Yes!! way to much than what I would pay for a 1688. for that price you could get a good 2388. I have looked at those models and 1680s alot latley on tractorhouse.com and they are much cheaper than that one you are looking at.
70000 minus 10000 heads is 60000. Show me these "good" 2388s for 60000, that is fantasyland. The 60k 23s I've seen need 30-40K of work. Local dealer has a 2188 with 2000 hrs listed for $79k. A month ago, a 97 2188 with less than 2000 hrs sold at auction for 100500.
Point is, $70k might be on the high end for that package, but its not as outrageous as you might think if you start looking around. Low hour 88s are worth big money. High hour ones are still worth "decent" money, and then you have the big makeover bill on top to boot!
Please send me links of these "cheap" 88s that are clean and low hours I want to know where they are