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    I can't believe it...

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    An Ampex MM-1000 just went for over $4,000 on eBay...it is in unknown working condition, looks to have some mileage on it, has mismatched heads, and is the basic early model like mine without auto-input-switching. No accessories, no amp card covers, no chassis side panels...maybe other missing stuff. Kudos to the Seller, but wow.

    Ampex mm1000 16 Track 2" Tape Machine | eBay

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    I've been seeing a deck prices on the rise lately...I think it's just hitting that part of the vintage sales cycle...
    ..then there will be a "can't-give-it-away" period.

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    I just hope the buyer knows what he/she is getting into. An Ampex MM-1000 wants to run, but anything rode hard and put up wet needs patience, time, attention and expertise...and $$$. I've learned first-hand it's a lot of work to get a nearly 50 year old electro-mechanically complex machine working properly.

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    Wouldn't be surprised if we see that same machine up there again after the buyer comes to his senses and balks on the purchase.

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    This looks like a steal, or is there something I don't know about Sony machines?
    SONY APR-24 2" 24 Channel Analog Audio Recording Tape Machine #27777 | eBay

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    The buyer could have been buying a parts machine, you don't need to get much out of it to recover the investment. If the buyer has a good condition machine and wants to keep it running a parts machine is handy. I did this with my Tascam MSR16S machine years ago, bought a parts machine for a $1000, needed a new noise reduction board for mine and here they were charging $400 for the board, the parts machine had 16 good boards in it or $6400 worth of replacements.

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    P.S the Sony looks fantastic, Sony were a top multitrack in the day but I don't know much about the models.

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