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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:40 pm    Post subject: who knows about low cost equipment? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

does anybody have any idea where I can get low cost electronics toys to bend? I'm a jobless high school senior that needs some toys for my electronics independent study class. Can anybody steer me in the right direction?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Flea markets?
Trash cans?


There's likely to be a lot more low-cost stuff out there at flea markets. You might be amazed at how many of these gadgets there are out there.

oh yeah and welcome to electro-music.com, what sort of independent study are you doing?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Try thrift stores, Salvation Army, Goodwill, St. Vincent DePaul, etc.
Yard Sales, Flea markets, Garage sales.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks for the advice.

I'm just doing general electronics independent study but I want to focus on circuit bending and create an arsenal of instruments by the end of the year. The project has been a little slow moving, as I've only bent an electronics keyboard toy from Wal-Mart and that was difficult because the whole circuit was only accessible through two ribbon cables.

I've been looking around for flea markets, but the closest on-going flea market center is about a half an hour away.

Do pawn shops carry random electronic toys?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Pawn shops usually don't bother with low priced stuff like small electronic kids toys. Not much profit margin for them. That being said, give them a try, you never know.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I shall. If they don't have any, I might as well just beg friends for old toys they have lying around the house.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

pots_and_robots wrote:
I shall. If they don't have any, I might as well just beg friends for old toys they have lying around the house.


No harm in that. A lot of people have stuff kicking around in boxes in the cellar or attic.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

no toy at all: pick up a 10-15 year old cdplayer and you can hack a digital input onto it so it accepts spdif or aes/ebu or whatever. Just pick one with multibit DAC and no bitstream , upgrade output stage and beat the modern converters Wink , pm me I can help with directions .
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

There's always the Speak N Spell. They can be found on Ebay pretty inexpensive. The blue one speaks like a Brit whic would be a different take on the circuit bent SnS.
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