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CHERRY VINTAGE AUDIO (Long Beach, Southern California)
4000 Cherry Avenue Long Beach CA 90808
(864) 238-1102      email:

ERIC'S VINTAGE AUDIO (Cherry Vintage Audio in Concord, Northern California)
Located near the Concord CA BART Station
(925) 685-5607      email:

Sorry, we do not take in outside repair work.  Any repair items left after 60 days will be resold.


Cherry Vintage Audio
No warranties or returns but all equipment is guaranteed to be working. Everything will be tested, explained and demonstrated prior to purchase.

We have done our very best
 to assure that our equipment has been subjected to many, many hours of labor-intensive and meticulous detailing involving one or more of the following: 
reconditioning, restoration, cleaning, testing and/or whatever else may be needed in order to be able to say everything is in good to very good condition (unless otherwise noted.)  

This list of available gear is updated daily. If you see it here, it's still available.
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About us:

Having worked at Pacific StereoThe House of Music, University Stereo (60's & 70's) and up through today, we have been involved in the world of high fidelity for over 50 years. We don't claim to be anything other than those who like the warmth of sound when it comes to analog stereo equipment (or the occasional digital/analog piece that comes along).  
We won't mislead you, lie to you or deal in unethical transactions.

Updated daily!  Inventory listed below is located at "Cherry Vintage Audio" in Long Beach CA.  For our Northern California inventory and location, please see listings at bottom of page. 

NOTE: whenever necessary, all electronic items are: inspected/restored/repaired/cleaned/working 
(unless marked as "fixer/parts only")

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Carver "The Receiver" MXR-150 (2002) 150W x 2 an elegant, powerful "Magnetic Field Power Amplifier" that was one of the early designs by Bob Carver.  Lots of information available online including from Carver's own website.  Very heavy, rack handles, good looking, excellent condition, walnut side panels.

Akai AA-R50 (1981) 63W x 2 In excellent condition, both cosmetically and operationally, this beautiful receiver was the top of the line Akai receiver for 1981-82. All controls are concise, smooth and quiet. Beautiful robust sound is both clean and powerful. Meters work perfectly, all LED meter lights are functioning. Silver face, faux walnut veneer case.  

Tandberg TR-3030 (Norway, '81-'84) 20W x 2 very rare unit with original factory installed rack handles. Very nice, very well-built from a respected Norwegian company. Very quiet and sensitive FM section...all switches operate smooth as silk.  Two phono inputs. 


Sharp Electronics Corporation of Japan was founded in 1912 and takes its name from one of its founder’s first invention, the "Ever-Sharp" mechanical pencil. Obviously, they also designed and sold much more over the years.  By the mid-70's their electronic equipment (mostly gadget oriented items sold in catalogs and department stores) was well situated in the USA.  Major decisions were made to move into the bustling high-end stereo component market.  They absolutely hit a home run with their Optonica lineup.  Unique, powerful and definitely well built, they are not as well known as many of their competitors.  That is changing as more collectors are looking for Optonica. 

Optonica SA-5406 (1979) 65W x 2 A stunning appearance with an all black face featuring designer quality (black aluminum pointed knobs with silver trim) and its trademark rosewood cabinet and a wide linear analog dial with pure white backdrop.  Interior build is comparable to any of the best of Pioneer, Marantz, etc.  Easily spotted in any setting because of its beauty.


Akai AM-U03
digital integrated amp & Akai AT-K03 digital tuner (80'-82') early 80's entry into the silver-faced, matching higher-end rack system units, 37W x 2 and digitized tuner with walnut veneer on metal cases...a VERY nice vintage system from one of the best of the Japanese electronics companies.

Another famous Japanese company that, besides designing and producing gobs of their own fine quality audio equipment, also manufactured OEM electronics for most of the major audio companies during the 1970's.  Not as well known as some of the "big" names, they were a late entry into the "monster receiver wars" (the outstanding Toshiba SA-7150 at 150 watts per channel comes to mind).  Bottom line: they used their own parts and mostly designed everything in house.  A major plus!

Toshiba SA-735 (1978) 35W x 2 These are getting harder to find...this one is larger than your average receiver of the era, a wonderful build and sleek silver face, large well-lit tuning dial, twin meters and a full size walnut case.

Founded in the 1920's, Lafayette was a radio manufacturer and retailer based in New York.  The company sold radio sets, amateur radio equipment, CB radios, other communications equipment, electronic components and tools through retail outlets and by mail-order.  By the 60's and 70's, Lafayette was competing strongly against the likes of Marantz and Pioneer by offering comparable high end stereo receivers.  Today, they are highly regarded and have proved to be just as good as anything the "big boys" offerred.

Currently there are no Lafayette receivers in stock but we're looking!


The company started under the name of Osaka Denki Onkyo K.K in 1946.  Onkyo grew as an innovator and fashioned itself into a force in audio, making the name Onkyo synonymous with sonic excellence and high-quality loudspeakers and components. Through the 70's, Onkyo receivers were critically acclaimed.  They continue to attract collectors and are consistently rising in value (depending on the particular units) 

Onkyo TX-4500mkii ('78-'81) 605 x 2  Among its many features are a thick beveled, real glass, front dial cover with 4 gold-tipped bolts holding it in place. This receiver is really a very nice looking unit when it is lit up. It also features a very good phono preamp circuit.  Looks impressive sitting there with its wide 21" silver face and faux dark walnut veneer.

Onkyo TX-2500mkii ('78-'80) 40W x 2 excellent performer that excels in hitting the sonic "sweet spot" when combined with the right speakers.  Slightly larger & heavier than most in this class, it has a beautiful faux dark walnut veneer on metal with an "industrial strength" front face design, new lamps enhance the elegant face design

Founded in 1947 by Herman Hosmer Scott (HH Scott, Inc)., it was one of the best brands of high fidelity equipment in the United States, primarily beginning in the tube era (late 50's and 60's) and on into the rise of solid state into the 70's.  Like many excellent but smaller companies with limited advertising budgets, Scott wasn't able to compete with the giants (Pioneer, Sony, Technics, etc) in mass merchandising but instead relied on the excellence of their products and reviews by experts. 

HH Scott 375-R (1981) 65W x 2, highly refined receiver with analog tuning dial and digital fluoroscan tuner/meters designed just as the industry-wide change-over into digital was beginning...Scott's history of acclaimed excellence is packed inside this excellent receiver, beautiful design and walnut case 

Lux Corporation was founded in Japan on June 1925.  By the mid 1970s and early 1980s Luxman came to prominence of the world hi-fi community due to the quality of sound of their equipment. Luxman's primary specialty was in making vacuum tube amplifiers of the highest caliber.  In 1984 Luxman became part of Alpine Electronics, another Japanese electronics brand. 

Luxman R-3030  ('76-'79) 30W x 2 when this elegant series was introduced, it was highly praised for it's "Duo-Beta" circuitry and "1st in the world flasher tuning system"...this gorgeous receiver is also more powerful than it's listed RMS wattage and, of course, the distinctive rosewood case.


Founded in Tokyo in 1947, Sansui initially manufactured electronic parts.  By the 1960s, they had developed a reputation for making serious audio components. They were sold in foreign markets through that and the next decade. Sansui's amplifiers and tuners from the 1960s and 1970s continue to remain in high demand by audio enthusiasts.

