Each vintage piece that we sell must be put through the same restoration process as we do with our customer service gear. 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.
Virtually all Amps receivers, and many turntables use electrolytic capacitors. These components deteriorate over time, regardless of use, or climate conditions. As a service shop, we cannot resell equipment that we know does not perform as it once did, and has an impending failure just around the corner.
Clearly, we cannot afford to pay open market retail. Not even close. You can get a good idea of what open market retail is, by selecting “Sold” items when searching eBay. We need to make a profit in order to keep our doors open.
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 cherishes it is of value to you, contact us to see if your equipment is a good fit.