This past spring there were three TenTec 1260 6 meter rigs offered for
auction on E-Bay. They all went between $105 and $125. I paid the highest
price, but got one that works perfectly and is in mint condition. I really
think I got a bargain, and I like the rig. Since I have neither the skills
nor the time to learn to build a rig, I am very glad to have picked on up
on the used market.
I had thought it might be nice to have the matching 2-meter rig, or even
the 222 rig. I saw recently that TenTec wanted the price of the kit for
their factory-built, used, demos. That would make the price of a low power
version of the 1220 around $195, and a 1230 was listed for $295. Since
*new* 2 meter Icoms, Kenwoods, Yaesus, etc... are selling for $189-$199,
and an ADI AR-146 is down to $179 *new*, I thought I might do just a little
but better on a used 1220.
Anyway, I posted a want for a 1220 here a while back and got one response.
The gentleman asked me what *I wanted* to pay. I told him what I payed for
my 1260, and told him that I'd *like* to get a 1220 for around the same
price. I assumed this was a fair starting point for negotiating, and
figured I might get it for a somewhat higher price than that. I received
no response, so I assume he found my offer insulting.
So, I ask the TenTec afficianados here to honestly tell me what is fair for
a built, used, working 1220 without the 35 watt PA. I still wouldn't mind
having one, and would sell the higher-powered Yaesu I have, probably at a
loss. For that matter, I wouldn't mind having a 1230 or a 1254.
I am not a collector. I just like TenTec gear. I find it easy to use (and
I am *not* technically inclined), I find their service and support to be
fantastic, their stuff works very well, and it's American made. Maybe I'm
biased, but I'd rather support the good people of a neighboring state than
people in Japan. I'm kind of on a limited budget due to some upcoming
medical expenses, but I thought selling off some Japanese gear and
replacing it with TenTecs might be practical. Was I wrong?
Anyway, I am really curious to hear your opinions, particularly on prices.
Thanks and 73,
Caitlyn M. Martin "They have computers, and may have
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