This weekend was a Boombox whirlwind as our favorite Italian collector Salvatore AKA Samovar came to visit me in Naples and hang out in the Discotheque Boom Room. For those new to this community, Sal is an absolute legend both here and on Stereo2Go and I have been lucky enough to have met him twice now.
It was a packed weekend of Booming that started the moment Sal landed at 2;00 pm on Saturday. We came back to my place where he surprised me with an amazing gift, a near perfect Aiwa TPR-950, which was recently serviced which features a fully working deck (and you all know these decks are challenging!). Pound for pound one of the finest Aiwa's made!
As you can see, this Aiwa is in amazing condition. I can't thank Sal enough for his incredible generosity yet AGAIN. Absolutely one of the finest radio's in my collection.
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Around 5 pm Sal contacted a person here in Napoli, who was selling an Aiwa 550, we drove into the city to meet with him and made the transaction right on the street out of the trunk of his car!
Two Italian's working the deal!
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In a few seconds, we were back in the car with the new find!
At home on the work bench, we put batteries in and did a test and....100% working, deck and all!
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The rest of Saturday night was spent in the Boom Room talking boxes and enjoying a few drinks.
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Sunday morning we woke up early to drive to downtown Naples to a used sale / swap meet / boot sale, what ever you call it, to try our luck and what luck did we have!!!!!
The place was PACKED!
As we walked through, we started seeing them....
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Then we started getting into more interesting items!
Sal and I were so tuned in, we were both yelling out "Do you see that?!?!?" any time there were a set of stereo speakers!
And even as we started to actually see "Boomboxes", we both agreed, we had to hold to some sort of level.
BUT THEN THE MONEY HAD TO COME OUT! Sal and I both agreed we couldn't leave this Grundig behind!
PRICE TAG???? 5 Euro!!!! SOLD!!!!
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6 Euro's for 2 walkman....SOLD!
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Then we started actually seeing Boomboxes! But, we left these behind, holding out for bigger fish....
And on the last isle, of the last row in the booth of the last seller....GOLD!!!!!
a Phillips ART 60 TV Boombox!
Price Tag???? 5 Euro's!!!!! SOLDDDDDDDDDDDD
In the end, it was a good day and a good haul. Total cost of 2 radio's and 3 walkman, 21 Euro!!!!
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The cost to hang out with Sal, go searching in the wild for boomboxes and actually finding some good ones.....PRICELESS!!!!!
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We tested the Grundig, it fired up, you could hear the deck motor spinning, needs belts, radio worked fine and then cut out. Probably something simple. Needs full cleaning.
Tested the Phillips, it fired up, but will need much more effort, but I think she can be revived. The amp was loud and proud on TV mode, nothing on FM, but there is no antenna, deck, nothing.
But I have never seen a Phillips TV box, so that in it's self is a score!
In closing, I want to thank Sal for his amazing generosity in his gift of the Aiwa 950. It is a real gem and it will get lots of use with it's perfectly working deck. It was really fun talking radio's, designs, favorites and going on the hunt! You will see us out and about more in the future so stay tuned!