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18 minutes ago, Tonyi said:

I just came across this post whilst looking for old colleagues I used to work with. No Luck of course. I used to work at Douglas HiFi Melbourne late 70's early 80's, through a bit of the hey day and through the demise when Brashs bought them out. They were fantastic days to work in Hifi, loved listening to all the top end gear and walking the floor looking out on to Bourke Street. Really fond memories for me. Still have some gear I bought myself back in the day. 

You know I was 18yo back in late 70s early 80s and when I bought my first hi-fi system (sansui, dual, shure) from Douglas HiFi Trading, I remember those stairs, the glassed enclosed area with all the Sansui speakers! Amps...

It may well have been you that sold me my system...seemed a youngish chap but older than me...yes great days!

After browsing at Douglas it would be off to Archies +Jugheads for imported LPs (with stiff cardboard covers/gatefolds) for $10 a pop!

Never walked out with less than three!

It was like I was journeying through a magic country knownest only to me...ahhh the thrill of thumbing through unknown imported LPs mentioned in the Rolling Stone magazine music reviews and ABCs Room to move ...King Crimson, Van der Graff Generator, Hawkwind, Genesis, ELP, Eagles...ahhh youth, what a beautiful experience, the buzz and constant excitement...unknown horizons...experiences... :)

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yeah douglas hifi,travel up there to the big smoke from chelsea,bought amcron es 212 electrostatic speakers also a pair of jensen 6 the fully imported version,sonus blue cartridge from a great guy roger price who unfortunately is no longer with us, great memories from a great era for both music and hifi(from the words of JERRY LEE LEWIS- i wish i was 18 again).

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Anybody know what this is

Top of Collins Street

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If you scroll back through this thread you find a few mentions of the Recorded Music Salon which was Melbournes most idiosyncratic HiFi / music shop.

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It's where I bought my first turntable, an ERA 555 with an Empire cartridge

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Apparently there is now a cafe of the same name above where the old shop was.

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12 minutes ago, proftournesol said:

It's where I bought my first turntable, an ERA 555 with an Empire cartridge

 

1 hour ago, keyse1 said:

Anybody know what this is

Top of Collins Street

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I still have some ERA turntables (NOS) from the Recorded Music Salon. PM me if interested. ERA 6066, 5055, 3033. :)

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40 minutes ago, oztayls said:

 

I still have some ERA turntables (NOS) from the Recorded Music Salon. PM me if interested. ERA 6066, 5055, 3033. :)

Is it a shop?

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On 23/02/2019 at 11:11 AM, Tonyi said:

I just came across this post whilst looking for old colleagues I used to work with. No Luck of course. I used to work at Douglas HiFi Melbourne late 70's early 80's, through a bit of the hey day and through the demise when Brashs bought them out. They were fantastic days to work in Hifi, loved listening to all the top end gear and walking the floor looking out on to Bourke Street. Really fond memories for me. Still have some gear I bought myself back in the day.  

Welcome Tonyi, even though you didn't connect with your old workmates I hope you enjoy it here.

Did you work anywhere else in the Melbourne HiFi world?

 

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Ah! Empire Cartridges, that brings back some memories.

During the final days of Sound City, we were buying an OEM Empire cartridge in thousand-piece drops for under three bucks each. We had a total exclusive on the E-20 model in Victoria. Initially, they were sold as an upgrade on Sansui Systems, or thrown in as a close. On our pricelists, we had a RRP of a tad under forty bucks and they were a big improvement over the crap that Sansui was factory fitting at the time.

One of Sound City's dodgier Store Managers decided to run a little incentive program. Each week there would be a $50 cash bonus for the salesman who sold an Empire E-20 for the most money. In the industry, it's called a "SPIV".

After 3 weeks the going price on an E-20 was hovering around $180. It gave the "Gross" in "Gross Profit" a whole new meaning.

One afternoon two guys came storming into the shop and straight to the cartridge display case. where the duty salesman, affectionally known as "Tengrain" because he always a least one loaded gun in his pockets at all times, attempted to serve them. (I didn't personally witness this, I was running Penny Lane, but I wish I had been there to see it) Here's what happened.

1st Guy: I bought an Empire cartridge from you people about 3 weeks ago from that guy there. (pointing across the shop floor at a salesman called "Brenda"). My mate here came around last week and really liked the cartridge, so I got him to come here and buy one.

Tengrain: So, is there a problem?

2nd Guy: Bloody oath there's a problem! You charged me $169 for the same cartridge my mate got for forty bucks!!!!!

Tengrain: Well there's obviously been some kind of mix up, do you have the carts with you?

TG knew we'd been busted, but as usual, he didn't miss a beat*, no hesitation, no sweat.

The guys put the two identical carts on the counter. TG calmly when and got the Stylus Microscope and placed on the counter. After spending much time positioning the carts, adjusting the scope and making random boffinish noises, he reaches a verdict.

TG: So! What's happened is that the cartridge you originally purchased has the standard Elliptical Stylus Profile while your mates' cartridge has the higher performance Hyper-Parabolic Diamond. So we have two options, we can upgrade yours (looking at 1st Guy) or downgrade yours (looking at 2nd Guy), whatever you choose, I want both you to be happy when going home.

Silence. But statistically, no guy is going to ask for a downgrade, especially in front of a mate.

Tick Tock.

2nd Guy: I really liked the sound of mine.

1st Guy: Looks like I'm upgrading then. You breathe a word of this to the missus, and I'll rip your head off. So what am I up for?

TG: Here's what we're going to do, I going to credit you for the original purchase and give you identical new cartridges and I'll cover the cost of your upgrade, to compensate you for the inconvenience of having to come all the way in here.

Tengrain presented them with two new E-20s, and they all lived happily ever after............

*Just to give some idea of just how unflappable TG was, and I was present when this happened.

TG was manning the Accessories Counter serving a pair of tiny Catholic Nuns, you know the ones, sorta like Penguins, only vicious. They'd come in because we had a special on TDK cassettes and wanted to get some bulk packs for their school. In his jacket pocket, TG had a small antique black powder pistol, that was not only fully loaded, but also cocked. In the middle of his explanation of the benefits of the new SA series, Chrome V Ferrite Etc, He dumped the pocket with his elbow.

KER-BANG!!!!!

But TG just kept talking, no reaction, no pause, no acknowledgement of the huge cloud of white smoke billowing up around him. I haven't seen Nuns move that fast since the night the Vice Squad raided "Raheen" in the mid-sixties.

 

Edited by Number 9
K'n Typo!

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On 08/04/2009 at 8:32 PM, tonythompson said:

Thanks Warwick

I knew someone would remember. Mr Pinchewski was horrified when one of us went behind the counter uninvited to get a closer look. He guided us all out the door saying that we could come back with our parents if we wanted to buy anything.

I bought my first speakers at Sound City. They were AR25's that were assembled in Sydney by Teledyne AR. I remember that the salesman was horrified when I chose the AR's over the Apex speakers he was desperately trying to sell me.

TT

Sound City had an exclusive deal on the Apex Speakers, which were made in Sydney by a guy named Ron Fabian,  they were a well constructed "Bang Box" with three or four times the profit margin of a similarly priced AR.

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On 07/03/2019 at 8:02 PM, oztayls said:

 

I still have some ERA turntables (NOS) from the Recorded Music Salon. PM me if interested. ERA 6066, 5055, 3033. :)

it's now a bar named after the "famous" Recorded Music Salon

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5 minutes ago, Ian McP said:

went there once, huge amount of stock!

Hopefully they are able to set up somewhere else.....

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