Al Lasher's electronics closing.

Kenton A. Hoover kenton at
Sat Dec 5 20:02:57 CST 2020

They weren't involved; Bob's dad used to rent the upstairs offices to a local political group because, well, money. Al Lasher's outlasted them though.

Bob lost heart for the business after his sister Ellen died. Bob and Ellen had been talking about selling up or closing for years now, as business has been slowly but steadily declining. Bob owns the building, which is probably worth several million because it can be converted into multi-story housing. However he is sad about moving on. He's willing to sell out to anyone who wants to buy it, but I think you have to buy the building as part of the deal. He's got two working tube testers -- make an offer.

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On Dec 5, 2020, 13:47 -0800, Fred Cisin via cctalk <cctalk at>, wrote:
> > > One fewer place to obtain old stock components in the NorCal East Bay.
> > >
> On Fri, 4 Dec 2020, Jon Elson via cctalk wrote:
> > I'd never even heard of Lasher's. I'd been to most of the other bay area
> > surplus electronics places.
> It was a classic professional supply place. Tell the guy behind the
> counter what you want, or hand over the list, and he would go back into
> what resembled library stacks. As opposed to surplus and/or retail
> self-serve wander the aisles and bring your basket to the register.
> There was a small browsing area up front, but most stock was behind the
> counter. SOME surplus stuff, but NOT a "look at what we just got in" that
> you would expect in a surplus outlet.
> "I want a DPDT spring return center off toggle switch with about a half
> inch long toggle"
> "36 220 Ohm half watt resistors"
> "got a molex connector like this one for 8" disk drive power?"
> Extremely well established.
> Prices were ordinary and acceptable.
> It was THE fall-back if Radio Shack didn't have what you needed, nor
> places like Quinn's, Electronics, Etc.
> More than half a century ago, there was a news mention of somebody under
> suspicion by HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) had been seen
> leaving a "known communist" organization upstairs at the same address.
> No idea whether Lasher himself was involved in politics.
> > And, our one remaining place in St. Louis, Gateway Electronics has also
> > closed recently.
> Will ANY remain?
> --
> Grumpy Ol' Fred cisin at

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