Originally Posted by 127Riot
You might want to read the entire thread which elaborates on actual prices (not the package deal which started the thread), TRUE availability, likelihood that the tubes are garbage or even fake, etc.
To put this thread to rest, I had my KM54 fitted with a NOS 701 several months ago and the price was in the $500-700 ballpark. Not thousands. Not $100 (it's a legitimate 701, in proper working condition, suitable for a quiet microphone).
I hope those two Europeans who are holding ~1,000 AC701s in order to force the prices up lose theirs shirts in the process.
I've watched it happen to so many gear collectors who artificially jacked up vintage prices only to have a 'valid' reissue, or some other way to obtain the product at low prices, slice their inflated profits down to nothing.
Now if only we could find a few "gentlemen" hoarding VF14s. That would be something.