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#1 Lasonic TRC-920

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 08:27 AM

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!

 

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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!

 

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As we walked through, we started seeing them....

 

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Little mono's....

 

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Then we started getting into more interesting items!

 

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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.

 

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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....

 

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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  :thumbsup:  :clap:  :rock:

 

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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!



#2 Hisrudeness

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 08:40 AM

What a great weekend. Great pictures man!

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 09:45 AM

Outstanding, two legends getting together to chat, drink and blast? ...NOICE!!!!!

#4 Northerner

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 01:39 PM

Looks a lot of fun...two veteran collectors, lots of radios, what's not to like. Looking forward to seeing you both in March :-)

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 01:42 PM

This would be a trip of a lifetime for me nuff said :-)



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Posted 29 October 2017 - 01:51 PM

Sal is definitely a great guy - generous too! You can see how much fun you guys are having!

Enjoy,

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 02:29 PM

Brilliant to see two greta guys having a blast, you guys packed so much into a weekend. 

 

Really looking forward to meeting Sal at the UK Meet :)



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Posted 29 October 2017 - 03:09 PM

I really had a lot of fun with our mini-meet and I cannot thank Chris enough for his generous invitation and ospitality. Believe me guys, he's pure gold. And his boom room, well, that's f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c! I felt like a kid in a candy store -- you can see the amazement in my eyes  :w00t:

 

Not only for the beauty of the units, not only for the breathtaking Indiana chopper that seems to be there to superintend the exhibition, but for the care they have been put on display and for the passion emanating from Chris when he speaks of them boxes. And when the disco is on, well: just amazing! A selection of his big hitters are connected with one another, so that the sound goes to and fro and you can feel it in 3D while the strobolight is spinning.

 

But no word can beat the real thing. Now since seeing is believing, if any of you get an opportunity to be there, don't miss it!

 

This said, the hunt at the fleamarket was no less exciting. I know well the second hand markets where I am a regular hoarder, but I had never visited the big one in Napoli. I didn't know what to expect, altough the deal with the Neapolitan guy for the 550 had been promising (I had stumbled across a local ad a couple of weeks ago and I waited to seal the deal together with Chris).

 

Both of us were positively surprised by the potential of the place. Besides the units we left behind, we saw a fantastically preserved gramophone and a wealth of 1950s and 60s radios that were a joy for the eyes. Now that he knows where to look for, I'm pretty sure that Chris will start giving points to the king of all fleamarkets, my good friend Dits :-)

 

Lat but not least, a big "Thank You!" also goes to Chris's wife, Helen, who witnessed our die-hard boombox lover conversations with zen-like patience. In her shoes, I would have barbecued both of us... :lol: :lol:



#9 Lasonic TRC-920

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 03:50 PM

Thank you everyone, we had a great time. Sharing radios is such fun. The best part of collecting.

 

I really had a lot of fun with our mini-meet and I cannot thank Chris enough for his generous invitation and ospitality. Believe me guys, he's pure gold. And his boom room, well, that's f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c! I felt like a kid in a candy store -- you can see the amazement in my eyes  :w00t:

 

Not only for the beauty of the units, not only for the breathtaking Indiana chopper that seems to be there to superintend the exhibition, but for the care they have been put on display and for the passion emanating from Christ when he speaks of them boxes. And when the disco is on, well: just amazing! A selection of his big hitters are connected with one another, so that the sound goes to and fro and you can feel it in 3D while the strobolight is spinning.

 

But no word can beat the real thing. Now since seeing is believing, if any of you get an opportunity to be there, don't miss it!

 

This said, the hunt at the fleamarket was no less exciting. I know well the second hand markets where I am a regular hoarder, but I had never visited the big one in Napoli. I didn't know what to expect, altough the deal with the Neapolitan guy for the 550 had been promising (I had stumbled across a local ad a couple of weeks ago and I waited to seal the deal together with Chris).

 

Both of us were positively surprised by the potential of the place. Besides the units we left behind, we saw a fantastically preserved gramophone and a wealth of 1950s and 60s that were a joy for the eyes. Now that he knows where to look for, I'm pretty sure that Chris will start giving points to the king of all fleamarkets, my good friend Dits :-)

 

Lat but not least, a big "Thank You!" also goes to Chris's wife, Helen, who witnessed our die-hard boombox lover conversations with zen-like patience. In her shoes, I would have barbecued both of us... :lol: :lol:

 

Sal, I had a blast. Your a good luck charm. I have never seen so many radio's any place I have looked and we went out together and saw so many. Now wonder your collection is so big LOL We'll have to do it again! I really had a great time. I'm looking forward to the UK meet in March when we can do it again with all the great UK members!



