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Title: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: mefurd98 on December 19, 2018, 05:52:56 AM
Do you strictly collect lighting or do you collect other things as well? For me it would be lighting, video games, retail related stuff, and fire extinguishers. My largest collections would definitely be lighting and video games, and I've been collecting the lighting the longest.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: lightinglover8902 on December 19, 2018, 07:53:39 AM
I collect fire alarms, and other electrical stuff.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: funkybulb on December 19, 2018, 08:40:56 AM
I collect insulators, vintage electrical items,  mostly it lighting.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: paintballer22 on December 19, 2018, 01:23:24 PM
In addition to lighting I also collect high voltage insulators and some electrical odds and ends.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: dor123 on December 19, 2018, 01:46:30 PM
I collecting old power splitter, power strips and cables. I've  a yellowed DJG triple power strip with flat pins  (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-121837), and  a Volex computer power cable with flat pins  (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-72975). Both found in the storage of Carmel hospital


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: sol on December 19, 2018, 02:16:26 PM
I collect keys and cylinders, as well as writing instruments, chiefly vintage Staedtler Mars Micro mechanical pencils.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: boiler1011 on December 19, 2018, 04:13:57 PM
Lighting is probably my lightest interest (if you'll pardon the pun.) I am more deeply interested in aviation, weather, and outdoor warning sirens.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: Cole D. on December 19, 2018, 04:22:16 PM
Besides lighting items, I like to collect electric fans, video games and electrical parts (mostly vintage).

I also have interest in weather as well and the Weather Channel, plus I use a simulator to make Weather Channel forecasts sometimes.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: mefurd98 on December 20, 2018, 12:06:46 AM
Besides lighting items, I like to collect electric fans, video games and electrical parts (mostly vintage).

I also have interest in weather as well and the Weather Channel, plus I use a simulator to make Weather Channel forecasts sometimes.

Cool! I've always been interested in weather as well. I give credit to Hurricane Katrina for sparking my interest.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: suzukir122 on December 20, 2018, 12:36:52 PM
Much like Boiler1011, I also have an interest in outdoor warning sirens... but only tornado sirens though. Especially sirens
like Whelen 3016's and Whelen 4004's, during severe/supercell thunderstorms. I'll never be collecting them though.

For me, it's bikes. I'm starting a small collection of motorcycles. I'm already an owner of one, but I'm saving up for
another, and then also another a little after that. I've literally halted all purchases of potential new lighting for my apartment
because of this idea. As soon as I purchase my second bike, I'll be temporarily bringing in more lighting, before I begin saving up
for the third bike.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: mefurd98 on December 24, 2018, 01:22:29 AM
Much like Boiler1011, I also have an interest in outdoor warning sirens... but only tornado sirens though. Especially sirens
like Whelen 3016's and Whelen 4004's, during severe/supercell thunderstorms. I'll never be collecting them though.

For me, it's bikes. I'm starting a small collection of motorcycles. I'm already an owner of one, but I'm saving up for
another, and then also another a little after that. I've literally halted all purchases of potential new lighting for my apartment
because of this idea. As soon as I purchase my second bike, I'll be temporarily bringing in more lighting, before I begin saving up
for the third bike.
There is a siren on the edge of our land that is by Whelen, but I don't know what model it is. It also doubles as a nuclear plant warning siren. They tested it the other day and scared me half to death!


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: suzukir122 on December 24, 2018, 02:40:52 AM
Ahh... I'd have to hear it in order for me to *attempt* to identify what the siren you're talking about is.
But since there are many, many different types of outdoor sirens out there, I would more than likely be incorrect.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: Jovan on December 24, 2018, 03:53:29 AM
Do you strictly collect lighting or do you collect other things as well? For me it would be lighting, video games, retail related stuff, and fire extinguishers. My largest collections would definitely be lighting and video games, and I've been collecting the lighting the longest.
Yes i collect starters and ballast,in rare cases lamps.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: takemorepills on December 26, 2018, 09:29:02 PM
I used to collect old-school audio electronics.

