...Diagnosing the problem often takes 80% or 90% of the tech's total time spent to repair the radio. Actually replacing the defective component(s) is often done quickly, once the problem is found....
...What most everybody is alluding to is it is very easy for a "tech for hire" (someone who does this to feed his family) to invest more time and money in fixing your radio than the radio is worth, at least on the open market.
Not at all. You are right about having to troubleshoot and repair, especially if there is more than one problem with the rig. And yes, the 130 isn't worth much more than about $150.
What I was saying, however, is it may be more than the worth of just the rig itself. The 130 had three or four auxiliary units available for it's series, although the 130 could do nicely on it's own. If a person had a complete set, you've got to figure in the prices of the other units. Also, the rig may well be one that's been in his family for many years. In that case it's sentimental value--something you sometimes can't put a price on.
Close minded individuals have to be reminded that sometimes something is not just all black and white, and the value of a rig may well have to figure in more than just it's monetary value alone. 73.