Little amplified

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Winter made it’s last stand yesterday, giving us Montrealers about 10 cm of snow to play with. I doubted too many people would throw out good trash but I decided to take a walk around regardless.

I didn’t come across much of interest. In one place I found a couple of nice mugs and a metal colander, in another a couple of foreign coins. The best finds were all contained with this one bag. When I kicked it I felt a box that felt “interesting”. I opened the bag and saw that it contained some electronics. I wasn’t too far from home, so without looking much at what was inside I carried the whole box home. I didn’t want to get the stuff wet from the snow and also felt like enjoying the surprise of finding out what was inside. I had a good feeling about it, as if someone had taken a box of good (if old) stuff and decided to put it on the curb in the name of spring cleaning.

Inside was some speaker wire, an alarm clock, a discman and a walkman. All the three worked fine, other than the alarm clock which has a broken AM/FM switch.

sony str-av550

The best thing though was this stereo receiver / amplifier. I plugged it in and hooked it up to some speakers and it works great!

This model (Sony STR-AV550) has sold for up to 95$ on Ebay, but I’m going to hold onto it (unless I become desperately broke, of course). I’ve been hoping to find one, as I wanted to hook up my old record player and it’s good for testing any audio equipment I might find (such as the tape player on the top, which I found on New Year’s Eve and can now confirm works great as well!).

Needless to say the room-mates are happy about our new ability to play records. We’re listening to a record of The Drifters as I write this; I wasn’t familiar with them before but they have a nice old-timey sound.

Overall, a pretty slow week for trash. I expect that things will pick up a little bit next week, what with the warming weather and the end of the month approaching.

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4 thoughts on “Little amplified

  1. Nice find! Sony’s a great brand. Here’s the operating instructions, in case you have need of them http://www.docs.sony.com/release/STRAV550.pdf

  2. nunavik says:

    I have the exact same model with match CD player and dual cassette deck. Bought it new waaaaaay back for over $2,000.

  3. Kevin P. says:

    Today was a gorgeous day—I hope you made some amazing finds in the trash today.I want to ask you if you know of anyone who offers cheap but good bookbinding service in Montreal.I inherited about a dozen great old books from a deceased aunt;they are fun to read and the pages are in great condition.But the spine in half of the books is damaged and their binding is coming apart.I do not want to give these books to charity that would throw out books with damaged spines anyways.Nor do I want to throw them out myself or sell them.These books are family heirlooms.Other people might have old books that are valuable;many people these days do not know about book binding service.Any info appreciated

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