What is a fair price for a Golding Pearl #3?

Respectfully requesting advice on what would be a fair price to pay for a Golding Pearl #3, one of the later ones from the early 1890s. Rollers are in good shape, has one chase (7x11), feedboard broken, drawers underneath missing, which I know is not unusual. It has inking problems when using a base with a photopolymer plate, but I suspect I know what needs to be adjusted to fix that problem. Thank you in advance for any thoughts you have to offer.

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The usual questions here are “Where are you located?” and “Where is the press located?” Price is completely dependent upon what the buyer and seller agree on. There is no standard. If you’re in a large, metropolitan area with a lot of letterpress activity, like New York or San Francisco the price will be higher than if you live in Podunk, USA.

Similarly, easy access to the press will make it more desireable and more expensive. If it’s buried under a ton of old-print-shop detritus, in a basement, at the bottom of a stairwell, in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying “Beware of Leopard” it will be worth less than if it’s already palleted and prepped, sitting on a loading dock ready to go.

I’m afraid there is no hard and fast answer to give you about price beyond “what are you willing to pay?” and “What are you willing to accept?” I hope that helps at least a bit.

Michael Hurley
Titivilus Press
Memphis, TN

Yes, I understand this; it applies to commerce in general. I am trying to not grossly low ball a counter offer if I need to make one. I don’t want to offend or insult the seller.

between 800-1200……

between 800-1200…..