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Rick_Hille
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re: Mock Electronics: An Eclectic Emporium of Electronic Elements
Rick_Hille   2/19/2013 7:43:00 PM
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I love visiting "junk" shops like that. It's amazing the jems one can find, especially when you're in there searching for something else. I really miss them here in Ottawa, the last one having closed down years ago. There are several shops in Toronto that fall into that category; the main ones I visit whenever I make the trip are A-1 Electronics, Active Surplus, and Electronic Surplus Industries. A-1 is closest in size and material mix (new/old) to Mock. I know what you mean about on-line purchasing; It's great if you're on a deadline but it's a very sterile and uninspiring way to buy hobby materials. There is just something about walking along racks of junked equipment; it speaks of the history of technology over the last 50 years, and occasionally provides a glimps of how certain technical challenges were solved with big, "visible-with-naked-eye" electronics. I'm still in awe when I see an old tube TV chassis, understanding all the functions it had to perform with little more than a dozen tubes. David's story reminded me of an experience in my early teens when I started building guitar amps. I endured a 5-hour round trip bus ride across Toronto on the hottest day that summer. My quest was for a matched pair of specific power transistors, carried only by a distributor on the other side of the city. This is one of the very few times I would have preferred to purchase by mail order, but I didn't want to wait 4 weeks.

Max The Magnificent
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re: Mock Electronics: An Eclectic Emporium of Electronic Elements
Max The Magnificent   2/19/2013 4:42:24 PM
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Hi David -- you would LOVE this store

David Ashton
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re: Mock Electronics: An Eclectic Emporium of Electronic Elements
David Ashton   2/18/2013 9:57:16 PM
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I must come visit you sometime Max. Not to see you, you understand, btu to go and have a look at Mock Electronics... When I was about 12 or 13 I also used to get Practical Electronics. One of my biggest regrets is losing my old ones in a move. I used to get through a lot of 2N3055's (remember them?) and the cheapest ones were from Standard Telephones and Cables, whose office was in an industrial area 10km outside town. So we used to hitchike out there to get them because it saved us a few dollars of our hard earned pocket money. The fact that it took the whole afternoon to get them was beside the point...

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