I spent this morning going through about 20 3 deep hives that a 76 year young beekeeper is trying to sell me. He made the price very right. His health has became an issue. He does treat for mites, rotates treatments yearly, nosema in Dec. and had a few hive beetles. The hives looked really good. He spoke very intellegently about bee PH, damage from various treatments, rotating brood comb, how you have to stay up to date on such today and what it was like back when. He is a walking encyclopedia on various honey producing plants and how if they get near one plant it changes the color of the honey and knocks the price down even though it dosen't change the taste. Impressed me also that of the 50 or 60 hives he had in 2 locations, there was no junk woodenware. Now the only negative (if it is one). He has all 8 frame boxes, fine, no problem, I've considered it. All the frames are 7 5/8. That dosen't interchange with anything I have. But pulling boxes (some were still full supers) sure was nice. Any input is welcome.