Rubbermaid bins and a shelf unit the bins fit on, and if you keep most of the Chaos in the bins, most spouses are, er, umm... well, at least they tolerate it
I harvested power cords, transformers, microphones, speakers, an led display, and the wireless system from a broken cordless phone. I got a speaker, buzzer, led display, and power cord from a radio alarm clock.
I have also a lots of "junk" Old radios (Tubes and Transistor type )...Old computers ( Vic 20, Apple , PC ), Old disk drive ( 5 1/4 )...
While I agree that it's fun to take old stuff apart, please tell me that you research the stuff you are planning to take apart before you do so...
Normaly, I don't want to sell the "old" stuff, just re-use the parts and possibly use the "old" stuff. I have rigth now 2 VIC-20 and 1 Apple 2 compatible. I even have a 486. ( I got to fix it by the way )
I just don't want to hear from you or someone else in the future about cannibalizing an Altair 8800 or Imsai 8080 for "neat parts" (I think if I heard something like that, I'd almost cry. I'd also wonder about the person's sanity, as they would have destroyed something worth approximately $1000.00 or more to a collector, for the sake of some old components they probably could've purchased on the surplus market for a few dollars)...
I like to harvest heavy transfomers ( 120 / any volts ) . They are expensives. And harvest TV ( cathode ray tube type ), They contains High voltage transformer, lots of magnets wires , heatsinks, power transistors.
Power transformers are one of the few electronic components that have become more expensive over time compared to most other electronic components. That's probably because the costs of a transformer pretty much tracks the raw material costs of the metal and wire which pretty much tracks with inflation costs+. Really savings can be found for transformers by salvaging them from old equipment.
What about you retrolefty, do you havest parts ?
I started collecting components as a high school student
QuoteI started collecting components as a high school studentSame for me. I was living in a small town in NB, Canada the only electronic store in town was Radio-Shack, and the lack oof money did not help, so I stared to learn about de-soldering, soldeting, learn electronics using a "75-in-one", read magazines and books about it, and take apart TV, cassette player, what ever I can get my hand on. I really learn about parts. That was in the learly 1980's. And now, I still havesting parts. Thank to Cr0sh, I will be more vigilante of "high" values electronics. In my city ( Toronto ), they stared to pick-up the electronics at the curb during recycling. ....More free electronics parts.