Sansui 5000X ('71-'74) 60W x 2  (Note: this one has the upgraded power boards F-6013) During the early 70's, the 5000X was a very popular unit. Unlike the earlier 5000 series, the X puts out a conservative 60 watts per channel and weighs in at around 40 pounds. Tons of features including: dual tuning capacitors, two phono inputs, outputs for three pairs of speakers(!), all new lamps and a tuneable FM IF circuit that is due for an alignment otherwise all is good to go.  This one was in protected storage for over 30 years and is in very clean condition.  The beautiful and heavy Sansui (model C-7) wraparound walnut case is also in very nice condition.

Sansui T-707(tuner, 1983) manual or auto-search tuning, soft blue LED lit left/right tuning switches, black metal case

Most folks do not realize this, but Yamaha is one of the oldest companies in existence, (certainly when it comes to music gear) and was actually established in 1887.  The company's origins as a musical instrument manufacturer is still reflected today in the group's logo—a trio of interlocking tuning forks.   While it's surely open to debate, it's been said that Yamaha products are known as having about the best 'resale value' of any brand, regardless of the product class.

Yamaha CR-840 (1979) 60W x 2, One of Yamaha's class of higher quality receivers, sometimes metering out closer to 70 watts per channel (most vintage receivers with mid to high wattage ratings were found to be conservatively rated) beautiful design with its elegant double-tiered brushed aluminum faceplate, dark teak veneer case

Yamaha T-33 analog tuner (1988) an efficient and accurate FM tuner, backlit analog dial, black case


Today, it's not commonly known but, at one time, (late 60's through late 70's) all the house brands listed directly below (and almost all other well-known brands of the time) were sold by Pacific Stereo.  As one of the largest stereo chain stores in the USA (especially in the West) they eventually faded away but not before they left behind a legacy of some very fine equipment they designed in-house but made in Japan.  The Concept units were first tier (top of the lineup) followed in order of "quality" by Reference, Quadraflex and Transaudio.  The Concept 16.5 stereo receiver (165 watts per channel) is considered by many to be the "Holy Grail" of vintage receivers.

Reference: 650FETR
(by Quadraflex, 1978) 65W x 2...Top of the line in the Reference series and truly as rare as hen's teeth.  Designed in USA, built in Japan, it was the first stereo receiver to feature "field effect transistors" and was hailed as a breakthrough design.  Sold exclusively by Pacific Stereo, this is a worthy addition to any collection.  Blackface, blue lamps, walnut side panels.

Concept 2.5 (1978) 25W x 2, As the brochure said: "The Concept 2.5 is nearly as great an engineering as the magnificent Concept 16.5...puts the full Concept audio quality into an affordable price range." (we tend to have tongue in cheek about comparing it to the 16.5 but is a great low-powered receiver).  Beautiful rosewood veneer case.

Reference: 450R (by Quadraflex, 1978) 45W x 2 second from the top of the Reference line from Pacific Stereo.  This is a heavy, reliable and gorgeous well-built beast.  Satin blackface with dark blue lamps, power meter and indicator lamps.  Walnut side panels.

Reference: 240R (by Quadraflex, 1978) 24W x 2 described best as a "reliable workhorse", the 240R has the elegant look of all the Reference series by Quadraflex.  Blue lamps, black face, walnut side panels

Reference: 180R (by Quadraflex) (1978) 18W x 2, armed with excellent specs, this is the "baby" of the Reference receiver family.  Physically larger than most in this power class, the elegant black-face lights up with blue lamps and nice dark walnut side panels

Reference: 085R (by Quadraflex) (1978) 8.5W x 2, super cool powerful mini-receiver (built in Japan for Pacific Stereo) designed to compete with (electronics guru) Henry Kloss' famous KLH Model 8 and later Tivoli units except the 085R has phono preamp/FM tuner/aux inputs, black case, stereo tuning light, cool and rare!

In the 70's, as stereo equipment began to grow in popularity (thanks mainly to Pioneer and its massive advertising campaign in the USA) some of the major American department store chains eyed this expanding lucrative market.  JC Penney was the smartest. They contracted primarily with top Japanese companies like NEC (Matsushita/Technics) and Foster to produce some really fine systems.  Of course, back in the day, most folks had no clue about who was really making all the gear.  No "hip audiophile" would have been caught buying stereo gear at Penneys so it was mostly the "average" consumers that were the buyers.  Today, MCS gear is appreciated and some have even attained "must have" status among collectors.  

MCS 3260 (1984) 60W x 2 Note: Modular Components Series were originally sold by JC Penney and generally designed by either NEC or Technics.  The 3260 is impressive and huge, analog silver face with digital scanning tuner and digital meters, rosewood case


After designing his first solid-state amplifier in 1962, Morris kessler and a partner started SAE (Scientific Audio Electronics) in Morris’ apartment in Los Angeles in 1967.

By all accounts, the best amplifier in the world at the time was the Marantz Model 9, a monophonic tube amplifier rated at 70 watts. When Morris’ first commercial product, the 60 watt SAE Mark 2 solid state amplifier was praised by J. Gordon Holt in Stereophile as a legitimate Model 9 rival, SAE sales took off.

Currently there are no SAE products in stock 


In 1952, the first Marantz audio product was designed and built by Saul B. Marantz in his home in Kew Gardens, New York. The company had a major influence in the development of high fidelity audio systems.  Marantz was acquired by Superscope in 1964 and then eventually partnered with Standard Radio (Japan) in '66.  They reached the high point of their success in the mid to late 1970s.  In 1992 Marantz was purchased by Philips, a large Dutch electronics corporation with massive global reach.

Marantz MR-235 (1980) 35W x 2  Marantz continued production even after being sold to Philips. Due to contractual agreements, the MR-235 was one of the receivers that did not have the gyro tuning but retained the classic Marantz lateral-mosfet-powered direct-coupled amplification and excellent build and quality they have always been known for. Blue LED upgrade and beautiful real walnut case.  

Hitachi was Japan's leading technology manufacturer. 
Founded in Japan in 1910 by Namihei Odaira as an electrical repair shop, it started by manufacturing electric motors. Eventually, by the 60's, they not only manufactured electronics for dozens of other major electronics firms, they also manufactured many types of products including parts for electronics, such as capacitors chips etc.  Hitachi is famous for designing electronics from the ground up containing (almost exclusively) their own very high quality parts.  In the audio community, 
some of their vintage receivers are very highly regarded.

Hitachi SR-803  (1978) 50W x 2 rarely seen in the USA, this is a rare and powerful silver-face receiver beauty.  Superior build quality.  Flawless walnut case.

Born as an offshoot of the massive Japanese conglomerate Matsushita, Sanyo is best known for taking over control of Fisher, the great American audio company, in 1977. (See the FISHER products listed below for more history)  Although they were already producing some of their own fine audio gear, the Fisher deal kicked them into high gear.  The Sanyo-Fisher components are now considered great classic designs with high quality performance.  
The Fisher/Sanyo RS-1080 (175 watts per channel) is on everybody's list of the best "monster receivers" of all time.

Currently all Sanyo receivers out of stock


Note: Back in the 60's, Fisher was one of the names that audiophiles throughout the world turned to for their high standards in excellent electronics.  As the 70's came along, Avery Fisher (founder) wanted to move on and, eventually, a great Japanese company called Sanyo came along and bought the Fisher line and all intellectual property.  While some older purists fealt that this meant Fisher was in decline, most of the other audiophiles were excited to see this Sanyo-Fisher alliance jump into the market with some beautiful designs and very powerful receivers including the remarkable, very powerful Fisher RS-2015 (150 watts per channel) and the monster Fisher RS-1080 (170 watts per channel)

Fisher RS-2010 (1980) 100W x 2 Second to the top of the line RS-2015, the 2010 has gobs of power to spare.  Very heavy, great build, good looking and highly underrated, it's huge silver face display has massive width, four cool meters and a built-in 5 gang equalizer.  The backside is consumed with partially hidden heat sinks edge-to-edge.  Very ice large walnut case.

