Originally Posted by JulieMo
Bob, I've read a lot of your stuff. I've watched all of your videos. There's not a whole lot on the net about Elite RPTVs so anyone serious about getting answers has to find you. And it helped me make what I feel is the right decision. You may disagree so we'll have to agree to disagree, and that's OK. Regardless, by the time this new TV fails I hope to be on a sailboat somewhere in the tropics and walking white sand beaches.
I'm happy for you that you've found a niche and are doing so well keeping the old RPTVs running. Considering the fact you can get these for a song and sometimes even free, why not start gathering all that's out there, repair and tune them and start a business selling these? If I had your knowledge and skill, that's what I'd do. And I'd have a brand new flat screen that I'd roll around the store for comparison. There are few business where the materials are free or almost free. It seems too good an opportunity to pass up. You could call your store "Lazarus"
I wish you all the best,
That really is an awesome idea, and thanks for thinking of me on that! Unfortunately the viability of a market is determined by the comps - always, on all levels of sales - and these days with cheap flat panels there's far too much competition for that to work anymore, when it's Joe Sixpack we're talking about. The resale value of these sets has plumetted unmercifully, leaving the real value being only in the owning
of one, not the selling
of one. Luckily I can save owners substantial money over buying new, so hopefully my biz here will continue, but reselling
used Elites? Don't see a future in it.
Just today tho, I got a call from an owner in Florida who dearly loves his 710. It's the center of his all-matching Elite gold trim piano black home theater ensemble, and he wants to do some stuff on the phone with me then fly me out there, to get it completed. All he needs is a few more co-conspirators to share the travel expenses, so listen up Florida people! An organizer is here, and chomping at the bit to get me out there. Chime in here and contact me directly as well, if you want on board.
It is owners who paid full retail and still love these sets and are willing to keep them up with standard-issue care and feeding that are getting full value out of them, since they are such long lasting sets and were so well designed at the outset, having led the pack as the creme de la creme of HD displays from the beginning of HD in our country 12 years ago. And are still some of the finest offerings out there even now, in terms of the quality of HD you'll see from them, in terms of depth of image, flow of motion and crisp smoothness, whether during motion or at rest.
And the blacks. No other modality touches the blacks of CRT. The Pioneer Kuro plasma matched it for awhile, but Pioneer no longer makes them - has completely gotten out of the HD home theater display business - and its inheritors have yet to recapture what Pioneer accomplished on that level, whether you're talking Sharp Elite or Panasonic, who bought out the Kuro technology from Pioneer. Nobody but Kuro ever matched CRT for the depth of image and palpability you get from CRT's crisp, transparent, inky blacks, and nobody else even comes close.
Believe me, if I thought your recommendation would actually work I would do it in a heartbeat, but that will have to be handled by someone with a lot more sales skills than I have.
bEdited by Mr Bob - 10/3/12 at 1:00pm