Almost every vintage piece that we sell must be put through the same restoration process as we do with our customer owned equipment. The typical receiver restoration takes at least half a day, involves the removal and replacement of an average of fifty parts. The average retail cost is $400 to $500. Larger amplifiers and receivers require more work, and can cost as must as $1000 or more.
Clearly, with this in mind, we cannot afford to pay open market retail. Not even close. At the end of the day, we need to make a profit in order to keep our doors open.
Many clients tell us items like theirs are selling for a high price on eBay. In fact, they are usually just seeing high asking prices. The only relevant search on ebay is by clicking “sold” on the left hand side, and then search again. This shows you actual sales, rather than asking prices, which are typically all over the map. As you might expect, the price we pay is going to be a fraction of that number. You can also check the industry Bluebook values at usedprice.com.
If you seek the highest price for your gear, we cannot help. Your best bet is to sell it directly. If you are willing to accept a modest offering, and the knowledge that your equipment will find a new home with someone that will cherishe it is of value to you, contact us to see if your equipment is a good fit.