Fisher RS-2007 (1980) 75W x 2 Powerful and great looking design with four meter windows and a very wide linear of the later Sanyo designs that have withstood the test of time. Online tests have found the RS-2007 rates out closer to 80 watts per channel. Massive heat sinks rule the rear on this excellent receiver.  Blue dial lights and large walnut case.

Fisher RS-2003 (1981) 30W x 2 Another great build (by Sanyo) featuring a 5-band equalizer on the well-designed silver face, machined aluminum knobs, blue-green lamps and an attractive upper section with several meters and a very wide linear tuning dial.  Large heat sinks protruding from the back of the beautiful walnut case.

Fisher RS-1022(1977) 22W x 2 Sanyo designed and built this powerful "little" receiver that outperforms others above its class. Mellow blue lighting on the FM tuning dial adds a touch of class.  Full-size walnut case.


NAD and NIKKO separates
NAD 1020 Series 20 preamp (1985) simplicity and acclaimed performance is guaranteed by this rock-solid gun-metal gray preamp with spartan cosmetics but excellent engineering.

Nikko Gamma 1
 analog tuner (1977) , 5-gang, FM only, black, rack-mount style is part of a matching set that includes the very powerful Nikko Alpha 130 amplifier (1985) 100W x 2, rock-solid power amp, black, rack-mount...both are bulletproof, attractive and as a set they are rare.  Nikko separates sold as a set only. 


Philips was originally based in Holland but, in the 60's and 70's, were not very well known in the world of HiFi in America.   They made a splash in the USA when they bought the grand old American brand called Magnavox.  Shortly thereafter, they began to market a series of fine receivers under the "Philips Laboratory" name using internals that were first rate (pc boards that compete with only McIntosh). They used only first rate parts and put them all together showing brilliant production engineering (something lacking in so many imported units) They were produced in the USA in the late 70's and are now attracting collectors world-wide.

Philips AH-7861 ('77-'81) 45W x 2, very rare, gorgeous design, blackface, black aluminum metal machined knobs with silver edges, another of the "under the radar" units in the Philips AH series of excellent receivers 

Philips AH-786
('77-'81)) 45W x 2, another "under the radar" premium silver-face beauty (identical to the 7861 except for front face-plate), knurled aluminum knobs, excellent build quality, powerful beyond the listed power ratings

Philips AH-7831 ('77-'81) 22W x 2, smaller sibling with black-face, silver metal knurled knobs, stippled black metal case, definitely pumps out more juice than the conservative listed wattage rating  

JVC was established in Yokohama, Japan in 1927 as the Japanese subsidiary of the U.S. firm, Victor Talking Machine Company. Born as a company that manufactured phonographs, they also pressed the first record in Japan.  In the 1960s, JVC established the Nivico (Nippon Victor Corporation) brand, known for their unique speaker designs. Some of their stereo receiver designs, like the "Super A" series, yielded maximum linearity and the least distortion yet kept the amp section running at maximum current.

JVC receivers currently out of stock


Founded in the 1920's, the huge Japanese conglomerate Matsushita had interests in many electronics companies.  The most well known would be Technics and Panasonic. Technics was introduced as a brand name for premium loudspeakers marketed domestically by Matsushita in 1965.  Eventually, Technics became a premium brand bringing classics like the SL-1200mkii turntable and the absolute monster receiver at the top of the list: Technics SA-1000 (330 watts per channel)
Technics SA-5570 (1977) 85W x 2, has an incredible 10-40,000 Hz range for extremely deep bass and high top end capability, rare, premium unit, beautiful sculptured walnut case, new lamps, big wide-band power output from its direct-coupled amplifier section.  A trult nice receiver

Technics SA-5570 (1977) 85W x 2, big wide-band power output from its direct-coupled amplifier section...more powerful than its sibling SA-5470 (below) yet retains the same beautiful silver face design, similar specs, larger transformer and massive size...gorgeous sculptured walnut case

Technics SA-5470 (1977) 65W x 2, big wide-band power output from its direct-coupled amplifier section...slightly less powerful than its bigger sibling SA-5570 (above) yet retains the same beautiful silver face design, similar specs, large transformer and massive size...gorgeous sculptured walnut case

Technics SA-425(1982) 50W x 2 As the analog experience slowly morphed into digital, the Japanese (and others) didn't want to shock buyers so they cleverly added digital undertones while keeping the "analog face".  This one does that, with digital and analog tuning choices, digital meters, etc.  Beautiful design, walnut case.


Almost needing no introduction, Pioneer was exactly that: a pioneer in the world of high fidelity because they led the way when it came to advertising, especially during the 70's. They targeted the college crowd and were in almost every magazine with ads that made you believe that it was the "hip" thing to have: a stereo system in the dorm, in the house, everywhere!  Of course their products were mostly first rate and even today, vintage Pioneer gear attracts collectors world-wide.

Pioneer SX-1050 
 ('76-'78) 120W x 2 @ 8ohms (170W x 2 @ 4 ohms) The SX-1050, besides being one of Pioneer's very best stereo receivers, marked a significant design change from the SX-950 and SX-850. Many of the features incorporated into the SX-1250 are also found in the SX-1050, such as the toroidal power transformer and the massive power supply with step-start circuit...excellent condition (no damage of any kind, flawless walnut case) and comes with original box and copy of original full color 6 page brochure.
Pioneer SX-3800 (1980) 60W x 2 This was Pioneer's second to the top of the line "fluroscan" receiver.  It represents Pioneer's transition from analog to the more contemporary digital receivers.  In fact, the SX-3800 has both analog and digital old school analog tuning dial, the mechanism is mechanical, as well as a five digit digital tuning display. The displays use fluorescent bulbs hence the nickname "fluoroscan".  And, of course...a beautiful walnut case.

Pioneer SX-990 (1971) 28W x 2 hailed by the Pioneer marketing as a "technological masterpiece" at the time, and even going so far as to say "a full 100 watts at 8 ohms over a frequency response from 10 to a fantastic 100,000 Hz".  In the real world, this is a great looking receiver that has enough power to make most folks happy. 

Pioneer SX-680 (1978) 30W x 2 One of the most popular receivers Pioneer ever made, the SX-680 is a great looking, dependable workhorse.  Silver face, walnut case.

Pioneer SX-550 (1978) 22W x 2 We can't seem to go very long without getting another of these very popular receivers.  More powerful than rated, it's beautiful design and reliable build will always have its place.  Walnut case.

Pioneer SX-535
(1975) 20W x 2 visually stunning with its black linear dial and back lighting resulting in blue FM station numbers makes this SX series instantly recognizable.  And, of course, a full walnut case.

Pioneer TH-303 (1972) 12W x 2 (easily powers most efficient speaker systems) unique, very clean and rare Pioneer FM stereo receiver with built-in 8-track player, fully functioning, strong tuner, blue lamps, gorgeous walnut case


Back in the 70's, Sherwood didn't do a lot of advertising (unlike Pioneer, Marantz, Sony, etc) and therefore they are not as well known except among those who know about the high quality that Sherwood put into their electronics.  Most of theirs ads started out "We're really number four?"  And, they did seller fewer receivers than the big boys. In fact, most of their production runs were only 500 to around 1500 units at a time. Still, they were considered higher end and were sold in the same audio stores that sold Marantz and McIntosh.

