I got rid of most of my vintage electronics stuff, but I still can’t resist a bargain – like free.
The guys who live next door, hard-working Latino gents who run several junk hauling trucks, had a couple of Fisher speakers in their front yard with this Kenwood receiver on top. The speakers were junk, but I was looking at the receiver, and one of the guys said, “You want it? Take it. Don’t work.”
I figured what the hell, took it home, opened it up, took a can of compressed air and a brush to the interior, deoxed all the moving parts, replaced the power cable, tightened some screws and other connections, plugged it in, and it fired right up.
All of the illuminator bulbs on the front plate need to be replaced, but that’s easy and cheap. And if I can find one of the original wooden cases for it, that would be nice, too.
In the meantime, it’s a sweet-sounding little Kenwood receiver from the glory days of that brand, in a 40 watt model justly famed for the amazing power and precision of its tuner.
I’ll finish fixing it up and stick it in the closet as a backup for my Pioneer. The price sure as hell was right enough.