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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #50 on: July 18, 2019, 04:11:23 am »
I rang them up and I found out they have to clear the building by mid Sept. And the $1 on Facebook marketplace is a placeholder price. Not being a FB user I didn't know if there was a listing that opens up to people who signon. I asked about the price of TTL chips and was give a vague about half price answer. 

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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #51 on: July 18, 2019, 04:34:04 am »
Absolutely no more info on FB, just what you see. I'll wait as well to see if we get any reports from anyone who has gone to check it out.
Wonder if they've done a deal with Rocky (or similar) to pick it all up.
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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #52 on: July 18, 2019, 05:45:46 am »
Wonder if they've done a deal with Rocky (or similar) to pick it all up.

I was wondering the exact same thing today. Nearly rang Rockby to find out. It might pay to wait until the last day and park your car around the back with the boot open. Or maybe not.
 

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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #53 on: July 18, 2019, 09:24:57 am »
And if only SHMBO would sit behind the wheel....
 

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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #54 on: July 18, 2019, 09:39:11 am »
Went in today.

Lots of stuff. Including lots of variable capacitors, panel meters, trimmer capacitors, RF ICs & transistors, circuit boards etc.

Be prepared to work to find stuff - boxes under boxes.

Trading for about a month - judging from the sold sign the shop building been sold.

They take offers but if you make an outrageous offer be prepared to have to raise it. 
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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #55 on: July 18, 2019, 10:05:44 pm »
I had almost forgotten about Rockby, hadn’t been there in years.   I has a squiz at their web site.... geez, I can save heaps on parts I use for some systems I repair....making a list now!

Just a question.... I assume there legit parts!  Like 80C32 CPU?

It’s so difficult in electronic backwaters it’s usually either RS/E14 or eBay.  Melbourne used to be a design hub with companies like Varian Techtron with Royal soldering.

Royal is now cheap junk.  I still use the old stuff, have quite a few (many) de-solder resistance solder stations irons and tips. Sad to see it go to the dogs.


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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #56 on: July 18, 2019, 11:29:51 pm »
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I had almost forgotten about Rockby, hadn’t been there in years.   I has a squiz at their web site.... geez, I can save heaps on parts I use for some systems I repair....making a list now!
Just a question.... I assume there legit parts!  Like 80C32 CPU?
It’s so difficult in electronic backwaters it’s usually either RS/E14 or eBay.  Melbourne used to be a design hub with companies like Varian Techtron with Royal soldering.
Royal is now cheap junk.  I still use the old stuff, have quite a few (many) de-solder resistance solder stations irons and tips. Sad to see it go to the dogs. 
Yep, all their stuff is from ex-stock manufacturers, mainly from Melbourne. As you say, there used to be dozens and dozens in SE Melb so many years ago.
I used to look after / assist / contract to HUGE assembly places ... long time ago. Actually, Rocky is expanding, stuff from Truscotts? coincidence?
Stoopid me, I gave away a few carloads of electronic parts several months ago, I should have donated it to them. Now I have service work back, I have to buy it all again .. oh well.
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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #57 on: July 20, 2019, 02:48:55 am »
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I had almost forgotten about Rockby, hadn’t been there in years.   I has a squiz at their web site.... geez, I can save heaps on parts I use for some systems I repair....making a list now!
Just a question.... I assume there legit parts!  Like 80C32 CPU?
It’s so difficult in electronic backwaters it’s usually either RS/E14 or eBay.  Melbourne used to be a design hub with companies like Varian Techtron with Royal soldering.
Royal is now cheap junk.  I still use the old stuff, have quite a few (many) de-solder resistance solder stations irons and tips. Sad to see it go to the dogs. 
Yep, all their stuff is from ex-stock manufacturers, mainly from Melbourne. As you say, there used to be dozens and dozens in SE Melb so many years ago.
I used to look after / assist / contract to HUGE assembly places ... long time ago. Actually, Rocky is expanding, stuff from Truscotts? coincidence?
Stoopid me, I gave away a few carloads of electronic parts several months ago, I should have donated it to them. Now I have service work back, I have to buy it all again .. oh well.

