Akai deck for now. I should probably get it out and run it since it's been sitting unused for a while.
The only Type IV I ever found was a Denon which I got at Goodwill for a buck. I sold it along with the whole lot, but I think that one was worth about $15-20 by itself.
I rarely see any cassette tapes at all these days. There used to be dozens (mostly pre-recorded stuff, but occasional sealed recording tapes thrown in) there at all times. I think there will be always some enthusiasts who keep the old technology alive. Someone was happy to buy all my blank tapes and I hope they're making some use of them.
Good on you man. When I sold one of my tape decks the guy that came to get it was trying to tell me there was about to be a huge cassette revival. He said he bought 10 different decks in the past month and boxes of tapes from liquidated stores. That was 2 years ago. Revival? haha Maybe..
Maybe you could just go for a 4C. They're still produced and rather cheap. The 6C and 5C are discontinued and would make rather expensive diloos (plus they're rare and I hate the thought of one being subjected to that).
When I was a student computer operator in the early 90s, we used those reels for backups. And of course I had a few of my own to store my pron collection. 100mb per reel, and I had 2-3 of them. I wonder when they got erased/recycled.
It was pretty consistent temperature as the whole house has air conditioning. I really didn't give it a second thought, becuase photography was my dad's thing, and I'll never have a film camera. Once digital cameras came out I chucked my film cameras and never looked back.
>tfw it's hard to find a good quality fingerbox any more unless you go to flea markets or garage sales
those fucking numbers!
i have seen it on black ops
I used to own one of those. The whole BX/RX series of decks had an idler wheel that needed replacing every year, and I didn't listen to many tapes, so I just sold it and kept my Nak LX-3 as the tape deck for my system
Unfortunately they're making a comeback, but as disgusting imitations of analog dashboards
boner no please no
>harder and harder to obtain
BH Photo Video
>developing is difficult
Costco does rolls for $5, if you can find one with a C-41 scanner. Otherwise stick to B+W and do it in your bathroom.
Glorious home printed and scanned medium format.
old trucks are technology
Produces the best sound I've ever heard. Odac, Onkyo, whatever, can go fuck itself. SAE made the best geat.
Found this on other retro thread. Someone's Amiga 1000 rig...
The contacts on mercury-free relays start to erode after ten thousand or so switches which makes the resistance go up. This was never a big issue for audio equipment since those circuits tend not to switch their relays every ten minutes or anything, and now we've got solid state components without that problem.
I just want to wear one without looking like subhuman trash ;_;
It's a hell of a lot easier to desolder and solder in a new component with hand wiring than it is to replace most components on a circuit board.
New electronics are only "modular" in the sense that you can easily replace a circuit board - which means you basically replace dozens, hundreds, or thousands of components at once just because one component failed.
>It's a hell of a lot easier to desolder and solder in a new component with hand wiring than it is to replace most components on a circuit board.
Through hole is a piece of piss, even SMD is easier than some of the old shitwired things.
>New electronics are only "modular" in the sense that you can easily replace a circuit board
Or you can take the board out to work with on a proper surface without a rat's nest of wires and cardboard dividers getting in the way.
I see your Segas and raise you a SG-1000 Mk III
I miss my first anti skip CD player. I was 16 when I bought it.
Also, Accuphase and Luxman gear make me moist. One day I'll replace my McIntosh shit with Accuphase.
I've always had insane urge to own r2r deck
Amstrad Mega PC, 486 and Sega Megadrive all-in-one system (officially licensed)
Portable Sony CD-i player from 1991, technically this is Sony's first ever console and it was ridiculously expensive at the time
when electronics were considered furniture
Tandberg Huldra 10
Now this is what you call Norwegian Wood
Not really sure if this counts. But ive got it kicking around and i thought someone might think its cool.
if I don't have a some kind of DEC mini in my possession be it authentic or reproduction, that's just it guys
analog dial, dat serial/DIN/VGA trifecta
It's a shame that minis died.
I remember seeing this website someone on /vr/ posted about the schematics to make your own authentic S/360, I mean no parts, it's not a kit, parts would have to be custom ordered, it would probably be like 50,000 but there are NONE left in existence and working condition. If someone made one and had it up and running for demos, that'd attract some people to his hackerspace or public collection or what ever if he wanted that.
might even be the same brand lol mine got a heavy switch that makes a loud click when you turn it
12 G3's and 10 G4's.
As far as I can tell only major problem's 2 of the G3's have bad CRT's, everything else NetBoots just fine.
