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 Post subject: Current value of Arvin 4080T 8" set?
PostPosted: Jul Wed 11, 2018 9:36 pm 
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I believe it was recapped by a previous owner before the DTV changeover, has a clean cabinet, correct knobs, and bright raster. What would be a fair asking price when selling? I haven't seen any of them offered for sale recently.

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 Post subject: Re: Current value of Arvin 4080T 8" set?
PostPosted: Jul Wed 11, 2018 10:49 pm 
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It's a desirable compact early TV and yes, nice examples rarely turn-up these days. On the east or west coast a nice restored and working model should bring in the $350-$400 area in my opinion. Well worth that.


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They're worth $50, where do I send the money? :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Current value of Arvin 4080T 8" set?
PostPosted: Jul Thu 12, 2018 5:50 am 
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In case anyone else was wondering what an Arvin 4080T looks like, this site (no connection) has a pic:

http://www.neweraantiques.com/arvin-408 ... ion-set-tv

Cute!

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 Post subject: Re: Current value of Arvin 4080T 8" set?
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I would say in today's market I think 250.00 is a fair price.


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 Post subject: Re: Current value of Arvin 4080T 8" set?
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tvdude211 wrote:
I would say in today's market I think 250.00 is a fair price.

Be aware that a recapped and correctly working set will demand a premium over a sets base value. You couldn't completely restore that Arvin's chassis for $250.


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 Post subject: Re: Current value of Arvin 4080T 8" set?
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tvdude211 wrote:
I would say in today's market I think 250.00 is a fair price.


I paid more than that for it originally. But it has some ringing and distortion in the left side of the raster that I didn't ever have time to address.

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tvdude211 wrote:
I would say in today's market I think 250.00 is a fair price.


I paid more than that for it originally. But it has some ringing and distortion in the left side of the raster that I didn't ever have time to address.

I don't blame you for paying high for a nice one. I haven't seen a nice one available locally for a long time. I like the continuous tuners they have.
Pre-1951 TV's are notorious for being finicky.


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 Post subject: Re: Current value of Arvin 4080T 8" set?
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A nice guy from Zanesville/OH offered me the same set in 1991.
Price was only 5 bucks, but I ignored it because of the missing back
and the missing knobs.
However I had to save every Dollar to buy a Cadillac convertible.

I am sure that If I had bought it, I should still hunting for the knobs and back! :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: Current value of Arvin 4080T 8" set?
PostPosted: Jul Fri 13, 2018 4:57 pm 
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I purchased this set and restored it because it is truly a unique set. I repainted the bezel and most of the cabinet, but I retained the wood grain effect of the front panel.

A few years back I put a couple sets on consignment in a local antique store. We sold a Motorola 9VT1 for $900, restored. I ended up with $600 for a set I don't care for much anyway. I discontinued the arrangement because they were not satisfied with a 33% commission.
My point is that marketing makes a big difference. Look at the PBS tv show "Antique Roadshow", and see how much people will pay for something we might throw out.

I think that a restored set should be worth much more than one that isn't. If you purchased a Stanley Steamer car, you would pay much more for a functioning one. You may never use it, but you would like to know that you could.

If you sell to another collector, expect to get the "wholesale" value. In fact, many of us want to do the restoration ourselves.
In conclusion, I think you could get between $600 and $1200 if you find the right buyer. Maybe it is a matter of luck, but I am sure patience is necessary.

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