Sherwood S-7300 
('73-'76) 40W x 2 As it was with most of the better quality Japanese-made stereo receivers, the listed rated power was very conservative.  Some bench tests reveal the 7300 to produce close to 52W x 2.  This rare beauty is hardly ever seen in the pre-owned HiFi marketplace.  The S-7300 is heavy and beautiful (green lamps)  It sports a wrap-around real walnut case.


The name Kenwood was invented by one of the original partners (William Kasuga) as being the combination of "Ken", a name common to Japan and America that had been tested and proven acceptable to American consumers (as in the name of Kenmore appliances) and "Wood", referring to the durable substance as well as suggesting a relation to Hollywood.
Aside from that, Kenwood /Trio has a long history of producing some of the best and most reliable audio components to ever come out of Japan.

Kenwood KR-720
(1980) 40W x 2 High speed DC mid-size reflecting the advance of digital refinements slowly moving into the analog scene.  Slim and beautiful replacement for the very popular KR-4070.  Walnut case. 

Kenwood KR-4070 (1978) 40W x 2 We have taken the liberty to nominate the KR-4070 as the "Best all-around vintage stereo receiver ever made" (really?!)...and while that's debatable, this is probably the most popular mid-size receiver Kenwood ever made.  Seemingly bullet-proof, reliable and having a great looking silver face, we managed to retrofit a good looking rosewood case on this one...and, just to top it off, we've dropped in some cool blue LEDs for the tuning dial and retrofitted a nice rosewood case.

Kenwood KR-9340 (1974) 40W x 4 @ 8 ohms (Note: flip the "2 channel" switch and this becomes 80W x 2 in stereo mode!)  This was the top of the line in '74, a 56 lb. massive quadraphonic/stereo beast of the somewhat rare kind with knobs, buttons and meters everywhere. This was, at the time, Kenwood's latest, greatest and last quad. 

Kenwood KR-6160
(1970) 70W x 2, at the time, this was Kenwood's flagship receiver, powerful, heavy and capable of being used as separate preamp, 3-pairs of speaker outputs, complimentary rosewood case

Kenwood TK-140X
(1969) 40W x 2 This was Kenwood's "top o' the line in '69" and weighs a ton! Interesting design features a faux walnut section on the front face with an unusual switch layout.  The green lamps look perfect for the rather small yet good looking linear dial.  The case is walnut veneer on metal

Kenwood KT-815 tuner (1979) a VERY highly rated excellent tuner with great specs, large metal case

Kenwood KT-7100
tuner (1971) A rare and beautiful design with very nice walnut side panels, beautiful green lamps, heavy machined and knurled knobs, overall in very good condition


Again, needing no introduction because everybody, everywhere knows that name.  One of Japan's largest conglomerates, they have so many products in so many categories that it's pointless to list them.  However, the flagship Sony PS-8750 turntable and STR-V6 receiver (120 watts per channel) were standouts and are very highly prized today.

Sony STR-V4 ('78-'80) 50W x 2, Built like "tanks" (as the saying goes), this receiver was made to last a lifetime.  The V4 is quite restrained in its appearance (like Yamaha's receivers), rather classy than brassy.   The green glow and chrome frame is carefully balanced with the different finish textures...class.  Nice dark walnut side panels.

Sony STR-V1 ('78-'80) 15W x 2 Although this was the "baby" of the very attractive STR-Vx family, it's still very attractive (as are all in this series).  It can handle enough (one pair of speakers, one turntable, one accessory) to be the anchor and fill most needs for a small, yet fully functional vintage stereo system.  Walnut side panels.

Sony STR-7055 (1973) 35W x 2, generally agreed upon as a high quality build, this one is a collector's dream, in excellent condition...a high water mark for Sony styling - classy, understated, and with lovely wooden case (slotted vents on top), packed with everything that Sony's engineers could come up with at the time.

Sony STR-5800SD (1978) 60W x 2, ultra heavy-duty and premium unit with blue/green aqua
lamps, floating lighted red dial pointer, simply a neat piece of quality vintage Sony electronics

Sony STR-4800SD
(1978)  35W x 2 claimed to have one of the best tuners ever made (it does pick up most stations without an antenna!) features include acoustic compression switch (presence, low, loudness) hi-low filter buttons, a-b switch for speakers, fm-muting etc. Sony's quality & engineering was really in its prime during this era.  Walnut side panels.

Sony ST-80W (tuner, 1969) Part of the all-time Sony design icons and well-remembered stereo separates...small sized, terribly good-looking, not that bad sounding, lightweight and - successful : Sony sold many of these worldwide.  None of these represented full-size high-fidelity, nor sonic powerhouses, of course, but their imprint on small-size audio design was big enough to launch a continuous series of "me-too" products from other brands throughout the 1970s.



Soundcraftsmen was a manufacturer of high end stereo components located in Santa Ana CA.  The company was founded in 1961 by Ralph Yeomans.  Early Soundcraftsmen components included tube-type receivers and amplifiers but they went on to also design and produce some truly amazing speakers under the "Lancer by Soundcraftsmen" name.  In particular, they featured some really fine equalizers (an area of electronics that was pushed to the limits of excellence by Soundcraftsmen).  Long gone from the audio world, their vintage units are still growing in value.

Currently out of stock for Soundcraftsmen electronics


We have sold several sets of these popular mini-systems listed directly below and now have more in stock. They are of excellent quality, were made in Japan and sold exclusively by Radio Shack

Optimus SA-155
(stereo amp, 1993) upgraded version of the extremely popular SA-150 mini-amp designed in Japan and sold by Radio Shack for decades, built-in phono preamp, this was sold as a matching unit for the matching Optimus TM-155 (stereo tuner, 1993) with backlit tuning dial and great performance in a small package.  Both units are black color. (Note: add a small pair of efficient speakers for a really cool mini vintage system...these two units are being sold together only)

Realistic SA-150
 (stereo amp,1989) popular and well-built, mini-amplifier with phono preamp, easily drives a pair of efficient bookshelf size speakers, this was sold as a matching unit for the
Realistic TM-150 (stereo tuner, 1989)  popular matching tuner for the SA-150 amp, this has a lighted tuning dial, walnut case.  Both units are silver with walnut veneer cases (Note: add a small pair of efficient speakers for a really cool mini vintage system...these two units are being sold together only, two sets available)



Panasonic RE-787 (Matsushita, 1967) 8W x 2 very cool working mid-century modern styling table-top FM stereo receiver with the very rare matching satellite speaker, electronic and manual tuning, cool looking design with walnut cabinets

GE AM/FM radio (1956) cathedral style "old timey" look, solid state, mellow dial lamp 

SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...but not forgotten...
(here is a partial list of electronics that have found a new home in 2016, listed by most recently sold first:)

