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I've been looking at reselling electronics for a while. I really didn't know much about vintage equipment other than Sony. Sony doesn't appear on the Craiglist's Hunter's list. That shows you how much I know. Whether you are at a thrift shop or yard sale, you should keep an out eye for this brand.
SansuiYou pronounce it as SAN-SU-EE. The company was founded in 1947 in Tokyo. I grew up in the 80s and remember seeing a few of them. When I saw one these units as a kid it reminded me of an ancient time... the 70s. It was a decade before but when you're a kid that's seem like a long time ago.
Sansui, the name sounds cool even today. I think this is why collectors love it. Keep an eye out for units made from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Units can carry price tags over $200. I've seen broken and working Sansui units sold on eBay.
A Sansui QRX-9001, photo courtesy of wikimedia
Native Ads of the Past
History always repeats itself. In the online world you see the rise of what we are calling native advertising. Luckily you can look the past for how to navigate this area based on the past. Check out this native ad article written about Sansui in Billboard magazine. The article was written Sep 30, 1972.
Have you Tried Sansui?
I've been reading forums and see some people have success and others didn't reselling Sansui. Have you picked up a unit to sale or to take a trip down memory lane? Did you pick up a Sansui turntable to start your DJ career? I will stop asking questions now, but I would love to hear your experiences.
There are a few things I remember from the 80s. They were old shag carpet installed in the 70s, TV shows like M.A.S.H. (originally aired in the 70s), and Sansui receivers. My uncle was a bass player and appreciated great audio equipment. I remember the green glow of the AM/FM band on his receiver.