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 Post subject: columbia grafanola regent junior erie, pa
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:39 pm 
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At $500 it seems a bit steep, but a nice machine with 100 records.

https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/atq/d ... 18376.html


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 Post subject: Re: columbia grafanola regent junior erie, pa
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:51 pm 
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If that is the original finish and looks as good in person as it does in the ad, I think the price is good.


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 Post subject: Re: columbia grafanola regent junior erie, pa
PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:52 am 
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Why would 500 seem a bit steep? Have dirt cheap auction and flea market prices become the baseline for valuation at this point, even for uncommon earlier things like this?


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 Post subject: Re: columbia grafanola regent junior erie, pa
PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:13 am 
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I agree Brianu - It's a very good price if the finish is all original :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: columbia grafanola regent junior erie, pa
PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:33 pm 
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For me it does. I'm a collector of Eastern-Front related WW2 stuff and now phonographs. Part of the fun of collecting (for me) is finding stuff at a great deal. Every single Russian rifle I own I found "in the wild" at cheap prices. The same can be said for my phonos. If I drove 4 hours to pick up this machine it puts me right into the "retail price" category. I would still like it, but wont get the same "feel good" endorphins released in my brain :)

That's just me though.


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 Post subject: Re: columbia grafanola regent junior erie, pa
PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:45 pm 
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For me it really depends on what it is. If there is a really great machine (or any item) I want for my permanent collection I would pay a reasonable retail price for it. I have done this many times. You can never go wrong with quality. But, I agree that finding things in the wild is a big rush. But mint condition things rarely come that way in my experience.
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 Post subject: Re: columbia grafanola regent junior erie, pa
PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:03 pm 
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I get it, but there's a difference between the more objective general value estimates and the highly subjective what I'm willing to pay price, and it seems that a lot of people here (at least as buyers - definitely not when selling) seem to base their opinions of a given machine's worth on the latter approach.


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 Post subject: Re: columbia grafanola regent junior erie, pa
PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:41 pm 
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I think it is a very good price. This is the early version with the doors, not the louvers. The Grafonola machines with doors were made for about a year, before Victor brought the lawsuit for patent infringement.The finish looks original to me. The grill is in great shape as the decal. It's not dirt cheap, but not over priced, either.
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