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    Your comments, whilst valid, are not helpful. The only concern any potential purchaser should have is with the use of epoxy-potted circuit modules. (For the same reason why I would eschew any early Mark Levinson preamp.)

    I'm sure the actual semiconductors used are still available, albeit expensive and rare. I use several items of audio electronics that are at least thirty years old without problem.

    As Grant has suggested, it makes sense to test the gear first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkless Electronics View Post
    Personally I wouldn't touch 'em with a barge pole.... You know all those fancy devices for audio use? that are much better than anything available today but made from pure unobtainium? and which I keep banging on about and no one gives a toss but me? Well they will be full of 'em. Add potted modules for real fun.

    The extra value people assign to something based not on what is inside but purely on what it says on the name badge really pisses me off personally as well but that's fairly irrelevant (ie take two top quality identical watches and add the word "Rolex" to one and it's worth £10k apparently.. whilst the other identical one with an unknown brand on it is worth say £200) Ahhhh... rant over... that's better
    Interesting that you mention Rolex, I was given a Tudor and had no idea what it was for many years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spendorman View Post
    Interesting that you mention Rolex, I was given a Tudor and had no idea what it was for many years.
    Yes, Tudor were the sister company to Rolex, and whilst they don't have the cachet of the Rolex name, are excellent watches and cost about half that of an equivelent Rolex model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Yes, Tudor were the sister company to Rolex, and whilst they don't have the cachet of the Rolex name, are excellent watches and cost about half that of an equivalent Rolex model.
    It's a funny story, must have been the late 70's, went with my Dad to see an elderly friend of his in hospital. He picked up his watch off the bedside table and saw that it was not running, it was an automatic and he had not been wearing it for a few days.

    When on my travels, I picked up a cheap digital watch, probably one of the £1 ones. Next time Dad and I visited the old friend, I gave him the digital watch, he was delighted, no winding or wearing needed. He said to me something like "take this old cra**y watch away with you", which I did. It sat in a cupboard perhaps for decades. I eventually took it to a local jeweller and asked if it was any good. Reply was "It certainly is". The watch is a Tudor Oyster Prince, looks very much like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Tudo...-/371890812354
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    Just wanted to say thank you to those that have posted in reply for me - haven't been getting auto notifications through and just found the settings section on the forum to action those - Cheers

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    That's a great selection of top notch old kit there and the NOS boxed condition will likely draw a premium, even over the same units opened for testing and proven good. Fortunately not everyone shares Jez's view on unobtanium ICs and apart from some Vfet devices most obsoleted top spec audio devices have modern counterparts, though they may not match the original part's stellar specs. Any prospective buyer knows this, it's a none issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Christ, Marco won't let that lie.
    Lol, a remark no doubt very much 'of its time', when specs ruled, über-alles. Only the deluded [victims of their flawed measurist belief system] would consider such as a truism today!

    Very cool kit, though. The mono amps would be of particular interest. I'd suggest that German ebay is the best place to sell that sort of stuff, Mike, as they love top-notch vintage Jap gear (as do the Italians), and both are usually willing to pay what it's worth, especially in NIB condition!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Lol, a remark no doubt very much 'of its time', when specs ruled, über-alles. Only the deluded [victims of their flawed measurist belief system] would consider such as a truism today!

    Very cool kit, though. The mono amps would be of particular interest. I'd suggest that German ebay is the best place to sell that sort of stuff, Mike, as they love top-notch vintage Jap gear (as do the Italians), and both are usually willing to pay what it's worth, especially in NIB condition!

    Marco.
    Thanks for pointing me towards the German Ebay but not sure i would be 'brave' enough to put it on there - i have had a few scammers on the UK site when just selling things like a Juicer! With what would appear to be a pretty high price ticket would there be any safeguards you might recommend for a bit of security that I wouldn't get caught out by someone miles away from where I live. Would hate to see it disappear and then lose the money via a dodgy buyer..
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    The conmen are thinking up new scams all time alas. eBay etc are inclined to side with buyer.
    Selling on a forum is safer and no fees. But you will need to drop prices accordingly

    You could also try a buisness who either buys or will sell it for you for a fee
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    I would also steer clear of eBay. Aside from the scammers the fees negate any advantage gained with the higher selling prices that it may be possible to achieve on there,
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