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

Todd, KA1KAQ ka1kaq at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 27 14:00:04 EDT 2008

On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 1:44 PM, J Forster <jfor at quik.com> wrote:

> 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.

Good price = something you can live with for the effort and time
involved. If you're absolutely set on top dollar possibility no matter
what, ebay gives you the biggest audience with more deep pockets than
most anywhere else.

For personal items, I've become more more concerned about simply not
having to deal with it, seeing it goes to an appreciative home, and so
on - if it's something I really care about.

In the case of selling for someone else, like a widow, it becomes only
as complicated and time consuming/annoying as you agree to make it.
Final price, especially at a flea market, will depend on overall
condition, completeness (manual, knobs), optional extras (like
filters, speakers) included, and operation. Folks like what they can
see. 75A-2s and A-3s seem to fall in the $200-$400 category, 75A-4s in
the $500-$800. Mind you, I've seen them higher, but the sellers end up
taking them home in most cases. When you start getting into used/worn
looking condition, prices track towards the lower end and below. You
seldom see the 'clean/cheap' sets because they get snapped up fast.
Like the $300 75A-4 or $600 75S-3C RE receivers last fall at NEAR-Fest
II. The big $400 Henry amp wasn't around long either.

> 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?

I'll ask Mr Mike about the power availability at Boxboro. Many of the
guys who work on NEAR-Fest also work on Boxboro, so it's easier to get
a sympathetic ear. Perhaps they'll have a table set up for testing
equipment. The older tube gear is much more forgiving than newer stuff
for the lash up you mentioned, but it also draws a lot more current
than a Yaecomwood receiver.

Let me see what I can find out for you.

~ Todd,  KA1KAQ

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