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1970's Buchla prices?
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Soviet Space Child
Hey guys,

So how much did a System 200 cost brand new in the 1970's?
cbm
A 1971 price list I have lists four different size sample systems listed at $4250, $7570, $10,500, and $14,200. According to this Inflation Calculator, these prices today would be a staggering $22,598.56, $40,252.03, $55,831.74, and $75,505.78, respectively, after accounting for the 431.7% inflation difference.

Individual module prices:
204 $950
205 $480
206 $120
215 $200
217 $850
226 $450
230 $180
245 $400
246 $900
256 $150
258 $450
264 $620
265 $420
270 $250
275 $420
280 $260
284 $700
285 $600
291 $600
292 $380
294 $150
295 $350
the bad producer
Crikey, that IS a lot of money, compared to the 200e for sure.

But, then, how do Moogs fare with the inflation calculator, or EMS, ARP etc

Do you know if Buchla was expensive for the time compared to the others?
I guess there were less people then who might be interested in buying one, and I also guess that this was super-cutting-edge stuff.

I wonder what an ARP 2500 translates as...

Having said that I'd happily pay $395 for a 295! 8_)

Charlie
cbm
According the Arp 2500 page at Wikipedia, the 2500 ranged from $7180 - $19920, which would be $25,515.18 - $70,788.65

I chose 1977 as the year to start from, mostly because this was the year of the 2500's big screen debut.
the bad producer
Thanks Chris,

I just happened to be checking Wiki about Arp (I tend to forget that it is there!)

It must have been funny for people in the 80's when computers and MIDI and samplers etc started arriving on the scene, to look back and see that they could have spent up to $70,000 on a duophonic, monotimbral instrument...

Though the price bears comparison to the Buchla. I'd never really considered that these machines were so expensive in their time, I know they are now, but it seems they've always been the preserve of rock stars and universities. It also goes to show how affordable the 200e is nowadays in comparison.

Charlie
sascha.victoria
Vintage synths are still way cheaper then when they were new. Anyone who whines about vintage synth prices needs to read this thread for a reality check.

Another thing to think about is how affordable computers are now!
Soviet Space Child
cbm wrote:
A 1971 price list I have lists four different size sample systems listed at $4250, $7570, $10,500, and $14,200. According to this Inflation Calculator, these prices today would be a staggering $22,598.56, $40,252.03, $55,831.74, and $75,505.78, respectively, after accounting for the 431.7% inflation difference.

Individual module prices:
204 $950
205 $480
206 $120
215 $200
217 $850
226 $450
230 $180
245 $400
246 $900
256 $150
258 $450
264 $620
265 $420
270 $250
275 $420
280 $260
284 $700
285 $600
291 $600
292 $380
294 $150
295 $350


Thanks for the info CBM!
dkcg
sascha.victoria wrote:
Vintage synths are still way cheaper then when they were new. Anyone who whines about vintage synth prices needs to read this thread for a reality check.

Another thing to think about is how affordable computers are now!



First workstations I used for work were over $100,000 plus another $150,000 for the software. This was a mid level workstation, the SGI Onyx was somewhere around 1/4 million for just the machine, maybe a cool million for a fully loaded fridge size box. I remember spending $1000 for a 2X CD burner for my PPC Mac 8100/100 and thinking it was a super deal. smile

In case you're interested, it was a Silicon Graphics XZ running Alias PowerAnimator V5. The whole thing, now worth maybe $100? This is what I like about analog gear, it rarely looses that much value, especially synths.
chrisso
the bad producer wrote:

It must have been funny for people in the 80's when computers and MIDI and samplers etc started arriving on the scene, to look back and see that they could have spent up to $70,000 on a duophonic, monotimbral instrument...


I was there, and back then the older synths were WAY cheaper than the new midi/computer stuff.
A Fairlight cost over £60,000 in it's first few years. That was equivalent to a decent house in the UK!!!
I remember when DX7's and D50's came out. It really was only the top players who could afford the several thousand pound asking price.
Everything is really much more affordable these days.
don h
I seem to recall Dale Millen describing Kansas 300 to be about 40 k.
That one would have been pretty special case with the computer.
I spent a couple summers on an Emu modular in 81/82 that came in at 17k
They were expensive back then too!
andy
out of curiosity how much did a 259 cost in the 70s?
cbm
My price list is too early for that module.
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