Recently I sold most all of it on eBay when I realized my family would just recycle it if I die. Didn't get as much money as I would have thought!

I still have 2 very old-school, high-end Pioneer audio receivers (SX-1050 and SX-636) old JVC high end cassette deck, Technics turntable, Bose speakers, Pioneer HPM-100's. I have also restored all of them except for the speakers.

I guess, I also "collect" vinyl records and cassettes, but not seriously. I just buy whatever I like and play it on my old equipment. Oddly, they still press new albums for this stuff, and even more oddly you can still get new releases on cassette. I recently bought a cassette, Guardians of the Galaxy, and strangely enough, it sounds quite good on my old JVC deck! Oh, and my Mom gave me all of her old albums recently, Tina Turner, Prince, Police, Fleetwood Mac, etc, about 40 albums.

I found that maintaining my current collection of gear aforementioned is more than enough work, and instead of hoarding everything else, I put the other stuff up to auction to let others enjoy it. I don't collect any more since then.

Oh, and I do collect traffic signals (2 is all I have these days) but they are kind of "lighting"


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: Alex on December 28, 2018, 04:18:39 AM
Hello
I do also collect old industrial electric stuff. Old Contactors, Relais, Switches, Pushbutton Pilot-Lights, Light switches, plug and plug sockets, KWh meters, also other analoge electric metering (Current, Voltage, Powerfactor, Frequency etc)



Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: ace100w120v on January 09, 2019, 11:04:09 PM
Army trucks. 


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: DieselNut on January 11, 2019, 10:38:00 AM
I have lots of vintage things in my collections but the vast majority of it is lighting related (lamps, fixtures and gear).  I do have lots of electrical wiring "stuff" too (switches, breakers, sockets, boxes, conduit, fittings, wire, etc) and have some old plumbing fixtures (toilets, urinals and sinks) and some diesel engines, both air cooled and liquid cooled and a nice collection of Yamaha G1 golf carts (three two stroke gas and 1 electric) plus one Yamaha G3 two stroke gas, all from the early to mid 1980s.  I have a pretty good music collection, including lots of vinyl, cassettes and CDs. My barn also has lots of lumber stored away for future projects and many pallets of firewood.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: suzukir122 on January 11, 2019, 03:40:12 PM
@Dieselnut, you mentioned cassettes and it reminded me... I have a small collection of cassettes as well, although it
wasn't really my intention. They just stuck with me during each move. They're gonna stay with me forever though, because
I've got a lot of recordings in each cassette tape from when I was a kid. A lot of audio experimenting, from a kid's perspective.
I've also got a small collection of books I've created as a kid, and books I've read as a kid as well.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on January 13, 2019, 05:18:54 AM
I used to collect old-school audio electronics.

Recently I sold most all of it on eBay when I realized my family would just recycle it if I die. Didn't get as much money as I would have thought!

I still have 2 very old-school, high-end Pioneer audio receivers (SX-1050 and SX-636) old JVC high end cassette deck, Technics turntable, Bose speakers, Pioneer HPM-100's. I have also restored all of them except for the speakers.

I guess, I also "collect" vinyl records and cassettes, but not seriously. I just buy whatever I like and play it on my old equipment. Oddly, they still press new albums for this stuff, and even more oddly you can still get new releases on cassette. I recently bought a cassette, Guardians of the Galaxy, and strangely enough, it sounds quite good on my old JVC deck! Oh, and my Mom gave me all of her old albums recently, Tina Turner, Prince, Police, Fleetwood Mac, etc, about 40 albums.

I found that maintaining my current collection of gear aforementioned is more than enough work, and instead of hoarding everything else, I put the other stuff up to auction to let others enjoy it. I don't collect any more since then.

