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Anyone heard of Baycrest HB 3500's ??

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I was at a local Pawshop and saw some old looking cans: Baycrest HB 3500, 8 ohm, Japan, with individual left and right volume knobs.

I didn't have my cam, so sorry no pics. Google didn't find them, but there were some quadraphonic Baycrest HB 4000's.
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the giveaway is the 8 ohm rating. These may be fun to look at, but they are old paper cone headphones, and doubtless they will sound like vibrating cardboard in a plastic bowl.
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Those wouldn't look out out place in a foreign language audio lab
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I may be totally off base here, but here in Canada there is a department store chain called "The Bay". Way back in the early to late 70s they produced there own brand of merchandise (or at least named), under the name Baycrest.Everything from blenders, toasters, etc. Checkout the similarities to the modern logo http://www.hbc.com/bay/welcome.asp?content=flash
(Upper left hand tab)
Maybe just a coincidence, but then again maybe not. .Oh, almost forgot the actual name of the store at one time was the Hudsons Bay Company, thus the HB association.
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Originally Posted by ericj View Post
the giveaway is the 8 ohm rating. These may be fun to look at, but they are old paper cone headphones, and doubtless they will sound like vibrating cardboard in a plastic bowl.
x2. Dynamic headphones were rubbish before they realized what they could do running current back through a microphone capsule. (which is essentially how all dynamic headphones are built now)
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Originally Posted by Mortalcoil View Post
I may be totally off base here, but here in Canada there is a department store chain called "The Bay". Way back in the early to late 70s they produced there own brand of merchandise (or at least named), under the name Baycrest.Everything from blenders, toasters, etc. Checkout the similarities to the modern logo http://www.hbc.com/bay/welcome.asp?content=flash
(Upper left hand tab)
Maybe just a coincidence, but then again maybe not. .Oh, almost forgot the actual name of the store at one time was the Hudsons Bay Company, thus the HB association.
HMMM...interesting! the logo looks ALOT alike. The salesman said he would sell em to me for $35. I'll have to bring my DAP and 1/4" to 1/8" adapter to try them out.
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I currently have a pair of these headphones and yes they have paper cones and you would never expect to get the same quality of sound from these as you would todays models. You are right they are huge cans but these days they are probably more eye candy and a nostalgic conversation piece. I have them listed on kijiji asking $40.00. The volumes need tweeking or cleaning but they do work. Back in the day when these things were new on the self they probably got a lot of attention and I am sure The Bay sold a lot of them with their stereos. Not very many have survived the decades of change but like every interest they had their day. They came in a black vinyl case that had a red lined interior with the name Baycrest on the front. The quality came from Japan. If you would like to view them go to kijiji and key in Vintage Baycrest headphones.

Bill
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To the person who was inquiring about a Baycrest HB 3500 headphones; If you are interested in having a pair of these look on Google and type in Vintage Baycrest 2 way stereo headphones and carrying case and it will bring you to a Kijiji site where you can view them. A very nice example of 70's technology.

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