2023 Barn Finds 2 & 3

2023 barn finds 2 & 3

Barn find #2 – Feb 2023 to April 2023

So it seems that the Texas barn find somehow triggered an avalanche of reel to reel and vintage audio caches, two in the Washington state area, and one down in Georgia. Because 250 decks in stock wasn’t enough, we had to buy them all. In sequential order..

We saw a post on Facebook about an estate sale of sorts, where the owner had passed on last year, and his daughters were selling off  his shop. The owner ran a pro and consumer audio repair shop in Tacoma, Wa, and was warranty depot for many many pro audio brands, including the Harman group (JBL, etc), QSC, Crown, etc. Apparently in the heyday, he had 5 technicians running full time, although in the last couple of years, I believe he was down to himself and another tech. According to the post he had a  bunch of reel to reel decks in stock, amongst a TON of other equipment. We drove down twice, and filled a van each time with various pieces of equipment and components. The interesting thing was his shop though. Relatively nondescript from the outside,  the shop was in a deep building, with a full basement, and the basement carried over to the shop next door.

Two Phase Linear 400 amps
Pioneer 707 RTR plus a Crown amp that we didn’t pick up.

It was filled with all sorts of consumer and pro audio equipment, a ton of dead/defective parts stock, and 100s of speakers, complete and baskets, power amps, test equipment, etc. We picked up about  8 reel to reels, all in rough shape, but most cleaned up nicely, including a Pioneer 707, a Tascam 22-4, and sundry other decks. We also grabbed a couple of Phase Linear 400 power amps (both blown), about 8 other assorted power amps (Crown, QSC, etc), a couple of which were in pieces, and a number of other pieces.

A small cross section of the ton of speakers and frames they had

With the second trip, I grabbed a bunch of test leads (can never have too many of those!), a Carver preamp that he had on his workbench, and a few QSC modules, designed to fit into powered speakers. There was TONS of stuff I had to leave behind. A lot of equipment simply wasn’t worth repairing, or had too many components removed already, and scrap chassis is the last thing I need in my limited shop size! From memory, I picked up:

  • 2 Phase Linear 400 power amps
  • 1 Dynaco monoblock tube power amp
  • 1 Crown K2 power amp
  • 1 Carver PM 1.5 power amp
  • 1 Carver C2 preamplifier
  • Carver single rack space power amp
  • Tascam 22-4 reel to reel
  • Otari 5050 MKII reel to reel
  • Crown 11 band per channel equalizer
  • 4 Nakamichi M1 and M2 rack mount cassette decks
  • Teac 2340 reel to reel
  • Otari 5050 MkI and MkII in rough shape
His workbench, with little test equipment that was worth taking, but I did take all of the test leads.

About ½ of this equipment has already been run through and sold, or parts ordered for it. The Phase Linear amps are on the back burner, as they need some serious rebuilding. The Teac and Otari reel to reels have been sold, as have the Nakamichi cassette decks.

Barn find #3 – Estate Sale, Washington State

OK, here’s the details on barn find #3. At the end of March 2023, there were a few postings on Facebook regarding an estate sale in Washington state, which more or less ended up being a hoarder’s house. According to the estate sale company, you couldn’t walk through the house, let alone see the floor. The owner was apparently wheelchair bound, and ended up going into a care home, at which point the estate sale company was brought in.


The cream of the crop of this find- Sansui AU-22000, the second from the top of the line receiver, with 220 watts per channel into 8 ohms


Most of the receivers are in this picture, just a staggering amount of equipment

This estate sale company did things a bit differently than others. They told us that they would price out everything in the house (a VERY daunting  task in this case, due to the sheer volume of equipment and household goods), and then would let buyers in, 2-3 at a time, to spend 20 minutes in the house, grabbing what they want.  With the interest in the contents of this property, including a TON of vintage audio equipment and some test equipment),  this meant that 100s of people could potentially show up, and that meant a lot of waiting time possibly, before I’d get into the house. In addition, on the first day, the pricing was 100% of the tag on each item, on the second day, 75%, third day, 50%, and on the 4th day, everything was 25% of the asking price.

Continuation of the main receiver picture.

Even though the sale was taking place around 90 minutes from Vancouver,  the thought of standing around for hours on one or more days didn’t interest me at all. Now, when it comes to large lots of vintage audio equipment, Gordon, the owner of www, .vintageaudio.ca and I have had a gentleman’s agreement for the last bunch of years that I would get all of the reel to reel equipment, and he’d get everything else. Sometimes there’s a bit of crossover, as in the case of the Texas find, but it always works out great for both of us.