Oh, and I do collect traffic signals (2 is all I have these days) but they are kind of "lighting"

Fleetwood Mac is awesome.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: F96T12 DD VHO on January 13, 2019, 01:51:03 PM
Lots and lots of gear, flags, and souvenirs from Iceland and Colorado


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: wide-lite 1000 on February 03, 2019, 07:11:38 PM
along with lighting (mostly mv) I have a few old jukeboxes (only 1 currently works), lots of old radios (vacuum tube style only), old cars, maybe someday I'll be able to afford to restore  all of this, (I doubt it) but hey, at least I have it!


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: icefoglights on February 03, 2019, 09:19:24 PM
Also collect wiring devices, and have a few old computers as well.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on March 24, 2019, 10:50:25 PM
Computers, bikes and electrical bits.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: takemorepills on April 03, 2019, 07:18:39 PM
Fleetwood Mac is awesome.

I have met Stevie Nicks several times.When I was very young, my uncle was a service manager at Tony M. Coury Buick in Mesa, AZ. I first met her then because she drove Buicks at that time. My music teacher had her poster in our classroom, so that was interesting to me.

When I grew older, I worked at Kachina Cadillac in Scottsdale, AZ. Stevie had a Cadillac that she would have serviced there, and twice I got to drive her home as a courtesy, and once I got to deliver a car to her.

To me, that seems like FOREVER ago (1/4 century!) but Stevie is still out there, looking good and making music. I feel like I aged more dramatically than she has!


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: Binarix128 on April 03, 2019, 08:00:30 PM
Yes! I collect some cables, and I use it  ;D


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on April 03, 2019, 08:23:41 PM
I collect locks, miscellaneous small vintage electronics, tiny road parts (reflectors, etc.), wire nuts, and service equipment.

I don't actively collect on these, but I do it when I have a chance!


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: sol on April 03, 2019, 08:33:55 PM
Cool ! I collect locks as well. What is your favourite brand ?


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on April 03, 2019, 08:46:54 PM
Cool ! I collect locks as well. What is your favourite brand ?

I like Abus the most, but I can't find their locks anywhere (besides online) here. I have only one and it's a combination lock. The only place that I know uses them is my local utility company (SCE-Southen California Edison). Master is a good brand too and I have quite a few but wished they make their cores more secure (most of them, even the $40 dollar ones) have only standard pins.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on April 04, 2019, 12:51:35 AM
I have met Stevie Nicks several times.When I was very young, my uncle was a service manager at Tony M. Coury Buick in Mesa, AZ. I first met her then because she drove Buicks at that time. My music teacher had her poster in our classroom, so that was interesting to me.

When I grew older, I worked at Kachina Cadillac in Scottsdale, AZ. Stevie had a Cadillac that she would have serviced there, and twice I got to drive her home as a courtesy, and once I got to deliver a car to her.

To me, that seems like FOREVER ago (1/4 century!) but Stevie is still out there, looking good and making music. I feel like I aged more dramatically than she has!

WOW.. Thats pretty awesome!


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: mefurd98 on April 04, 2019, 01:49:56 PM
I collect locks, miscellaneous small vintage electronics, tiny road parts (reflectors, etc.), wire nuts, and service equipment.

I don't actively collect on these, but I do it when I have a chance!

I have a few road things too like signs and reflectors. I started collecting reflectors before I started with lighting, so I have hundreds of them. I still pick some up every now and then. The best time to get road signs is after tropical storms and hurricanes when they’re all blown away!  ;D


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on April 04, 2019, 05:22:03 PM
I have a few road things too like signs and reflectors. I started collecting reflectors before I started with lighting, so I have hundreds of them. I still pick some up every now and then. The best time to get road signs is after tropical storms and hurricanes when they’re all blown away!  ;D

Street lights and street light arms too. ;)


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: mefurd98 on April 05, 2019, 01:10:33 AM
Street lights and street light arms too. ;)

Very true!  ;D


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: Cole D. on April 13, 2019, 08:04:01 AM
I like street/roadway signs and reflectors too. When they repaved the road outside of my street, they had the old stop sign and street signs lying on the ground. I would have liked to have one of the street signs, but I didn't want to just take one. Plus I didn't know if they were getting new ones.

