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 Post subject: Why do it?
PostPosted: Feb Thu 06, 2020 5:36 pm 
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I am in a crisis of collection.
I have phonographs that I have restored and other things as well. I just finished restoring an 1885 Wilcox and Gibbs treadle sewing machine to working order. We had to move furniture to make room for it! Now in my garage I have a 1920s Pooley flat top phonograph; the one with the phonograph on one side and the record shelves on the other. I inherited it from my father-in-law‘s garage. It was on its way to the dump when I pulled it out. I have all the pieces. I can fix it up like it was new. But why? I have no place to put it. Can’t sell it. I see other unrestored Pooley machines selling for about $50. I’m guessing antique phonograph restoration, as much as it is joy to do, is not a particularly good choice for trying to generate retirement income when that day comes, ... soon. Maybe a museum would want it? But then again, it’s an “off” brand. Maybe the best thing to do would be to sell it off for parts, and be done with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Why do it?
PostPosted: Feb Fri 07, 2020 3:00 am 
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As has been said in numerous threads here on ARF, restoring things to sell won't make you much, if any, money. We do it for the fun of it.

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 Post subject: Re: Why do it?
PostPosted: Feb Fri 07, 2020 7:14 pm 
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As with any other brand, certain Pooley phonographs are worth a lot more than $50. If you could post a picture, it would help to opine whether it is worth your options. Cheers, Russie


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 Post subject: Re: Why do it?
PostPosted: Feb Fri 07, 2020 10:02 pm 
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Wasn't Pooley the cabinetmaker for Victor?

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 Post subject: Re: Why do it?
PostPosted: Feb Fri 14, 2020 7:11 am 
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It sounds like we're in the same boat and, here lately, I've been trying to get rid of some excess stuff. Sometimes, I do OK; but, more times than not, I'm doing good to break even and I often lose money. Like others have said....if you're planning on making big bucks off of old radios and record players, you're probably going to be in for a rude awakening. As far as record players, records are a hot item right now; but, the problem is that there is too much cheap modern Chinese junk on the market and there are people who will buy the $69 Crosley Cruiser. However, those same people won't give a second look to something old that is actually better. I wish I could change that mentality; but, I don't see it happening.

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 Post subject: Re: Why do it?
PostPosted: Feb Fri 14, 2020 8:05 am 
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The hobby aspect is this;
Jim Mueller wrote:
We do it for the fun of it.

And this;
radiotvnut wrote:
Sometimes, I do OK; but, more times than not, I'm doing good to break even and I often lose money.

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 Post subject: Re: Why do it?
PostPosted: Feb Sat 15, 2020 7:44 am 
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there are people who will buy the $69 Crosley Cruiser. However, those same people won't give a second look to something old that is actually better.

Most of them don't even know that it is possible to get old stuff. When they see a TV show where they find something old and it is worth a lot of money, they count it as a lucky find. They have no idea that vintage items are readily available at not inflated prices.

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