Opposite side of the room showing more receivers, one of three Nakamichi 1000 cassette decks, and the Nakamichi Dragon.

So in this case, I alerted Gordon, who called the estate sale company. They sent him a spread sheet of all of the stereo equipment, and while almost all of it was great equipment, the pricing in most cases was beyond retail, which made it worth no one’s time. I did however jokingly say to Gordon, to ask if they’d be open to an offer on the entire lot, as that would save them a bunch of time trying to sell it. Normally estate sale companies don’t entertain a bulk sale, but in this case the sellers were interested. I let Gordon deal with the estate sale company, and we agreed that I’d get the two Teac X2000R reel to reel tape decks. Time was of the essence as well, as the estate sale started on April 12, and we were at the beginning of April by this point. The sellers wanted all audio equipment gone well before the sale started, as they’d have to pull all of the pictures from the sale website as well.

A day went by, and Gordon called me, saying that he made an offer, however the estate sale company wanted a bit more for it, but given that all of the equipment was very much as-is, and it didn’t look like any of it had been serviced in decades, he passed on the lot. I asked for his permission to  make an offer, and Gordon was fine with that, as I’d probably bring some pieces over to his store to sell on consignment anyway.

I then called the estate sale company ,and made my offer, adding that I could hire a couple of friends out of Seattle to come up and pack it up, and I’d rent a 3 ton truck to bring it all through customs. The sellers and I came to an agreement, and here’s what the lot consisted of:

Marantz  Turntable Model 6300
Sansui Model  9090DB
Teac  Equalizer EOA-10
Sansui  G-2000
Sansui  QRX-9001
Sansui  Speakers SP-X-X8000
Advent  Speakers Pair
Klipsch  Speakers Pair
Nakamichi  1000
Advent  speaker pair
Sansui  Speakers SP-X9900
Nexxtech  Ultimate Speaker selector
Sansui 4900Z
Sansui 5000X
Klipsch  Speakers KLF10
Sansui  9090DB
Sansui  9090DB
Sansui  9090DB
Sansui  9090DB
Sansui  9090DB
Sansui  9090DB
Sansui DW9  Double Cassette
Sansui  TU-S55X Synthesizer
Sansui SE-77 Equalizer
Sansui AMP  AU-D55X
Sansui 5000A missing  1 knob
Sansui 5000
Sansui  G-7700
Pioneer  Speakers CD-F7001 Pair
Alpine CHM-5620 Shuttle M-S620
Sansui RG-7
Fisher  CR-W34H Cassette Player
Sansui  G-7500
Sansui  AT–20
Sansui  RA-990
Sansui  G-8700DB
Sansui SS-20  Headphones
Sansui SS-20  Headphones
Sansui SS-20  Headphones
Sansui SS-20  Headphones
Sony  mdr-v100 Headphones
Sansui  G-22000
Sansui SP-Z7  Pair Speakers
DBX  200XG
DBX 224
DBX 400X
DBX 400X
Sansui  RA-700
Sansui  RA-500
Sansui  RA-500
Sansui  RA-500
Sansui  G-8700DB
Sansui 4000
Sansui  G-9700
Sansui  2000-X
Sansui G-9000GB 000DB
Sansui 9900Z
DBX II 128
GE 11-2004A
Pioneer  CT-F1000
Pioneer  CT-F1000
Pioneer  SC-9500
Pioneer  SC-9800
Pioneer  R-1000 Laser Vision Noise reduction unit
Marantz 5010
Sony  TC-FX-420R
Sony  VTX-1000R
Sansui  G-8700DB Parts only including cabinet
Sansui  9090DB Parts only
Symphonic  SA-1035
I/O Magic  Lightscribe external DVD
Klipsch  Belle Pair Speakers
Sansui  G-8000
Pioneer  CT-F1000
RCA  RP-8055B 5 disc Player
Marantz 6300
Sansui P-L50  Turntable
Klipsch  KLF-10 Pair Speakers
Teac  X-2000-P Reel to Reel
Teac  X-2000-P Reel to Reel

Thanks to two good friends from Seattle, we loaded up the 3 ton truck within a couple of hours, and everything was brought back to Vancouver.

I’ve worked on a few pieces from this lot, and yes, every single one of them needs servicing, whether control cleaning, belts or a full teardown and service. Since I have over 350 reel to reels in stock now thanks to all of these new finds, never mind all the receivers, cassette decks an speakers, etc that are also here, I will be working through all of these finds over the next few months, and will be listing them on Reverb, Facebook and (if I really have to), ebay.

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