How I just sold a pair of vintage loudspeakers. And wonder what's "playing in the background."
By The Horse
Walnut Creek, California
June 26, 2022 12:29am CST
I just sold a pair of vintage loudspeakers. They are called Acoustic Research AR2axs. They came to me for free because a friend of a friend had passed away. I restored the walnut cabinets, tested them, and declared them working except of the potentiometers (treble and tweeter controls) that are often dead on early 1970s Acoustic Research speakers. I listed them at an inflated price of $425 on Craigslist. My goal was to get about $250 for them. Tonight, a young Vietnamese man came by and picked them up. He spoke very little English, but enough to ascertain that all of the drivers were working. He drove a very nice pick-up truck. The price: $250. My Filipino audio geek (fellow audio geek) friend has taught me that the Vietnamese buyers like to buy vintage American audio gear cheap, and ship it to Vietnam, where it can be "fixed" for next to nothing. There is burgeoning middle class in Vietnam and they love vintage American stereo gear. I suppose that's what I was caught up in this evening. I just hope that the shiny bills he gave me are good, and that I made $250 for some very basic restoration work.
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• United States
Raise the bills, one at a time, to a light. In a hundred dollar bill, you'll see the plastic strip in it on the left hand side when looking at the face of the bill. With a fifty dollar bill, you'll see that strip on the right hand side of the bill just past the face of it. Very nice sale, pony.
• Walnut Creek, California
Thanks.I just talked to my Filipino stereo geek buddy Ric. He told me that the Vietnamese buyers wind up putting speakers like the ones I just sold in huge crates. They are shipped to Vietnam for a good price. So they won't wond up in a "loving American home." But they will wind up being enjoyed by a Vietnamese middle-class audiophile months down the road.