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Old 03-06-2019, 10:04 PM
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I bought a 944 center stack to get an oil pressure guage. It came with a Blaupunkt Charleston SQR26 that didn't work. Took it apart to see if I could fix it. Some cleaning and fiddling around and I got the damn thing working. Not sure if I want to install it in the kids 944 or if it's worth something maybe sell it and put the money towards redoing the seats?
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Old 03-06-2019, 11:04 PM
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people pay silly money for 400 year old functional Porsche radios.

sell it to a moneyed originalist and buy a new, better one.
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Old 03-07-2019, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by V2Rocket View Post
people pay silly money for 400 year old functional Porsche radios.

sell it to a moneyed originalist and buy a new, better one.
I got $150 for one that would only light up and had a missing button
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Old 03-07-2019, 10:17 AM
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I have been looking for a Charleston for a while, it's what my car came with originally. If you're interested in a sale or a trade, send me a PM.


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Old 03-07-2019, 11:58 AM
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And there you go.....

another helpful friend helping another on this forum.

Yes, the days of finding original Blaupunkt stereos such as the Daytona, Monterey, Reno, and Charleston for 10 and 20 bucks on swap meet tables are done. ( what I paid for good working units only a decade or so ago. )

This group, this site are the BEST
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Old 03-07-2019, 12:59 PM
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Let me clean it up a little more and put it back together. I have a amp to go with it. I don't need to make killing on it but would like to give the kid some money towards fixing his seat. 8) it's his baby. Ben, I'll send you a PM
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Old 03-07-2019, 08:08 PM
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I love my Charleston!! Pure '80s vibe... and (crappy) sound. I'm in total shock though how much it cost as an option back then ?? Seriously?

A cool collector item now for sure.... but total rip-off at the time lol
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Old 03-07-2019, 09:40 PM
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Continental markets some period-looking radios with more modern features. I just put one in my wife's old Mercedes.
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Old 03-07-2019, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Dan Martinic View Post
I love my Charleston!! Pure '80s vibe... and (crappy) sound. I'm in total shock though how much it cost as an option back then ?? Seriously?

A cool collector item now for sure.... but total rip-off at the time lol
The Monterey in my 84 was $600 option!!!!
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Old 03-08-2019, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by jhowell371 View Post
The Monterey in my 84 was $600 option!!!!
That's insane! The reality is these weren't even proper Blaupunkt: the glory days of European (and American) audio were mostly long gone, esp for mass market. Companies were either sold (Fisher) or were outsourcing; look on the back and you'll see "Made in Japan".

Ironically, in the 80s and early 90s, true Japanese brands like Panasonic and Luxman (Alpine) were producing some fantastic gear yet being offered for far less money
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Old 03-08-2019, 10:24 AM
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I was a car stereo guy back in the early 90's . I would pay $400 to $500 (Blaupunkt, Alpines etc) for a headunit without batting an eye. Amazing the $70 JVC I just put in my daughter cars has 10 x's the functionailty, built in cross overs, some spatial adjustments, multiple equalizers etc.
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:06 AM
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It is all a matter of what is important to you. Me personally, I will only be happy with an original head unit as anything modern, IMHO, takes away from the originality of the car. My new to me 1985 944 came with a fully functional aftermarket radio, but one of the first things I did was source a used Bremen SQR-46 that, according to the build sheet, was optioned with my car. Yes, it was $350.00, but I bought a fully functioning unit, for how long will remain to be seen. When and if it goes bad I will spend the money to have it rebuilt. Disclosure... I am not an audiophile. If I can listen to a radio station I am happy.
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:35 PM
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Good find, where did you locate it?

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It is all a matter of what is important to you. Me personally, I will only be happy with an original head unit as anything modern, IMHO, takes away from the originality of the car. My new to me 1985 944 came with a fully functional aftermarket radio, but one of the first things I did was source a used Bremen SQR-46 that, according to the build sheet, was optioned with my car. Yes, it was $350.00, but I bought a fully functioning unit, for how long will remain to be seen. When and if it goes bad I will spend the money to have it rebuilt. Disclosure... I am not an audiophile. If I can listen to a radio station I am happy.
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Old 03-15-2019, 09:10 PM
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I found it on eBay out of Serbia. $365.00 including shipping/
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Old 03-16-2019, 12:55 AM
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Is that a North American radio or a Euro radio? Does the FM tune in .1 mhz steps, or .2 odd? Does the AM tune in 10 khz steps, or 9 khz?
I've seen several Blaupunkts on eBay from Europe, but I don't know how well they'll work with US stations.
Of course if you're only installing it because it looks right, then I guess it doesn't matter, but I still listen to the radio.
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