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  • #16
    there is one for sale on eBay, local pickup only out in the Pittsburgh area.
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    • #17
      rdshackleford thank you so much for letting me know! I'm actually watching that one already and am close enough that local pickup wouldn't be too difficult. However, it's 6k...

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      • #18
        I don't know the seller, or anything about that particular listing. But don't let that sticker price dissuade you. There is a "Make an Offer" button. Often, an eBay seller will place a super high price on a buy-it-now when either they don't know what its worth, or if they just don't want to miss any motivated buyers. My guess is the seller is just waiting to see what kind of offers come in.
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        • #19
          rdshackleford that's an excellent point! They did offer it to me for 5k, but honestly that's just way too far outside of my budget. I don't want to insult them with a terribly low offer, but I guess I have nothing to lose. We of course have other bills and pets that we need to keep in the lifestyle they're accustomed to

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          • #20
            Something to consider is the Everlast institutional platforms. They were actually made from the NMC patterns, which Everlast obtained after NMC folded. Because they don't have the NMC emblem on them they tend to go for less, even tho they are indentical Here's an earlier post that shows this platform https://speedbagforum.com/forums/for...landfill/page2
            Last edited by Dutchman; 01-02-2020, 04:23 PM.

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            • #21
              Dutchman thank you kindly! I was aware of the Everlast "variation", but haven't had much luck tracking one of those down either. I'll have to keep hunting. It's not critical that it be an NMC, though it would be preferred, because I'm from New England. I've also been doing the usual patent searches for schematics/details (also with no luck. It seems that some NMC items have patents, but not all).

              Thanks so much!
              Last edited by girllikethat20; 01-02-2020, 04:57 PM.

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              • #22
                A lot of the Everlast platforms are still in use in old school gyms and government facilities. They were selling them right up until the business was sold, so within the last 20 years or so. I missed out on an old Spalding platform that was in the old PD headquarters gym years ago. Before I was able to get permission to salvage it, the whole building was sealed off for asbestos abatement. I would hate to think that it wo0un up in the landfill.

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                • #23
                  Dutchman oh that's a sad story! I love that you tried, though. I have a habit of rescuing antiques, so I'm not at all surprised that I'm loving the NMCs.

                  We have a mid-mod dining room table/chairs with the matching buffet that I found second hand (I'm not actually much for mid-mod, but the price was right and the stuff is rock solid) and I have my grandmother's secretary desk that my dad refurbished (he does woodworking and metal work, so I could mimic the NMC if needed).

                  Then, there's the pump organ that I saved from certain death. It's pretty beat up (over 100 years old), but I'll restore it and play it some day

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                  • #24
                    I used to work for a pipe organ repairman, and we rebuilt a number of parlor reed organs along with several carousel organs. If and when you get to your reed organ feel free to contact me if you have any questions......

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                    • #25
                      Dutchman wow, what are the chances? That's fantastic and I appreciate your offer! I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions as I restore it. It's a pretty involved project, as it needs a full tear down and cleaning (mice).

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                      • #26
                        I have one of these. I think I posted pics of it years ago. I had to refinish the platform. Let me know if you need other pics or dimensions.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by gfe76 View Post
                          I have one of these. I think I posted pics of it years ago. I had to refinish the platform. Let me know if you need other pics or dimensions.
                          Oh yeah! Your pdf with photos is still available here, you did a fantastic job,

                          https://speedbagforum.com/forums/for...nsett-platform

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