Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4689 times:
Folks, I stirred things up a little by asking why folks in the hub of haute cuisine would even think of going to the Clowns...it sparked a train of thought.
I am a pretty old fashioned guy, and that follows through into all the things I have and use around the house. Part of that is because I buy and sell a lot of stuff from auctions, and sometimes that yields a lot of good stuff that is somewhat out of date-like the Kitchenaid mixer I got for $15 or the set of Revere Ware for not much more.. My favorite vintage technology, however, is vacuum tube guitar amps and dial telephones.
What sort of obsolete things do you use and enjoy?
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4632 times:
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 4): 8-Track Tapes, Old Lincoln Town Cars and Reel to Reel Tape Players . . .
LP records and reel to reel tape for it's superior sounds quality over digital.
8track tapes for the car and to play in the house when I am too lazy to flip over the record or thread reel to reel tape.
Cassette tape for when ever I am in a car with a cassette player.
35mm film camera because my Canon EOS Rebel still takes fantastic shots. I am in the market for a Canon DSLR so I can interchange lenses.
E6 slide projector slides because I can project very large images on my living room wall (5' X 7')
VHS tape because I have so many flicks that I don't have the time to put on to DVD. No need to when my S-VHS player works perfect. However I do have a growing DVD collection.
CED VideoDisc (not laser disc) because they are so wacky. A video LP is just nuts.
I would love ot get in to 16mm film projectors but those movies are just too damn expensive!
The projectors themselves are a dime a dozen but the old movies all cost three figures in bidding wars on ebay.
Radio Shack still has the old Slimline first generation touch-tone telephones. I just bought mines about 10 months ago. They even have the old bell inside that rings. I don't like cordless phones. I received a real nice one for Christmas last year and the sound is still worse than the corded Slimline.
Jafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4591 times:
My 1976 Chrysler 90HP Outboard Motor, sucks gas like a cheap hooker, requires a battery the size of a small donkey to start it and isn't majorly fast but it is all old skool stuff and you can actually repair and adjust things!
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3802 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4536 times:
Aga - I love the fact it is always on and you can cook multiple things at different temperatures concurrently. Very versatile...and they keep the kitchen and some of the rooms in the house warm. So nice just to stand by them to warm up when it is cold and wet outside.
MiniDisc - What a great way to listen to music! I can't believe these things haven't at least overtaken CDs in the recorded music industry. Much smaller than CDs, no worries about scratches and I really liked the fact they were so versatile. I listen to a lot of long DJ mixes so the ability to create track breaks myself at the touch of button and name tracks was a great feature. I have moved on to mp3 players myself but I still enjoy my MiniDisc player and the fact if my battery runs out I have a little attachment I can plug into it and power it up off an AA battery Of course lugging around a load of MDs was pretty annoying....
Proper cellphones - I'm going to sound like my father here but now I'm bamboozled by the number of rather pointless things that come with even the most basic mobile phones. I don't want something that does ten things badly, I'd just like one that does couple of things very well. I owned the Nokia phone in the picture above for a few years and it was great. Very small, rather stylish, very easy to send text messages from and the menu settings were a doddle.
Not obsolete but need I say more?
"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4376 times:
Quoting NoUFO (Reply 18): Quoting Dougloid (Thread starter):
like the Kitchenaid mixer I got for $15
$15? I want one! Where did you find it - on the scrapyard?
I go to a lot of auctions and went to one where nobody was interested in housewares. It has all the attachments and works like a champ.
I seriously doubt I could buy French cookware for the price I paid for some vintage Revereware. But you gotta remember I'm a cheapskate too.
Jafa, have you ever read Henry Petroski's book about pencils? It's most interesting. As it happens, I am a fan of pencils and I have what I believe is a lifetime supply-several large shoeboxes full of new ones. When I was a kid I always got stuck with the crappy ones and I swore a dark and bloody oath (imagine a six year old kid swearing a dark and bloody oath) that when I grew up I would have as many pencils as I wanted, all razor sharp. I have reached that goal. When I go to the library, I always bring my portable Panasonic electric pencil sharpener.
But I've been looking around here for ancient stuff and here in no particular order are some other things around the place.
12 tube guitar amplifiers
Western Electric dial phone
Kellogg Electric dial phone
Rolleicord TLR circa 1936
Pentax Spotmatic II and Spotmatic F
Nikon FE and FM (the FM was bought new)
1940 Kitchenaid A9 burr mill
at least 200 tube radios
Here's some of the radios, a mil surplus ME9E multimeter I use regularly, and part of a couple hundred vacuum tubes I bought from a guy in Bulgaria.
I don't like dealing with re-chargers and batteries.
Too bad you can no longer get these in avocado green.
I used to have an old Scott tube receiver from the early 1960s.
I would love to get two McIntosh tube receivers and use my Marantz 4400 quadraphonic receiver as a pre-amp.
Yes that old beast has front and rear pre-amp line outs for the audiophile that wants even more of a high end amp.