I've got a a room full of Campag C-Record stuff that I have been acquiring for quite some time now. None of it is Century. I don't care for it. The fact that a couple of years later Campag started selling lesser groupsets with a matt black finish doesn't impress me either. I've lost count of the number of times I've seen that lesser stuff (Chorus, Athena, etc.) being passed off as Century C-Record.
Apart from the fact that I find the shiny silver stuff much more appealling than any of the dark stuff, the other two reasons I don't like Century are:
- Scratches and wear and tear really stand out. Scuff marks on cranks are the worst. You hardly notice a scratch on the silver stuff, but the black just provides a high contrast colour for any imperfection. I buy my stuff to use, so if it looks like crap in 6-months, then what's the point?
- Prices can get pretty insane for the Century stuff. Ironicallt, it wasn't so popular back in the day, so there was much less of it made. That has helped keep prices high.
The price our US friend is asking is crazy, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone offered somewhere around half what he is asking. In any event, this guy takes the buscuit: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0635780764