November 2013

Well, the big scary season is passed and now the big festive season is just around the corner…

November is that month in the year where the weather has turned, and although most of the leaves are racked up and yard stuff stored November is also one of the most perfect months for setting aside some quality ‘audio time’. For myself, hearing the rain and wind against the window while listening to my favorite music is simple relaxing to the ‘nth’ degree. Add a glass of wine, dim the lights a bit and your imagination can drift to all sorts of possibilities.

In some cases, just setting aside a half an hour for listening is actually therapeutic, and highly recommended. Obviously, having the right gear also makes a difference, and that is where we can hopefully help out.

Like you, we are audio enthusiasts. It’s not about simply buying the most expensive, but buying what is right for YOU. With the largest selection of vintage audio equipment on display anywhere we probably have just what you need, and more importantly within your budget. Regardless of what you buy, you can rest assured that ALL of our gear has been thoroughly tested and checked out by our incredible technicians, equipped with our own in house warranty, and any item can be fully tested – by you – before it leaves our store.

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October 2013

WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR HALLOWEEN – Thursday, October 31st.

It’s a BIG deal to our family and neighbourhood. Thanks for your understanding.

 

Welcome Fall!

Short & sweet – lots of new products coming in. Be sure to check our continually changing stock.

Sorry for the shortness of this month’s write-up but all my spare time is being taken up with my Halloween project. Yup… it’s a huge undertaking and I’m loving it. I’ll post pictures in November and then you’ll see why!

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for new products as well. Killer deals can be found here!

Until next month,
Gordon

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September 2013

Some would say that this part of the year is ‘the most happiest time’ as kids are back to school and all those summer chores are slowly winding down. Well perhaps BUT there is also a down side as things like garage/yard sales are also coming to an end. Over this past summer, there have been some amazing finds by some of our customers and some even found a few ‘golden ticket’ items (like Josh finding a pair of McIntosh MC30 tube mono block amps IN A BARN – DIRT CHEAP!).

But now with all those summer activities waning, this leaves more time for our favorite passion – MUSIC!

Over the past year, the interest in vinyl has taken a huge leap forward and it seems everyone is jumping on the band wagon to cash in on this craze. Companies that normally sell hair and beauty products now have a vinyl section, where others that sell foodstuffs and meat products have also allocated a place to house their record choices. Although it sounds convenient, it can also be very confusing to the newbie record collector. Why? Because buying a record is no different than buying anything else. First, ALWAYS CHECK THE LABELS! This will tell you who and where the record was made. This is extremely important as some companies purchase master discs that are overused – usually REALLY cheap – and use this to press new “180 gram” on cheap vinyl. One listen can usually put off even a seasoned record buyer, which is even less fair to someone who really wanted to get into vinyl. So, the lesson here is shop smart and buy smart. There are quite a few really awesome record stores that specialize in this field and most offer listening stations to try an album first before buying. There is a reason these stores have survived the CD/DVD/Home Theater/Blu-Ray onslaughts by doing what they do best – by being true to the product and the customers that want good value. Do yourself a favor, and check out a few of these stores in your area. Just don’t ask them if they have a milk or shampoo section…

So, over the summer we have added a few new faces to our growing family and things here are really humming along great! We are also proud to announce that FINALLY our cartridge section is being addressed and we are currently re-stocking those items that people have been asking for! Yup, so over the next few weeks we are bringing in Shures, Grado’s, Audio Technica and more and yes, we are even taking orders on those really specialized goodies like Dynavector (there will be a 50% deposit needed on these orders first). We will do our best to ensure that these items will be part of our continuing stock, much like our record cleaners, fluids and Phono pre-amplifiers.

In addition, we have changed the way the ‘New Arrivals’ are processed. Every Thursday Susan will be updating all the items that have been processed through the week and update the website for Friday morning. At that time ALL new items will be put on to our New Arrival shelves for sale.

So that’s about it for now. As always, if there are any questions, concerns or inquires that you may have, please feel free to contact myself or Susan during normal business hours. Better yet, drop by and see what cool items have shown up since your last visit! If you’ve never made the trek in to the store, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the huge selection of equipment we have.

Until next month,
Gordon

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Summer 2013

With summer finally here and another great Garage Sale behind us people are taking some well deserved time off. We normally slow down a bit during this time of the year and also plan to have some vacation time for ourselves in August. With that, it should be noted that we will be closed from August 3rd and re-opening again on the 20th.

Until then, we will still be open as usual and offering great deals on fantastic audio equipment. This is also a good time to remind people about our awesome service departments. Since we specialize in both electronic AND speaker repairs this may be a great time to bring in those items that were in questionable condition when purchased from eBay, the dreaded Craigslist or other sources for repair.

