A vintage equipment shop recently opened in my area. Location is in a strip center, along a highly trafficed road, with easy access into the center. Space is small, but is crammed floor to ceiling with equipment, such that walking through is like walking around a maze. Most of the equipment is 70's-90's low end and mid fi. There are some better pieces in the mix. I stopped in just after opening, and spoke with the owner. He said initial traffic was very good. I made a mental note of some interesting pieces. I also noted that prices were VERY high. OK I drove by the store fairly often over the past few months. I never saw any cars parked in front, or signs of activity in the store, other than an "open sign". I stopped back in yesterday, and the same equipment was still on display, and prices were still very high. I looked at an Empire 598 Table. Owner assured me it was cleaned, restored, with a new belt, and new stylus on the Empire cartridge. Close inspection showed a cracked belt, with lots of dust debris and dirt around the belt pulley (under the screw off cover). Platter was tarnished. And the "Empire Cartridge" was a low end Shure with an original stylus. All for $750. A single unrestored Heath W5m with WA-P2 preamp. Amp did include GEC KT66 tubes. $1000 (for a single, not a pair). Rega RP6 TT with Rega Cartridge. $1600 Fisher x202B, Fisher TFM300 tuner, both with cases / $1750 Harman Kardon Citation V with HK branded tubes, no case. Supposedly with new PS caps. $2100 Mcintosh MC2002 amp with cracked front glass, and full of dust $1650 I politely asked the owner how he determined that a single Heath W5m and preamp were worth $1000. He said "well that's what I remember them selling for". I looked at the Rega TT....."ya know record players are popular now, and that's a good one !". I am happy to see another B&M....but I predict he will not be around very long. Too Bad- I would have done some business with him if he were more reasonable. Venting I know, but it is also frustrating. His equipment, his prices.