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

Todd, KA1KAQ ka1kaq at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 27 13:06:15 EDT 2008

Absolutely, which is why more folks are settling for a good price
w/fewer hassles over the online option. When you start counting up
your time spent answer email, not to mention initial listing and
photos, then add the time involved with properly packing, the higher
price possibly realized isn't always worth it.

Most hamfests I've attended over the years have power receptacles
available for testing gear, more appealing since you can actually see
and hear what you're getting instead of ending up 'Mart-ed'.

Good luck with them -

~ Todd,  KA1KAQ

On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 11:38 AM, J Forster <jfor at quik.com> wrote:
> 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,
> -John
> =============
> 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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