[Boatanchors] Collins 75A-2,-3,-4

J Forster jfor at QUIK.COM
Tue May 27 11:38:04 EDT 2008

Hi Todd,

Thank you. I'm actually planning on selling all three receivers, and some
others (R-388), at the Boxboro Flea in August for the estate of a SK and
wanted some price guidance  The main reason is that packing and shipping
things like that is just fraught with problems.

Thanks very much,


Todd, KA1KAQ wrote:

> On Sun, May 25, 2008 at 4:25 PM, J Forster <jfor at quik.com> wrote:
> > Do you know if they've gone up or down significantly?
> John -
> My experiences have shown anything made in significant numbers
> (75A-4s, KWM-2As, etc) have come down considerably in the 'top dollar'
> ebay world of prices. I remember routinely seeing RE KWM-2As selling
> for $2K-$3K, Clean 75A-4s bringing $1.5K-$3K, and so on earlier in
> this century. Market saturation and a waning interest seems to have
> corrected prices somewhat, KWM-2As seldom breaking the $1K mark
> ($500-$800 seems average) and 75A-4s showing a similar correction.
> Of course, those who swear that ebay is 'the' market price will
> disagree, but beyond the scarce/rare items, the halcyon days of BA
> sales have passed IMO. I also know that like me, you find things in
> other places for much lower prices, which underlines this point.
> BTW - my view of the A-Line receivers is: 75A-1 has the best audio for
> AM use and is easiest to tune SSB with (excluding the A-4 which was
> designed for SSB), but lacks 160. Cool 'band in use' lighted dial,
> too. 75A-4 is a reasonable compromise on audio while providing a true
> SSB product detector, mechanical filters in varying degrees, and that
> wonderful passband tuning for QRN issues. Probably the best 'battle
> mode' receiver of the era, along with being extremely stable,
> sensitive, and selective for its time. Also an all-around good
> compromise for AM, CW, and SSB in one box. Still a great, flexible
> receiver today.
> 75A-2/A-3 run $250-$600 on average, the A-3 being an A-2 with dual
> filter assembly added. Recently sold a 75A-2A (A-2 upgraded w/filter
> kit) to Vortex Joe 'IBX for $200 w/cabinet and manual. Someone had
> added an octal plug to the rear apron, otherwise it was very clean.
> If you can only have one, spend a little more and get the A-4. Plan on
> spending $600 to a kilobuck for a decent example, depending on age,
> condition, and filters installed. You can pay more, of course.  (o:
> ~ Todd,  KA1KAQ

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