I just ran into one at a local pawn shop. He wants $350 for it, but it is beat up. Wood chipped on right side, switches dirty and sticking, tuning flywheel loose, balance control snapped off, very dirty, paint chipped off heat sinks. These are things that can be fixed and it sounds good. And yes, a real monster.
Probably can get him down to $325, but it looks a bit like it has had a tough life, so am on the fence.
What do you guys think? Take the plunge or walk?
I was offered the Pioneer SX-1250 for $500, and it was very clean - cosmetically speaking. I didn't ask for a power-on test, because I have no space to use one of these at home. Other Pioneer units on Ebay are running around $1,000, with restoration services listed for $475. If it was me, I'd walk away and keep looking for a cleaner unit, but only you can decide if the sound is worth the gamble.