Not sure if Rockby is expanding. They might be doing it tough as home brew and the electronics industry is dying in Australia. We have to give them 10/10 for staying around, having a great range of parts and being a terrific company to deal with. We should be buying from them as a preference. For a start, their prices are usually cheaper than elsewhere and they are a real electronics store, not a Dick Smith/Jaycar toy store. If we don't support Rockby, we will be sorry if they have to close one day. Incidentally, I have found some of their prices for relays to be cheaper than anywhere else cheaper than Digikey, Mouser, RS, Element 14, Altronics, Jaycar and anywhere else.

FOOTNOTE: I visited Rockby a few weeks ago and the guys mentioned they had not seen a regular named Trevor Patterson for some time, like he had gone off the map. I did some research and found out Trevor had passed away in late 2017. Trevor was a well known electronics techo in Melbourne. I had the pleasure of working with him in the early 2000's at Tennyson Technologies. I believe he hailed from the PMG/Telecom Australia. We became friends for some years afterwards but lost contact in the last few years. Trevor was a brilliant passive RF filter designer - everything from cavities to PCB mounted filters of all types and he ran a business designing, building and selling special RF filters. He wrote a book on RF filter design. I proofread the draft about 10 years ago. It was brilliant. The book was interesting, and very practical. I don't know if he got it published. Maybe someone else knows, because it would be a best seller for anyone interested in RF filter design and manufacture.
 
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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #58 on: August 30, 2019, 01:53:27 am »
Anyone been to Truscotts recently? Is it still open or has it shut the doors for good now?
 

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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #59 on: August 30, 2019, 02:52:42 am »
Only recent mention I've seen was a message on a Facebook group. Still going a few days ago. Have a couple of weeks apparently.
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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #60 on: October 07, 2019, 06:07:26 am »
I went down to Rockby today and the parts cabinets from Truscotts were there and have been for a few weeks. I would have bet actual money that would happen.
They would probably only be interesting to people looking for spares for servicing older stuff. I would hazard a guess at 50 cabinets. The old metal style popular in australia 30 years ago.

If you know the clearance area then it is looking a bit like what Truscotts looked like when I went a few years ago.

I did see a few trays of second hand stepper motors from what I would guess was big datacenter lineprinters. $5ea. I'll attach a photo of one of the trays of the bigger ones.
And a couple example photos of the parts.

Has Truscott's finally shut up shop?


 

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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #61 on: October 07, 2019, 07:25:56 am »
I used to jump a train from Warragul well over thirty (closer to 40) years ago with a few mates and do over most of the suspects in the Melbourne CBD. Those plus the Model Dockyard and Hearns Hobbies (before they lost the plot). Myers Basement and maybe a Movie. Then Home. Good day out for boys from the bush.

Geez I am old  ;)

Nearest Electronics shop of any sort is maybe Wiltronics in Ballarat (not a direction I travel) or 4 hours to Melbourne so sad but it is about mail order or bust for a lot of the country now. Rockby keeps on slogging it out but the rest seem to have largely given up the components and bits business.  :-[
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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #62 on: October 07, 2019, 07:55:43 am »

Has Truscott's finally shut up shop?

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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #63 on: October 07, 2019, 12:28:32 pm »
Whenever we can, we should support Rockby. Use them or lose them. The blokes there told me the electronics scene is very quiet compared to just 10 years ago. A sign of the times. I have found some of their excess component specials to be cheaper than anywhere else, even cheaper than vendors in China.

Once Rockby is gone, there is not much else around.
 

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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #64 on: October 07, 2019, 01:15:25 pm »
I do like the occasional trip to Rockby to rummage around the clearance room. They are trying to spruce up the main store area which I hope makes it easier to find the good stuff. I once about 2 years ago was given a brief glimpse in the back where there was still heaps of old tubes of through hole chips. So it should be a source of obsolete stuff for a while if they remain the last man standing. But it seems to be impossible for a small local shop To maintain stock of all the vast amount of new SMT components.

I hope they survive for some time yet. They can't be complete mugs to have survived thus far. But even being a source for surplus stuff must be getting harder if the surplus comes from businesses closing down.
 

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Re: Old electronics shops in Melbourne: what's there today (video)
« Reply #65 on: October 09, 2019, 07:02:54 pm »
For those who didn't get the chance to go in, there's what the now closed Truscotts looked like a couple of months back.

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