Cambridge, Mass., June 19, 2022 — On an unusually cool June day, engineers, students, and hobbyists gathered in a parking garage on the MIT campus for the monthly “Swapfest: The Flea at MIT,” which is back after a two-year hiatus from COVID-19. This day, I found the usual array of electronics, tools, books, and even a pair of boots. While some products such as laptops, cables, test equipment, and vacuum tubes appear every month, in many cases, you never know what you’ll find. Often, you’ll find things that you can’t identify. To guide you through, we’ve sorted a sampling of the findings by category, alphabetically, one per page. Click on any image to enlarge.
Page 1 (this page): Audio equipment from reel-to-reel tape recorders to racks of equalizers.
Page 2: Components from connectors to vacuum tubes
Page 3: Computers and networking gear
Page 4: Radios, some older than your grandparents
Page 5: Test equipment, including something brand new by swapfest standards
Page 6: Hand tools and unidentified objects
Page 7: What I bought