Onkyo TX-2000...Sansui G-3500...
SAE TWO T6...SAE TWO C3D...SAE TWO A14...Kenwood KR-2600...
Technics SA-700...Pioneer SX-780...Harman Kardon Soundsticks II...
JVC R-S77...JVC VR-5541...Kenwood KR-6050...
Reference by Quadraflex 210-EQ equalizer...Yamaha CR-620...
Quadraflex 878...Yamaha R-300...Sanyo DCX-3300KA...
Hitachi SR-304......Kenwood KR-4070...Kenwood KR-5600
Pioneer SX-780...Soundcraftsmen PE-2217 equalizer/preamp...
Toshiba SA-7100...Philips AH-7851...Sanyo DCX-2500L...
Fisher RS-1060...Pioneer SX-525...Fisher RS-1035...
Sherwood S-7200...Kenwood KR-9600...HH Scott 330-R...
JVC R-S11...Luxman LV-105 amp...Luxman T-102 tuner
Luxman D-351 CD player...Dynakit Stereo 70 amplifier...
Pioneer SX-550...Toshiba SA-320...
Carver C-4000...Kenwood TK-140X...Sanyo JCX-2400K...
Hitachi SR-904...ADC SS-1 SoundShaper MKii...Sansui R-50...
Pioneer SX-1500TD...Technics SA-700...Hitachi SR-504...
Sansui G-4700...Pioneer SX-780...MCS 3253...Kenwood KR-4070...
Sanyo 2050...Pioneer SX-939...Pioneer SX-450...
Lafayette LR-3500...Pioneer SX-626...Technics SA-404...
Sansui 661...Yamaha CR-640...JVC R-S33 Marantz 2225 ...Luxman R-1040 
Pioneer SX-525 ...Pioneer SX-550...Technics SA-5160 ...Pioneer SX-990 
Sherwood S-7450CP...Technics SA-200...Yamaha CR-620
Kenwood KR-4070...Sony STR-6065...Kenwood KR-8010...Kenwood KR-2600 
Sansui G-5500...Kenwood KR-6600...MCS 3245...Pioneer SX-1000TD 
Fisher 222...Reference 180R by Quadraflex...Kenwood KR-5600...Optimus TM-155 
Optimus SA-155...Realistic SA-150...Realistic TM-150...Kenwood KR-4070 
Tenna HL-3105...Pioneer SX-950...Pioneer QX-9900...Nikko STA-7070 
Realistic STA-85...Akai AA-1150...Philips 7841...Philips 7831 
Fisher RS-2015...Technics SA-101...McIntosh MC2120...McIntosh MX117  

Sansui 4000...Kenwood KR-3600...Fisher 400 FM
MCM Electronics TC-25...Niles SPS-6...SIMA SSW-L4EX...Sansui 771

Sansui 331...Realistic STA-65C...Realistic STA-2600
Technics SA-5170...Kenwood KR-5030 


Realistic/Optimus 4 (1969)  Very rare omni-directional, real oiled walnut, cube-shaped, end-table style (or for sitting?)...great sound in extraordinary cabinets, designed with beautiful walnut vertical slats...the 10" (alnico horseshoe magnet) woofers are in cast aluminum baskets and 3" Fostex tweeters are on both sides of each of the cubes...the woofers have rubberized fabric surrounds that seem to last forever. (Advertising from the 1969 RS catalog showed them listed for $180/pr that would now translate into $1240 in 2016!) 

Concord CE-20 (1972) A most unusual find from Concord Electronics Corp, part of the  Berlant-Concertone group which eventually became TEAC.  Japanese made 2-way system (2" 16ohm tweeters--crossovers handled by vintage (working) *Astron 5mv capacitors--and 8" full-range/whizzer type drivers)  The heavy, well-braced bookshelf sized dark walnut enclosures are in excellent condition.  *(Trivia: Astron caps were common in the early 50's/60's Fender guitar amps and known for producing excellent tone)

Boston VR-M50
(Lynnfield VR series, 1999)not quite vintage (yet) but definitely some VERY excellent monitors.  Wicked smooth 5.25" copolymer drivers in die-cast aluminum baskets and 1" aluminum tweeters with Boston's patented "Amplitude Modification™Device (AMD)".   Real cherrywood veneer enclosures.  Elegant black anodized metal stands.  (see video above)

Original Ensemble by Henry Kloss  
(1989) Originally sold by mail-order only from Cambridge Sound Works. Each satellite speaker contains a 3.25" low/ middle-frequency driver and a 1.5" cone tweeter, and weighs in at a surprisingly hefty five pounds each. Each slim bass module has an 8" woofer in an enclosure measuring 21" by 11.75" by 4.5". This amazing Ensemble by Henry Kloss (the hi-fi pioneer who created the famous Advent speaker and the projection TV, among other advances) was also unusual in its marketing. To keep costs down, the Ensemble was available only by mail with a 30-day no-risk return policy. The price was $499, less than half the cost of comparable conventional systems of the time. Fortunately, ours comes with the original box and all the heavy-duty packing materials inside!

Sound Research AL-7 (1984) "Sound Research, Inc" was a small (now defunct) outfit in Oregon that made some very good speakers.  For about 2-3 years, they were sold exclusively by Leo's Music chain stores (also defunct).  They have been compared to the AR sound and are heavy, well-made 2-way bookshelf size.  Silk domed tweeters, 6" woofers (similar to the AR Teledyne Acoustic Research design), impressive colorful brass logo badges, bottom sides of cabinets have some minor splitting but still sound great!

Optimus T-110
(1983) This is an outstanding two-way floor standing system, made in Japan but designed and sold by Radio Shack beginning in 1983.   Well defined sound and exceptional bass...beautiful cabinet construction. Crossovers have been recapped, the drivers have been refoamed and the dark walnut veneer has been carefully refinished. Each contain 2.5" ferro-fluid cooled tweeters, 8" long throw woofers, and 10" passive radiators.    

Kenwood KL-333D (1971) made in Japan...3-way/3-driver bookshelf (or floor) system with the real wood lattice grills...known for being very lively and musical, these definitely make an excellent, affordable vintage pair.

Jamo Cornet 145
(Denmark, 90's) This rare pearl-white 2-way ported bookshelf system faithfully reproduces vocals in a way which few other speakers of this type can match. They have excellent transient attack, and a rock solid and reasonably low bass response with a build quality that's confidence-inspiring.

Criterion 444
(1974) heavily advertised as "a very accurate 2-way system (8" woofers) with sparkling accuracy"  Very vintage appearance with dark brown fabric weave grills and dark walnut veneer bookshelf size

Wharfedale Force 2180  
Probably best well known for using their famous "Baker Effect" technology (very wide sound dispersion so speakers can be placed anywhere in the home, hall, nightclub, etc)  Wharfedale claims the 2180 to be "one of the best loudspeaker designs of all time".  Great looking design with shades of grey/black grills and heavy MDF cabinets.

EPI M201 "The Quartet" 
(Epicure, 1971) The EPI 201 was one of Winslow Burhoe's (founder of Epicure) best early attempts to get his speakers to "blend in" to the room using his "module" design of woofers and tweeters that were engineered to complement each other. Designed to be open and natural sounding, these feature 8" woofers and 1" concave air-spring dome tweeters on both the front facing baffle and a precisely angled top panel. A switch on the rear can toggle between 4/16 ohms.  Tweeter controls also on rear. Designed to be placed against the wall, and on the floor, the sound would simply wrap up and around the cabinet and flow into the room.  Solid American walnut cabinets in fair to good condition, these have been recapped (Daytons) and fitted with new surrounds on the woofers. 

RSL Magnificent
(1989) luckily, we found another pair of these wonderful speakers.  Made in Canoga Park CA, Roger Sound Labs (RSL) concentrated on designing speaker systems that integrated the best of the West Coast and East Coast sound.  These are gorgeous, heavy solid oak veneer bookshelf (or floor) cabinets with 8" long excursion woofers (heavy 3.25lb magnets) and 1" dome tweeters combined with superior crossovers protected by exterior fuses.

