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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 5:27:52 PM on 8 March 2019.
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 Location: NSW
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Seen today at Southerland (southern Sydney) Vinnies op shop what appeared to be an early stereo setup in dark timber. Two upper sections, one apparently for a turntable, the other containing the cream front control panel of a 6/6 amplifier with volume, bass, treble, balance controls. Couldn't see inside, but ventilation would make it appear to be valve. Underneath storage for records.

Just in case anyone is interested.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 4:13:37 AM on 9 March 2019.
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That of course should be Sutherland.
By the way there was no radio tuner in the set up. The cabinet appeared to be a factory manufactured item. No speakers.
Going for $125.
Too big for me to have at any price.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 6:52:34 AM on 9 March 2019.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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Vinnies stores use to be great years ago and I would set off and spend a day driving around going to all of them, It was good fun and you never knew what you would find. But as time went on they got expensive and the good stuff became less and less , Particularly in Sydney, so up the coast I would go or down the coast and now I still pop in from time to time out of old habits and wishful thinking. But I come home empty handed.
As I Write the post I look around my house I can see many old things I did get from vinnies years ago .


 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 6:53:02 PM on 22 March 2019.
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The amp is still at Vinnies. It is an Aegis Stereo Six-88, just like this:


Can now post photos if anyone is interested.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 7:37:53 PM on 22 March 2019.
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 Location: Naremburn, NSW
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I used to like hitting the Salvos at Tempe back before they built their new shed. The old sheds were an Aladdin's cave but it's all too politically correct now.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 5:40:44 AM on 23 March 2019.
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This particular Vinnies usually restricts its electrical offerings to lights of various sorts with the occasional kitchen implement. So I wasn't looking for anything else and took a cursory look inside the cabinet of the amplifier on the way out after walking past it a couple of times. So didn't notice the make first time.
Very rare to see vintage electrical in any op shop these days. I was on the lookout for a decent pedestal fan given the one used to help dry the washing under the deck on wet days blew over, and like you said in another thread, disintegrated.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 6:48:16 AM on 23 March 2019.
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 Location: Hill Top, NSW
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I remember the old place at Tempe, back in the 70s. There were cardboard boxes full of valves everywhere, and heaps of valve radios too. Out the back, where you weren't allowed to go, was a whole graveyard of radios left out in the rain, and still with their valves. It really was an Aladdins cave.

At the other end of the street, where it joins the Princes Highway, was a disposals store, which was full of old ex-army (or whatever) equipment, again with valves. I had such a lot of fun at both places as a kid.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 9:52:44 AM on 23 March 2019.
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 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
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My memory just kicked in!
That area was familiar to me as I was working in the city back in the 1960's/70's.
I bought a 1929 RCA "Supersonic Hetrodyne" receiver there for 12 shillings.
It was in that area where you were not allowed to go into.
I saw the radio, it was a console on 4 legs and looked straight and all there.
I badgered one of the workers until he let me see it.
The date was in pencil inside the cabinet on a delivery ticket.

The set had 2 chassis. One was the power supply with a big bottle valve.
The other was the receiver connected to the other with a multicable loom and terminal blocks.
The set had a 4 section bathtub gang crossways with a row of #27? triodes, possibly 6? then a A415? speaker valve.
Underneath the chassis had a row of coils I guess the RF, IF, Osc coils and then audio transformers.
The speaker was whopper size 12"? with its own power supply of selenium stack rectifiers and cans of capacitors.
The 240 volt was a two wire twisted cord terminating on the same block as the other wires! Fingers!!

The set did work faintly, but I was well into cars and girls by then and so the set stayed in my workshop for years in a corner as a tall table.
I was always going to fix it.
Then one day a guy buying some engine parts saw it and wanted to buy it. As a joke I said $400. He said yes so long as I threw in the box of spare big bottle valves (4 and 5 pin triodes). I could not get it into his ute fast enough and take the money!
I did take 2 photos but cannot find them...………………………...I wish I had it now...………..sigh...…

It was definitely and all triode superhet with a triode detector and power valve.

Anybody know what it may have been from that description?

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