Chris has been in Italy for over six months, but for various reasons we didn't meet until last week. To be honest, I write "we" but in fact it is me who has been unable to find a window of opportunity to go to Naples. So when last Friday he sent a pic he took along the road ("Do you recognize this place?", he added, ignoring that that place was at about 3/4 of an hour from where I live) I didn't think twice to join his company.
What to say? I was overwhelmed by his enthusiasm, expertise and generosity. When I told him that my long postponed project for a boombox exhibition will materialize next year, he offered to help in any way possible (details about the event will be posted in due time for the benefit of all members. For now I can give you a month -- May 2018 -- and a place -- Catania).
Needless to say, while we chatted, drank wine & enjoyed dinner with his wife and his friend, I was blinded by the sheer beauty of his 7979 (and yes Rori, it's very likely the first specimen to have ever graced the shores of the island).
So Chris, what can I say? Thanks for sharing with me your beautiful Clairtone (now alas one more unicorn in my wish list) and even more thanks for what you have already put in motion for the next year event. I'm delighted to read that you like the 7740. It was not chosen at random, as for the occasion I wanted to present you with a unit that was not in your collection, easy to carry along, in good cosmetic conditions, full working, and of a certain brand. Why? You may as well ask why Si and Rori call me Sanyovar... 'nuff said! (and yes Si, we'll meet in March at the UK meet).
It was really great to meet up with you Sal, of all the people I have met in Europe, your the closest and the last one I have met LOL. But we WILL do this again because you have to see my collection and I need to see yours.
I'm very interested in your exhibit in May, if I can be there, then I will certainly be there and hope to bring something else that has never been to the island. Like a stack of Jumbo Lasonic's!
And to everyone who has chatted with Sal here and on Stereo2Go, I just have to say....Sal is a super nice guy, when you UK guys meet him,. you'll be instant friends as I feel.
As for the 7740, this is my new travel box. I have traveled with many mini's over the years, never with one that has a working tape deck. So this Sanyo will get some miles put on her. Thank you again Sal.
It's kind of wild to think that the 7979, that I got from THAFUZZ in Califonia was the first in Sicily. I guess your going to need to get one now
For all the collectors who have been here since the start of this hobby, the real "First Generation" guys, I was thinking of you all when Sal and I talked radios. I consider myself to be a "Second Generation" collector, because I came in after this whole thing was in full swing. But I am proud to have caught up quick and met so many fine collectors in the US and in Europe. Thank you everyone!