Most Goodwills treat old electronics as e-waste.This can include very desirable tube amps.You might try your local Craigslist.
> Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 13:24:18 -0400
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Old media don't die, they just submerge and wait for hipsters to "discover" them
> To: [log in to unmask]
> One thing this discussion has convinced me -- I am definitely going to drop off my small pile of old
> VHS machines at the Goodwill Industries store rather than dumpster them. Some film buff may need a
> working player at some point.
> In fact, if anyone wants to pick up a small pile of consumer VHS machines, all working, plus a 4x1
> switcher/detailer for composite NTSC video, ping me off-list. Pickup only, in northern Westchester
> County NY.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "J.D. Connor" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:00 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Old media don't die, they just submerge and wait for hipsters to "discover"
> >I just want to back up what Robin and Arthur said: VHS (and even PAL) are essential for film
> >archives, even beyond the homemovies or obscure, foreign, and downmarket titles from vanished
> >distributors. Here at Yale, we’ve been through several rounds of tape-deaccessioning, and it is
> >always striking what hasn’t been reissued, or what has only been reissued in a new version. For
> >those of us interested in sound, this is especially true. I can’t even count the number of DVD
> >releases of mono films in new 5.1 mixes. All this spatialization may be lovely, but it isn’t even
> >close to what the past sounded like. Or take Walter Murch’s recut versions of the Godfather films
> >which combined 1 & 2 as the Godfather 1902–1959 ad 1, 2, and 3 as The Godfather Trilogy. Those are
> >VHS (and laserdisc for the latter), and they are an essential bridge from the 80s miniseries to
> >today’s new “golden age” of serial television. Similarly, the PG-version of Saturday Night Fever is
> >VHS only. Someday someone at Paramount will properly clean these up and release them in another
> >form, but there are thousands more titles waiting in that queue.
> > J.D. Connor
> > Film Studies/Art History
> > Yale University
> > On May 21, 2014, at 10:26 AM, Arthur Gaer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >> I have friends who owned a small chain of art video stores. They had—and kept hold
> >> of—*thousands* of films on VHS that never had a DVD release.
> >> These weren’t just low budget pictures. There were lots of art films, non-narrative experimental
> >> films, and *especially* lots of foreign films, often from significant directors--and significant
> >> American directors who did some work with small production companies--that had a single VHS
> >> release and that was that.
> >> Especially with foreign films it was frequently the case that the rights would be owned by small,
> >> sometimes one-off, production companies. They’d lease the rights for US distribution for a
> >> limited period. When those rights expired the original rights holders had simply
> >> disappeared—there was no one to negotiate with. Furthermore the original film elements, negative
> >> or prints, were also nowhere to be found. They may, or may not, be sitting in warehouses
> >> somewhere in the world, but nobody knows where. And you can’t make a releasable DVD when your
> >> only available version is a VHS tape.
> >> There can also be other impediments—music rights only negotiated for VHS and things like that—but
> >> with the foreign and arty films it seems most often there’s simply no material left to create a
> >> new release and no one to buy it from. And with likely sales at best somewhere around 1-3,000
> >> copies nobody can really afford to track it all down let alone do the digital transfer work, etc.
> >> It’s a huge problem for those doing serious cinema studies: frequently the only non-theatrical
> >> version was released on VHS, and good luck finding that, let alone any 35mm prints.
> >> In my friend’s case, when they closed their last store they sold something like 2,000 of their
> >> rarest VHS’s to a local university film department who managed to raise private funds to buy
> >> them, at a significant discount off the eBay price. They were ecstatic to get some of those
> >> movies.
> >> For the hipsters the fun in VHS may be in obscure 80s slasher and 70s asian grindhouse films, but
> >> for film studies it’s actually a sole source of significant research material.
> >> Arthur Gaer
> >> [log in to unmask]
> >> On May 21, 2014, at 9:37 AM, Robin Hendrickson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >>> It's not just low-budget horror or comedies that haven't made it to DVD.
> >>> Consider the zillions of hours of amateur or home-made recordings
> >>> people made during the VHS era, both off of the TV and using
> >>> videocameras. There's gold in those mountains of VHS tapes piled up at
> >>> the curb or at the Salvation Army. Lots of these VHS tapes contain
> >>> recordings that are archived nowhere else and are worthy of
> >>> exploration.
> >>> Same goes for audio cassettes! (And 8mm films, and 35mm slides, and...)
> >>> Note, I didn't say it was SOLID gold... But there are jewels to be found indeed.
> >>> - Robin