But they did replace them. The signs seem to keep getting taller and bigger when they replace them. Plus they used heavy duty reinforced stop signs for the new ones.

I like old roadway signs a lot but there aren't any around here, they keep replacing them.  :P


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: joseph_125 on April 14, 2019, 06:25:57 PM
I have a small collection of road signs and traffic signals. Most of the my road signs are newer ones but I do have some vintage ones with the MTO modified FHWA font thats from the 80s or earlier. Traffic signals are mostly older ones, my oldest one is from the 30s and most of my other ones were made before 1980. I actually have one from the mid 90s that I retrofitted to LED just to have a more modern signal in the collection lol.   Would be nice to see them still in use on a roadway but I guess collecting them is the next best thing.

Also have a couple of older silver faced stereo recievers and turntables but I don't really collect those.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: Fluorescent05 on April 28, 2019, 05:33:49 PM
I collect light switches in addition to lighting. I mainly collect lighting, but I've been collecting light switches longer.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on April 28, 2019, 07:40:24 PM
I collect light switches in addition to lighting. I mainly collect lighting, but I've been collecting light switches longer.

I've shown interest in collecting light switches in the past before I started to collect lighting but haven't done much.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: Binarix128 on June 24, 2019, 09:00:54 PM
I collect plants, clables, adapters, chemical products and old coins.  ;D


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: LightsDelight on June 27, 2019, 11:57:43 PM
I collect old TVs and radios as well as some vintage electrical products


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: A2ZAlarms on August 03, 2019, 06:41:33 AM
I collect lighting, fire alarms and extinguishers, stereo equipment, electrical hardware.
I keep all of the light fixtures installed around my barn as well as a fire alarm and paging system. All of the light switches are new old stock.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: GE101R on August 23, 2019, 07:52:33 PM
Do you strictly collect lighting or do you collect other things as well? For me it would be lighting, video games, retail related stuff, and fire extinguishers. My largest collections would definitely be lighting and video games, and I've been collecting the lighting the longest.
High Voltage fuse cutouts at one time.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: CEB1993 on September 16, 2019, 08:21:47 PM
I collect autographed photos and enlargements. So far, I have 5 autographed photos. Attached are the four autographs I have on display right now.  I always get them framed and adjust the lighting to highlight these special displays.

Smylie Kaufman is a young pro golfer about my age who was in the Masters in 2016.  He is from Birmingham, Alabama. Tom Kenny is the voice actor of Spongebob and Heffer in my favorite classic cartoon, Rocko’s Modern Life. Tom Kenny has voiced 100+ familiar cartoon characters throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s. Chris Lilley is an Australian actor with several comedy shows featured on HBO.  He has a talent for playing multiple characters within one show. Guy Harvey is a painter and environmentalist with a famous series of fish and wildlife paintings. His paintings are featured on many T-shirts and proceeds benefit local environmental causes.

Top left: Smylie Kaufman (Pro golfer)

Top right: Tom Kenny (Cartoonist and voice actor)

Bottom left: Chris Lilley (Australian actor and comedian)

Bottom right: Guy Harvey: (Artist and environmentalist)


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: suzukir122 on September 17, 2019, 06:33:55 AM
Yoooo Rockos Modern Life??? @CEB1993, that had to have been amazing getting to meet a legendary voice
actor. That was one of my favorite cartoons of all time as well. Very, very funny and creative show!


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: CEB1993 on September 17, 2019, 02:51:48 PM
Yoooo Rockos Modern Life??? @CEB1993, that had to have been amazing getting to meet a legendary voice
actor. That was one of my favorite cartoons of all time as well. Very, very funny and creative show!

I've always loved this cartoon!  I did not meet Tom Kenny in person, though I find that eBay is a great place to find autographs.  I got my Tom Kenny autograph for my birthday earlier this month  ;)

Rocko's Modern Life is my age, debuting in 1993.  The show has fun, wacky animation and excellent writing and jokes that appeal to both kids and adults.  There are quite a few innuendos and subtle dirty jokes that flew over my head as a kid.  Tom Kenny voiced Rocko's friend, Heffer and several other background characters. 

