do you know that when it comes to secondhand hi-fi gear in malaysia, audio art and dong fong in ipoh are the market barometers? they practically dictate the market value of secondhand high-end gear based on market demand and supply.
undoubtedly two of the biggest and most successful secondhand dealers in malaysia, audio art and dong fong respectively garner a big following beyond perak state itself. they have customers from jb, penang & kl as well. and the amazing thing is, the two competing proprietors - ah chee from audio art and ah lin from dong fong - are the nicest people around, completely likeable and business savvy.
a case in point. when the ARC ref 3 preamp came out in late 2005, owners of Ref2MkII and LS25MkII were quick to dump their preamp and went for the upgrade. there are now three Ref3 owners in ipoh alone! over the last 12 months, the ref2MkII is still able to maintain its secondhand value in the market (which hovers around RM22-23K) but my beloved LS25MkII has plummeted to a all-time-low of RM8K in the audio art and dong fong barometer for 2nd hand gear! the simple reason being that almost 90% of the LS25MKII (except mine lah) have been dumped into the market with the owners upgraded to the supposedly vastly superior LS26.
maybe someone should devise a secondhand hign-end gear price index a la KLCI and this index should be published weekly by audio art and dong fong.
晴空万里的"天空" [the sky is the limit]
2 days ago