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Posted 29 October 2017 - 06:26 PM

Epic!  I love the whole story, you both tell it so well to the point my heart was pumping in anticipation of the next revelation.  :yes:  I could spend all day walking around well stocked flea markets, there are only a very few small time events in my area.



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Posted 29 October 2017 - 09:39 PM

sweet 24 hours-

 

WHEN  will you all meet MyOhMy ?



#12 Lasonic TRC-920

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 05:09 AM

Epic!  I love the whole story, you both tell it so well to the point my heart was pumping in anticipation of the next revelation.  :yes:  I could spend all day walking around well stocked flea markets, there are only a very few small time events in my area.

 

Thanks M.O.M. I was so shocked to see all of those radios. I could have brought them all home, but had to have some self control. I didn't own any Grundig's so that was a no brainer and that TV box, well, you know me and my TV boxes  :smooch:

 

The thing is, I have been to a flea market in this area before. It's next to a place called "Shoe Alley" which is an out door shoe market my wife goes too. They sell other stuff, but it;s 75% shoes. I normally park there and walk about a mile to this junk market that is under the freeway/Autostrada overpass. Sal and I parked and walked the mile, dodging traffic and through a tunnel and when we popped out the other side I was shocked to see IT WASN'T THERE! Now, if it was just me I would have gone home, but since I had my Italian translator with me, Sal just walked into a shop on the corner and asked the owner where the market was. They said something to the effect that it wasn't happening today, but that there was another one down the road on the right and sure enough, there was a full on proper market with permanent stalls. It was free to get in and full of all kinds of great stuff. Including radios!

 

YES, I WILL BE GOING BACK!

 

 

sweet 24 hours-

 

WHEN  will you all meet MyOhMy ?

 

There is a great question, we will be in the north end of England in March!  :thumbsup:



#13 MyOhMy

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 07:04 AM

 

Epic!  I love the whole story, you both tell it so well to the point my heart was pumping in anticipation of the next revelation.  :yes:  I could spend all day walking around well stocked flea markets, there are only a very few small time events in my area.

 

 


sweet 24 hours-

 

WHEN  will you all meet MyOhMy ?

There is a great question, we will be in the north end of England in March!  :thumbsup:

 

 

Dear me, I feel the pressure from y'all!  You need to be gentle with me....... :yes:



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 07:09 AM

Holy crap I would a bought every p.o.s there I love junk ,hell even some nice boxes too . farking awesome. One time I did buy 4 boxes in ten minutes and I wasn't a collector at the time but I never turn down cheap boomboxes especially if their right in front of me.

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 07:40 AM

Two Legends meeting up at Napoli ! :-)

A Boom-Room. A Flea Market.(Actually a flea market full of boomers).

Booze. There was even a LIVE boombox-deal from both of you .

I think this is a compination that says it all in itself !!

How i d love to meet both of you guys. You are near Athens

so you have an invitation from me to come and visit if you have some time

before the UK Meeting.

It s so great for members-friends to meet up.



#16 Lasonic TRC-920

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 08:05 AM

 

 

Epic!  I love the whole story, you both tell it so well to the point my heart was pumping in anticipation of the next revelation.  :yes:  I could spend all day walking around well stocked flea markets, there are only a very few small time events in my area.

 

 


sweet 24 hours-

 

WHEN  will you all meet MyOhMy ?

There is a great question, we will be in the north end of England in March!  :thumbsup:

 

 

Dear me, I feel the pressure from y'all!  You need to be gentle with me....... :yes:

 

 

No pressure! Just pointing out that 3/4 of the Euro collectors will be in your back yard in a few months....But NO PRESSURE!  :lol:  :lol:  :w00t:

 

 

Holy crap I would a bought every p.o.s there I love junk ,hell even some nice boxes too . farking awesome. One time I did buy 4 boxes in ten minutes and I wasn't a collector at the time but I never turn down cheap boomboxes especially if their right in front of me.

 

Yeah, looking at those pictures I have some deep regret  :lol:  :bang:  :sad:



Two Legends meeting up at Napoli ! :-)

A Boom-Room. A Flea Market.(Actually a flea market full of boomers).

Booze. There was even a LIVE boombox-deal from both of you .

I think this is a compination that says it all in itself !!