The 2019 reboot, Static Cling was pretty good, too.  It was amazingly true to the original animation style, though the storyline for the 45 minute episode was a little rushed.  There was a lot of funny satire regarding 1990's characters suddenly being dumped into the 21st century and being surrounded by iPhones, Starbucks everywhere, and a few other contemporary events that were not a big deal in the mid 90's.  It's on Netflix.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: HPSM250R2 on September 17, 2019, 04:06:36 PM
I've always loved this cartoon!  I did not meet Tom Kenny in person, though I find that eBay is a great place to find autographs.  I got my Tom Kenny autograph for my birthday earlier this month  ;)

Rocko's Modern Life is my age, debuting in 1993.  The show has fun, wacky animation and excellent writing and jokes that appeal to both kids and adults.  There are quite a few innuendos and subtle dirty jokes that flew over my head as a kid.  Tom Kenny voiced Rocko's friend, Heffer and several other background characters. 

The 2019 reboot, Static Cling was pretty good, too.  It was amazingly true to the original animation style, though the storyline for the 45 minute episode was a little rushed.  There was a lot of funny satire regarding 1990's characters suddenly being dumped into the 21st century and being surrounded by iPhones, Starbucks everywhere, and a few other contemporary events that were not a big deal in the mid 90's.  It's on Netflix.

I miss all of the shows I watched as a kid. Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Rocket Power, Jimmy Neutron, etc. Today's kids shows don't seem to be the same.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: CEB1993 on September 17, 2019, 08:33:20 PM
Here's my autographed photo print of the Mama's Family cast.  Mama's family is a comedy sitcom that was a spinoff of the Carol Burnett show.  Many great comedians showed up in this show including Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman.  It's a slapstick, feel-good comedy with hilarious and well-developed characters that ran from 1983-1990 (Same era as those rare GE metal halide Miser Maxilights and the red etch GE Miser incandescents).  I enjoy collecting autographs from actors in TV shows, movies, and cartoons that I watch frequently for good laughs and amazing storylines  ;D  I admit, I am partial to older sitcoms from the 1980's and 1990's.

This print contains an autograph from Vicki Lawrence, Dorothy Lyman, Ken Berry, Beverly Archer, and Allan Kayser.



Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: suzukir122 on September 17, 2019, 11:24:56 PM
I remember Static Cling from Rockos Modern Life being mentioned, but I never got to watch it... only the preview.
Seemed original to the original show, but also seemed a tad bit off. Were all the original voice actors
in it? And I don't think I've ever seen Mama's Family before... but maybe I will be familiar with it if I find it
on YouTube... that's easy. haha
I'm in the process of moving out of my apartment finally... so once that's done, I can work on collecting more things
non lighting related, and posting about it here. Obviously lighting related things will also be ramping up for me as well though. :)


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: sox35 on September 18, 2019, 12:36:54 PM
We collect cuddly toys, aka The Cuddly Tribe, we currently have around 280 or so at the last count..! Here they are (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=308&pos=0&pid=164642) all piled up by the front door when we were  getting ready to photograph them all individually  ;D

Apart from that, not much else, really. Except dust. LOTS of dust... :-\


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: sox35 on September 18, 2019, 03:49:52 PM
I've always loved this cartoon!  I did not meet Tom Kenny in person, though I find that eBay is a great place to find autographs.  I got my Tom Kenny autograph for my birthday earlier this month ;)
Be very careful buying autographed items and similar stuff from eBay (or anywhere else, for that matter). There are a LOT of scammers out there who will fake signatures and sell them for silly money. We saw a programme on TV a while back where some members of the public who had paid thousands for things like signed football shirts found that they were worthless fakes  :-\

The only autographs I have are those of people I have met personally - signed to me in my presence.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: CEB1993 on October 28, 2019, 10:00:12 PM
I’m planning on selling about 10 of my diecast model cars at a nearby antique shop. I can rent a shelf there and sell my items for competitive prices.

