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Author Topic: value of a BC-610  (Read 56845 times)
KB4QAA
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« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2014, 09:44:07 AM »

Well, don't judge market prices based on Fair Radio retail!
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« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2014, 09:55:28 AM »

Even less so on Surplus Sales of Nebraska prices.
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« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2014, 10:30:57 AM »

Even less so on Surplus Sales of Nebraska prices.
Example:  SSN has 9 cases for Central Electronics 10b/20a radios.  Checking old references they have not sold a single one in over 10 years.  They are asking $90 each for them.  Good retailing practice demands turnover on stock, and reducing prices to meet market demand in order to do so. 

SSN's prices do not reflect market value.  Whole 10b/20 radios can be purchased at often half the price on eBay.
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« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2014, 05:11:32 PM »

Fair Radio sold one late last year . It was untested , rough , no tubes speech amp , coils or tuning units . As I recall , the mod iron was also missing .
 As I recall it only brought about  $1000 .

Of course individuals usually sell similar units for less than that .

  Considering the prices for Johnson Five Hundreds and the occasional post-CB Globe Kings , the BC-610 is a very good value when you can find them . I wouldn't even consider swapping a BC-610 for either of them at this point . The BC-610 has become a favorite TX .

that was a rip-off. All of those missing parts? Fair Radio has gotten greedy over the years. I loved the T-368 when they started getting popular. $700 from Fair Radio. They guaranteed them to be complete. No guarantee that they work. Mine worked; just needed all of the popular mods. Sounded great!
Fred
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« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2014, 06:13:58 PM »

Well, don't judge market prices based on Fair Radio retail!


Sorry to have you get the impression that anyone had done so . The "only" was a cynical quip .

  Seems I said
"Of course individuals usually sell similar units for less than that ." as a qualifier .

  Simply offered as an atypical extreme price , considering its condition .  The actual market at present would usually get a FUNCTIONAL , fairly complete BC-610 very close to that figure . Nicer BC-610s bring a bit more of course .
  Compared to the asking prices for vintage ham gear like a GK or Johnson , the BC-610 becomes a decent value .
A person who had a viable BC-610 in need of parts may well have bought the Fair Radio unit and been glad to have it .

  On the other hand ;  Unlike Surplus Sales , Fair at least managed to find a buyer at their price . Fair Radio is one of the oldest stores of that type . They must understand at least a little of your retail marketing theory  Wink  The market prevails after all .
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« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2014, 11:30:06 PM »

One bargain Fair have is the 6 way switches from the BC191 tuning units. It is possible to use a number of them to make a 3 or 4 pole 15 amp 6 way RF switch that will stand several kV and cost about $20.
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« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2014, 08:21:24 AM »

Hello everyone.  I have a BC 610 that I picked up about ten years ago from a SK's estate.  I put it in the garage and never applied power to it.  Anyone have any idea what they are going for nowadays?

Thanks,

Joe N8TI

Never applied power?? Time for the caps to be changed OR use a Variac to slowly bring up the power without blowing the filter caps....Once operational in good shape, it could go for $60-100 depending on the collector who wants it.
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« Reply #22 on: May 13, 2014, 11:17:10 AM »

Hello everyone.  I have a BC 610 that I picked up about ten years ago from a SK's estate.  I put it in the garage and never applied power to it.  Anyone have any idea what they are going for nowadays?

Thanks,

Joe N8TI

Never applied power?? Time for the caps to be changed OR use a Variac to slowly bring up the power without blowing the filter caps....Once operational in good shape, it could go for $60-100 depending on the collector who wants it.


   Unlike the new appliance radios , the HV filters are actually oil caps and enjoy a much ...much longer service life . In fact most of the BC-610s are still running on the originals  . The main capacitor problems tend to be the molded paper bypass caps that are easily replaced by ceramics  at very low cost .

  The BC-610 tends to find better favor among those who use them regularly on the air . Most of the people I know who own them are more operator than "collector"  .   
    Your price estimates need to move the decimal point to the right by a digit  Wink     
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« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2014, 07:47:29 AM »

Well, don't judge market prices based on Fair Radio retail!


Missing the 100th modulator tubes, perhaps a few others (2A3s???) cracked meter glass , only a pair of tuning units and a single coil . Bottom cradle not present and TX is untested . About 5 days left , nearly to $500 so far  :
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=321415545958&ssPageName=ADME:B:ONA:US:3160#ht_16886wt_1110
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« Reply #24 on: May 28, 2014, 03:00:02 AM »

Once operational in good shape, it could go for $60-100 depending on the collector who wants it.


  Eight hundred and ten dollars with 4 days to go ...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=321415545958&ssPageName=ADME:B:ONA:US:3160#ht_16886wt_1110

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« Reply #25 on: May 28, 2014, 06:36:16 PM »

G8LB
That's not a bad looking BC-610. The transformers look like they are all there. Maybe some missing tubes.
The Seller did not mention the coil sets needed to change bands.
Fred
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« Reply #26 on: May 29, 2014, 02:55:03 AM »

No mention of extra coils . There was one coil pictured in place with the transmitter . There were two tuning units also in place . Seems like when uninformed speculators pick up items like this they do realize they should look for the "extras" .
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« Reply #27 on: June 01, 2014, 05:08:21 AM »

Hello everyone.  I have a BC 610 that I picked up about ten years ago from a SK's estate.  I put it in the garage and never applied power to it.  Anyone have any idea what they are going for nowadays?

Thanks,

Joe N8TI

Never applied power?? Time for the caps to be changed OR use a Variac to slowly bring up the power without blowing the filter caps....Once operational in good shape, it could go for $60-100 depending on the collector who wants it.


$1125 with 16 hours to go .

 It is official , move that decimal point to the right and then some . This one is definitely NOT collector quality  Wink We'll probably hear it on the air real soon !
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« Reply #28 on: June 02, 2014, 03:04:58 AM »

Final sale price for the incomplete , untested BC-610I was $1125 ..

This BC-610E model sold for $1200 "Buy it Now" just 3 hours after it was listed yesterday :

http://www.ebay.com/itm/171346733176?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1561.l2649#ht_164wt_1366

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« Reply #29 on: June 02, 2014, 09:55:00 PM »

And guys in another thread are arguing that TS-520 Kenwoods are "boatanchors!!!"   LOL!!  The BC-610 is the gold standard of the word. Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Pete   
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