|Well Sam, this hobby of restoring/repairing old radios is not for everyone. I don't think I have ever given more than $40 for any radio. Some I was just given, others I traded for. I have been to swap meets before, not just for radios but everything you could think of. It is most times someones junk. I gave $5 for a Hallicrafters SX model. Looked inside it was all there. Took it home, checked out the basic, brought it up slow.
Came to life and works after just minor repairs. Good deal. Bought another Hallcrafters S-38 for $10 .. It's so bad off it's not even good for many parts. Never know.