Sort of OT-but fascinating

tom norris r390a at BELLSOUTH.NET
Thu Jul 26 11:13:21 EDT 2007

They had to retool, from what I understand.

Then there are the two magic words "military contract" hehe

The R-1051 had been around for many years at that point, so I wonder  
it it was a question of use or a slip of a pen when the contract was  
sent out?


On Jul 25, 2007, at 9:46 AM, Jack Taylor wrote:

$38K for a 1984 rebuild?  A little bit overboard don't you think.
Especially when
considering the plans were already available.  Wonder how much an  
R-391 goes
for these days as there is more 'heft' and, less produced, to one of  
than in an R-390/A?

Jack  -  N7OO

----- Original Message -----
From: tom norris
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2007 8:30 PM
Subject: Re: [BOATANCHORS-TEMPE] Sort of OT-but fascinating

What's so special about that Fowler radio is only 5 were built.

What makes it extra special is that those 5 were built in 1984!
Fowler had a special contract for a short run of these --- this thing
is "hen's teeth" as only 2 more (I think) are know to exist.  I'm
afraid to see what it goes for, and there is a lively discussion on
the R-390 list on the thing.

The guy isn't blowing smoke with his description other that going a
bit overboard about the ships.


On Jul 24, 2007, at 9:19 PM, Ed Tanton wrote:

I don't know how offended the powers-that-be will be at my mentioning
but there's a receiver presently going for $8,277.58 on ebay. More than
that, it's an R-390-A. Interested yet? How about one of five ever built?
Then, how about likely being the only remaining example out of the 5?
It is
gorgeous by the way. I guess it ought to be.

It is a "FOWLER INDUSTRIES, R-390A, SERIAL#2" and is item nr:
220132158407 .
It started at $1000 and so far there have been 63 bids! But even at that
price, the Reserve has not been met. Wonder if it's $10K? I totally
have to
be a spectator for such things, but it will be interesting to see what
happens. There are 12 photos, and only 3 days left to take out that 2nd

Ed Tanton

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