Diecast models are often limited edition and appreciate in value over time. Some of the models on eBay have risen to shocking prices in the past few years, so I think selling off some of my car collection will be beneficial.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: GE101R on October 29, 2019, 12:13:08 AM
I’m planning on selling about 10 of my diecast model cars at a nearby antique shop. I can rent a shelf there and sell my items for competitive prices.

Diecast models are often limited edition and appreciate in value over time. Some of the models on eBay have risen to shocking prices in the past few years, so I think selling off some of my car collection will be beneficial.
In the mid-late 50's, if you bought a car from a Ford dealer you would get a model replica of a Ford vehicle that had operating doors and hood/trunk. They were sharp and full of detail.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: CEB1993 on October 29, 2019, 09:35:46 AM
In the mid-late 50's, if you bought a car from a Ford dealer you would get a model replica of a Ford vehicle that had operating doors and hood/trunk. They were sharp and full of detail.

Some dealers still offer small gifts such as models of your car when you buy a real car. Many models sold online are dealer editions with precise details. They’re a little expensive, but worth it if you have the real car.

What sets a high quality model car apart from the rest is the use of real carpet inside for the floor and even real leather for the seats. I have a VW Bettle model that even has an opening glove box.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: suzukir122 on October 29, 2019, 03:37:06 PM
This makes me wonder if my younger brother (RT Spacer on YouTube) has any diecast model cars in his collection.

I don't have any model cars or bikes.
I'll have to come back to this thread soon because there's more stuff that I collect, but I forgot what stuff that is.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: GE101R on October 30, 2019, 11:21:35 AM
I used to collect old-school audio electronics.

Recently I sold most all of it on eBay when I realized my family would just recycle it if I die. Didn't get as much money as I would have thought!

I still have 2 very old-school, high-end Pioneer audio receivers (SX-1050 and SX-636) old JVC high end cassette deck, Technics turntable, Bose speakers, Pioneer HPM-100's. I have also restored all of them except for the speakers.

I guess, I also "collect" vinyl records and cassettes, but not seriously. I just buy whatever I like and play it on my old equipment. Oddly, they still press new albums for this stuff, and even more oddly you can still get new releases on cassette. I recently bought a cassette, Guardians of the Galaxy, and strangely enough, it sounds quite good on my old JVC deck! Oh, and my Mom gave me all of her old albums recently, Tina Turner, Prince, Police, Fleetwood Mac, etc, about 40 albums.

I found that maintaining my current collection of gear aforementioned is more than enough work, and instead of hoarding everything else, I put the other stuff up to auction to let others enjoy it. I don't collect any more since then.

Oh, and I do collect traffic signals (2 is all I have these days) but they are kind of "lighting"

Have you seen what the Pioneer SX-1980 are selling for on Ebay? 5,000 dollars. Unbelievable!


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 02, 2019, 08:04:19 AM
@ Takemorepills:

Getting all of those albums from your mum, just makes me feel my age as that's what I collected back in the day...  :o


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: takemorepills on November 02, 2019, 07:07:29 PM
Have you seen what the Pioneer SX-1980 are selling for on Ebay? 5,000 dollars. Unbelievable!

Completed auction or asking price? It's amazing, isn't it?

I recently watched an auction for a pair of HPM-100 speakers go for $1400 (without shipping, to my area shipping was $450) on eBay.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: GE101R on November 02, 2019, 08:38:24 PM
Completed auction or asking price? It's amazing, isn't it?

I recently watched an auction for a pair of HPM-100 speakers go for $1400 (without shipping, to my area shipping was $450) on eBay.


In 2008 I purchased an SX-1250, 1280, and two SX1980's with boxes and all worked well. I paid around 400-500 for the 1250 & 1280's and 650-775.00 for the 1980's. I sold them for about 300.00 more each about two years later and thought I really did well.
Look at them now.

