THE REAL "BOODO KAHN"

If there’s ever a story about not passing on junk boxes on first glance, this would be it. I saw this at an auction in a box with a bunk of other stuff (you know, it was one of those boxes where you’re just scraping together stuff you found under your bed). I wanted the Walkman - that particular Walkman - because they are selling for $200-$300+ on eBay depending on condition and accessories.

One of the most famous Walkman models, the Boodo Khan was named after a famous indoor arena in Tokyo (Budokan) known for its martial arts competitions and concerts by iconic artists. Boodo Khan was one of the first Walkman models to include bass amplification and first to have dynamic one. Most serious Walkman collectors have (or want) a Boodo Khan to add to their collection.

I was lucky enough to scoop this Walkman up at a smaller auction, mixed in with unremarkable trash like I mentioned above. The others bidders were looking at me like I was crazy, wasting my money and bidding up this random box of junk.

The others bidders were looking at me like I was crazy, wasting my money and bidding up this random box of junk.

I ended up selling it for parts, since it had some functionality issues. The battery chamber was clean, and it seemed like you had to wiggle the buttons to get it to work - definitely felt like there was bad connection somewhere in the unit.  

Once I could get it to play, it sounded awesome. The audio was clear, the playback was smooth, and the fast-forward and rewind buttons (that felt weird to type out) worked just fine. Getting it to play in the first place, though - that was the real issue. The plastic had deteriorated on the sleeve, and the vinyl has that sticky old vinyl feel. Disappointing, but still worth being sold as it, for parts or repair. Still cool and a real Prime Pick.

I have the matching headphones for sale in another auction, see my other listings.