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I miss Radio Shack...

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

  1. Lincoln

    Lincoln Gold Member

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  2. Doug Gifford

    Doug Gifford

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    Yeah, then they were put out of business by Radio Shacks everywhere.
     
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  3. Sneaky

    Sneaky

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    Forgot about them. Thanks.

    Tried a couple of those, no luck.
     
  4. Sneaky

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    Yeah, me too. Also, Lafayette catalogs.

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  5. bzrkrage

    bzrkrage Gold Member

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    I just picked up one of these 70’s delights from a thrift the other day. DA3AF6DC-6B13-4940-9CBA-4C66C1C9EFC8.jpeg
     
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  6. mhammer

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    The release of the newest Radio Shack catalogue each fall was always something to look forward to for me. I saved a dozen or so of them from the '80s and '90s. Each year, there'd always be some fabulous new IC or chassis added to the inventory. Hard to believe nowadays that you could have built your own Deluxe Electric Mistress from parts bought at Radio Shack. I mean, it would have likely cost you double what marching into a music store and buying one would have cost, but the point is you could have done it.

    In the late '70s, I was working at McMaster in the Psychology and eventually Neuroscience departments. We did get daily deliveries from Electrosonic. But if you needed something right away, I was always glad there was a Radio Shack across the street.
     
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  7. vadsy

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    crazy. in Edmonton those guys stock that stuff and I pick whatever I need without any stock issues, oh well
     
  8. Sneaky

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    Dude on the order desk was probably too busy/lazy to actually check to see if they had a 69 cent fuse in stock. They seem more like commercial electrical suppliers. I didn’t try EECOL. I used to spend millions with those guys in my former job. Forgot all about them. o_O
     
  9. tomee2

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    I was going to suggest Home hardware. They surprise me all the time with the hard little crap you need to fix stuff around the house, including fuses. They pack a ton of stuff into those little stores.

    I too miss Radio Shack. The small town near where I grew up even had one. By 1990 or so it was closed. Building your own electronics was a pretty big hobbie back then. I think I still have the 101 electronics projects set I got for Christmas one year.
     
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  10. player99

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    Online is the only way now. There are a couple stores in Ottawa. Active Electronics is closing it's store to be online only. As well they should. Every time I went in they didn't have the stock. Gervais Electronics is in the east end and again they have to order and the stuff they do have is too much. A few years ago I was going to put real 2dtp switches on a L6 DL4 delay. They were selling online for a few dollars each. Gervais wanted $22 each IIRC. I needed 6 or 8 of them.
     
  11. WhiteFalcon

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    I miss them too. It was always a great place to buy adapters, jacks, and various small components. The Source sucks!!
     
  12. vadsy

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    dang Millenniums killed the Radio Shack industry..,
     
  13. Wardo

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    When it was called The Source I went in and asked if they had anything that I could use for a mic attenuator. No one including the manager knew what an attenuator was. Kinda like trying to buy spark plugs at canadian tire.
     
  14. Electraglide

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    How about these guys?
    That Old Retro Store Buy/Trade Stereo Equipment
    Guitar Repair Shack
    201-5501 1A St. SW
    Calgary, AB
    [email protected]
    (403) 255-5543
    There used to be a place on 32nd just off Barlow I used to go to for tubes etc. a couple of years back. There's also a guy on 17th SE about a block past 52nd St. Has a lot of old guitars, amps etc.. Probably would have what you're looking for.
     
  15. oheare

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    FWIW, Active Components and Gervais Electronics are now in the same shop on Industrial Ave., Active is closed, company name is different, and they seem to have combined the holes in both companies' stock.

    I bought a bunch of stuff from Canada's #1 Parts Source For DIY Musicians - Next Gen Musical Ltd. just recently; they've got a surprising amount of basic passive components, as well as the usual switches and stuff. Now I'm waiting on the stuff that I had to order online. o_O
     

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