SCMS has had a really good deal on GatesAir FAX-3’s for under $14k. They have BW Broadcast TX-2500v32 for less that $11.5k. Nicom is less still.
Bext and Armstrong are OK, many times out of the same cloth. I have had several power supply problems with the Bext XL-1000 and XL-300 transmitters I have. They are both almost 20 years old. Bext upgraded the power supplies in both to Meanwell brand and they have run trouble free for a few years since.
If you are purchasing for a main transmitter, I would seriously consider new. Of course, it depends on your engineering department. If you have someone to nursemaid your technical equipment, inexpensive used is OK. If you hire me or Kevin K. to keep you on the air, you don’t save money buying potentially problematic used equipment.
I have recommended, purchased, installed, and maintained dozens of transmitters over the past 25 years, from 10 watts to 35 kW. I have learned my lesson trying to save clients money and had to apologize to clients for poor choices.
Just my two cents worth on a Sunday morning,
Ron Huckeby, CBRE
From: Cameron Beierle [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2018 12:22 PM
To: 'CRTech' <email@example.com>
Subject: [CRTech] What would you pay for an 11-yr old solid state FM TX?
I am discussing the purchase of a solid-state TX from another broadcaster.
We have talked about an Armstrong 2k and a Bext 2k.
Not sure which is in the rack.
Anyone willing to say what they would pay for either that is 11-years old?
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