I have had the project to write about Classic Hifi for quite a while. The place is usually very busy and it is difficult to browse and take pictures without being in the way of the buying customers.
This shop has been trading for over 13 years and is a temple of British and Japanese vintage hifi mainly. No French products here...
Ian and Peter have been surfing on the vinyl revival wave at this "cosmopolitan" location for 13 years, selling vintage vinyls, turntables, cartridges, amps, receivers and speakers primarily.
Their new apprentice Mitch, was enthralled in conversation with a young lady that day and was more than happy to let me browse the shop as I was uncharacteristically, the only punter that day. It looks like "come and listen to my turntable" has become a successful pick up (sic...) line!
All products have been carefully restored or brought back to near mint condition, and this reflects on the prices...but it is all covered by a 3-month warranty and you can actually try everything before you buy. A notch better shopping experience that eBay for sure...
So, don't be shy! Go and have a look and a listen if you live nearby or visit from faraway!
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.