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How mint and how used is the question for anyone coughing up the price for this Panasonic RF-2200.
Posted at 06:53 AM in Radio Lovers Can't Be Cured | Permalink
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Needs to be mint-mint with no signs of use. Mint carton too...
Some detailed photos would help, considering the asking price-not the blurry low-res pictures posted.
Too rich for my blood. I have 3 of them (one is the Cougar variant) plus a working parts radio. Yeah, I love these radios. Great AM DX'ers with excellent SW.
I never paid more than $150.00 for any one of these radios.
January 09, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Geezer: Good points. It's a legendary radio, but they are asking top of the top dollar for this. I think the whole "carton included/original box" works to drive up the price on things people won't ever open----like collectible toys for example----but shouldn't have nearly as big of an impact on a radio. When you think about it, most radio collectors will plan to use the radios----especially a Panny 2200 (exceptions might be old pocket radios----collected for the scarcity and the mid century designs). I would hope the buyer of this wants to actually use it. So mint condition and the box becomes less important since the new owner will start putting hours on the radio----turning knobs, etc. Yes, there are some collectors who will put it in a closet and take it out and look at it once in a while----and hope the value increases (like they would with a Barbie doll). But in my world, a $150.00 Panny 2200 not in perfect cosmetic condition----no box----but working well----would be what I would opt for.
January 10, 2013 at 04:47 AM
If I could only have ONE radio, it would be the RF-2000.
My "desert Island radio."
Do you know of a better all around radio?
January 10, 2013 at 09:37 AM
RF 2200 not "2000." Sorry.
January 10, 2013 at 09:38 AM
Interesting question, Geezer. I'd probably want something with higher audio quality than the 2200, which isn't that hot... Maybe a Grundig Transistor 6001 or Satellit 800, or an Eton E1 with XM (a cherry picked sample).
January 10, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Ed: I have the Lextronix (Grundig) Satellit 800.
I sure as heck like that big box of a radio.
But I like to operate it using the wall-wart AC adapter. It's a fat glutton for batteries.
The Transistor 6001 is a gorgeous radio, but the rotary band selector is prone to corrosion and wear.
(if I recall correctly) But I'd love it on my coffee table, nonetheless.
The Eton E1, when it works is just great.
It doesn't always work, however.
I bought one at the now-defunct Circuit City for 200
bucks (closeout). I returned it in less than a week.
The RF-2200 is a proven-durable radio that sips battery power. My RF-2200's are all over 35-years-old.
I suspect they'll outlive me.
January 11, 2013 at 02:45 PM
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