(90's) this rarely seen "Hybrid Dipole Surround system" is a pair of piano black cabinets (about the same size as the "Super Zero").  Each cabinet contains two 3" dipolar mid-tweeters that radiate sound in two directions (left, right) paired with a 4.5" monopole woofer that fires (backwards) into the wall for low frequency reinforcement.  For demo purposes we have them running through a high-end "Episode" subwoofer (8", 175 watts).  The result is stunning.

Sony SS-NX1 (1986) 2-way system in gorgeous blond oak enclosures with circular teakwood accents around tweeters, deep accurate bass, heavy and solid bracing, rarely seen for sale

Realistic Nova 8-B
(1976) 3-way large bookshelf or floorstanders, powerful 12" woofer, 3-mids (one doubles as a tweeter), solid bass, control on rear of very heavy well-braced cabinets, real walnut veneer with hand-made wood lattice grills.  Again, definitely one of the "Rat Shack's" better speaker systems.

Realistic MC-500
(1971) One of the "Rat Shack's" most popular bookshelf speaker systems, the square walnut cabinets contain a 2-way system that yields a warm sonic presence that sounds more like a much larger system.  The brown grills are tightly secured giving a luxurious appearance that will fit into any room.

Fisher XP-56s
(1974) 2-way system, drivers in great shape (woofers have treated textile surrounds), original "egg crate" grills, original classic vintage "script" Fisher badges, real walnut veneer, all in great condition

(1985) The C60's direct line of descent was from the highly regarded KEF Caprice II system.  A remarkable British design, higher up the chain in tonal quality, the C60 "Reference" series system is a 2-way encased in very heavy, well-braced dark real rosewood veneer.  Able to handle more power than most other systems in this class. Excellent condition.  

Pinnacle PN5+
(1990) premium and excellent small 2-way system that sounds surprisingly rich for its size and produces a sense of a blended orchestral mass credited to a flared and angled duct within its enclosure that bolsters response at the low end.  Walnut accents.  Excellent condition (as new), original box included.

DBX Soundfield 3x2 LX Plus
(late 70's) very cool 2-way ported system in dark beechwood angular cabinets, unique design factor provides crisp highs and acceptable bass for a small room.

Lancer (by Soundcraftsmen) 9535-2
(1980) one of the last very good quality series produced by the Southern California company (Soundcraftsmen) 2-way ported floor system with CTS 12" woofer, frame formed cones (Alnico), 2" x 4" Utah oval tweeters, beautiful Swedish walnut cabinets and excellent cane grills

Lancer (by Soundcraftsmen) 9534X (USA, '68-'72) 2-way acoustic suspension, very good quality American made premium tube-era vintage, very cool cane grills, Swedish walnut cabinets, 23"H x 11"W x 11"D

JVC / Victor VS-5399 (1973) JVC/Victor came up with these "skyscrapers" of modest size but sizable efficiency and convenience. "Designed to fit inconspicuously into the corners of a room - tastefully finished in walnut - diffuses sound richly, faithfully, evenly throughout the room- two tweeters and two woofers facing at a 90° tangent to one another - two surfaces in walnut, two surfaces fitted with attractive aluminium grills"

Realistic Optimus 27 (1980) made in Japan, very unique, very rare, quality 3-way system (8" hi-compliance passive radiators, 6.5" low frequency drivers, 1" textile soft dome tweeters) real walnut cabinets with a narrow, space-saving slope design (similar to DCM Time Frame speakers) 

Optimus (Realistic) STS-50 (1998) small yet dynamic 2-way bookshelf system with 5" long throw cone woofers and 2.5" tweeters.  Very attractive walnut veneer cabinets with rounded corners and beautiful brown fabric grills.

Sound Dynamics RTS-7b-1 (Canada, mid 80's) solid, rare and short floor towers from API in Canada (designers of Mirage & Energy) designed by Gord Van Kessel and Carmine Gitto (the team responsible for the highly popular Energy Take 5.2 system), double-ported system, bridged banana plug inputs (bi-wirable), black oak

JBL L20t ('85-'87) rarely seen, hard to find, all-original premium 2-way bookshelf system, titanium high frequency transducers, polypropylene mid-frequency transducers, very heavy refinished solid American walnut cabinets with new fabric on the "floating" grills.  Only a live audition will make you understand how really good these are!

Kenwood LS-SE7 (1979) surprisingly good sound from very small speakers, these are a 2-way ported bookshelf system, banana plug inputs, beautiful faux mahogany cabinets

Coral BX-200 (1968) Made in Japan by the well-respected Coral designers...definitely a very cool 2-way system that we've upgraded with new Infinity components & crossovers (1.2" polycell tweeters and 6.5" polypropylene woofers, 6 ohms, 15-75 watts)  The cabinets themselves have very unusual "filigree" metal grills with vintage fabric backing, heavy, well-braced real walnut, not veneer.  Truly collector quality.

Panasonic 8840
(1972) a most unusual and striking 2-way bookshelf system featuring genuine dark walnut vertical "strips" on the front of the cabinets.  Sound quality is actually decent. Very rare.

Sansui SP-50
(1967) desirable and attractive 2-way (8" woofers), very cool looking hand-made wood lattice grills, bookshelf or floor system, dark walnut cabinets

Parallax 1220 (1977) 2-way bookshelf producing pleasant sound quality for small spaces, rubber surrounds, rare, beautiful dark teak cabinets

Akai NDS-70
(1972) very rare system originally promoted by Akai as part of their quadraphonic and stereo systems, each hexagonal shaped cabinet contains six 3" full-range drivers for true omni-directional sound. (Note: currently as of 8/3/16 listed on eBay for sale)

Design Acoustics D2 (1977) very rare floor-standing systeminsanely good bass, unique rear ported design, wrap-around grills ("socks"), 60°angled tweeters, front/rear firing drivers, walnut caps on the top and bottom of each tall floor standing enclosure. 

Bose 10.2 Series II
('88-'92) Besides being ultra rare, the Bose designers (and technicians) themselves often claimed the 10.2 series II as the BEST system they ever made.  Many audio fanatics are able to say these do sound very good indeed.  Heavy, well-braced tri- chamber design, internally sub-ported floor standing columns incorporate the original and much more accurate version of the "Acoustimass" technology  This provides some seriously low "rumble" with virtually no distortion and they can handle up to 180 watts per channel...genuine hardwood veneer with a special lingam teak finish.

Bose 6.2 ('86-'94) another of the unique Bose designs, fairly rare and in good condition with the dual-chambered 2-way enclosure, sub-ported, real tiger hardwood, medium-sized, fairly heavy, horizontal design bookshelf (or on stands) system, amp power from 10-100 watts each

Bose 141 (1986) uniquely designed cabinets each containing one full-range "star" driver, (the same ones used in the Bose 901) and produces decent sound from very small enclosures, 3 pairs available 

Polk Audio RT-25i
(2001) not exactly vintage but these are still excellent sounding two-way bookshelf satellites sporting 1" trilaminate polymer-dome tweeters and a 5" mineral-loaded polymer/composite-cone woofers and the gorgeous cabinets are made of real maple.

