> I don't trust these ebay'ers at all, its money, money, money...
I've had very good luck on there, but I haven't purchased all that much
The problem with purchasing amps is of course the tubes. It's a double
ended problem as there are those who purchase things, pull out what they
need, replace with parts out of their unworking model and then return
the item claiming it doesn't work which is *partially* why there are so
many "as is. no returns". From the other end is the "like new" amp with
full output that has barely enough power out to light a light bulb when
you get it. Then you look at the very high prices of the 3CX400,
3CX1200, 8877s,and worst of all the PL172s and 8295As used in
Hallicrafters amps. A known good, tested 8295A (Ceramic/metal version
of the PL172) may run $2500 or more with a guarantee. Much less with out
and still much less untested.
Even purchasing amps at local swaps doesn't bring much assurance the
tubes are good, but you do physically get to do a "hands on"
inspection. IF you are lucky there *might* be power available to test
said amp, but that's a rarity. Buying in person seems to give a false
sense of security (unless the seller is some one you know well) OTOH the
first rule of business is never do business with family or friends. But
*usually* standing there with cash in hand will many times coerce the
seller to come down enough so if the tubes are bad you aren't out all
In the case of on-line auctions you look at the seller's history and
even ask questions on news groups like this one to help put the odds in
favor of a legitimate deal. As swaps you can ask around "does anybody
know the guy with the (what ever make and model ) amp for sale and get
As to the amps being discussed it's not uncommon for some one to use the
same photo to represent both amps, BUT the experienced and legit sellers
*usually* say, "photo not of actual amp for sale but representative of
condition" or some such statement.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Fern Rivard" <email@example.com>
> To: "Commander John" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 11:18 AM
> Subject: Re: [Amps] DRAKE L7 AMPLIFIERS ON EBAY>>>>
>> Also, I'd noticed that the seller kept saying that all the gear was
>> brand new unused so I contacted him to remind him that several of the
>> items were definitely used with scratches on front panels and with a ham
>> call sign attached to rear of one of the unit. He did reply to me that he
>> had made some mistakes in his posting descriptions. Some of the gear
>> appears to have been exposed to high humidity or water with all of the
>> white markings on the panels.
>> 73 from Fern
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Commander John" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> To: <email@example.com>
>> Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 8:42 AM
>> Subject: [Amps] DRAKE L7 AMPLIFIERS ON EBAY>>>>
>> You may not have noticed that the photo is the same on both L7 amplifiers.
>> Not a good thing.
>> john w9zy
>> .... Commander John ....
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