At a yard sale today I found a Pignose Hog amp - 8" speaker, 30 watts - that is battery-powered but also functions as a plug-in via the charger. The sellers said someone left it with them and they just use it for "karoke," and said it works fine. They offered to let me plug it in on their porch and use a mike to show it worked. It did, though it seemed a bit quiet. Then I toggled a switch that said "funk bass" and squeal! I guess that is a trade-off between volume and EQ. Well, they were asking only #20, and I was sold already as my battery-powered Peavey Audition 20 has some problems, mostly the input jack. Maybe I seemed a bit hesitant, so they said they would throw in the mike and cord too. OK, fine. Done.
As I was putting the mike and wires in the milk crate cum luggage carrier on my bike in advance of bungeeing the nearly 30 pound amp on top, I happened to peek under the foam windscreen on the mike - Shure SM58. I just checked Musician's Friend, and their price for the amp is $160, mike and cord $110. MSRP puts the value of my purchase more in the $400 range. I almost feel bad for the sellers; they really didn't know what they had. But they didn't care, just wanted to get rid something they hadn't much use for. This is one of the best yard scale scores I've ever made. Well, there was that Beatles two-on-a-side single, but collectibles are a completely different category and can't be judged the same way.
Anyone else have stories of yard sale finds they would like to share?