Polk Audio R300 (90's) definitely not vintage but these 2-way tower speakers came along and we really like the way they sound...slender black oak mini-towers with silk dome tweeters & polymer composite drivers producing realistic imaging and detail...crystal clear highs, deep solid bass.

but not forgotten!
(Here is a partial list of speakers that have found a new home in 2016, listed by most recently sold first:) 

Bose 201 Series II...Bose 4.2...
Linear Dynamics LD-10...Morse OmniDirectional...
Bose 2.2...Sony APM-22ES...
Quadraflex ST-19...Electro-Voice EV-7A...HH Scott SP-1212...
OHM FRS-7...Kenwood KL-220...Juliette S-120A...KLH AV-1001...
Bose 201 Series IV...Bose 501 Series II...Bose 301 Series I...
Technics SB-6000A...Infinity RS-2000...University Mini Flex...
OHM Walsh 4X0...Kenwood KL-777X (7070X)...Sansui SP-7500X
Micron GS-5 Concert Series...Frazier Mark IV/V/Buckaroo... 
Dynaco A-35...Bose 201 Series II...Cambridge SoundWorks New Ensemble...
Denon SC-907...Realistic Nova 8...Rotel 555...
Mission 731...Mission 70MKii...Bose 2.2...Yamaha NS-A1738...
Pinnacle PN5+...Realistic/Optimus T-120...KLH AV-1001...
Harman Kardon HK-50...RSL Magnificent...Realistic MC-500...
M&K S-1B satellites...Bose 301 Series II...HH Scott S-100...Bose 2001
Mystery Series One...Design Acoustics PS-8A
Mini-Advent...Sony SS-510...Harman/Kardon Soundsticks II
Sony SS-330...Bose 301 Series II...Siefert Research Maxim III
Bose 301 Series V...Dynaco A-35...Bose 2001
Advent 3...Acoustic Research AR 228...JBL 18Ti...BIC Venturi V62 
Bose 2.2 Series I...Bose 4.2...HH Scott SP1212...Bose 501 Series V
CMC LS-160...Coral BX-1001...Pioneer CS-77...Marantz Imperial Model 5
Pioneer CS-77A...Celestion Model 5MKII...Epicure M-150
Realistic Nova 8B...Bose 201 Series II...Pinnacle "Arctic One" 
Sansui SP-100...Bose 901 Series IV 

STEREO TURNTABLES (dust covers, cartridges and stylus included)

*NOTE: all items inspected/cleaned/repaired/restored/working
(unless marked as "fixer/parts only")

Pioneer PL-55X (1976) A beautiful and very heavy servo-controlled, direct-drive offering with semi-automatic operation...rock solid motor and stunning design typical of Pioneer in the mid-70's. Quiet operation and smooth gentle hydraulic cueing are some of the features of this excellent 2-speed unit.  Built-in strobe, speed controls, low mass S-shaped tonearm. Gorgeous split plinth design.

Pioneer PL-50A (1973) One of the best looking of all the Pioneer turntables, The PL-50 is a semi-automatic that features a drive system that is free from the effects of even minor voltage fluctuations.  

Basically a simple, yet very well designed 2-speed belt drive with a very stable synchronous motor that brings wow and flutter to inaudible levels.  Other than it's stunning and large walnut plinth, features include automatic return and automatic cut (simply by moving the function lever)...the oil-damped tonearm raises and lowers very gently.

Dual 1218 (1971) Nice vintage Dual, fully automatic working, 3-speed, idler-drive with correct cartridge "sled" Original United Audio solid heavyweight walnut base, (the headshell has a selector control to adjust cartridge for single play or multiple play to compensate for vertical tracking error when stacking up to maximum of three records at a time) includes very good ADC XLM-1 cartridge and stylus, original dustcover

Hitachi HT-460 (1977)  Another one of the great looking Hitachi upscale turntable designs... two-speed, full automatic, "Uni-Torque" direct drive, heavy construction. Smooth dark grey upper base plinth with 2" rosewood trim around the sides.   Also features speed select, speed adjustment, repeat and anti-skate. Nice original dustcover. 

AR XA (Acoustic Research, 1965) this is one of the earlier models with the single motor, an all original AR XA manually operated turntable with the real walnut veneer plinth...very good working and cosmetic condition...comes with an extra head-shell (black), extra belt, original dust cover (also in very good condition) and distinctive brass AR badge.

Yamaha PF-50 (1985) "sophisticated" is the best way to describe this 2-speed, fully automatic, quartz direct drive with gold-plated spring cap 3 point floating system, knife edge tonearm, cut, cue lift...all sitting on a black plinth. This is a great looking turntable.

Philips 22GA209-S (1978) Primarily made for the European market (especially Germany) this rare and very unusual electronic marvel (2-speed, belt drive) is from the audio purists at Philips (Holland) and rarely seen yet it's a visual masterpiece.  Beyond being fully automatic, it also senses the size of the record and begins play immediately when placed on the platter.  Solid heavy build and very unique.  Very classy dust cover with rounded edges.

Fisher MT-6310 (Sanyo, 1979) sold under the "Studio Standard" name, this is a 2-speed, belt drive, semi-automatic table with strobe, speed controls and original dust cover, (reliable build by Sanyo) very attractive two-tone black/silver base.

Thorens RTC-124 roll-top turntable case only (mid 60's) A genuine collector piece...this rarely seen walnut roll-top case has been carefully restored and is fully functional.  The original brass Thorens badge is intact.  Many different turntable models will fit inside. Dimensions 20" x 16" x 9.5 (gallery photo shows a Realistic Lab-290 installed as example)

Kenwood KD-2000 (1978) 2-speed belt drive, this is a very good design with a solid reputation and well-respected in the audio community.  Semi-automatic operation, "S" shaped tonearm, satin black finish over wood, simply a very nice turntable! 

Dual 1237
(1977) A very nice fully functioning 2-speed, fully automatic...comes with both spindles: single short spindle & the very rare tall "spider" stacking spindle for stacking up to 3-4 records at a time.  Original Dual tinted cover. Very good cosmetic condition

(1977) 2-speed fully automatic belt drive with tonearm lifter.  Another excellent Japanese-manufactured turntable from the late 70’s, features direct-drive Quartz technology, a core-less motor (doesn’t cog), intuitive fully-automatic features which revert to manual if you move the tonearm  – and an up to 6 times repeat function. Beautiful black/silver.

JVC/Nivico SRP-473e (1974) a truly beautiful and very rare stereo table, 2-speed, belt drive, semi-automatic operation (auto start/auto lift & stop) system with a stable balance type universal S-shaped tonearm.  Heavy (22 lbs) and well-built gorgeous solid timber plinth, tinted "Perspex" cover.

Calibre 360 (Pacific Stereo, 1980) higher quality deck made in Japan (by CEC) for Pacific Stereo.  Two-speed, direct drive, semi-automatic, pearl-grey finish, good solid performance, satin black S-shaped low mass tonearm with proprietary headshell
(Note: the Calibre model 360 and the belt drive 330 were, in fact, completely identical to the higher priced Marantz 6025. Both were made by CEC and badged accordingly to whatever company sold them.)

Realistic Lab-290 (1982) made in Japan for Radio Shack by CEC, 2-speed belt-drive,
semi-automatic (auto start/auto stop) low-mass straight (black) tonearm, beautiful real dark walnut veneer plinth...excellent quality and a very good looking deck!

