$75 Yamaha - 40 years ago. Today's equivalent?

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$75 Yamaha - 40 years ago. Today's equivalent?

Postby jdart3000 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:35 pm

Hi All -

I'm sure someone here might have an answer to this or at least a good guess. About 40 years ago, when my wife and new baby were seriously poor, I used to stop by the Sam Goody record store to play one of their classical guitars. (My own Kay folk/classical left a lot to be desired, so it was a treat to play something better.) I do not know the model number but I remember being surprised that I could play pieces I couldn't play on my Kay and play them with ease. The sound was very full and rich (at least by comparison). This was in 1975 and their price was $75. That was a princely sum for a family for whom ice cream was an unreachable luxury. So I contented myself with occasional visits to the store. From time to time I think of that experience and wonder how much a $75 1975 Yamaha guitar would cost in 2017. Any guesses?

Thanks,
John
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Re: $75 Yamaha - 40 years ago. Today's equivalent?

Postby rinneby » Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:39 pm

jdart3000 wrote:Hi All -

I'm sure someone here might have an answer to this or at least a good guess. About 40 years ago, when my wife and new baby were seriously poor, I used to stop by the Sam Goody record store to play one of their classical guitars. (My own Kay folk/classical left a lot to be desired, so it was a treat to play something better.) I do not know the model number but I remember being surprised that I could play pieces I couldn't play on my Kay and play them with ease. The sound was very full and rich (at least by comparison). This was in 1975 and their price was $75. That was a princely sum for a family for whom ice cream was an unreachable luxury. So I contented myself with occasional visits to the store. From time to time I think of that experience and wonder how much a $75 1975 Yamaha guitar would cost in 2017. Any guesses?

Thanks,
John

I would say around $350 today.

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Re: $75 Yamaha - 40 years ago. Today's equivalent?

Postby Ramon Amira » Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:08 pm

jdart3000 wrote:Hi All -

wonder how much a $75 1975 Yamaha guitar would cost in 2017. Any guesses?

Thanks,
John


You could buy one today for about $100. :D

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Re: $75 Yamaha - 40 years ago. Today's equivalent?

Postby jebejava » Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:46 am

One inflation calculator which goes up to 2016 hooves a figure of $339.88

Another calculator gives a 2017 figure of $339.60

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Re: $75 Yamaha - 40 years ago. Today's equivalent?

Postby jebejava » Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:57 am

Sorry! My fat finger spelt "hooves". It should be "gives"!!


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