Pioneer SX-1980 in Craigslist

Discussion in 'Dollars and Sense' started by g-man02tii, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. g-man02tii

    g-man02tii G-Man, SLO County

  2. VintagePlus

    VintagePlus AK Subscriber Subscriber

    That's alot of coin....would hope it is totally mint for that kind of price.
  3. pustelniakr

    pustelniakr Silver Miner at Large Subscriber

    There is a price threshold, where you are risking too much green for the piece. This one is one, unless you will be happy with a pricey paper-weight. Even a fully restored one is a risk at this price point. It is over 35 years old. There is alot of potential for failure, with many components made of unobtainium.

    Rich P
  4. motorstereo

    motorstereo AK Subscriber Subscriber

    For that kinda money I'd be thinking vintage Mac separates.
  5. markthefixer

    markthefixer ESCAPED:armed & dangerous Subscriber

    Don't hope for mint, hope for a full all-out restoration. At that level, have them prove it.

    There are only a few parts that are totally unobtanium, most of the rest can be worked around. (power output transistors, pa1002a's)

    Quite frankly that price level's an EchoWars / Punker X (tuner work) 1980 or a markthefixer 1980 (I do full tuner resto's and alignments, EW sends it to Mike..., )

    Also with many many little extras done that are quite time consuming - like removing all the switches for either mechanical or ultrasonic cleaning, NOT just deoxiting.... Getting the tuning cap cleaned up to be totally mechanically noiseless, and minimally microphonic (I ain't tellin how I do it or test for it... but it's part of my rave tuner reviews.) More than 200 parts are replaced....

    NON-WORKING sx-1980 fixer uppers have been going around 1000.00 for quite a while.

    working units are about 1600 - 1800 if they haven't been serviced

    then serviced is 2500+, no BS. with well restored units going OVER 3200, recently...
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2013
  6. pustelniakr

    pustelniakr Silver Miner at Large Subscriber


    Working around unavailable parts is essentially a re-design task. That, and fixing what is broke, or what will break in the future, does not intimidate you or me. However, someone buying one of these units needs to be able to count the true and potential cost up front. One-way shipping across the country for repair is over $100, one way. Plus the risk of shipping damage.

    Someone who pays thousands of dollars for a receiver, does not want to spend hundreds or thousands more to bring it up to speed. If they are willing, at least they won't be going in blind. These are rare and fine beasts, but the risks with them are high, especially for the non-tech. That is the reason for my input.

    Rich P
  7. slow_jazz

    slow_jazz AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Unless you know the unit your taking a big risk.

    For 1/2 that money there are much better items...
  8. janikphoto

    janikphoto Member

    Wow! I was expecting to see $1500, not $2700! I'd be thinking about a Marantz 2500 or some McIntosh gear, as stated above...
  9. Rick Vestal

    Rick Vestal Have a nice day and duck!

    I have a rule, even for a $20 item, let alone $2700, and that rule is... NO PICTURE, NO PURCHASE! If you want my money, you sure as hell can take 13 seconds and shoot a photo...
  10. janikphoto

    janikphoto Member

    hmmm... some of my best scores have been because there was no picture.

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