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Appraisal Help!?!?!? ? I need NM_Bill and jostenmeat! =)

If you may remember, I was interested in building a stereo; NM_Bill and jostenmeat provided me with fantastic help. I really appreciate everything that you wrote. I ultimately didn?t get to actually buy a system because my dorm room was a lot smaller than I expected it to be. Furniture took up a lot of space and I totally forgot to think about that when I was discussing all of this with the two of you. But I?m back and I?m here with a new dilemma that I am in.

As I write this, I am in my professor?s home for the week. My professor, a 58 year old widow, is away in England for the week on vacation. She asked if I would dog sit for her and wholeheartedly agreed. She is a wonderful person, who has very little interest in material things aside from her dog, who reminds her of her husband. She?s been very nice to me, my entire class, and to everyone that she meets. Her students are like the children that she never had a chance to have. So ? here the situation that I am in.

Before she left, I had a chance to hang out with her for dinner and I learned a lot more about her husband, Mark. He passed away a couple of years ago, and while I did not me him, I have learned a lot of great things about him; one such case was his devotion to home audio. He was an audiophile, and I learned this about him after mentioning my own interests in high end audio to Sydel (my professor). Since I?ve been at the house, I?ve learned first hand how big of an audiophile he was. The entire downstairs is fully insulated with a heavy door that makes the room virtually soundproof. He has two sets of components, one that hooks up to a stereo system and one that hooks up to a stax headphone system. I overheard her neighbor talking about them readying a yard sale eventually to get rid of Mark?s stuff. Knowing my professor well, I know she would be more than willing to sell the equipment to me, and I imagine, at a very low price. I haven?t asked her yet, but I wanted to ask for an appraisal of the equipment and how much would be a fare number. I wish I had a chance to meet her husband, I imagine he and I would have gotten along very well. Unfortunately I never got to meet him, but ? I would be honored to keep and maintain his equipment, and if anything, keeping his spirit alive.

So ? I got a chance to write down what?s downstairs. There are a few things that I don?t know, let alone their value today. I have taken pictures and I?m willing to send them if necessary.

System 1:

Paradigm Reference Towers (I don?t know the model of these two speakers but I took a picture) It looks to me that there are 4 drivers, but I may be wrong. Any help would be appreciated.

Sunfire Invariant Stereo Power Amp ? The owner?s manual is included and has the company?s founder?s signature on a page.

Creek OBH-10 Remote Pre-Amp

Van Alstine Pre-Amp

Music Hall mmf-cd25

System 2:

Panamax Max 4300

Rotel RCD-971 HDCD

Stax SRD-7/SB

PrimaLuna Prologue One Tube Pre-Amp

System 3 - (Another Stax earphone with converter, allowing you to attach it to a portable CD player)

Stax SRD-X ? SR Gamma Earphones

I?m thinking about offering her $5,000 for everything. She doesn?t need the money, but at the same time I don?t want to rip her off. On the other hand, I also don?t want to have these beautiful items get sold at a yard sale. I can imagine myself having these products for a long time to come.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and if you have any questions, don?t hesitate to contact me ? I?ll try to be on pretty often.

Andre R.

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In reply to: Appraisal Help!?!?!? ? I need NM_Bill and jostenmeat! =)

Those are some fine name brands. Its just... with time... audio products really lose a lot of value. $5k is a lot, and that can get you a very fine system. If I had $5k, Id spend 3k speakers, 1k integrated, 1k on sources+ acoustical treatments. roughly.

Do you need ALL of that stuff???? in a small dorm room? do not buy if you do not intend to use. OK...

sign up for audiogon blue book. $20 for month, or $50 for year.

there are other services, but the gon would be the only one that I suspect would have sold even half of those things listed.

sorry i am not of more help.

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RE: Yowzers

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I guess I should clarify some things.

I don't expect to pay for all of it right away. One of the reasons why I'm considering buying it from my prof is that she is prob going to be pretty lenient on the payment plan. I also don't intend to buy it this upcoming year. It's my senior year at college and I hope to take stuff with me once I have my own apartment. I imagine $5K might be too much and even she may say it. But, I greatly appreciate all of the added accessories that I would hate to buy. It's nice to know that everything is there, cables, conditioners, power surge, etc.

I don't need all of the equipment - for instance, I do have my own pair of Sennheiser HD 650s that I listen to on a portable headphone amp. I imagine it would be nice to have an upscale amp to power up the Sennheiser, and like you yourself say, that equipment would possibly only sell on audiogon(she is not computer savvy). I don't always listen to music out loud, so it would come in handy when I want to listen to music on my earphones.

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Good for Stereo, Not 5.1

In reply to: Appraisal Help!?!?!? ? I need NM_Bill and jostenmeat! =)

If all you want to do is listen to stereo music, then I think that equipment is fine. However, if you ever want to have a DVD player with 5.1 surround, I don't think it's much good for that except for the speakers, but ideally for 5.1 you'd have a matched set of speaker (although I don't have a perfect set of matched speakers without negatives). But, there are people who want very nice stereo components, and that stuff qualifies.

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RE Good for Stereo, Not 5.1

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Most definitely Dan. I'm not looking to get a home theatre system built. I will solely use it for music. No offense to movies, I'd much rather spend my time listening to music while reading, browsing the net, or doing something else I find more important. A 5.1 system would certainly be underused.

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Other ways

In reply to: RE Good for Stereo, Not 5.1

To achieve what you want. How long has she been alone?

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RE: Other Ways

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Haha. That's a good suggestion but I'm not that kinda guy.

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