AR-ES1 Turntable Sales Help & Vintage Talk.


Hi Friends, I have purchased and sold on Audiogon and have excellent feedback.

The big question, I have a Mint AR E-S 1, Cherry finish, Mint Dust cover, Sumiko Tonearm that I am having a hard time deciding what I should be asking for.

Have original Box.

No scratches, All original, and drive Belt has been changed from Vinyl Nirvana.

I have another Turntable B&O 8002, with MMC-1.  The only reason I would sell the A/R is I have all the factory packaging for safe delivery, otherwise I would have sold the B&O!

Looked on the Bay,  checked the Web, not many qualified selling prices for me to come up with a soldi sales price!

Vintage continues to sell fast!   Another example of Vintage,, look up older Nikon Film Cameras like a F2AS.
I paid 5K for a Nikon Digital D2X camera, its only worth around 300.00,  Moto of story~~~Vintage has increased more 4 in value!  Wish we could go back in time!   All kinds of examples, Marantz 2325, my Nakamichi CR7A, all have gone way up!

So that leads me back to my question for my AR ES-1, how much would you ask for on Audiogon??

Does anybody have  and idea whee I should start the price at?

Appreciate any advice.
Thanks
Bob






hoffy5
Look on eBay for what others are selling for!
Speaking as a huge fan of the ES-1, I would urge you to reconsider and sell the B&O locally. You could get a new motor from Vinyl Nirvana and be set for a very long time and still have an upgrade path for the arm. But that’s not your question :) 

I think I saw a recent Facebook post from Vinyl Nirvana saying that he’s only gotten his hands on two ES-1 in two years. In his post he included a highly modified ES-1 which sold for $1,800+ in a matter of hours. That scarcity bodes well for a sale, given what you described. 
Given that you can see a Sumiko MMT arm for sale from anywhere between $200 and $300, I’d suggest posting a “$900 or best offer” post and see where the market takes you. A grand if you’re feeling ambitious. Given there are very few  recent sales, lots of fans looking for one, I’d start high, field offers, and see where that takes you. 

If you’re in a rush, you could sell it to Dave at Vinyl Nirvana—certainly at a lower cost, but you’d know it would be a highly professional transaction, and he’s a great business to support. Good luck!