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I miss Radio Shack...

Discussion in 'Amp Building/Technical/Repair' started by Sneaky, Nov 7, 2019.

  1. Sneaky

    Sneaky

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    I needed a 1/2A Busmann fuse yesterday and called all the local places I could think of to no avail. The cheapest I could find was Digi-Key on line. $1.00 for the fuse and $8.00 shipping. (Sigh)

    On the bright side I ordered yesterday afternoon and it was on my doorstep at 11:00 this morning.
     
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  2. Robert1950

    Robert1950 Gold Member

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    The Source just isn't the same, despite being a rebranded Radio Shack in Canada. :(
     
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  3. player99

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    The Source is a cell phone store owned by Bell.
     
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  4. jb welder

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    Canadian Tire or other auto supplier? I used to always assume they wouldn't have smaller values, but they are used for various things like radios and other accessories in cars (although old style glass cartridge is getting harder to find).
    I also had luck at a local electrical supplier. They had a lot more values than I thought they would have, even fast & slow blow.
    Also, places like Acklands Grainger have them, maybe even Rona or Home Depot as they carry things like toggle switches, etc.
     
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  5. Sneaky

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    Nobody had one less than 1A. Tried everyone within short driving distance.

    Home Hardware of all places had them but the store is in Okotoks, about 45 minutes away.
     
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  6. jb welder

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    That sucks. The one thing about the auto parts places though is they can usually get stuff from their warehouse same or next day with no shipping charge, so maybe next time. :)
     
  7. LanceT

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    Princess Auto? They have random stuff to the rafters and beyond.
     
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  8. vadsy

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    Eecol
    EB Horsman
    Westburne
    Gescan
    Nedco

    they'll all have what youre looking for
     
  9. bzrkrage

    bzrkrage Gold Member

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    B&E electronics on Manitou Rd.
     
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  10. knight_yyz

    knight_yyz Gold Member

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    Every town has a Mom and Pop electronic shop. Just need to find it.
     
  11. player99

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    Maybe 50 years ago...
     
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  12. Jim DaddyO

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    I can remember going into Radio Shack and speaking with the counter guy (usually the owner) about options on building a power supply unit and he knew what he was talking about. You go into Circuit City and the only thing they know is how to sell you a cell phone plan.
     
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  13. Mooh

    Mooh Gold Member

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    The Source is a pale reflection of Radio Shack. I took a part-time job at RS round about 1978. I was always in the place looking for parts and helping other customers anyway so it stood to reason they should hire me. I already had a full-time job working for the county, and a regular gigging band, but I really dug the place. Inventory keeping was murder with all those small parts.
     
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  14. Hammerhands

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    Dave Lovering, drummer of the Pixies, worked at Radio Shack.
     
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  15. mawmow

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    Ain't the great Tommy Emmanuel put a Radio-Shack bought mic in his Maton ?!
    Sure he did ! He did tell that (he was at an event in Hamburg, as I remember).
    Radio-Shack were reputated here to sell cheap stuff but they had plenty of stuff !
    Yeah ! We may not even remember how we miss Radio Shack !
     
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