How i d love to meet both of you guys. You are near Athens

so you have an invitation from me to come and visit if you have some time

before the UK Meeting.

It s so great for members-friends to meet up.

 

dits, if I make my way to Greece, AND I MIGHT!!!! I will hit you up for sure!  :yes:



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 03:28 PM

This is what it's all about  :yes:  Great to see Italy working out so well.



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 03:49 PM

This is what it's all about  :yes:  Great to see Italy working out so well.

 

Still conducting Serious Boombox Business  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 04:43 PM

Great meet!  :thumbsup:



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Posted 31 October 2017 - 04:16 PM

I forgot to give full credits to Chris for his two great presents: the elegant (and working!) Aiwa TP28 and the wonderful Zealous Video Sender, the ideal companion, among other things, to my TV boomboxes. Here it is:

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:01 AM


WHEN will you all meet MyOhMy ?

It's only cos we like you Christine and want to meet you :-)

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 02:03 AM

Great meet and story guys! Thx for sharing!!



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 03:33 AM

WHEN will you all meet MyOhMy ?

It's only cos we like you Christine and want to meet you :-)

 

Yep, "No pressure", eh?    :-O   :-D



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 04:58 AM

What a great story!

 

Chris I myself have met Samovar in Toronto and spent some time talking the boombox language and I can confirm he's one of the best gents you could meet. His ever sweeping boombox gaze found a beautiful Sony CFS-45 which he so kindly donated to me...asi if to say "If I can find them this easily, what's your excuse!" LOL

 

Once again, anyone who has the chance to meet Sal.....do so. It's time WELL spent! Next on my boombox bucket list ...Chris!

 

Great photostory lads..



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Posted 03 November 2017 - 01:10 AM

What a great story!

 

Chris I myself have met Samovar in Toronto and spent some time talking the boombox language and I can confirm he's one of the best gents you could meet. His ever sweeping boombox gaze found a beautiful Sony CFS-45 which he so kindly donated to me...asi if to say "If I can find them this easily, what's your excuse!" LOL

 

Once again, anyone who has the chance to meet Sal.....do so. It's time WELL spent! Next on my boombox bucket list ...Chris!

 

Great photostory lads..

 

Hi Brutus, YES, we spoke of the time you two met. Glad you posted. Yes, Sal is extremely knowledgeable on boomboxes (and most things). I thought I might have a few items he hadn't seen (at least in person) but he was well versed in just about everything. 

 

It just boggles the mind, that a man on an island can find it all locally when I couldn't find shait in Los Angeles  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  

 

Even though I have met many collectors, listened to many radio's, spending time with on this forum chatting, it would be hard to say I have met many others who know about more models, details and features. Certainly one of the TOP collectors. A real 1%'er.  :hooray:



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Posted 07 November 2017 - 05:42 PM

Its so nice to see "The Adventures of Chris" here on the forum and via the Whats app. I had no idea you'd get to meet so many outstanding people when you moved to Italy. What a wild ride its been for you man, very very cool.

One things for sure, you are missed here in California by all of us here on the West Coast.

Keep on havin a blast brother!

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 12:43 AM

 

What a great story!

 

Chris I myself have met Samovar in Toronto and spent some time talking the boombox language and I can confirm he's one of the best gents you could meet. His ever sweeping boombox gaze found a beautiful Sony CFS-45 which he so kindly donated to me...asi if to say "If I can find them this easily, what's your excuse!" LOL

 

Once again, anyone who has the chance to meet Sal.....do so. It's time WELL spent! Next on my boombox bucket list ...Chris!

 

Great photostory lads..

 

Hi Brutus, YES, we spoke of the time you two met. Glad you posted. Yes, Sal is extremely knowledgeable on boomboxes (and most things). I thought I might have a few items he hadn't seen (at least in person) but he was well versed in just about everything. 

 

It just boggles the mind, that a man on an island can find it all locally when I couldn't find shait in Los Angeles  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  

 

Even though I have met many collectors, listened to many radio's, spending time with on this forum chatting, it would be hard to say I have met many others who know about more models, details and features. Certainly one of the TOP collectors. A real 1%'er.  :hooray:

 

 

It's certainly a great international community we share and the proof is in these posts. 

 

Sal's knowledge (as I'm sure your is as well Chris) of boomboxes is nothing short of incredible! I thouroughly enjoyed our meetings as it seems you did. These threads are the BEST aspect of our hobby by far. 

 

The human side of the boombox is more enthralling one

 

Cheers gents!





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