Flea Market, Yard Sale, Pawnshop And Local Finds 2019

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  1. mozz

    mozz Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Probably flip the Vox footswitch because somewhere somebody is looking for one of these. They seem to go for about $100 so that will pay for my expenses, gas and coffee and put a few dollars in my pocket.

    There's been twice so far as i was walking in, i see somebody walking out with a guitar case. I always wonder what i just missed because i got there 2 minutes later.

    I think around here, there are 500 wanna-be musicians to 1 who has ever played on open mic nite or actually played on a stage.

    There was some M-audio small keyboard stuff and a USB mic but they both looked rather cheap and i didn't want to spend the $10/$20.
     
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    Lucky day for me. Driving thru the neighborhood and lo and behold a free Peavey amp and equalizer parked at the curb. Still need to test it...
     

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    mozz Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Careful when you test that power amp, if it's putting DC on the outputs your speakers will blow in 5 seconds. Best to fire it up, put a meter where the speakers plug in, check for DC voltage. If it's more than below 1 volt, do not hook speakers up.
     

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    Box of tubes with a transistor radio as we called them for $3. And a Boss DD-3 with extras for $20. All I see here is old clothes, dirty car seats, and scratched worthless furniture.
     
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    Thanks, will do
     
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    There is a Gibson Firebird (one of the good models!) for sale not too far away from me for a stupid good price. From the description it looks like it's in really good shape. I'm almost wondering why it's that cheap. I don't really have the cash, and it's far enough that it would basically be a day trip for me, but damn I'm tempted. Maybe if I sold my Marshall and one guitar...
     
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    mozz Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Watch for Chibsons, people try to resell them for prices under what a regular Gibson would normally go for.
     
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    One of my fears buying my first Gibson. It would likely be used; I dont know enough to spot a reasonably good fake.
     
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    Hm, good point. And unfortunately I'm not quite familiar enough with Firebirds to really be sure what to look for beyond the obvious stuff. The serial number checks out, FWIW.
     
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    I think this qualifies as “local find”. A family friend gave this to me. It has some family history to it that has its own value but not much else from what I have determined. Still, it’s a cool artifact to gaze upon. From my sleuthing I’ve figured this much so far.

    The case is stamped with Geib & Schaffer, Puritan, copyrighted, Chicago. I learned that this was a well known instrument case company. Based on the details I have, it was probably hand made between 1930-1937. The soft shell case condition is fair, but showing its age and use.

    The guitar is also possibly 1930s from what I can tell. It appears to be parlor style 3/4 scale (unknown maker but I found another just like it online (identifies as MayBell but I believe that’s incorrect)). The condition is rough and honestly it was not well made to begin with with details like a hand cut wooden nut; appears refinished which has broken down some, tuners are changed to a style used in the 50s/60s by harmony and fender, high action(neck relief), missing bridge pins, buckled top wood. It’s a bit of a basket case.

    I think it’s a nice wall decoration at the worst. If i clamp and straighten the neck, it might be marginally playable. In the end it’s a novel piece of family history that I’ll probably return as a conversation piece.

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    I was at our annual local antique show yesterday and scored these for free. Unfortunately I didn’t find the treasure trove I was hoping to find but the seller gave me his business card. He says he has tons of tubes and no idea what to do with them. Hmmm

    Anyways a couple good 6v6gta type tubes. One military and one Tung Sol. Both test great! It’s interesting to me how many different ways this common type of tube was made. I have several now and finally have a nearly identical pair of Tung Sol tubes but with different getters.

    These are the two I scored

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    mozz Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Don't always believe what's written on them. Some companies would buy tubes from RCA or Ge and print their own name on them. Some of the Ford or Delco 6v6 tubes used in car radios were made by RCA. Happened a lot.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Hit the jackpot today, look what these are selling for!!!!!! I only paid $20, can't believe other people were walking right past this. I guess when they are worth this much you don't want to mod them at all!!! All it needs is some strings, knobs, and a bridge.

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    My first electric Gibson. Even says Gibson on the headstock cover. Gonna blow away my EPI SG with the baseball bat neck and the stupid single coil p90, this baby has a humbucker.


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    So how are those Maestros? Have all most bought one quite a few times, but always chicken out after reading reviews.
     
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    mozz Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Sealed tuners are the best feature. Probably small pots, probably ceramic magnet, plastic nut, cheap jack. I'm gonna guess they are exactly the same as a EPI with a bolt on neck.

    This one has a slim neck, perfectly flat with no strings. My EPI sg has a rather fat neck but after 2 minutes, i can't say it bothers me at all.

    I've seen the LP Maestros used for $50-75, but since i kind of grew up with one with a bolt on neck , i always think any bolt on LP is junk.
     
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    This had to go in the @mozz thread as he'd appreciate it more than most.
    Eico 666 Tube Tester | Owner says it works and I have no reason not to believe him but @andrewsrea will probably verify soon.
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    And I grabbed this for my in-laws (a few family members are trying to become electricians and they still do poll climbing).

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    I don't know what most of those tubes are, but there is an AU7 in there so it gives me hope that at least a few tubes can be used in amplifiers.
     
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    Wow - pole spikes I have not seen them in 40 years.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Those "Bell & Howell Schools" DVM, scope and breadboard are actually pretty good (if properly built.)
    They were actually Heathkit gear.
     
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    Yup... they're still used in the Philippines. One BIL works as an electrician in some limited capacity (he's didn't pass the licensing test) and another BIL is in school for it so hopefully one of them will make use of it.
     

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