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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Look Kids! A Reel-To-Reel!

Posted By on Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 6:30 AM

Garbage. Nostalgia. All of the above.
  • Garbage. Nostalgia. All of the above.
It's not every day you wander across such visceral nostalgia strewn on city streets. Wait, check that. In this city, it is.

The above reel-to-reel, constructed during an era when every piece of electronic equipment needed both knobs and levers, analog readouts, and wood, was a staple of everyone's father or grandfather's AV repertoire.

Specifically, this is a Teac A1250 S -- you can buy the instruction manual here for $9.95, or the item itself here for just four cents more. Since that eBay 10 dollar reel-to-reel is in sparkling condition, you can see why the above technological refugee found its way to an Inner Sunset sidewalk. Still, 15 minutes after this photo was snapped, it was gone.

And, finally, here's one more treat for those indulging in the joys of archaic tech:

Actual digit-counters!

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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