[AMRadio] Re: Value of Homebrew Rigs,

david knepper collinsradio at adelphia.net
Wed Jul 12 18:29:46 EDT 2006

For what it is worth and nothing personal intended:

Don't ever begrudge or be envious of those who will spend whatever for a 
nice piece of  Collins.  Many elderly or seniors have the purchasing power 
now that they are retired to buy whatever they wish.  I wish them well in 
their purchases remember, it is their money and  not yours.  Let them enjoy 
the hobby anyway they wish.

Did you know that more grandparents buy childrens' clothing than do parents.

Dave, W3ST
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Secretary to the Collins Radio Association
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Todd, KA1KAQ" <ka1kaq at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 9:45 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Re: Value of Homebrew Rigs,WAS: Stuff for 

> On 7/11/06, Donald Chester <k4kyv at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> I recall in the 1980's, before they started to bring in such big bux, 
>> there
>> must have been over a dozen KW-1's on the air regularly.  There were 
>> several
>> lists of all the known serial #'s.  IIRC, more than half the ones ever 
>> made
>> were still in existence and accounted for.
> According to Bob's current list, all but about 33 of the original 152
> are accounted for. I say 'about' because his list shows two #34s,
> which doesn't seem likely. I figure the other #34 owner actually has
> #39 (unaccounted for) and just has bad eyesight like me.
> A far higher percent accounted for than the almighty SX-88, which was
> made in much higher numbers (500+?). Certainly speaks well for gear
> actually being used, quality/cost considered.
>> Then the owners began to see offers they couldn't refuse, and since then,
>> most have disappeared off the air and into trophy rooms.  Quite a few 
>> have
>> gone to collectors in Europe and Asia.
> I know of the one in Belgium, one in Germany, and one that supposedly
> went to Japan back in the late 80s/early 90s according to the
> then-recently retired Collins worker I spoke with. He knew the seller,
> said the rig was completely restored to the last screw, and some
> collector in Japan paid over $40K for it, then had it airfreighted
> over. The figure he gave me was $46K, can't remember if it included
> the shipping.
> The perceived value may have something to do with the survival rate,
> although they weren't "collectible" back then. More of a substantial
> investment in high quality gear for actual use. The true value in my
> view is the enjoyment that comes from using this old stuff as
> originally intended. To look at an old rig and know that it was once
> someone's shiney new pride and joy, and that I have an opportunity to
> enjoy it as they once did is great.
> Come to think of it, I do need to get my house painted.....  (o:
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