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

J Forster jfor at QUIK.COM
Tue May 27 13:44:25 EDT 2008

Hi Todd,

The question is "what's a good price?". Most of the smaller stuff is going on
eBay...   things like a couple of great RU-18s w/ full coil sets and MD-7s. It's
just the big, heavy, delicate things that'll go to bigger fleas.

As to power, it is problematic at Boxboro outside. I'm thinking of using a solid
state static inverter. Any comments? Maybe followed by a Sola to improve the
waveform spike content?



Todd, KA1KAQ wrote:

> 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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