That is asking price but I see where rehab service now costs more than I paid for an entire unit back in 07-08.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: takemorepills on November 03, 2019, 01:06:31 PM
In 2008 I purchased an SX-1250, 1280, and two SX1980's with boxes and all worked well. I paid around 400-500 for the 1250 & 1280's and 650-775.00 for the 1980's. I sold them for about 300.00 more each about two years later and thought I really did well.
Look at them now.

That is asking price but I see where rehab service now costs more than I paid for an entire unit back in 07-08.

Refurb is getting more expensive. I tried to have a stereo service shop in Seattle refurb my SX-1050 and repair my SX-636, I left both at the repair shop for a year. The crazy old guy (prob suffering from lead exposure) never got around to fixing them, and he decided to retire and close shop. I ended up refurbishing my SX-1050 myself and repairing/refurbishing my SX-636.

Point to that is there's very few people these days who repair old stuff. Most have died. I have an RCA 111K from the mid-1940's I restored, I had to send the speaker to a guy on the east coast to have it re-coned. Between shipping to/from and his services it cost me nearly $200 to refurb the speaker! Not to mention the cost of finding GOOD cloth wire, NOS tubes and other antique bits and pieces I prob spent $400 restoring my 111K.

The prices for the Hi-Fi solid state stuff is getting really high, but my antique radio has nearly no value. Likely because the customer who appreciates antiques are dying, and those who appreciate 1970's-1980's Hi-Fi are rich with cash and probably not older than early 50's, so right now the Hi-Fi stuff has value. After 20+ years, I bet it becomes cheap again. Just like Elvis stuff......

I plan on keeping my Hi-Fi stuff. I didn't acquire it to turn a profit, I have it because I honestly believe it is better than new Chinese made stuff. We have a Yamaha HDMI AV receiver we bought in 2017 for our home theatre system. It is ALREADY presenting what appears to be bad solder joints on it's SMD components. After it warms up, the HDMI video management system begins to loose video integrity, the image becomes all red-tinted and/or develops random lines in random shapes and/or fails to switch sources. 2 years old,made in China, just past warranty, and complete rubbish already.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: GE101R on November 03, 2019, 01:41:10 PM
Refurb is getting more expensive. I tried to have a stereo service shop in Seattle refurb my SX-1050 and repair my SX-636, I left both at the repair shop for a year. The crazy old guy (prob suffering from lead exposure) never got around to fixing them, and he decided to retire and close shop. I ended up refurbishing my SX-1050 myself and repairing/refurbishing my SX-636.

Point to that is there's very few people these days who repair old stuff. Most have died. I have an RCA 111K from the mid-1940's I restored, I had to send the speaker to a guy on the east coast to have it re-coned. Between shipping to/from and his services it cost me nearly $200 to refurb the speaker! Not to mention the cost of finding GOOD cloth wire, NOS tubes and other antique bits and pieces I prob spent $400 restoring my 111K.

The prices for the Hi-Fi solid state stuff is getting really high, but my antique radio has nearly no value. Likely because the customer who appreciates antiques are dying, and those who appreciate 1970's-1980's Hi-Fi are rich with cash and probably not older than early 50's, so right now the Hi-Fi stuff has value. After 20+ years, I bet it becomes cheap again. Just like Elvis stuff......

I plan on keeping my Hi-Fi stuff. I didn't acquire it to turn a profit, I have it because I honestly believe it is better than new Chinese made stuff. We have a Yamaha HDMI AV receiver we bought in 2017 for our home theatre system. It is ALREADY presenting what appears to be bad solder joints on it's SMD components. After it warms up, the HDMI video management system begins to loose video integrity, the image becomes all red-tinted and/or develops random lines in random shapes and/or fails to switch sources. 2 years old,made in China, just past warranty, and complete rubbish already.

