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Why no second hand 242s?
2012-10-11, 20:24
Post: #1
Why no second hand 242s?
I've been looking for used 242s for a few weeks, and I find it strange that there are almost none around!

There are a couple of pairs of ex-demo ones at over £5.5k, which is a pretty silly price, IMHO, and a pair of rosenut mark 1s which have been on sale for about a year, but would need shipping from Dublin and are still almost £3.5k, but that seems to be about it.

I've been through the Linn website and visited the website of every single listed dealer (which is really tedious, by the way, Linn, now that you have to do it all through Google maps!) and none of them have a single pair of used 242s (only the two over priced pairs of ex-demo ones).

Are they just speakers which everyone's hanging on to at the moment, or is there something weird going on?
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2012-10-11, 21:20
Post: #2
RE: Why no second hand 242s?
Hi Rowland,
Just curious as to why you think £5k is over priced for a mint pair of ex dem 242's?
My dealer is selling his, not sure how much, but they are mk2's.
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2012-10-11, 21:24
Post: #3
RE: Why no second hand 242s?
£5k would probably be reasonable for mint ex-dem ones, to be honest. The ones I saw were £5950, I think, which means they've not even been reduced by 20% (ie VAT) which just seems too steep...

I'd prefer to spend less than that, and my comment was really addressed at the lack of second hand pairs rather than the two ex-dem pairs. It just surprises me that there are not more people moving on to 350s or something else and hence selling their 242s...
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2012-10-11, 21:34
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RE: Why no second hand 242s?
(2012-10-11 21:24)rowlandhills Wrote:  £5k would probably be reasonable for mint ex-dem ones, to be honest. The ones I saw were £5950, I think, which means they've not even been reduced by 20% (ie VAT) which just seems too steep...

I'd prefer to spend less than that, and my comment was really addressed at the lack of second hand pairs rather than the two ex-dem pairs. It just surprises me that there are not more people moving on to 350s or something else and hence selling their 242s...

There's a massive leap in price between 350's and 242's, so that might explain the lack of upgrades.... Also, people are generally very pleased with 242's, spending further cash on the front end or amplification I guess.
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2012-10-11, 21:35
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RE: Why no second hand 242s?
There's a few on ebay.
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2012-10-11, 21:48
Post: #6
RE: Why no second hand 242s?
The simple reason is of course that the 242 is some great speakers Smile
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2012-10-11, 21:53 (This post was last modified: 2012-10-11 22:00 by mrco99.)
Post: #7
RE: Why no second hand 242s?
Not so strange I think.

After 242 MKII and the introduction of the new stands the s/h market has dried up. People have become to appreciate it's design.

After it's introduction, it was not an instant succes. It became quite some critism at first as many were not completely satisfield with the MKI version.
You know the 242 can be rather unforgiving, but Linn's recent updates in electronics (dynamik PS, Renew DS, AK/1, KDS/1) and the improvements that these have made to many systems resulted the 242 to flourish and being much more valued.

Also there is not much competion within Linn's range.
The 350s are in a different league both performance wise and financially.
And the same counts for Majik 140 and M'Isos underneath the 242s.

The 242 is really a 'jack of all trades' and a speaker that, once you have reached a certain quality setup, can go a long way without the need for a better speaker. And will become a classic like the Kaber.

Once you'll see popping up a lot of 242s at various dealers, it may forecast the arrival of the Akurate Isobarik, but even then that eventual model may not appear to be to everyones liking.

I think the longer you'll have a 242, the more you'll become to value them.
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2012-10-11, 22:00
Post: #8
RE: Why no second hand 242s?
The Rosenut ones in 'Dublin' are actually in Belfast. It does not cost much to ship them and I am sure that Michael would be happy to discuss. Lyric HiFi are the Linn dealer in Belfast. Saying that I am not a fan of rosenut.

CJ

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2012-10-11, 22:07
Post: #9
RE: Why no second hand 242s?
(2012-10-11 21:35)Warren Wrote:  There's a few on ebay.

I can only see two. An exdemo pair at nearly £6k and those rosenut mark ones which have been on eBay for most of the last year at £3.5k and have damaged veneer. Do you see others?
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2012-10-11, 22:29
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RE: Why no second hand 242s?
(2012-10-11 22:07)rowlandhills Wrote:  
(2012-10-11 21:35)Warren Wrote:  There's a few on ebay.

I can only see two. An exdemo pair at nearly £6k and those rosenut mark ones which have been on eBay for most of the last year at £3.5k and have damaged veneer. Do you see others?

Hi Rowland - I've actually seen these up at Michael's (he's my Linn dealer) and the photos make the speakers look much worse than they actually are. However, as you say, they have been on eBay for some time, so I'm sure he'd have a chat with you about them .... Personally, I love my 242s,, but you're first one list if this changes Smile

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