I ran up the bidding for the CAM auction for the Technics RS-M85. Mon ami, the seller in Canada, got almost what he was originally asking for the deck ($200, but unsold), before he relisted it and decided to go the auction route. The deck was bought for $191. Bob and I had agreed to drop out at his last bid of $116, but I had a bit of fun with it this morning.
Well cool! Did you get it? If so, our original plan can still be good if you're interested. I've been working on a contract for one of our professors this morning and haven't paid attention to email much today.
Edit: just checked the bid log and you're not bidder 3. Well played, though.
Perhaps, it's common with other auctions - as I have no idea because this was my first auction to participate in - during the last second of the auction's closing, I posted a higher bid which was immediately countered by the other bidder. Then the clock started again for an additional 10 minutes of bidding.
There's a locale by locale online auction site, MaxSold that incorporates that. They call it "soft close" or something. If a bid is received very near the end, bidding is extended by 10 minutes or so. Prevents sniping I suppose.
Most of what I've bought from that site was not ultra desireable so my bid usually prevailed except with a small lot of 8 track tapes that included Pink Floyd - Animals. Somene else knew about that tape but for good or bad, I prevaied. It went 3 or 4 bids into the "soft close" phase. There was a similar instance involving Tangent speakers. I got them but had buyer's remorse immediately after the adrenaline subsided.
I watched a few things like a Thorens table, Tannoy Berkely and then some Cheviots run well over an hour into OT bidding.
Hey Nando. Not well, actually. I replaced the capstan drive and some belts. Mechanically it runs well, but I can't seem to get the expected frequency response - output falls sharply around 2-3 khz (I bought one of the calibration tapes.). I've replaced all the potentially critical capacitors right after the head with no change - indeed the drop in output seems to be coming from the head itself - which I haven't tried replacing. So it has sat, fully unzipped on my bench since. Instead I've been tending to other projects - my brother's Blaupunkt radio from the late 50's & my other brother's Corvette radio from the mid-60's. And the weed whacking, mowing, etc, etc. What I need is some motivation. That price sounds very attractive.
Working on hobby stuff always takes less priority to around-the-house chores. Nice to see you helping both of your brothers out with their fixes. They are going to owe you booze or, at least, treat you to a nice barbeque.
Will post a new thread should I get this RS-M85. Should know more in the upcoming week of whether it's a go.