Phil; He does list his phone number for further information which is very helpful. The jpgs are poor, but I won't hold it against him. Most times if you ask, sellers will provide better photos. The seller is obviously not a photographer and probably not using a digital.
What puzzles me is where he got his starting price. One never knows, someone out there might be willing to pay his price. Those TA pedals went for $3300, and I think it was last year a NOS first generation Campag Gran Sport rear derailleur went for $1550. I've some of the rarest surviving Hetchins in my small group and I've never paid anything even approaching his opening bid.
> Those are some pretty crappy pictures for a seller
\r?\n> who wants you to
\r?\n> start by tossing nearly $9k his way. You'd think he
\r?\n> could pull together
\r?\n> something a tad more professional (or hire a
\r?\n> starving grad student to do
\r?\n> it) for something that dearly priced.
\r?\n> Phil Sieg
\r?\n> Knoxville, Tennessee
\r?\n> Peter Naiman wrote:
\r?\n> >This auction will be interesting to watch. A 1957
\r?\n> >Hetchin's Magnum Bonum purchased about thirty years
\r?\n> >ago, outfitted with mostly Campy NR, ridden about
\r?\n> >miles and then put in storage. Opening bid is a
\r?\n> >staggering GBP 4,950.00 or about $8500.
\r?\n> >No relation to the seller and I'm not bidding on
\r?\n> >one. Too rich for my blood.
\r?\n> >Peter Naiman
\r?\n> >Glendale, WI