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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Mike Stranks » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:21 pm

... and then there was the weight of these behemoths...

My Ferrographs used to tip the scales at 26kg... :o

(I could never afford Revoxes... :( )
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby James Perrett » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:40 am

Sam Spoons wrote:I got the price from 'The Home Studio Handbook" which, I think, was a collection of reviews from Home & Studio Recording mag.

In which case you are probably out by a decade for the 48 as Home & Studio Recording started in the 80's and the 48 was reviewed in 1984. You can read the review at

http://www.muzines.co.uk/articles/tascam-48/4100

I had a quick look at the August 1976 issue of Studio Sound and prices mentioned ranged from under £2000 for the Itam 8 track up to nearly £5000 for an Otari 8 track. Actually that quick look took rather longer than expected because that particular issue also includes some really interesting articles on Abbey Road studios which I hadn't seen before. I found it at

https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Ar ... 976-08.pdf
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:49 am

James Perrett wrote:Actually that quick look took rather longer than expected because that particular issue also includes some really interesting articles on Abbey Road studios which I hadn't seen before.

:lol: I have that problem a lot too! I have a paper mag archive of Studio Sounds (and Tape Recorder before it) from 1970, extending right through into the current Resolution era. Often, if I go to look something up I end up spending an hour or more reading some long-forgotten but utterly fascinating articles!

The RadioHistory archive is very useful -- and great for searches -- but I find the scan quality very poor and tiring to read.

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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Arpangel » Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:37 am

Does anyone remember Beat Instrumental magazine?
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Stratman57 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:00 am

Yes I remember beat instrumental magazine, although not as a reader when it first came out. A guy across the road from my parents house brought a whole pile over to see if my dad was interested in them.

The one article that sticks in my mind was, if I remember right, a sort of diary written by Jeff Beck when he was on tour with the Yardbirds, where he said he was on a train going to the next gig and he borrowed a woman's nail varnish to fix a scratch on his guitar because it was an exact match for the colour.

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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby MOF » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:50 pm

Does anyone remember Beat Instrumental magazine?
Yes I used to buy it each month, I still have them in my loft in plastic storage boxes.
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Arpangel » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:17 pm

Stratman57 wrote:Yes I remember beat instrumental magazine, although not as a reader when it first came out. A guy across the road from my parents house brought a whole pile over to see if my dad was interested in them.

The one article that sticks in my mind was, if I remember right, a sort of diary written by Jeff Beck when he was on tour with the Yardbirds, where he said he was on a train going to the next gig and he borrowed a woman's nail varnish to fix a scratch on his guitar because it was an exact match for the colour.

Regards, Simon.

That's interesting, i remember a review of the ARP2500.
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Stratman57 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:34 pm

The copies I read were all from the early 60's, so before synths had made an appearance, as far as I'm aware.

The first time I even saw a synth in the flesh was when Radio Nottingham used to promote concerts in a hotel in the city, and me and some guys from school went to see a band called Home, who were touring their "Alchemist" album. They had a nice shiny MiniMoog.

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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:41 pm

I've just been reading a 'review' of the original ARP Odyssey in the June 1973 edition of Studio Sound. In reality it was just a description of the controls... but interesting nonetheless. The price of an original Odyssey in 1973 was apparently £525 -- and that's almost exactly the same as the KARP model today, with the Behringer version even less. Now that's what I call heart-warming good value in these miserably expensive times! :D

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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:03 pm

James Perrett wrote:
Sam Spoons wrote:I got the price from 'The Home Studio Handbook" which, I think, was a collection of reviews from Home & Studio Recording mag.