You are correct and one of the problems of selling online is that thieves (I call them)order your receiver or deck, remove a cap or a rotary control/switch and then say your unit did not work. I started marking my caps and other prized parts and caught one and Ebay at that time kicked him off.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: Jovan on November 04, 2019, 04:03:23 PM
Yes old money  ;D ;D


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: joseph_125 on November 06, 2019, 11:30:48 PM
I also have some vintage audio electronics and related stuff like cassette tapes, vinyl records etc but I don't really collect them as aside from scoring them for cheap at yard sales and the thrift store they're fairly expensive on eBay and Craiglist/Kijiji and I don't really have room for a large collection. Most of my audio gear is unrestored but operational although I did have to replace the belts and pinch rollers on one of my cassette decks. I also got most of it around 2010-2011 when prices were rising but still affordable. The cassette tapes and vinyl records I mostly collect to play on my equipment. I know some people buy vinyl records for the sake of collecting them alone but it always seemed strange to me to spend that much ($20-40) on a new record and not play them.

Also have a small collection of older traffic signals and street signs. Most are vintage models that used to be common around my area before they replaced everything with LED signals.

I guess I also "collect" model cars and vintage electrical devices but I don't really actively seek those out.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: A2ZAlarms on November 07, 2019, 08:42:15 AM
Cool ! I collect locks as well. What is your favourite brand ?
I don't really collect locks but I have a set of ABUS locks engraved with the general electric logo from a general electric factory I do not have the keys but i picked them to control ant took out the cores. if anyone has ABUS cores let me know. but other then lighting I collect fire alarms, misc electrical stuff, cassette tapes, vinyl, reel-to-reel tapes.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 07, 2019, 12:59:52 PM
Where I live the library isn't very good when it comes to having a series of books, either not having the first book in it, or even worse in my opinion, finding that they haven't bothered to get the critical volume at the finish of the series. So for a long time I bought books to keep at home, and occasionally read again. Those have now gone to charity shops to make way for lamps.  8)


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: Metal Halide Boy on November 08, 2019, 10:09:30 AM
Besides lighting, I collect fans (especialy old box fans), insulators, eletric motors, smoke detectors, thermostats and a lot of other stuff.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: sol on November 08, 2019, 07:29:43 PM
I don't really collect locks but I have a set of ABUS locks engraved with the general electric logo from a general electric factory I do not have the keys but i picked them to control ant took out the cores. if anyone has ABUS cores let me know. but other then lighting I collect fire alarms, misc electrical stuff, cassette tapes, vinyl, reel-to-reel tapes.

If you picked to control to remove the cylinder, that means you most likely have what is a SFIC padlock (small format interchangeable core). Those were introduced by Best and have had clones for years. Many manufacturers make them, some with higher security than others. I believe Abus does not make them, only padlocks that accept them.

Abus does make what looks like a core in a restricted keyway. However, they are not really removable core per se because you secure them in with a screw in the shackle hole. No control key is required to install/remove as long as the shackle is open. The keyway 888 is readily available at reasonable prices online, but they won't fit a padlock that is designed for SFIC.

If you want, you can post a picture of the core removed from the padlock, and I can tell you what you have and what you need to get keys.


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: suzukir122 on November 10, 2019, 06:28:56 AM
@Metal Halide Boy, what kind of electric motors do you like to collect?
As for me, I know it's lighting related, but seems as if I'm starting to accidentally collect ballasts. I'm
not a fan of collecting ballasts... I'm a fan of USING them. Sooo I want to get rid of a lot of them. haha


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: Fluorescent05 on November 10, 2019, 07:50:48 AM
@Metal Halide Boy, what kind of electric motors do you like to collect?
As for me, I know it's lighting related, but seems as if I'm starting to accidentally collect ballasts. I'm
not a fan of collecting ballasts... I'm a fan of USING them. Sooo I want to get rid of a lot of them. haha
What ballasts do you want to get rid of?


Title: Re: Do you collect other things besides lighting??
Post by: lifeguard on November 10, 2019, 07:10:49 PM
I collect switches, receptacles, and other small wiring things as it's a good alternative to lights because of space.