You have a lovely collection of bikes, again as said before from a great era (when possibly alot of us were in our prime
) I have an '89 master piu I must start a thread on, in quite rare colours I think.
Don't get me wrong here but I think the person on the ebay link doing the engraving is Tel on here. I don't think he hides the fact at what he does. I am in fact having a once messy pair of c-record crank arms engraved by him. They were second generation with the 'printed' shield. I have stripped the ano off to a mirror polish and will have the engraving done halfway down the arm as per original not near the top like the rare early first generation. These will go on my master piu however so they won't be 'flipped'! of course like you say if the ano is missing then look elsewhere if you are bothered about 100% authenticity.
I'll have a look at your other rides now
Thank you for your kind comments.
In answer to your comment this is my personal take on things.
I have no idea who is doing the engraving, but in my opinion it devalues the item.
When you look in museums for example the old things are either left as is, & in some cases very tatty. BUT 100% original, or they have them completely restored back to their original condition.
In your example the cranks would be stripped & then re anodized & the logo re etched on, & not altered to look like something its not.
But it’s a choice that we all have to make when trying to restore things be it bikes or cars or what ever.
The trouble is once that part has been molested & it passes on to some one else, who lets say, is lees than 100% honest some poor unsuspecting sod can get sold something that’s not what it appears to be on the surface & winds up getting shafted. NOT GOOD.
Perhaps a very good example of what I am trying to say is Franco Ballerini’s Paris Roubiux winning Colnago that is in the Colnago museum still covered in the mud from the race. Not perhaps how most people would have it displayed BUT its 100% the REAL DEAL.
At the end of the day it comes down to one’s own personal choice.
Anyway enough of this, just enjoy my old bikes for what they are.
If it isn't broke then don't fix it.
1987 Colnago Master Superconfex Yoko Kwantum...viewtopic.php?t=203531&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
1989 TVT Low Pro...viewtopic.php?t=210889
1989 TVT Helvica (Green)
1990 TVT Greg Lemond (Team Z-Tomasso)...viewtopic.php?t=235545&start=0
1989 Kirk Precision...viewtopic.php?t=235543
1991 Colnago Carbitubo...viewtopic.php?p=1595682
1992 Colnago C40 Rabobank...viewtopic.php?p=1538033
1986 Alan Record Carbonio...
1987 Look KG 86 La Vie Clair... viewtopic.php?f=23&t=203580
1987 Vitus 9 tube Carbon. Mavic SSC... viewtopic.php?f=23&t=244875&p=1837688#p1837688
1980 Colnago Mexico ESA... viewtopic.php?f=23&t=257411
1980's Gios Torino Super Record ... viewtopic.php?f=23&t=257436
1989 Eddie Merckx 7-Eleven Team Bike...viewtopic.php?f=23&t=257497
1980's Vitus KAS with a full Mavic SSC Groupset...viewtopic.php?f=23&t=257530&p=1928148#p1928148
1980 ? Benotto 5000 Columbus AIR
Giant 980 Carbon Shimano 105