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I got a box of old parts, any chance any of it is useful?

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Eli the Bearded

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At a fundraising event I found a very nice wood box in the electronics
section. It has what appears to be a broken decades old multimeter at
the top, and drawers full of parts below. There are a couple of small
things like switches in there that I know I could use, and a lot of
stuff that probably works but modern versions are smaller and easier to
fit into things.

I'm basically curious if it would be a shame if I discarded any of the
contents. I've got a blog post with photos of the drawer contents here:

https://qaz.wtf/qz/blosxom/2020/03/11/white-elephant-sale

It was labeled as a 1930s "transformer repaare kit", and while I've
never repaired (or "repaared") a transformer, I really can't see it as
being very useful for that task. Well, except the multimeter, once.

Elijah
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picks up a soldering iron only a few times a year now
 
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Ralph Mowery

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In article <eli$2003111358@qaz.wtf>, *@eli.users.panix.com says...
I'm basically curious if it would be a shame if I discarded any of the
contents. I've got a blog post with photos of the drawer contents here:

https://qaz.wtf/qz/blosxom/2020/03/11/white-elephant-sale

It was labeled as a 1930s "transformer repaare kit", and while I've
never repaired (or "repaared") a transformer, I really can't see it as
being very useful for that task. Well, except the multimeter, once.
If I had that box and removed anything I thought worth keeping, I would
devide the contents up in to what would fit into the post office boxes
that are around $ 6 for priority mail shipping. Then put them on ebay
for bids starting at $ 1 plus the postage.

You never know what some will buy. I have put some things on the local
Craigs list that was basically junk for free just so I would not have to
haul it off. Most of it was picked up in a few days. Had some old
plastic shutters that I replaced with new ones. Had 3 people wanting
the old ones.One was a boy scout leader that wanted them for a project.
 
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Eli the Bearded

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In sci.electronics.basics, Ralph Mowery <rmowery28146@earthlink.net> wrote:
In article <eli$2003111358@qaz.wtf>, *@eli.users.panix.com says...
I'm basically curious if it would be a shame if I discarded any of the
contents. I've got a blog post with photos of the drawer contents here:

https://qaz.wtf/qz/blosxom/2020/03/11/white-elephant-sale

If I had that box and removed anything I thought worth keeping, I would
devide the contents up in to what would fit into the post office boxes
that are around $ 6 for priority mail shipping. Then put them on ebay
for bids starting at $ 1 plus the postage.
Maybe, but I expect the hassle to exceed the value. I did find the
crystals on ebay, priced ~$5 "as is". I don't know if anyone is buying
them, though.

Elijah
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didn't try searching for the other stuff
 
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Helmut Wabnig

Guest
On Wed, 11 Mar 2020 18:12:31 +0000 (UTC), Eli the Bearded
<*@eli.users.panix.com> wrote:

At a fundraising event I found a very nice wood box in the electronics
section. It has what appears to be a broken decades old multimeter at
the top, and drawers full of parts below. There are a couple of small
things like switches in there that I know I could use, and a lot of
stuff that probably works but modern versions are smaller and easier to
fit into things.

I'm basically curious if it would be a shame if I discarded any of the
contents. I've got a blog post with photos of the drawer contents here:

https://qaz.wtf/qz/blosxom/2020/03/11/white-elephant-sale

It was labeled as a 1930s "transformer repaare kit", and while I've
never repaired (or "repaared") a transformer, I really can't see it as
being very useful for that task. Well, except the multimeter, once.

Elijah
------
picks up a soldering iron only a few times a year now
Those parts are needed for restoring old radios.
You don't "repair" an old radio using new parts,
do a restoration or repair with original parts.

New parts in an old radio make it worthless
for the collector.

w.
 

Guest
On Wednesday, 11 March 2020 18:12:34 UTC, Eli the Bearded wrote:

At a fundraising event I found a very nice wood box in the electronics
section. It has what appears to be a broken decades old multimeter at
the top, and drawers full of parts below. There are a couple of small
things like switches in there that I know I could use, and a lot of
stuff that probably works but modern versions are smaller and easier to
fit into things.

I'm basically curious if it would be a shame if I discarded any of the
contents. I've got a blog post with photos of the drawer contents here:

https://qaz.wtf/qz/blosxom/2020/03/11/white-elephant-sale

It was labeled as a 1930s "transformer repaare kit", and while I've
never repaired (or "repaared") a transformer, I really can't see it as
being very useful for that task. Well, except the multimeter, once.

Elijah
------
picks up a soldering iron only a few times a year now
Some of those parts are of use/value, some not. If you cba to ebay it, offer it for free, there are people that can use the stuff.


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Ralph Mowery

Guest
In article <la2k6fho7su8u4omijg2m0t6v57tla30ak@4ax.com>, hwabnig@.-
says...
Those parts are needed for restoring old radios.
You don't "repair" an old radio using new parts,
do a restoration or repair with original parts.

New parts in an old radio make it worthless
for the collector.
I did not notice any of the socalled bumble bee capacitors. The black
ones with stripes near one end. Those things are scooped up at high
prices by the audio nuts.

I have some older radio gear for my ham setup. HOwever I used modern
parts as I just wanted the stuff to work and not for the collector
value. The outside looks origional and the parts inside make it work
like they did about 70 years ago.
 
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Phil Hobbs

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On 2020-03-11 14:12, Eli the Bearded wrote:
At a fundraising event I found a very nice wood box in the electronics
section. It has what appears to be a broken decades old multimeter at
the top, and drawers full of parts below. There are a couple of small
things like switches in there that I know I could use, and a lot of
stuff that probably works but modern versions are smaller and easier to
fit into things.

I'm basically curious if it would be a shame if I discarded any of the
contents. I've got a blog post with photos of the drawer contents here:

https://qaz.wtf/qz/blosxom/2020/03/11/white-elephant-sale

It was labeled as a 1930s "transformer repaare kit", and while I've
never repaired (or "repaared") a transformer, I really can't see it as
being very useful for that task. Well, except the multimeter, once.

Elijah
------
picks up a soldering iron only a few times a year now
Not a tube guy, so I'd toss the stuff, myself.

Fun tool though.

Cheers

Phil Hobbs

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