Greetings everyone. Glad to finally be a part of Boomboxery!
About me? I'm from South Minneapolis, born and raised! (On the playground, is where I spent most of my days....)
When I was a kid growing up in the 80's, I saw my first JVC RC-M70, and knew that I had to own one. I was away at summer camp one year, and one of the counselors owned one. I was really impressed by the sound! It filled the cabin with a sound quality that I did not expect from a “portable radio cassette recorder”. I was truly amazed. Not even a teenager yet, and I wanted a JVC boombox more than anything.
I used ride my bike to the local electronics store (remember those?), and admire all the boomboxes up on the shelf. The JVC's were always my favorite. As much as I liked the RC-M90, the RC-M70 was still my first choice. For the money, I thought it actually sounded better than the M90. My dilemma? How the HELL can a kid afford the damn thing? Even if I saved all of my allowance and money from mowing lawns, it would still take me forever.
When I was 13, I got my first real job bussing tables. I lied on the application, saying I was 14 so I could work. The pay was only $3.25, which was minimum wage back then. I would still go to the electronics store at least once a week. I was even looking at the boomboxes at Radio Shack, Sears, Target, whatever. None of those were going to do. It wasn't until I was 14 that I had enough saved up for the JVC I wanted.
So, if you haven't seen it coming by now....
I was finally ready to purchase that JVC boombox that I had my eye for the last three years. I went to my local electronics store, looked up at the shelf, and it wasn't there. It was NO LONGER AVAILABLE! Really? I even asked the store clerk if they could locate one for me, but it was too late. The M70 was no longer available. I decided that I wasn't going home empty handed, and settled for the JVC RC-880. Aesthetically a very nice looking box, close in size to the RC-M70, and it had a auto-reverse cassette deck. However, it lacked the sound quality and input features of the M70.
Sadly, after 25 years of owning that JVC RC-880, I finally had to let it go. I was moving, and decided that it wasn't coming with me. I was actually pretty upset about parting with it. That JVC went with me just about everywhere for over 25 years. At the time, it seemed like a good decision. I figured that I would eventually find another boombox that was even better than my old one. However, I later regretted leaving that old JVC behind. I always kept an eye open, searching for another old JVC boombox.
Before the internet, about the only way to find older electronics was thrift stores, estate sales, garage sales, pawn shops, flea markets, or completely by chance. My search for a replacement JVC boombox had really slowed until technology and the internet finally caught up.
A few years ago while looking for a RC-M70 on eBay I found another JVC RC-880 by chance. It wasn't as clean as I hoped for, but it was in decent condition and the price was right. I decided to buy it. I came to realize afterwards that even though I finally found the same model JVC that I had once owned, the feeling just wasn't the same. I thought back about why I let it go in the first place. It was pretty obvious. I still wanted that "upgrade". I still wanted a RC-M70. I was starting to wonder if ever find one in good condition without having to pay a small fortune. My search continued.
Well I'm happy to say that as of this year, almost 36 years to day of buying my original JVC RC-880 boombox, that I finally found the JVC RC-M70 boombox I always wanted. While recently searching boomboxes on eBay, I came across a very clean JVC RC-M70JW. There were some mis-spellings in the description, so not to many people probably saw the listing. The price seemed fair, so I decided to “pull the trigger”, and I bought the damn thing! Wow! What a feeling of relief. I thought about some of the other ones that I bid on over the years that I either didn't win, or just passed on because they were way overpriced. No longer. I'm finally the proud owner a RC-M70. My search is over!
Wait, did I just say my search is over? Well.... maybe not completely over.
The problem with having an appreciation of these classic boomboxes is you want to own more that just one! Now I will probably never be a hard core collector like many of you are, but I'm always looking and searching for a few more boomboxes. I typically like a lot of the classic boxes out of Japan, but there are a few Taiwan boxes that get my attention as well. I do see myself picking up a few more in the near future. However, I would probably keep my collection to around ten or so. Any more than that and the wife starts buying jewelry!
I have been following the posts here on Boomboxery for years now. Now that I finally have the JVC that I always wanted, I thought it might be a good time to actually sign up. I enjoy going through the forums and reading posts from people who have the same appreciation for these classic audio relics that I do. Some of these old boomboxes were not really built to last. I seem to like the higher quality boxes out of Japan more. The ones that were built to last. They were designed with maintenance and repair in mind. To me, these boomboxes are not just some old outdated technology. They give joy to those who appreciate what they were, and what they still are.
So anyway, that's why I'm here. That's what brought me to Boomboxery. Hope you can all relate. Take care!
Like L.L. Cool J said, I can't live without my radio!