6.10.2007

My garage find Advent loudspeakers


As I was perusing a garage sales in my area, I came across a sale in nice neighborhood, where I have made some decent scores in the past.

I overlooked the boxes of plastic coat hangers and the ugly (but clean) cookie jars and travel bags, when I hit upon the sight of these orphaned Advent mini speakers.

They have real hardwood (not veneer) tops and bottoms, so while they are about 12 inches tall, they have some sort of heft to them. They were made in Schiller Park, IL I am guessing in the late 70s or early 80s by American Jensen.

The man of the house said that they both worked...

I inquired as to the price and they were $1. I asked if that was for the pair and the lady said, "No, for each speaker." I handed over the $2 and hopped in the car.

When I got home, I pulled an old receiver out of the basement, along with an old Technics cd player from the early 90s, and hooked up the "system" for backyard chore enjoyment on the deck.

The Coltrane that was played at dinner, sounded surprisingly clean and Mr. Coltrane's sax seemed to penetrate the neighborhood. The Funky 16 Corners and Fleamarket Funk comps sounded cool as well. The rumble from these old soul comps shook the timbers of my deck.

These Advents would make excellent computer speakers, or non powered studio monitors.

6 comments:

Vincent said...

Nice find. I lucked upon a 10" subwoofer which I hope to install soon. A good friend of mine hooked me up with a pair of Polk Audio Juniors. The price was just right too ;-) Allow me to make my way through some of your posts as it seems I have some catching up to do.

rb said...

Thanks, Vincent.

Amazing what some throw away. My reference amp, is actually a 70s receiver that I bought in much the same fashion.

fleamarketfunk said...

great find! i need a decent set of studio monitors, so i'm saving. i always look out for the vintage audio equipment, it's a must! thanks for the shout out.

rb said...

Thanks for the props. I bought a sweet B&O turntable, but dealt it for some bike parts a while back, it was $15!!!

I saw another B&O this past weekend, but it wasn't nearly as nice. Old, quality gear is out there, and sometimes is easier to find than 45s at house sales.

Anonymous said...

I saw the same model speakers at a sale in Arl Hts...marked $20...I offered $5 and they turned me down...

jimf42

Rad said...

I put a pair in a garage sale for $40. No offers!