When I realized there might be a mini-market for the 301, I
thought about it a bit, then set it aside.
Here's what I came up with just guessing:
1. Box (sloping front, Ten-Tec type (tan/eggshell)) - $15
2. Three conductor w/shield cable, 6ft. - $1.00
3. Four terminal terminal strip $0.50
4. Cable Grommet - $0.50
5. 6-32 x 3/8" screw and 6/38 hex nut - $0.25
6. Rotary Encoder - $45.00
7. Ten-Tec Main Tuning Knob - $15.00
8. DB-25 connector - $1.00
9. Lead/steel weight - $2.00
10. Shipping cost - $10.00
11. Time (?)
Estimated Cost: $90.25
Now, the costs are all guestimates. It could be +/- that amount
by a substantial amount depending on the actual cost of parts.
At one time, I thought about following through and contacting the
company who makes the Rotary Encoder for Ten-Tec (Oak Grigsby,
Sugar Grove, IL 630-556-4200), and seeing exactly how much they
cost--when I bought what turned out to be among the last 301
parts from Ten-Tec to assemble a 301, I contacted OG to get a
spec sheet/drawing of the encoder so I could be sure to wire it
up without blowing it up.
Clarostat, according to Digi-Key catalog, has a rotary encoder
for $43.91 each.
I never asked Oak-Grigsby how much their encoder costs.
From: Beamer, Jay <JBeamer@PanAmSat.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Friday, September 04, 1998 9:47 AM
Subject: [TenTec] Wanna buy a 301?
> Hello Everyone.
> Got ya, didn't I? Just a wild thought this morning. I'm in
> mood. For those that know what a 301 is, we all know how
fast it would
> be snapped up if someone listed one for sale on the
> just got to thinking, why not take a poll as to what kind
> there really is for the darn things. We know we can build
> by buying the encoder from Ten Tec and putting it in our
own box, but
> for us hard core, everything must match and be authentic
> individuals, using a project box won't do.
> So, what I'm saying is, let me know if you have an interest
in a 301,
> and let me know if you wouldn't mind building it yourself.
> can persuade Ten Tec into making the boxes, painting them,
> sticking the logo on, and then just shipping the 301 box,
> coiled cable, and the optical encoder with a schematic and
> build them ourselves. The additional parts required would
> buyer's responsibility.
> I don't think anyone wants Ten Tec to do this for free, so
> Tec, make it worth you while! Ten Tec has always been fair
> Maybe Ten Tec would even build them. And Scott/Ten Tec, no
> something like this. I think everyone would be satisfied
just to know
> that they can get one in the next few months, like say, for
> So, how many do you want and do you mind building it
yourself? Let me
> Torrance, Ca.
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