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PC: M.B. Klein and other shops. -Reply

Gene.Fusco -AT- lsil.com wrote

As pointed out by another poster, Klein is a large distributor, and gets
additional discounts.  I have been dealing with Klein for many years and
find their prices to be quite good.  The best part about their operation is
that they *know the industry*.  I've picked up rumors about stuff being
available 1 to 2 years out, and when I called them, they didn't say "Huh?
Never heard of it..."  They were ready to take a reservation!


Ditto to Gene's recommendation.  A couple of other things about M.B.
Klein.  If you live out of state all mail order purchases are tax free.  Also,
if you can get to the store check the discount bin.  I know what your
thinking, the discount bin contains crap and, like many other stores it
often does.  However, because of Klein's status as a distributor the
discount bin also contain VERY big bargains on new, high quality
equipment.  For example Proto 2000 E8's (NYC / PRR) for $29.99.  You
won't find B&O stuff of course, it is Baltimore after all.  There are many
other examples.  Generally, Proto 2000 and other quality brands are
available for deep discounts especially if the road is "out of area" i.e. GN,
SP, NP etc,...  If you are willing to paint and modify, these are excellent
kits to begin projects.  Unless, of course you model these roads. 

Bob Holzweiss
"Robert.Holzweiss -AT- bush.nara.gov"

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