As this is the season for checking out yard sales, flea markets and other boons of treasure for audio goodies, I would suggest checking out our ‘How to buy vintage audio’ article. Yes, I know, this is NOT the ‘audiophile’ version but is written to help those looking to get into the hobby, already in the hobby but not deep enough to upset the wife, and those that just love the thrill of the hunt. Oh yeah, and if you happen to find something you think we would be interested in, let us know, we are always looking for great gear and you may make a few bucks along the way!

We hope you have a great summer!
Gord

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June 2013

This month the big highlight is of course our Annual Garage Sale…

For the first time since we started this event almost 6 years ago, we have filled every spot available! I for one am humbled. I truly believe that this is going to be an incredible day and can only hope that everyone attending – both vendors and buyers – is going to have a ton of fun.

Over the years, this event has been featured in magazines, on TV and on the radio across the North American continent including written snippets reaching as far as England! This year, we were featured on Global Television by radio legend Red Robinson and this alone brought a huge amount of attention to not only the event, but the store as well.

Quite a few people ask why we do this, and more importantly why we do not charge money for admission or fees. The answer is very simple. We have grown as a business thanks to the great many customers that have visited our shop over the years and built solid relationships that developed through the services we provide. What better way to say ‘thank you’ than by giving some of this back? We are proud to be a large part of the audio hobby community, and will continue to do the very best we can to continue the traditions we have developed together over the years.

So, while the garage sale DOES play a huge role for the month of June there are still lots of other things that are happening here in the shop. It may be worth the visit to drop by every now and again to see what cool audio treasures have hit the floor and maybe pick out some toys for yourself!

Until next month!
Gord

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Turntables: Old vs New

Two vintage record players. One modern turntable. Three copies of the same record. And one answer to the question: How do vintage turntables compare to today’s models?

Everybody knows vinyl is white-hot these days. And everyone’s getting in on it. You’ve got 16 year-old kids looking for the next hip thing. You got 70 year-olds looking to recapture the sound of their youth. The question is, what turntable do they buy? The days when you could walk into your local electronics store and choose among 15 or 20 models are gone. It seems like there’s not a whole lot of choices these days except for $100 plastic junk or $1,000+ audiophile turntables. Except for one alternative most people never consider: vintage turntables.

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Receiver Shoot-Out: Vintage vs. High-Tech

A blind test finds out if 1970s receivers can hold their own against the latest stuff

What piece of audio gear has changed as much as the receiver? Since the early 1980s, receivers have grown from friendly devices into monstrosities almost no one can figure out. It used to be that the toughest part of designing a receiver was finding cool new features to add. Now it’s figuring out what features you can afford to cut because there’s no room for any more jacks!

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The Shock of the Old

Why do more and more people prefer the audio gear of yesterday to the state-of-the-art products of today?

As an electronics journalist, I’m around audio enthusiasts a lot. But I’ve never seen so many of them get so jazzed about a single piece of gear as I did when a 1978 Pioneer SX-1980 receiver recently came through the doors at Innovative Audio, a Vancouver, BC vintage audio dealer. Some offered to buy the Pioneer on the spot. Some joked about stealing it. Every one of them had to touch it, lift it (or at least try) and somehow connect with this 270-watt-per-channel monster.

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Back On Track

When did you throw out all your 8-track tapes? Mid eighties, right? I remember the day. I’d already switched to cassette and was contemplating a move to CD. A lot of my 8-tracks had bitten the dust anyway, victims of deformed rollers, tangled tape, or being left too long in my truck under the hot Texas sun. And I didn’t even have a working player anymore. With considerable pride in my ability to kiss the past goodbye and embrace the future, I tossed my last five or six dozen 8-tracks into a box and threw them out along with my ankh necklace and my last pair of Levi’s Big Bells…

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$1000 Worth of Sound for $100: Refurbishing a Vintage Turntable

The following article by Ed Kobesky is re-printed by permission of Audio Discourse (with a big thank you to Mr. Dave Clark).

Analog is a smarter bet than ever for audiophiles on a budget. Excellent turntables are available from Pro-Ject and Music Hall for around $300, although that may still represent a big investment for those who want to experiment with analog before making a high-dollar commitment. Another low-cost possibility is to refurbish the classic turntable that is lying dormant in your attic or waiting for you in a neighbor’s yard sale or on eBay. Dust it off and start playing records! Turntables from the 1970s and 80s can equal or exceed the sound quality offered by today’s entry-level models. If properly set up, some may even approach the quality of $1000 CD players!

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