Funny that this came up right at this particular moment. I’m often
struck by the symmetry of existence.
In terms of Gold’s pricing: At the moment, he’s got a BC Ames
instrument lathe on ebay. No link, but just go search for “B. C.
Ames Lathe” and you’ll find it.
I collect Ames lathes. I passed on this exact, particular machine 2
weeks ago, and Dave Gold bought it. For about $800. Figure $1000 by
the time he got it to Providence from middle CT, which is where it
was. He’s got it on Ebay for $5999, and half the blurb talks about
the turret tailstock that I did buy. It’s not even there. (it’s on
the way here.) I’m hoping that’s an “I don’t wanna sell it, but they
make me list it” price. But he may be serious about it. You never
know.Complete, running Ames lathes (less the lineshaft rig) have
been selling for under $1K lately, even on E-Pray. That’s what I
meant about his pricing. On the other hand, he has the weird stuff
that you’ll never find on your own.
PS"> For those looking for good jeweler’s lathes, look hard at the
Ames machines. They’re beautiful old beasts, and they have indexing
rings built right into the headstock for doing things like eternity
rings and settings. Picture a vastly overgrown Boley (Watchmaker’s)
lathe. (A Boley with a 3 foot bed, 1" collets, and a real XY