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Author Topic: New Pricing on Alpha Amplifiers  (Read 23857 times)
AB4D
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« on: April 17, 2008, 05:59:36 PM »

I just saw this today, figured I would pass this on.

EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2008
The Alpha 9500 will be
priced at $9,650.00

The Alpha 8100 will be
priced at $5,395.00


73, Jim

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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2008, 07:13:28 PM »

Too much.
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K6AER
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2008, 08:09:08 PM »

I disagree. For the engineering, build quality, quality components and aftermarket support the price is about right.  Remember your discount amplifier is worthless unless you have support years later. Alpha supports amplifiers all the way back to the Alpha model 70.

Yes I know the Chevy Malibu get you to the market just as well as the 911 Porsche but the experience is just not the same.

Just as some are happy with the IC-718 and others perfer the IC-7800.
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N3JBH
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2008, 03:58:22 AM »

I agree with WB2WIK
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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2008, 04:11:32 AM »

You haven't seen anything yet. Very soon everything will have to increase even more. Vacuum tubes that were $300 in 1985 have now leaped to nearly $2000.

They have doubled in less than a year.

Other parts are doing the same.

When all the parts double what do you think will happen?

The problem is mostly the dollar is falling like a rock. When the dollar is worth half as much as it was a year ago everything we buy will eventually double. Trust me, it will happen.

In the mean time we are worried about SS taxes on those above $95K a year or taxes on the stock market, who lied about Bosnia, and who people running for office might know. The wheels are coming off and we are worried about lapel pins and how much Charlie Gibson will pay in tax.
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2008, 06:21:10 AM »

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2008, 08:29:41 AM »

Lon what Tom is saying is Very True... Sadly way to many will not listen.
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2008, 09:39:29 AM »

The world is NOT coming to an end, no matter what Tom thinks. Smiley

73,

Lon - W3LK
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2008, 10:03:30 AM »

It all started when the FCC dropped the code requirement.
Allen
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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2008, 11:05:11 AM »

What is the current price on the ACOM 2000?
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AB3CX
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« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2008, 11:55:03 AM »

The used Alpha 99 is about $3200 and the brand new unit is not enough different to worry about. A used 91B maybe $2750. My used Alpha 86 with spare tubes set me back $2200 and works great.  A used Ten Tec Titan or Titan II can be had under $2K and is a fine amp.
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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2008, 12:33:33 PM »

Bought my Alpha 77SX used but in perfect condition for $2000 in 1990.  Guess I got a deal.  No it ain't for sale.

Dick  AD4U
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2008, 02:27:26 PM »

hi,

the discount amplifiers can be sold off for
parts and a newer discount model can be purchased
if the cost to repair it (at home or in the shop)
it too high.

just like our other consumer electronics.

73 james
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2008, 06:24:00 PM »

Older Alphas are pretty good and still a bargain.

I picked up an old Alpha 78 (3 * 8874s, with bandpass tuning) for $1200 and used the hell out of it for years.

They're still out there.

I rebuilt an Alpha 70V (vapor cooled, silent amp with only a slow speed muffin fan and a DI water tank/radiator and tubing) for a local a couple years ago, and it came out like "brand new."  He only paid $1000 for it (not working) and the repairs cost about $500.  Pretty good deal, $1500 for a legal-limit amp that doesn't make a sound.  The repairs required were almost all mechanical -- to the cooling system components that were rotting away.  I suspect somebody used tap water in it at some point.

I have a homebrew 4-1000 that runs legal limit but almost never use it (noisy); I use the AL-80B (1 kW) most of the time.  It's quiet and reliable.  I just performed its annual PM, dusted and vacuumed, changed the tube (new one is only $165), put it back together and it's still a solid 1 kW PEP out for a quiet desktop amp that only weighs 48 lbs.  It's a keeper.

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« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2008, 04:09:15 AM »

A large amount of money by any standards. My sole experience was a new 91b (ETO) bought in 1996. It was assembled in eastern EU, but the quality still stood out.

By comparison, in Asia a Icom PW-1 costs around $4K, IC-7700 $5400, IC-R9500 $10,000.

Buy one? Maybe...

VR2AX
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