Service Panel Replacement

How much does it cost to get a main service panel replaced? The guy here in Philadelphia, PA is asking $1600 for a 30 breaker slot, service panel. Is that a fair price? And what is a good service panel brand and model?
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AS a reference, the cheap stuff here goes for about $1300 with permits and inspections, so in Philly, that sounds about right..
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You do not mention the size (amps) or the service location (overhead/underground).
All of the OEMs sold in the states are about equal except for the color of gray paint.
You had better check with your authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) and the serving utility. They will have rules and rags that you will have to follow. You might need more wiring upgrades than the service.
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I was advised to stay well clear of the Square-D "HomeLine" series, with the additional comment: "They should be ashamed to put their name on it." This from an employee of a store that was discontinuing the Square-D QO series in favor of the HomeLine series.
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On 08/02/05 01:05 pm Hash tossed the following ingredients into the ever-growing pot of cybersoup:

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Seems high to me. When I lived in Philly I had a new panel, breakers, new wire from the PE lines, had a couple of receptacles installed and it cost about $200.
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What year was that man? Seriously, the permits here are almost that and we are in hillbilyville

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1966. Do you think prices have gone up much since then? :)
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$1600 sounds reasonable to me. Call around. I got over the phone quotes of about $1000 for a smaller panel in Baltimore.
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