*KLH Model 11 (1964) 18W x 2 all-original (working unit but being sold as fixer/parts only) fully automatic 4-speed changer (this is the table-top version and a direct descendant of Henry Kloss' original portable "suitcase" version). Built-in 18W x 2 stereo amplifier... white platter mat, real walnut veneer plinth, original hinged dust cover, this is an oldie but a goodie! (Note: this is being sold VERY cheap, great project for very little money)

Sanyo TP-1005A (1988) Made entirely by Sanyo (they often supplied components to other turntable manufacturers) this is a very nice 2-speed, belt drive, semi-automatic (auto-stop/return), servo driven, very reliable, good looking table with a faux walnut veneer accented plinth

Rotel RP-110Q (70's) A classic design, hardly ever seen for sale...built in Japan by NEC for Rotel, 2-speed...although originally sold as a semi-automatic, this one has the auto-return function disabled but it still functions perfectly in auto-start mode with a manual return, belt drive, huge beautiful tigerwood plinth, a very good looking premium and very rare turntable

Reference 610T 
by Quadraflex (Pacific Stereo, 1978) elegantly designed in USA, built in Japan, DC direct drive, semi-automatic (it does have a functioning auto start and auto return, but due to a commonly known design flaw, the "reject" button has been disabled), very heavy premium table with massive die-cast platter, ultra low-mass S-shape black tonearm, original Reference black headshell, owner's manual, beautiful satin-black plinth with walnut side panels, tinted cover...a very nice deck!

Onkyo CP-1010A (1975) 2-speed belt drive, semi-automatic (auto-return) low mass straight tonearm, strobe, very well designed, very reliable, oak accents

Kenwood KD-29R (1980) basic 2-speed, new belt, semi-automatic (auto stop/return), very reliable and affordable, tinted dust cover, bargain priced!

Onkyo CP-1033A (1982)  This gem is a premium build and is a fully automatic, 2-speed, quartz locked direct drive, low-mass tonearm, strobe built-in, heavyweight and very reliable, oakwood accents


Optonica RT-3300 (1991) this is one very attractive, 2-head, 4-track stereo cassette deck with gold trim on the machined black aluminum knobs and switches.  Black faceplate and twin backlit vu-meters from the great designers at Optonica in Japan.

Dokorder MK-550 stereo cassette deck(1977) a very cool and unique top loading, 4-track 2-head deck (made in Japan) with a full-sized and stunning rosewood case, twin vu-meters, slider controls and comes with an original brand new, full-color, two page brochure.  A really nice collector piece.

Pioneer CT-40 stereo cassette deck (1983) two head single play stereo cassette deck, Dolby, LED meters, metal case (one of their mid-level units but still has the very good Pioneer build quality)

Sharp RT-30H stereo cassette deck (Japan, 1980) single play 2-head 4-track, LED power meters, dolby, great build, good looking deck

Technics RS-263US stereo cassette deck(1974) 2-head 4-track cassette deck, great loading with slanted control panel, twin analog vu-meters, Dolby B, very nice walnut case.  Made in Japan

JVC KD-65 
stereo cassette deck (1978) this is a VERY nice premium 2-head, 4-track, 2-channel stereo cassette deck with visually pleasing LED frequency spectrum analyzer, large case with very hi-tech silver face, attractive dual meters. Made in Japan.

Pioneer TH-303 stereo receiver with 8-track player (1972) 12W x 2 (easily powers most efficient speaker systems) unique, very clean and rare Pioneer FM stereo receiver with built-in 8-track player, fully functioning, strong tuner, blue lamps, gorgeous walnut case

SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...but not forgotten!
(Here is a partial list of turntables and tape systems that found a new home in 2016, listed first by most recently sold:)

LXI 9231 cassette deck...Panasonic RD-2900...Technics SL-QD33...
Marantz 6110...Sony PS-LX210...Transaudio 1600...
Calibre 330...Kenwood KD-2070...Technics SL-1650...
Hitachi PS-48...Reference 412-D cassette deck...
Technics SL-BD20...MCS -6604...BeoGram 3000...
Sharp RT-1157mkii cassette deck......Technics SL-1900...

Longines Symphonette LCR-511...Realistic Lab-58...Realistic Lab-440...
Sony PS-4750...Pioneer CT-F500 cassette deck...
Kenwood KX-1060 cassette deck...Sony PS-5520...Pioneer PL-50...
Onkyo CP-1055Fii...Panasonic RD-7673...Sony TC-K60 stereo cassette deck...
Reference 510T by Quadraflex...Philips GA-406...Pioneer SE-50...
Sony PS-5520...Reference (by Quadraflex) 620T...Kenwood KD-2070...
(Muntz) Autostereo W-88 4-track stereo deck...Sony PS-1150...
Yamaha P-450...Panasonic (Matsushita/Technics) SL-750 CD-4...
Dual 1218...Fisher CR-4025 stereo cassette deck...Pioneer PL-115D...BIC 940
Marantz 5120...;Yamaha YP-B4...Pioneer PL-15D-II...Pioneer PL-600
Sony PS-LX2...Sansui SR-535...Pioneer PL-15D-II...Garrard GT-15
Beogram (B&O) 1700...Quadraflex QL-410...Technics SL-1800
Pioneer PL-100...Lloyd's DD-2910-0010...BIC 960...Tenna HL-3105...Dual 1257
Fisher CR-4028...AKAI CS-703D...Pioneer PL-A45D...Sony PS-X5
Mitsubishi/MGA DP-620...Dual 502...Pioneer PL-12D-ii...Realistic Lab-440
Pioneer CTF-6161...MCS (Technics) 6502...Dual 1229
Sansui FR-3060...Sony PS-2700...Philips GA312
Sansui SR-2050C...Micro-Seiki DD-24...Marantz 6100...Yamaha YP-211
Pioneer PL-15D-ii...Technics SL-1200mk2...Reference 620T by Quadraflex

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SPECIAL SALE! (listed 7/28/16, available in Concord location only))

1967 Gibson J160E "John Lennon"  acoustic/electric guitar (Sunburst finish)

One owner since bought new in 1967, completely original except for replacement Grover tuning lugs instead of the Klusons (no extra holes were drilled as they fit right in, no problems)...near mint condition.  
Except for an extra rosette around the sound hole -- and a visible orange label inside -- this is an authentic replica and completely identical to Lennon's very first Gibson J-160E that he used in 1962...hard shell felt-lined case included, also in excellent condition. (see photo in gallery) 


Counterpoint Solid 1 (amplifier) (1990) 100W x 2
JBL Synthesis Three Hundred (amp, 1997) 100W x 2 
PS Audio 6.0 (preamp, 1990) 
Rotel RB 951 (1999) 50W x 2
Carver M-200t (amp,1988) 120W x 2 @ 4ohms


Plinius 8100
(2000) integrated 100W x 2

Gibson J160E "John Lennon"
acoustic guitar 
One owner since bought new in 1967, completely original except replacement of the Kluson tuning lugs to Grovers (no extra holes were drilled as they fit right in, no problems)...near mint condition.  Hard shell felt-lined case included, also in excellent condition. (Photos in gallery) 



Emotive ER C3 (2013) single disc player
Marantz 6005 with USB (will consider reasonable offers only, no lo-ball please!)


Denon 3910

Denon AVR 2805 


B&W CM-1 (1987) incredible sonic quality, 2-way system
B&W CM-2 (1987) upgraded with 5.5" drivers
B&W DM 220i + stands

Vandersteen Model 2 + stands (1977) very good condition
Energy XL150 (2003) made in Canada, excellent reviews, VGC
Velodyne DLS 4000R Powered Sub-woofer


Pro/Ject 1.2
(1998) completely rebuilt, top-to-bottom and comes with Sumiko Oyster cartridge/stylus

SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...SOLD (in order of last sold listed first)

PrimaLuna ProLog II...McIntosh MA-7900...
Musial Fidelity M3-CD...Sonus Faber Concertino
Bose 501 Series II...NHT SB3...

McIntosh MAC 1900 (1975) 55W x 2...Marantz 2330 (1977) 130W x 2
Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10
McIntosh MA-6800 (1995) 150W x 2...Audio Research VS110