The Old Stereos Retirement Home
A caring home for unwanted old HiFi equipment - don't chuck it, retire it with us!
If you have any unwanted old stereo/hifi gear, we can collect it from you, anywhere in the UK.
If you don't have a box you can pack it in we can even send you one along with packaging to keep it all safe, and arrange a pick-up or local drop-off if you can't wait in for a collection!
We can arrange a courier collection with Parcelforce, DPD, UPS etc - most couriers have local drop-off points in newsagents, supermarkets, petrol stations & convenience stores so if you're out during the day or don't want to stay in waiting for a collection, there's probably a drop-off point nearby
We can collect in person around the Surrey, Sussex & Kent areas and occasionally do "collection runs" to other parts of the South of England
Working, faulty or untested equipment are all welcome, your donated equipment will be repaired if necessary, well looked after and used as intended...
It's important that vintage HiFi gear gets used regularly otherwise capacitors can degrade, leak, or go out-of-spec and speaker rubber/foam surrounds can dry out, crack or start to powder up and disintegrate
We have a complex switching arrangement so that every piece of equipment gets its turn at being used - every amplifier & set of speakers get a week or two in use, then others get switched over to
The effects of age on speaker drivers
This is what speaker drivers can look like when "foam rot" sets in - the foam surrounds have disintegrated... we can replace these to bring the speakers back to life!
The effects of age on capacitors
Capacitors are found inside amplifiers, cassette decks etc, and on speaker crossovers - they can bulge and leak which needs to be fixed quickly as the contents are corrosive and can damage circuit boards... we can replace these to bring the units back to life!