Nov 11, 2018 at 12:34 PM
- Nov 7, 2016
- Reaction score
- Calgary, AB, Canada
Yellow? Mellow yellow? And Sony? This ist what I can throw into the mix - from the thrift store.So all this talk about vintage Sony Walkmans made me dig out my old WM-AF54 Walkman (https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/sony_radio_cassette_player_sports_walkman_wm_af54.html).
The cool thing about these Walkmans, was they opened like a Pelican case. They were waterproof, and had a removable belt clip. The plastic Sony used is extremely high quality - thick, UV treated, with solid hinges. All of the stress points (clasp, etc) are reinforced with stainless steel. All of the holes and ports are covered by a silicone plug.
Mine stopped working years ago, but I found a purpose for it. The entire cassette 'guts' come out completely in 1 piece, by only removing 2 simple screws. I then lined the inside of the case with adhesive velour. It was so easy - it literally took under 10 minutes from start to finish.
Now I have a 'retro' carry case. The inside is plenty roomy. There was enough room for any IEM and multiple cables. Or any of my IEMs PLUS my xduoop X3. Or any of my DAPs PLUS my FiiO amps (cable included). The case closes completely and securely with all of the combinations.
After 10 years of use and 20 years of sitting in a box, it looks as perfect as the day I bought it in 1989.
Check it out:
Inside with velour lining:
Amp and iPod classic with cable (amp underneath):
Amp and iPod touch with cable (amp underneath):
IEM with xduoo X3 (amp underneath):
xduoo X3 with IEM:
IEM by itself:
Now I'm so Hipster, I can ride to Starbucks on my pennyfarthing, pull out my HeadFi from my retro Sony cassette case, and type my novel on my manual typewriter! haha
In all seriousness though, I think it's pretty cool especially to repurpose something that would otherwise have ended up in the landfill!