Sunday, June 2, 2013


This is the second Centennial 201-2 I have had.  I have a Centennial 221 and a Centennial 128.  I wonder if I should keep this Centennial 201?  Nope.  I have a Centennial 201-3.  

Like all of my 201-2s I have re-furbished this machine completely.  The motor has new leads as doe the foot controller. (That is why you see a little bit of yellow electrical tape in the photo near the terminal.  That is marking the wire for the foot controller.)  The brushes have been cleaned or replaced if needed.  All of the three sets of gears have been cleaned of the old grease and re-greased and the machine has been cleaned and oiled.

When I look at photos of machines for sale on eBay I often wonder why folk don't at least clean the surface of the machine before they list it?  I love looking at a nice, shiny, clean machine.  
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  1. Because we all have different standards. Some sellers are honest and will calculate the costs based on the materials invested in bringing the machines back up to a safe and working standard. Others feel as long as the 'stabby' thing moves and it's 'vintage', charge $150 easy. lol.

  2. Finding a dusty, dirty diamond-in-the-rough is, for myself, the greatest feeling, the feeling of knowing that I can transform it. But I expect the price to reflect a rough state. I've purchased two 201-2 machines, both of them nearly pristine (just dusty, one needing new wiring): a Centennial for $35 and a non-Centennial for $60 that looks like it has never been used and in the Art Deco cabinet #42. It's odd that their low prices relative to their market value cause me to want to hang onto them even more, as if their Great Deal status gives them more personal worth.