Sure wasn't me
I do remember a scope you had for sale once (if you are who I think you are) at RTMC several years ago - a complete Optical Craftsmen 8" Discoverer, just like the one I bought in 1972. I was tempted because of the similarity to a scope that I had and was fond of. Truthfully, I parted that scope out when it was only about 7 years old, and thus lacking in collector interest at that time. Your price for the complete unit was high, but not outrageous. I actually sometimes wish I'd bought it at the time. But it was too much scope for that mount, which is why its optics are in another scope that I built in 81.
Nothing special about a SP and a TV101. If selling personal possessions at a loss make you feel good, well I suppose that's fine, but 99% of the world is not on-board for that I'm afraid.
My heart pumps peanut butter for you. Look, I just bought a TV NP101is, and combined it with a vintage Super Polaris mount I found on craigslist for a great price, but then I paid retail to put a Gotonova upgrade kit on it. It's a nice package, and I intend to sell it as a whole when I'm done with it. I'll probably get less for it than if I part it out, of course. But it's more important to me that I sell it (when I do) with a clear conscience, knowing that there will be few chances for the buyer to be frustrated with it, knowing I will have worked out all the bugs. I will also feel more than compensated for my efforts and folding greens by having had the chance to enjoy the complete, functioning package between now and when I do decide to part with it. I have a day job, so I don't need to pay bills buying and selling hobby equipment.
reductio ad absurdum
So it's the collector's fault that you decided not to keep a quality collectible telescope together?
Don't worry Tim, I won't be requiring your help
I'm not interested in helping you make a living at the expense of even these "gray area" soon-to-be-historic instruments.
And yes, I do think that your prices for the components are too high.
Apparently others don't agree. Most of the items posted have either been sold or I have offers (multiple offers in some cases)
And Tim, yes I think it's fine to part out a 5" (or any) Unitron. I firmly believe in the sanctity of private property. However, if I owned a 5" Unitron I'd be looking for a site to build a dome for it.