In which case you are probably out by a decade for the 48 as Home & Studio Recording started in the 80's and the 48 was reviewed in 1984. You can read the review at

http://www.muzines.co.uk/articles/tascam-48/4100

I had a quick look at the August 1976 issue of Studio Sound and prices mentioned ranged from under £2000 for the Itam 8 track up to nearly £5000 for an Otari 8 track. Actually that quick look took rather longer than expected because that particular issue also includes some really interesting articles on Abbey Road studios which I hadn't seen before. I found it at

https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Ar ... 976-08.pdf

You are absolutely right, out by 10 years and £3k :oops: just goes to show how unreliable the ageing memory is.........
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby MOF » Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:31 pm

I've just dug out some original receipts for old equipment:

1978 Sony TC 377 reel to reel, £185 now £1,052.
1979, Korg MS10 synth' £225 now £1,128.
1982, Arp Quartet string and brass machine £375 now £1,312.
1984, DX7 synth £1255 now £4,000.
1986, Drumtraks drum machine £550 now £1,598.
1988, Atari 1040 + monitor and pro 24 software £795 now £2,114 a few months later Cubase came out and that was an upgrade for £258.

Now you can get all of this 'virtually' and a lot more in Garage Band on an iPhone. Kids of today don't know they're born :)

Still chasing the dream, pop superstar by this time next year :lol:

P.S. I used this http://www.in2013dollars.com/uk/inflati ... amount=795 to calculate new values.
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Philbo King » Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:28 pm

1977 Teac C3 rack mount metal cassete deck $750. (Still works great, but doesn't see much action...)
1978 Components for home made hand built computer (Z80 cpu, 64k dram, power supply, motherboard, keyboard, using a hacked black & white TV as a monitor, running CP/M OS): $1600
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby MOF » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:20 am

Postby James Perrett » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:40 am
Sam Spoons wrote:
I got the price from 'The Home Studio Handbook" which, I think, was a collection of reviews from Home & Studio Recording mag.

In which case you are probably out by a decade for the 48 as Home & Studio Recording started in the 80's and the 48 was reviewed in 1984.

It was most likely the Teac 80-8.
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby MOF » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:32 am

I had a quick look at the August 1976 issue of Studio Sound and prices mentioned ranged from under £2000 for the Itam 8 track up to nearly £5000 for an Otari 8 track. Actually that quick look took rather longer than expected because that particular issue also includes some really interesting articles on Abbey Road studios which I hadn't seen before. I found it at

https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Ar ... 976-08.pdf

You are absolutely right, out by 10 years and £3k :oops: just goes to show how unreliable the ageing memory is.........

So true, I thought I started to buy Studio Sound in 1978, turns out it was late 1981. I’ve been looking at copies from 1970.
Also I scanned my August 1992 issue that was missing from their archive and it’s now there for those who want to have a browse.
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby CS70 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:09 am


What a fascinating journey! Just looking at the commercials. I was a very young child back then - it's like walking into a time machine. Thanks for the link! :thumbup:
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Urthlupe » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:29 pm

MOF wrote:I've just dug out some original receipts for old equipment:

1978 Sony TC 377 reel to reel, £185 now £1,052.

Wow, thnks MOF......

So where do I get £1k for me old TC377 then............? :D :D :D

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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby MOF » Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:52 pm

Wow, thnks MOF......

So where do I get £1k for me old TC377 then............? :D :D :D

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Not sure, I’ve still got mine but don’t use it these days, it would probably need servicing first.
The plan is to move to a bigger house and have an office with wall to wall to roof shelving for all the magazines and books I’ve accumulated and display space for old sound and photographic equipment.

I’ve just had a thought re your TC377, advertise it as “Rare, classic/vintage ANALOGUE technology, perfect for use as a delay or echo device”.
Alternatively sell it as a recorder perfect for rediscovering the original Sound on Sound technique, which is what I used it for before I bought the Teac A3440, then I used it for delay/echo duties and mastered to cassette.
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Urthlupe » Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:58 am

Thank god for people like you MOF - I get rid of everything...... :thumbup:

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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby blinddrew » Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:41 am

Not long after I got into this game I remember pre-amps costing ridiculous amounts:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ ... e_500.html
Fortunately those days are behind us... ;)
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Aural Reject » Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:27 am

blinddrew wrote:Not long after I got into this game I remember pre-amps costing ridiculous amounts:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ ... e_500.html
Fortunately those days are behind us... ;)

Oh I dunno...you can still get some interestingly priced ones...especially some of the boutique remotes.
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