Hidden away in an undescript industrial estate in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, RV HiFi sits pretty in its
Ali-Baba cavern. under the tender love and care of its owner, the colourful Rob d'Angelo.
Rob is a joiner by trade, which comes handy when it's time to repair speakers that have seen better days...
And you will find speakers at plenty, with quite a number of Bose 901s, a model we all dream should have been Bose's last incarnation. Alas, commercial pressure gave birth to the Acoustimass and the Lifestyle systems...
At RV HIFI, you will find primarily good 70s and 80s japanese electronics, although I spotted the ubiquitous Beomaster, a good deal of open reel tape recorders, a plethora of cassette decks that one could probably have for a song (sic!) and a rare Nakamichi. The good stuff apparently is hidden away at Rob's place which I didn't get a chance to visit on our first date - well, he is of Italian descent after all!
Rob has also designed an interesting range of retro-futurist hifi furniture and hopefully this article will trigger some interest, as I believe the look and the level of craftsmanship are certainly worth investigating. It uses birch plywood, so I am sold already!
So, if you are after one of these well crafted Japanese beauties of yesteryear, call Rob and go and explore his
Ali Baba kingdom - you won't be disappointed, I promise!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.