Sunday, September 13, 2015

Best Vintage Electronics for Sale - Sansui

Part 1, 2


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.


You 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.

Sansui QRX-9001

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.

sansui bbking native ad

The idea that you need the best equipment to give you the best sound is great marketing.  There's truth to the story from a quality perspective.  The people in the marketing department at Sansui in the 70s were on the right track.  This is one of the main reasons why Sansui is so popular today.  If you were eight, a blues fan, and read this article, you were probably branded for life.  You are probably one of the collectors Craigslist Hunter is talking about in the video.  You probably randomly made it to this post by searching for 'vintage Sansui' in Google or Bing.  Thanks for stopping by!

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.