Online Auction Underway for Surplus NPR Broadcast Equipment

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Dear Member Stations and PRSS Clients,

As you know, NPR is moving into our new headquarters soon, and some of the broadcast equipment we've been using will not be coming with us. We'd like to help our stations save some money, avoid filling the local landfill, and find good homes for hundreds of items that have served us well.

To do so, the used equipment is being offered for sale via an online auction via The auction will begin closing on Monday, April 15, 2013, at 12:00 noon ET.

Stations with capital projects currently underway or coming up may find this liquidation of special interest, as Rasmus will provide a 35% credit to any NPR member stations bidding during the online auction. (For example, a bid of $100 will require a station expenditure of $65.00 plus the bidder's premium.)

Much of the equipment is 15 years old, and was, at the time of purchase, state-of-the-art.  Most of the equipment is still in daily use, remains serviceable, and has been professionally maintained.  The equipment ranges from patchbays to distribution amps, to compressor/limiters, consoles, and even includes studio doors and high-end studio cabinetry. User manuals are available for some items, and some items include spare parts. 

Many of these assets will be auctioned in "entire lot" sales only, consisting of all equipment in a particular studio (we have eight such studios identified).  Additionally, several hundred individual equipment items in non-studio facilities will also be sold (remote gear, equipment in Master Control and the Network Operations Center, and equipment previously removed from service).

Some legalese:

  • The auction is being administered by, not NPR.
  • To obtain tax-exempt status, the required forms must be submitted to Rasmus.
  • You must register to bid, and have a working MasterCard or Visa to bid.  An authorization (not a charge) will be placed on the card if you submit a bid.
  • At the conclusion of this auction, the credit card associated with your account will be automatically charged for the full price of your purchases (less 35%) If you are a winning bidder, the card will be charged for the bid amount plus a 15% buyer's premium.
  • All bidders are encouraged to attend the scheduled inspection for this auction, which will take place on Friday, April 12, 2013, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET.
  • The online auction simulates a live auction.   Closing is staggered, at the rate of five items per minute, every minute.  If a bid is placed within the final four minutes of a scheduled closing, that item will extend, dynamically, by an additional four minutes.
  • All sales are final.
  • Bidders are solely responsible for the safe and timely disassembly, pick-up and removal of any items won at the auction.  If you are unable to safely pick up and remove your items during the removal times that have been scheduled for this sale, PLEASE DO NOT BID.  Rasmus does not ship, nor does Rasmus hold items beyond the published removal times.  Rasmus will not issue you a refund if you are unable to pick up and safely remove your items during the published removal times
  • Items not picked up during the published removal times will be considered abandoned.
  • All communications and questions regarding equipment will be required to go through Rasmus.



Mike Starling, VP
Executive Director, Technology Research Center & NPR LABS
NPR Distribution


Posted February 22, 2013