(4/22/21) Fine Vintage Stereo Components
Open Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday 12-5
510 Rutherford Street, Greenville SC 29609
Cash or PayPal only
No shipping available, local pickup only
(864) 238-1102 for all inquiries
Prices and inventory are subject to change
For more about us and what we do please scroll down below the photos.
We have done our very best...Be assured that, since our beginning in 2014, all of our vintage gear have collectively and individually been subjected to hundreds of hours of intensive labor and meticulous detailing involving one or more of the following: repairing, 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 to pristine condition and, in some cases...mint. We do not say "mint" unless it's really "mint".
Generally speaking, all repair/restoration work is primarily done in-house with some exceptions based on time/parts availability. As a general rule, we do not do consignment except for special circumstance items, call for more info. Also, we generally do not take in outside repair work except on a limited basis depending on the item, parts availability and time constraints.
Since there are no warranties, refunds or returns on sold items, all we can promise is that the equipment will be tested in front of you to show everything is fully functional before any decisions are made to purchase. Payments are either by cash or PayPal only.
Why choose vintage?
The era of vintage audio, from slightly before 1971 through 1981 and slightly thereafter, comprised the gilded age of hi-fi and the ripe years of RCA Living Stereo, Radio Shack, record and tape clubs ("Get 12 records for a penny!"). This era of audio embodies the work of such names as Saul Marantz, Hermon Hosmer Scott, Rudy Bozak, James B. Lansing, Paul Klipsch, David Hafler, and Henry Kloss—dead guys with ears. These guys used the absolute best minds available to design and engineer sonic marvels that have stood the test of time as icons in a world now dominated by knock-offs from China, home theater, Sonos and so on.
The rack systems were starting to pop up in the early 80's and all of the major mass market manufacturers found new profits in their lower quality high power systems, offering cheap turntables, cassette decks, cd players and digital receivers with graphic equalizers. Customers were often under the impression they got a good value for the price, compared earlier to the much higher priced high end systems.
However, the one major drawback occurred when digital became the standard; quality suffered and, more often than not, they simply couldn't compare to the quality standards of the high end components of the '60s, '70s and into the early 80s. Like that old saying "they don't make 'em like they used to"...
Cherry Vintage Audio © started out as a serious hobby dating back to the late 60's. Our background includes over 50 years of audio experience and involvement in the areas of custom showroom design and layout, electronics repair, advertising, marketing and audio systems consulting. Back in the late 60's, owning just a few vintage pieces led to what eventually became a few hundred. So, by 2014, this led to a storefront on Cherry Avenue in Long Beach CA.
Eventually, within the first few years, word of mouth had spread. Besides folks in the vast Southern California area, we also had customers coming from hundreds of miles away (Las Vegas, Arizona, Oregon and Nevada). The decision was made to relocate from LA back to Greenville SC in May of 2017 because Greenville was our home for almost 20 years . The lure of the Carolinas and its lifestyle is hard to resist...
In the beginning and continuing today, our reviews remain very positive. The good folks that had a pleasant experience at Cherry Vintage Audio and actually took the time to write a review helps to make it all worthwhile. We've had buyers that have traveled from as far away as Texas, New York, Ohio, etc because our preference is local pickup. We will consider shipping but that requires a phone call to discuss first.
Past hands-on, working experience included the late, great Pacific Stereo (San Francisco Bay Area, late 60's), University Stereo (mid-70's, Southern California) , House of Music (San Francisco, early '70's).
Essentially, we've been involved in the world of high fidelity for over 50 years. We don't claim to be anything more than those who appreciate the exceptional build quality and warmth of sound when it comes to analog stereo equipment. And, since even the 90's are now considered "vintage", we also carry some of the finer digital or digital/analog hybrid pieces as well. However, we only do simple stereo...no surround sound and nothing made in China. We will never mislead you, lie to you or deal in unethical transactions.
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