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 Astor Diamond Dot. Only $5,500 :-)
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 7:51:52 PM on 17 April 2019.
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 GTC
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The Diamond Dot had a reputation for good selectivity and sensitivity, and was good for travellers in our Big Country, but I'm not sure I'd fork out 5.5 grand for one, even if new in box:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/253360777771


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 8:23:47 PM on 17 April 2019.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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My car is only worth 3k. Toyota Ute...2001 mod.
Recently I sold a Beautiful Holden FB Ek radio on eBay . It was in top condition and working and I sold it for $300 when bidding ended.
Now what do you think I did with the 300 dollars,,,,,I bought a Kriesler radiogram and some supplies for my finishes , dyes and stains etc etc.
I have 3 Kriesler radiograms now and one is finish from chasis to clear coats.
Love it

Pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 4:03:11 PM on 18 April 2019.
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Tell him he's dreaming?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 6:20:25 PM on 18 April 2019.
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If that radio was new, in the box, never powered up, etc, it may be worth quite a few bob but certainly not over 5 grand. I'll give the seller this much though, it is quite rare to find a car radio in that good a condition.

It looks like there is a gym at 99 Crown Street now.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 5:35:43 AM on 20 April 2019.
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That is a rediculous price for a car radio even if it is genuine NOS.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 8:56:20 AM on 20 April 2019.
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Some are unbelievable. I still have a docket here where a bunch of crims in Melbourne charged $300 to fix a MKII Zephyr radio.

I estimated about 2-3 Hours to actually fix it properly.

Marc


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 10:17:20 AM on 20 April 2019.
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a bunch of crims in Melbourne charged $300 to fix a MKII Zephyr radio. I estimated about 2-3 Hours to actually fix it properly.

Depends on their hourly rate. There's running a full time business with all of its overhands and there's carrying out a paid hobby/sideline.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 11:06:02 AM on 20 April 2019.
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There used to be a vintage radio repair business in Johnstone Street, Annandale, NSW. I'm talking about 25 years ago now. Their hourly rate was about $65.00 as far as I can recall, plus parts of course. This was probably reasonable but way too expensive for me as I was on apprentice wages at the time. Their setup was a bit like Resurrection Radio in Melbourne, where sales and service were both available.

I have no doubt that if they'd chosen just about any other Sydney street they'd have been able to drop their price by at least $10 an hour. Johnstone Street is heritage alley, right down to the red timber phone boxes outside the post office.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 12:24:41 PM on 20 April 2019.
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about 25 years ago now. Their hourly rate was about $65.00

That's roughly $118 in today's money.

Mate of mine who does a variety of repairs on everything from car electronics to industrial machinery charges $125 per hour, marks up parts by an average of 100% and yet, when all expenses are factored in, he'd still be better off financially working for wages and going home on Fridays instead of working 6 or 7 days. I have offered to go over his numbers, and if I do, I'm pretty sure I'd suggest a hike in his hourly rate. Problem with that is he needs to stay reasonably competitive.


 
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