UPDATE2: 5Mar14 “Vintage Stereo Consoles Are Making a Comeback” Article: “For the Love of Audio,” by Gaspar González. Shoulda hung onto that one, Frank! /CL
UPDATE 1Jun13: Frank writes:
HI COUSIN LYNN,
AS USUAL, I ENJOYED YOUR PROGRAM THIS MORNING. I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR EFFORT IN HELPING ME OUT. AT THIS POINT, I HAVE DECIDED TO DONATE MY HI-FI SET TO AN ANTIQUE DEALER HERE. ANYHOW, THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR KINDNESS.
Guess he didn’t find a taker. I didn’t ask him if he put it on consignment with the dealer. Thanks to Frank for the nice words. /CL
I’m not sure I want to make ads a regular practice—I suppose we could start a Trading Post if there were sufficient interest—but this is quite a period piece; I’m posting it for a listener in North Cambridge who writes (in all caps, because he is visually impaired):
DEAR HILLBILLY AT HARVARD,
MY NAME IS FRANK CARDOSI AND I LISTEN TO YOUR PROGRAM ON SATURDAY MORNINGS. I HAVE AN OLD FASHIONED HI-FI STEREO SET THAT I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE AWAY TO ANYONE WHO WANTS IT [Nominal charge of $25—see below /CL]. I THOUGHT YOU MAY KNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HAVING THIS, AS I’D LIKE IT TO GO TO SOMEONE WHO REALLY WANTS IT. ATTACHED ARE SOME PICTURES.
AM/FM RADIO, 4 SPEED TURNTABLE 16/33/45/78, MULTIPLE VOLUME/TONE CONTROLS. IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE, PLEASE GIVE THEM MY INFO. MY EMAIL IS FHILLBILLY AT COMCAST DOT NET, PHONE 617 547-2312. STEREO IS IN NORTH CAMBRIDGE.
I asked a few questions. Frank responds:
YES, THE ELECTRONICS ALL WORK. IT IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. ALSO THERE IS A CONNECTION FOR A TAPE RECORDER. I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU DID POST IT ON YOUR BLOG. NO, IT IS NOT TUBE STUFF.
I DID POST IT ON CRAIG’S LIST BUT NOT UNDER FREE STUFF. I DID NOT WANT SOMEONE TO TAKE IT FOR FREE, AND THEN BREAK IT UP FOR JUNK VALUE. I AM TOO SENTIMENTAL AND I THINK SOME ONE OUT THERE IS LOOKING FOR THIS. BY THE WAY, I SAW ONE POSTED ON A “BED AND BATH” BULLETIN BOARD IN ASSEMBLY SQ. MALL. THEY WERE ASKING $300 FOR IT.
So to discourage scrap dealers, Frank is asking a nominal $25. I expect he will waive that charge if you convince him you really want it. It looks like a nice, maybe ’60s piece of furniture. And finding a turntable that will play 16 and 78 RPM records is not easy these days (were there 16 RPM records? maybe radio transcriptions).
P.S. I ALSO HAVE MANY COUNTRY/WESTERN RECORDS THAT I WOULD GIVE AWAY AS WELL IF WANTED.
If you are interested, please contact Frank directly.