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Old 23rd May 2012, 2:28 pm   #1
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Default Anyone identify this bit of equipment?

Hi folks,

Every time I see Bargain Hunt with an auction from Gaze's Auction room I wonder what this is?

A PA amp perhaps, or a computer; it has a Philips look from the 80's about it but I don't recognise it.

The little unit on top appears to be plugged into a phone socket on the wall; a router perhaps.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,

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Old 23rd May 2012, 2:34 pm   #2
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Default Re: Anyone identify this bit of equipment?

The small box is probably a router or ethernet switch. The big box looks like a PC system unit, though the front looks a bit odd.
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Old 23rd May 2012, 2:36 pm   #3
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I thought the front looked a little odd; not seen a PC that looked like that before.
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Old 23rd May 2012, 4:42 pm   #4
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The big box looks more like a midi hi fi unit
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Old 23rd May 2012, 6:21 pm   #5
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Tape drive? Optical disc? It looks like some sort of computer peripheral from the early 1990's. The small box on top could be almost anything: router/switch, external disc drive etc.
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Thanks chaps; another clue with the top box; those leads coming out the back of it look like the High Quality Ethernet cables.
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Old 23rd May 2012, 7:59 pm   #7
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Could it be logging telephone bidding? i.e. a multi-track recorder?
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Old 23rd May 2012, 8:40 pm   #8
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I buy from Gaze's Auction Rooms regularly and in room 3 there is a quantity of computer equipment near the rostrum. I usually leave bids via the internet, assuming their server is working, but it can be a frustrating process as it can be veeeeery slooooow. I wouldn't be surprised if the mystery box dated from the 90's, as I bought one of their old computers a couple of years ago, and it was at least that old (did enable me to "upgrade" to XP though).
Mind you, I always thought that Bargain Hunt used room 2 (the posh antiques room) like they did on Cash in the Attic. Gaze's have anything up to four separate auctions running at the same time, it's a busy old place.

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Old 23rd May 2012, 10:46 pm   #9
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That Larger thing on the bottom looks a lot like a Hitachi CD system I owned at one point. You can see the round dial at the right hand side and the bit at the front is the 3-CD drawer.

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Old 24th May 2012, 7:32 am   #10
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Thanks folks; I think we may be getting nearer to an answer.

It's a pity I don't live nearer to the sale room or I would pop in and find out.

I'm afraid curiosity always gets the better of me when I see a bit of equipment that I don't recognise. Having been in the surplus electronics industry for 7 years in the 70's and repairing all manner of things for another 30 years I can't avoid trying to identify units and find out what they do. I have a suspicion I'm not the only one on here with that problem, LOL.

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Hi Mike,

The top box is either a 3Com Switch / Router or a US Robotics modem. I can say this without a doubt as I was involved in testing these devices when they were first developed. They also employed a neat stacking arrangement comprising of 4 blue plastic clips that snapped into the grooves on the sides. See the picture attached (although this is a much newer version of the ones I worked with) Don't know what the other box is though.

Hope that satisfies your curiosity!

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Old 24th May 2012, 8:02 pm   #12
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Default Re: Anyone identify this bit of equipment?

Thanks Peter; that's one down, one to go.
I've still got two minds as to what the lower larger one is.
I suppose it could be a computer connected to the router but I've never seen one like that before.
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I'm 100% sure the bottom one is a midi stereo system of some sort. I had something similar a few years back.

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Old 24th May 2012, 8:23 pm   #14
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Thanks,
Any idea of the possible make Jan so I can Google it?
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Default Re: Anyone identify this bit of equipment?

It is not by any chance a 12 inch DVD player?
The curve is about the right radius for the disk to fit in.
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Panasonic sa-ak640 I'm sure

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Old 24th May 2012, 9:56 pm   #17
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I Googled the Panasonic and got this Jan; a different looking unit...
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Default Re: Anyone identify this bit of equipment?

I had a quick look with google.
They are called Laser disc players and the "DVDs" were 200mm so closer to 12 inch than 5 1/4.
No idea what make though.
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Old 24th May 2012, 10:15 pm   #19
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I had a laser disk player once but it wasn't that model if that's what it is.

However I'm not sure what one of those would be doing there next to the rostrum. They obviously use it and it's been there a long while; years.
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I think it is down to the shape of the case and the personal taste of a TV producer.
It is most likely a static display item.
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