Collins 75S-3c for $1,200

Ed Tanton n4xy at MINDSPRING.COM
Mon Dec 28 22:02:23 EST 1998

Well, here we go... I can't let that sit still... I would like to suggest
that I would be happy to buy all the MINT
75S-3(c)s at $1200 that anyone would care to offer. Just past Christmastime,
I can't do that. I couldn't buy even one. But, gentlemen, there aren't that
many MINT 75S-3(c)'s around period-much less for $1200. Anyone keeping track
of prices here, on the BA USENET lists, and in the Yellow Sheets, would know
better than to make statements about $400/$600 too much etc etc- or possibly
you must have missed the '(C) as well as the word MINT.

With Collins rcvr prices, the 75S-3(c) is the final word (in the 75S line),
and MINT is itself a strange word-it has different meanings to different
people. I consider MINT to be a unit that cannot be distinguished from new
without magnifying glass examination. It's pricing is a discernable
cut-above that of even CCA-EXC... because more is implied. CCA EXC 75S-3(c)s
have been going for $1500-$1800 for somewhere around the last 4 to 6
months-and I'm NOT talking about ebay. Consistently. Regularly. In any
economic scenario there are always going to be good deals, just as there
will be bad ones. I am certain there have been CCA EXC 75S-3(c)s that sold
for less... but VERY few... until lately.

The Asian Economic Crisis has been felt here too; and as a result, supply
and demand have done their thing, and prices are dropping somewhat. I don't
think there are any MINT condition 75S-3(c)s that are going to go for the
prices suggested-and probably not for the $1200 you fellows are making such
a big deal over. CCA EXC, yes indeed. And the upper end of CCA EXC is the
lower end of MINT. 75A-4 prices have done the same thing.

And Bob, KE6F, I'd lay off words like "Collins junk" and "...some fool" till
I knew a little more about what I was talking about. Some folks might take
serious offense-and I don't think you meant it that way. It's just a
suggestion, mind you.

One last word or two... I don't own a 75S-3(c) in MINT condition, or
otherwise. I watched those prices climb the scale, and any idea I might have
entertained of getting one, certainly went through the roof with them. They
are very fine receivers. For many reasons, it is the only 75S-X(x) rcvr I
would be interested in-but I DO have a 75A-4, a 51J-4, an R-390, an R-390-A,
and a 51S-1... and all of them are as far from the word "junk" as you get.

I personally think the seller on ebay made an error in selling a MINT unit
there. With specialty units such as a MINT condition rcvr, I don't think he
has thought very much about his "chosen customer". The ONLY people willing
to fork out the kind of $$$ he's obviously looking for, are those people
here, and on the Collins reflectors-where that word-one last time-MINT is
understood, and appreciated.

Ed Tanton   N4XY
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