I bought a "new" wheelset for my Miyata 912 today. I'd purchased the bike at the start of this summer; it's in terrific shape (except for the wheels). After around 2K miles of riding, the rear wheel was out of true again. After trueing it, I saw that a bunch of the spokes were pulling out of the rim, on the drive-side only. Like, almost a circle of Al around the spoke was completely punched out and loose. Whoops... maybe (definately) not so safe... crappy thing only lasted 20yrs!! So I went to my local "retro" shop (Sloughs) this morning to see if they had a cheapy used rear wheel I could buy. After scrounging in their back storeroom for a while, they came out with a new, unused, front/rear wheelset from the late 80's, with Ultegra/600 hubs, almost exactly what was on the Miyata, but brand new. Apparently taken off a Bianchi, and sitting in the storeroom since then. I HAD to buy it, and so I did. So much for my budget.... but oh, so cool.
Is this a good wheelset? I'd never heard of Ambrosio, but they were so beautiful.... Any idea what they might be worth? To get a price, they looked in their catalogs, added up the retail cost of Tiagra hubs, rims @ $25 per, spokes, zero labor, and came up with $150 for the pair. A ripoff???