I've been playing with a G4 for the last couple days, they're a hard thing to master but once you've worked out their favorite little codecs they're fucking boss.
Have to wonder how well a G3'd fare with the video this thing's pumping.
Also, I don't know if it's just because it's been so long since I've used a ball mouse but I got my hands on a puck and it's the best bloody thing I've ever felt in my life.
Here's my precious in action.
There are many like it but this one's special because it's mine.
If I can get OSX 10.4 server running on something I plan on turning everything into a xgrid cluster to render on, but I kinda doubt apple'd be too happy with giving me a key.
Still, I'll try anyway. What's the worst that could happen?
Anyway, at first I was thrown off, thinking how could anyone have ever possibly gotten media work done on these, but as I use them more they start feeling more and more powerful.
what about edge lit displays?
Well /g/, I've never done this before.
All of them are network booting. All of them.
Except the G3 on the bottom right, I ran out of Ethernet ports and cables.
Fucking workbench was the shit
Let me fix that. Half of these have been refurbed by me.
Me too. I think I've had my Digimatic for a few years now. It's even more accurate than the modern Dream Machine it replaced.
That Concerto is a real beauty. Any more pics or a model number?
my favorite personal music player. these go for stupid amounts on ebay.
Here it is with it's buddy the Zenith Lunchbox (Zenith Royal 700)
I'd take a model number pic for you but it's huge and I don't wanna drop it, sorry man
Yup! Concerto 9U.
I'm really aiming for a Grundig Majestic 7000 or a Telefunken Sonata.
I've left both of those slip through my hands because instead of telling the dude "I'll take it!" my idiot ass started asking questions like "does it power up?" in the meantime someone else snagged it. Felt terrible after that.
I have one of these too. Each digit is on a block which rotates, instead of "flip" digits
I have this exact same clock. It's really neat, and it looks great at night. I got one real cheap because its neon light was out, and it was an easy fix.
I love this thing. Also, the buzz alarm is much better than modern clocks.
Got this 70s engine analyser for 2.50 at a salvation army. Very clean.
I saw a beautiful Blaupunkt console in an antique store around five years ago. It was working and they would let it play in the store. It sat for a few years before it finally sold, even though they didn't want all that much for it.
Still, it was cool to see because European consoles are quite rare in the US, for the obvious reason of shipping cost. European table radios are relatively common, which is somewhat surprising because the US didn't seem to import much of anything in the mid century years.
For Zenith that was their death, too many overseas sales that they lost money on it. I don't know much about money and running business to know how this could damage a company, but they began limiting the sales overseas. Then they realized that the overseas sales were mostly all their income, they got closer and closer to bankruptcy.
I love my German sets, some Nazi or a Jewish had it and listened to war news on it. Or some man somewhere came home really happy with his new radio to listen to tunes and weather and what not. There's no limits to what could have been broadcasted through these things and that alone makes the prices worth it, to me at least.
Although, I have heard some spooky shit come out of my German one. I'm not one to believe in spirits, but I can't explain what went on with it.
L 450 flat loudspeaker, TG 60 reel-to-reel tape recorder and TS 45 control unit, 1962-64, designed by Dieter Rams for Braun.
TP 1 radio/phono combination, 1959, designed by Dieter Rams for Braun.
aw ye love these threads
i have this old radio, its awesome
there is such a thing as too much minimalism
Sounds like you have a loose contact or something. The light is taped right there on top of the display, just take the thing apart carefully (pop out the front panel and the screws are on the bottom.
Any generic 120v neon panel indicator (radioshack sells one) will be pretty much the same lamp. Crack its colored housing and it's just a regular neon lamp which you can use to replace the one in your clock. If it even needs replacing, check and make sure it's all making good contact first.
To me it makes a huge difference if it works, because I keep it next to my bed so I can look at it at night. I like the white numbers with the nice dim orange glow.
That's not even close to too much, and neither is this really, but I try.
this is the best thread ever!!!
MODS need to sticky!!!
fuck yes. I have a VT220 and really want a VT100. They're stupidly hard to get.
Just a few more things to do before the rack is all hooked up and done!
The ADM31 terminal needs resetting, and I'm probably going to pull the top left Apple IIe for disk image copying in the next week or so. I'm thinking of putting OS9 back on the iMac DV on the bottom right. Might be hooking the 17" ViewSonic P775 to the Dual Pentium II 400 running BeOS (or Haiku, if it will take the install this time). Not sure about the IBM CRT, that sucker has such a low resolution it barely works with anything (ideas?).