Believe it or not, a Juy 543 at the $775 price is less than what they often sell for. There is a history of these selling for over $1,000 - and we've sold them in the middle $800 range before.
The only way to understand such seemingly high prices, I believe, is to understand what a deraillieur such as this might be used for. It can serve as a really great display item on a shelf. Alternatively, in Japan current frames such as Toei might be constructed to specifically use such a deraillieur. One might spend a number of thousands constructing a replica of a 1959 race bike and this could be the centerpiece of the project.
Now, this doesn't imply that this makes sense (at least in my mind), but if folks choose to do this than that puts pressure on the market.
I think that many of us see pretty nice bikes complete selling for $ 775 and that makes such a pricey deraillieur seem a bit crazy. Of course, with the yen so weak and the Japanese economy sputtering right now, we might see some previously "unobtainium" items come down to earth in price. Mike Kone
At 07:38 PM 3/24/01 EST, OROBOYZ@aol.com wrote:
>Oh my gosh!
>That is another record of some sort!
>Greensboro, North Carolina