........ Battery sets just seem like too much of a hassle to set up for regular use.......
Actually having a battery set or two around can be pretty rewarding. They're typically pretty easy to work on and
not as much of a hassle as you might think. If you don't want to invest in an ARBE-III (battery eliminator) you can
easily build a simple power supply to power virtually any battery set you might run into. With that and a speaker
you've got a pretty impressive display piece.
Also, while the Splitdorf Abbey isn't exactly common it isn't super rare either. Keep your eyes open and you'll eventually
run into another one. The AC version looks the same except the base is a little taller to accommodate the power
supply; the following link has a picture of the AC version:http://www.joystick.ca/radio/myradios/myradios.htm
And here is a YouTube video of a battery version in operation with a battery eliminator:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83LcJhahvxk