Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Growing Up in The Late '70s Through The '80s With A Love Of Hip Hop Music Leads To One Kind Of Collection: Boomboxes! Status: Check One Two, One Two...Can I Hear You Say Ho!
Party people in the place to be - I'm Mr. Modtomic, I'm not an MC. I do collect Boomboxes though! Actually I've wanted to start a boombox collection for EVER. Even longer than I've been collecting vintage modern furniture.
Yeah baby! Livin' the dream! I'm finally starting to find these vintage '80s boomboxes for
cheap. To tell you the truth...I'm finally starting to find them AT ALL!!! Cheap or otherwise. You
know how the cars you grew up with during high school become the iconic cars of your life and
if you were to start a collection, it'd start off with the baddest car that was available when you
were like 16 or 17? Well that's what it's like for me with boomboxes. So you'll never see a CD
player on my boombox. Or an 8 track. Cassettes were king. DUAL cassette dubbing machines
were like GODS.
The big guy here is a Magnavox. Not exactly what you think of when you picture a Boombox
right? Love the ingenuity of placing a one BIG speaker in the middle presumably for mono bass
output. Bigger speaker = bigger BOOM!
This is my baby. It was the first of the collection and it's the big brother of the first boombox I
bought when I was like 15 years old. My first boombox was (and still is...I still have it!) a JVC
PC2. This one is a JVC PC3 which, after the speakers are removed, can be broken down into a
small shelf system. The upper tuning and amplification half of the center section can be
separated from the cassette section on the bottom. Set them side by side and place the
speakers farther apart and you have a mini shelf stereo system. By the way, this is supposed
to have white speakers like the Panasonic below but they were rotted out and I had to replace
them with some KLHs that I found at...yup, the thrift store. What is up with white speakers and
Picked the Panasonic up at the Wentzville Flea Market a while back. It was real cheap. There is
a mar on one of the speaker boxes. Something made the plastic melt. No biggie. I'm not looking
to start a museum. I just wanna have some cool boomboxes! I think these are gonna get put up
in the garage so I have some tunes out there when I'm rearranging everything to fit one more
chair or table in. The great thing about all these boomboxes is that they all have "line in" inputs
so that I can hook up an MP3 player or whatever. They will never be outdated!