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I have some Audio equipment from the 70's, and was wondering if they're worth keeping just because they're old.
What characteristics make old electronics valuable or worth hanging onto?

Also, what does vintage mean?

Does low-end stuff increase in value?


I have a stand-alone 8-track player

and a "MacDonald" Phono, 8-track, cassette, am/fm stereo from 1980
The turntable slowly lost the power to turn in the early 90s.
And I haven't heard of MacDonald anywhere else. Have any of you?

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I have some Audio equipment from the 70's, and was wondering if they're worth keeping just because they're old.
What characteristics make old electronics valuable or worth hanging onto?

Also, what does vintage mean?

Does low-end stuff increase in value?


I have a stand-alone 8-track player

and a "MacDonald" Phono, 8-track, cassette, am/fm stereo from 1980
The turntable slowly lost the power to turn in the early 90s.
And I haven't heard of MacDonald anywhere else. Have any of you?

vintage means: old, well worn, been around for a while. google the word for more.
most low end stuff does not increase in value, afaik. maybe if its exceedingly rare, it might. but probably not much. i seem to barely remember the macdonald name, not sure. google it also.

im still using a 35 yr old pioneer 4 channel amp in my ht. along with almost as old advent speakers. they're mid end stuff, id guess. and they still sound fantastic.
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www.echohifi.com

Specializes in used gear. I've been to their shop, good group of guys, with a nice selection of vintage gear (i.e., wood-boxed Yamahas, etc.). They could probably tell you if your gear has any added value due to it's vintage, or if it's just typical used gear.
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Put it up on craigslist, ebay, audiogon, let the market determine...
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Take a look at AudioKarma.org. A great site for all vintage audio.
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