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 Post subject: Suitcase Home on Pawn Stars
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:43 pm 
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I turned on the Idiot box last night just happened to see a guy trying to sell a Suitcase Home, horn, and 13 cylinders (plus some parts) on Pawn Stars. I watched one episode of this show once, but it is not on the rotation if you know what I mean.

The funny thing was the proprietor said "Someone who buys this will put it on the shelf. The records, will never be played". Sounds like a sad fate for nice machine.

The guy wanted $1400 for and settled for $700 which wasn't bad given the buyer was an antique dealer.

So, there is an overpriced Suitcase Home on the shelf for sale somewhere in Vegas
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 Post subject: Re: Suitcase Home on Pawn Stars
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:55 pm 
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Just happened to catch the same segment as I was going to sleep. Nice that they played the cylinder at about 250 RPM & said it sounded awful. Just re-affirms my faith that most pawn-shop dealers & antique stores should not deal with things they don't know about -- guess that would severely limit their stock. Could have bought a late-model VV-X here recently for only $375 -- despite the fact that the case looked like rodents had feasted on it & the motor sounded like it could do serious damage to anyone standing too close!


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 Post subject: Re: Suitcase Home on Pawn Stars
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:40 pm 
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I too saw that segment. It was a decent red banner model A. I was disappointed too when the guy listening to it said it was horrible and "who would ever like something like this?"

Then, the old man said that these were the "cat's meow in their day". He then went on to say that whoever bought this would put it on a shelf and tell others what a good thing it is. I laughed when my wife was disappointed in his statement. :)

It was interesting nonetheless. At least it made the show!


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 Post subject: Re: Suitcase Home on Pawn Stars
PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:07 am 
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jdavis wrote:
Just re-affirms my faith that most pawn-shop dealers & antique stores should not deal with things they don't know about -- guess that would severely limit their stock.


Gosh - I'd have been deprived of many good deals over the years if the antique dealers knew much about phonographs! I suspect we all owe something to the field's general lack of knowledge about our particular interest. Of course, that DOES often result in $375 Victrola "Xs", but I suspect that such a dealer would have priced an "XVIII" pretty much the same. (I once bought one for $250 in a general antique shop.) Viva la ignorance! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Suitcase Home on Pawn Stars
PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:23 am 
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The seller got ripped; one of the "parts" was a complete Busy Bee cylinder machine (same as a Columbia Q, but with the larger mandrel)


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 Post subject: Re: Suitcase Home on Pawn Stars
PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:46 am 
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I saw the episode too and was apppalled at the speed it was playing. The seller was nodding his head in time though, so he must have thought it was correct. It's unfortunate what a bad rap period music gets when it's presenrted that way.
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 Post subject: Re: Suitcase Home on Pawn Stars
PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:44 pm 
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I saw the busy b in there too.....The dealer made a nice buy, there not dumb, they knew what was in the box, it also came with like 3 horns!


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 Post subject: Re: Suitcase Home on Pawn Stars
PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:51 am 
Look close it was a Model H reproducer and a 2 minute non wax cylinder. This accounts for the dreadful noise. I saw a BB cylinder but did not see a machine. The comment at the end "couple of large horns" was interesting. Pawn will do OK on the resale. Was disappointed they did not call in the normal "expert" to evaluate. Dad is a non starter but let's face it, they are in LV and have been for a long time so they must be doing something right. The kid running the show appears to be fairly smart even if the rest of the show is "produced". Waiting for the first music box to make its entrance. LH


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 Post subject: Re: Suitcase Home on Pawn Stars
PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:54 pm 
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The lastest episode of Pawn Stars featured a guy who brought in a Thorens Excelda.

The picture I attached looked like the one on TV. The exterior may have been in worse shape but the interior looked good.

They managed to put it together and play it better than they did the Edison Standard... but basically said there was no market for it.

They made a deal at $100.


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 Post subject: Re: Suitcase Home on Pawn Stars
PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:33 am 
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phonophan79 wrote:
The lastest episode of Pawn Stars featured a guy who brought in a Thorens Excelda.

The picture I attached looked like the one on TV. The exterior may have been in worse shape but the interior looked good.

They managed to put it together and play it better than they did the Edison Standard... but basically said there was no market for it.

They made a deal at $100.



I saw that last night. While I took great umbrage with the "no market for it" comment, I had no idea how much these little guys go for (and also they made a comment about the first portable...not quite right on that).

So what is the going rate for one of these?


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