(although I think I may give it another try later this week just to be sure I tested all possibilities). Its a good looking receiver in decent shape but I suppose there is a reason it ended up on the curb.
Ranch Records for advice on what to look for, which brands are the best, etc. One name I kept coming across was Marantz. I am a guy who tends to go by the look of something (hence my tendency for picking up LP's with effed up album art) and I loved the look of the Marantz receiver's I was seeing on ebay. Trouble is I am a digger at heart, and though ebay is a good resource for picking up necessary items you just can't find I really wanted to hunt this down in person. So I decided to give myself the best birthday present on earth, a vintage stereo system! After talking to my buddy David at Ranch I had a good idea of what I was looking for and how much I should be paying approx (prices vary from east to west). I had several brands in mind, a 300 dollar budget, and a thrifting trip planned with the gorgeous and amazing Vintage Spinster (check out her blog its wonderful) to the flea markets and thrift stores of northern New Jersey. HUZZAH!!!!!!
|Jeanne Wu and the Vintage Spinster herself!!!|
The Record Rack and R & R Records. Unfortunately for everyone there was a power outage (probably the main reason so many vendors didn't show) in the whole area so the building wasn't open. So we trucked through the market picking up some odds and ends, correction, some fabulous odds and ends.
|here is the other side|
ebay at 195.00 bucks plus shipping) so $65 seemed totally reasonable. The big problem was the power. No electricity to test the receiver out which was worrisome as there was no way for us to come back and return it if it didn't work. He swore it worked well so I offered 50 bucks, he said sold, and almost the exact model I'd been eying online was mine. And the best part of all was Dan pulled his wallet out and bought it for me for my birthday (he is so sweet). I won't lie I was looking for one in a wood case but as a person who watches a crazy amount of House Hunters on HGTV I understand that sometimes you have to compromise to get what you want. There was no way I was going to get a better price, and provided it worked we had just scored hard.
|Ladies and Gentlemen The Marantz 2216B|
|FAME! We're gonna eat forever!|