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 Post subject: I wonder how much he's going to get for it
PostPosted: Sep Wed 22, 2021 2:35 am 
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These are all the same radio. I know what I paid, and I know what I got for it.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/114895683626

https://www.ebay.com/itm/304134726623

https://www.ebay.com/itm/144210970340

This doesn't bother me, because I don't mess with stuff like this for money, but it is honestly a wonder to me how some sellers have figured out how to get people to bid like this.


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 Post subject: Re: I wonder how much he's going to get for it
PostPosted: Sep Wed 22, 2021 10:54 am 
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$40? or $80? Is that a lot?


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 Post subject: Re: I wonder how much he's going to get for it
PostPosted: Sep Wed 22, 2021 1:02 pm 
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I paid $42 and got $86 after I worked on it and sold it. The one who bought it from me did the cabinet over again (not to my personal taste, but that’s just one man’s opinion) and is likely to make quite a profit on it


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PostPosted: Sep Wed 22, 2021 7:58 pm 
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Current seller's cabinet make over failed miserably.


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Doesn't look like he used any grain filler in his "vigorous restoration process".

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 Post subject: Re: I wonder how much he's going to get for it
PostPosted: Sep Thu 23, 2021 4:20 am 
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$400+


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 Post subject: Re: I wonder how much he's going to get for it
PostPosted: Sep Sat 25, 2021 8:49 pm 
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Jeremy S wrote:
Doesn't look like he used any grain filler in his "vigorous restoration process".


Here's one he sold last month after a "vigorous restoration process".
With all the pits in the grain he could have at least used a satin finish on it.
I thought it looked awful, but it went for a couple hundred dollars.


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 Post subject: Re: I wonder how much he's going to get for it
PostPosted: Sep Sat 25, 2021 9:05 pm 
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Still five days to go as I type this.

Yeah I still have a can of Bartley’s dark paste wood filler around and used it on my last real strip and refinish last month. Not on this one because it was already filled. He ought to have left my finish alone and just gone over it. At least it wouldn’t look so porous, and it would still have the dark walnut around the dial like it’s supposed to. Not that my work was any too great, because it’s not, but at least it’s not open grain.


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 Post subject: Re: I wonder how much he's going to get for it
PostPosted: Sep Sat 25, 2021 9:13 pm 
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SkyKing wrote:
Jeremy S wrote:
Doesn't look like he used any grain filler in his "vigorous restoration process".


Here's one he sold last month after a "vigorous restoration process".
With all the pits in the grain he could have at least used a satin finish on it.
I thought it looked awful, but it went for a couple hundred dollars.



Holy Carp Batman! That thing looks like one of those modern reproductions! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: I wonder how much he's going to get for it
PostPosted: Sep Wed 29, 2021 4:45 pm 
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Well, it's up to $250 with 1 day left.
I suppose the glossy new finish is more attractive to some people. Matches the furniture?

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 Post subject: Re: I wonder how much he's going to get for it
PostPosted: Oct Fri 01, 2021 4:11 am 
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igolioto wrote:
$400+


Close.

I hope the new buyer enjoys it. I also hope the seller gave the buyer a schematic, because it's a long way from original anymore.

Matches the furniture? I dunno John. All the furniture I see anymore is matte, not glossy. I actually don't know what goes with open-pore shiny walnut. I don't think I've ever seen furniture like that.


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SkyKing wrote:
Jeremy S wrote:
Doesn't look like he used any grain filler in his "vigorous restoration process".


Here's one he sold last month after a "vigorous restoration process".
With all the pits in the grain he could have at least used a satin finish on it.
I thought it looked awful, but it went for a couple hundred dollars.


This is really bad. Blech!

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PostPosted: Oct Thu 07, 2021 12:49 am 
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Always nice when he tones the cabinet edges with a blowtorch :lol: . Thats what it looks like to me at least.

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 Post subject: Re: I wonder how much he's going to get for it
PostPosted: Oct Thu 07, 2021 2:59 am 
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IIRC we're given to understand that Zenith did such a thing themselves, but I don't remember ever seeing an original finish one with such a high contrast. Supposed to be subtle, not black on medium walnut.

What it does do, is hide the cheaply made cabinet joints. This was a bottom end $20 set when it was new and that cabinet is not exactly a piece of fine furniture. All the panel edges were visible when I refinished it.


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 Post subject: Re: I wonder how much he's going to get for it
PostPosted: Oct Thu 07, 2021 3:04 am 
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That would be a Sunburst finish if it was a guitar.
Plywood guitar, Sunburst finish, more $. Looks like it worked on this radio too. :x

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PostPosted: Oct Fri 08, 2021 3:24 pm 
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The name someone here came up with for transistor17046's finish style is "fire roasted."

ARF threads about fire roasted radios:
https://www.google.com/search?q=fire+ro ... radios.com

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 Post subject: Re: I wonder how much he's going to get for it
PostPosted: Oct Tue 12, 2021 5:07 am 
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if you didn't like the finish on the first one, here's another

https://www.ebay.com/itm/133897757654?h ... SwqoJhX5nn


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