Vintage Sounding

Vintage headphones

These hand-me-down cans have been languishing unloved for decades. The original owner’s pipe smoke smell has finally half-lifed so put them on for a listen.

Very comfortable to wear and quite a smooth old school sound I guess. Smooth, not fatiguing or over emphasised at either end of the spectrum with some mid frequency colour action that actually helps make vocals sound reasonably natural.

I’m guessing these headphones date from the mid to late 70s?

Make? Er…Eagle? No idea. Made in Japan anyway. At least the cable isn’t’ coiled as some vintage phones are.

I was going to pass these on but they might be a keeper.

If anyone knows for certain when these date from or who made them then please let me know.


Moon In The Room

Look at the cost too. Not quite sure of the year here (mid 70’s?). Mind you much of that kit would have a good chance of still working today or at least be repairable in the right hands. Not sure you could say that of many modern electronic products. But then the whole notion of spending half your wages on something just for listening to music in your living room now seems a bit esoteric. Not many products could be advertised as quite so unashamedly ‘breaking the bank’ either.

What Price The Past?

I’m eternally fascinated by the nostalgia fuelled lure of the vintage and dunfunkt. This applies especially to vintage electronics which command a sometimes incredulous level of monetary worth due to their scarcity. Take Sony’s long defunct Betamax video tape recorders. A working model at auction can fetch anything up to £300. And that’s in a world where the analogue TV tuner would no longer work, fresh blank tape a scarcity and the sacrilege of actually using the item to play old tapes may invite a breakdown that couldn’t always be repaired. What price a connection to the past?

If Sony were to suddenly restart the Betamax production line and issue limited edition premium priced video tape recorders  I doubt they’d be a runaway success even as a premium priced niche product. It’ the lure of a world lost I presume.

A similar experience happened with the Dubreq stylophone, the stylus driven electronic organ beloved of Rolf Harris in the 60’s. For years old working models fetched premium prices and then somebody decided to remanufacture them. They’re no longer a premium priced product.They’re readily available Just a retro novelty. Supply and demand I suppose.

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A Garage Graveyard Where Things Get Forgotten

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My Dad’s garage is a place where once loved bits and pieces sit in silence waiting to be used again. An old black and white TV that was bought for camping and in case of power cuts that never returned (it could be powered by mains or 12v battery). A bakelite phone with the original phone number still on the centre dial, now choking beneath a layer of dust. A radio cassette that replaced the beautiful sounding valve radiogram before it and that was somehow never quite as regal a replacement.