How The Horse scored a $350 item for free!
By The Horse
Walnut Creek, California
April 30, 2017 1:10pm CST
Actually, it would be a $350 item if it were working perfectly, but it's not. But I did get it for free. Last weekend (or was it the weekend before?) I drove out to Sacramento to pick up a single Dynaco A-25 (a vintage loudspeaker for restoration) that I had won on eBay for $42. The seller was a really nice guy, and we chatted away about vintage audio gear, a nerdy but fun hobby. As I was leaving, he said, "Hey, do you want a 1965 KLH Model 25 console? If we can get it into your SUV, you have have it for free. I need my garage back!" I said "Heck yes," and we loaded it up. When I got home, I did my DD, and found that this unit (which I had never heard of) sold for $350 in 1965, and still commands that in good condition on the vintage audio market. You can see that this thing has an ugly plant ring on top, but that's right up my alley. When I fired it up, I found that the amplifier works, the tuner works, the woofers work, the tweeters are silent, and the turntable won't turn on for me. So I'll see what I can get for it once I've cosmetically restored it. I don't have the time to take it apart and work on the "innards." My child laborer says, "Sell it for a thousand dollars!" I immediately appointed him Marketing Manager of our little operation, but I think I'll be prudent and shoot for around $150.
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• Walnut Creek, California
2 May 17
@LadyDuck It could be the belt. But I'm not sure that I'm wedded enough to this thing to do the research and fully fix the innards. If I fix the wood, someone else can find the belt and replace the capacitors on the way to the tweeters. I not retired, so I have to set my limits.
• United States
1 May 17
I've got a pair of consoles here I picked up free, one needs a turntable and the other works fine but needs the volume pot cleaned, and they could use a bit of sanding to get rid of some stains. Haven't decided quite what I'm gonna do with them yet.