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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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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Aural Reject » Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:36 am

Just to go back to the original post wrt denoising, I’ve recently had a client come to me with a “can you just...” style comment about his master. I never do anything like that until the musical content is agreed (ideally one doesn’t use the take where someone kicks a pencil across the floor in the first place but...depending on the abilities of the performer sometimes one has to and minimise it later), so it was on my to do list anyway.

Where it’s ‘entertaining’ is that - having had a conversation with one of the original users of the system from the OP - what he’s asking me to do would have likely cost him the same back then as his entire project has now...including his sessions, post production, artwork -and- the CD units...if not more....
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Arpangel » Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:03 am

In 1975 I paid £500 for my EMS VCS3 with the DK2 keyboard, X2 Presto Patches and the manual. You'd pay the best part of £20,000 for that lot now.
Gear I wish I hadn't sold....the above...and...

MM 16-2 mixer, best EQ I've ever heard, at a silly price.
Studiomaster Series 5 16-4-2 best mic amps for me, stupidly big and warm.
Casio CSM10-P it has one sound that's worth having, but it's a beautiful sound.

I've owned a lot of gear in my life, I can't really remember, buttge things I mentioned above are really special, and don't ever get mentioned much. I haven't owned any piece of outboard I couldn't live without, most synths too, all of the equipment I own right now is the most important to me, even though it's not old or vintage.
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:02 am

I bought a CS80, complete with all the accessories -- lid, music rack, stand, sustain and expression pedals the whole kaboodle. Paid £1300 for it in 1984. Perfect working order. Sold it ten years later for a couple of grand. Now worth upwards of £25k... :o
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby Arpangel » Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:53 am

Hugh Robjohns wrote:I bought a CS80, complete with all the accessories -- lid, music rack, stand, sustain and expression pedals the whole kaboodle. Paid £1300 for it in 1984. Perfect working order. Sold it ten years later for a couple of grand. Now worth upwards of £25k... :o

I guess we buy these things because of what they are, and what they can do for us at the time, not as investments. But if we had known how much they would be worth now, would we have held on to them? And would we want to sell them now if we still had them? Probably not.
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Re: Eye watering price reminders

Postby James Perrett » Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:29 pm

Arpangel wrote:MM 16-2 mixer, best EQ I've ever heard, at a silly price.

I'd agree that they got the EQ right on the old MM mixers - I still use mine occasionally for live gigs.
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