Sound Advice: Spring cleaning fever is in the air

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Ques­tion: I hope you could of­fer us some ad­vice on what to do with all the left­over sound equip­ment we have ac­cu­mu­lated over the years. There are some very big names such as Tand­berg, Theta Dig­i­tal, Lux­man and a few oth­ers I know are ex­pen­sive. Per­haps most of it is des­tined for the heap, but I thought I would check to see if you had any other thoughts.



Answer: I’ve had a lot of ques­tions about this lately. It must be from the spring clean­ing sea­son. You can’t put the equip­ment on Craigslist and say “make an of­fer” un­less you have a good idea of its value.

I was speak­ing with some­one once who bragged about how he got about $10,000 worth of high-end au­dio equip­ment from a widow. She ad­ver­tised it af­ter her hus­band’s death. He went and saw the gear and of­fered her $200 for it all. She na­ively ac­cepted. Why this per­son was proud of his ac­com­plish­ment and was brag­ging about it, I will never un­der­stand! I quickly parted com­pany with this per­son and made it a point to avoid him in the fu­ture.

Some good places to check the value of used gear are Au­, Video­ and the com­pleted list­ings on eBay. This will give you a good idea of where to start if you post your gear for sale.

You would be sur­prised at what sells. I’ve bought and sold some pretty es­o­teric gear over the years, and au­dio­philes check Craigslist fre­quently. You will get less than you would if you auc­tioned equip­ment on eBay, but you get to deal lo­cally, you don’t have to ship and get cash im­me­di­ately. This is my pre­ferred way to sell my own sur­plus gear. You are bound to get a lot of low­ball of­fers. Your best bet is to ig­nore them.

If you have some good au­dio stores in your area (and Min­ne­ap­o­lis does have quite a few), you may be able to get them to sell it for you on con­sign­ment. This will en­sure you get a fair value for the gear as the shop will take a per­cent­age, so it be­hooves them to get the most they can for your old gear.

You can also try Vin­ or Au­dioClas­ and see if they are in­ter­ested in sell­ing of con­sign­ing your old gear.

Don’s mail­bag is over­flow­ing: Many of you have writ­ten to me and are await­ing a re­ply, and I apol­o­gize for the de­lay. April was quite a month for me, start­ing with a long trip to Europe and end­ing with some se­ri­ous health is­sues in my fam­ily, which hap­pily were re­solved. I am wad­ing through my mail now and hope to get caught up within a week or two. Thank you for your pa­tience.

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