I hope that it's OK to post this message here...
I just wanted to say that I always enjoy reading through the various discussions that take place on this site, dedicated to those who love Japanese classical guitars. I live in Vancouver, Canada, but I've been quite immersed in Japanese culture for my entire life, (as a teacher of traditional Japanese karate for over 28 years, and overall involvement in Japanese martial arts for over 47 years now), and so I've become very appreciative of the dedication that all Japanese craftsmen put into their professions. They tend to be very obsessive about achieving the level of quality that they envision when they start a project such as creating a guitar.
I find that here in Canada, most guitarists don't understand the dedication that goes into making these vintage J-guitars, so they also tend to just dismiss them or undervalue them.
That said, there's a few around who I feel are definitely misleading folks as to how these guitars were valued, (monetarily), in the 1960's and 70's. One person in particular, out of the U.S., sells a lot of Japanese guitars on Reverb and e - b a y via Victor's Guitar Gallery. Now, I can appreciate that he has high regard for J-guitars, as do I, however, he's comparing the prices that these guitars were originally sold at to the salaries of Japanese college graduate of that era. (I've seen some posts on this forum also discussing this). Perhaps Victor, (if that's his name), is simply misinformed, but he claims the figures he provides for comparison are the YEARLY salaries of Japanese college graduates. They are not. In fact, they are more in line with the MONTHLY salaries of Japanese college graduates - not the yearly. Don't be misguided by his claims! Again, maybe he misread his sources where he got his figures, or was misinformed - and it's simply a mistake. But, I feel it is still misleading people as he's constantly using them to promote his guitars.
For example, he claims that the YEARLY salary of a college graduate in 1970 was Y 39,200 - and uses the figure to compare it to the price that some guitar sold for at that time. The MONTHLY salary of a college graduate at the time was actually Y 39,900. Therefore, the yearly salary would have been about Y 478,800. That's a huge difference.
Here are two examples of how he uses these figures, "Real Value of Japanese Vintage Guitars", to sell his guitars:
https://www.e - b a y.com/itm/HAND-MADE-1973 ... 2cde1bdebf
https://reverb.com/item/1272222-made-in ... -condition
I brought this matter up with a friend of mine living in Yokohama, who promptly corrected my misinformation by sending me these two websites showing the actual salaries of the Japanese.
(For those of you who want to find out more...) Perhaps can get some Japanese contacts to help with the translations, but this first site depicts the monthly salaries of the recent college graduate. Scroll down the page to the table of 3 columns. The first column is the year. Second column is the monthly salary of that year. Third column is the amount converted to the modern equivalency.
http://nenji-toukei.com/n/kiji/10021/%E ... B%E7%B5%A6
This second site depicts the yearly salaries of the typical, (more experienced), Japanese salary man - which is a fair bit higher than a person's salary who's just fresh out of college. Scroll down past the graph to see the table. (First column = year, second column = yearly salary). In 1970, the yearly salary then was Y 871,900 - which was substantially higher than what a recent college graduates would have been at the time, (Y 478,800) , but as you can see, these figures have nothing in common with what some people would have us believe...
http://nenji-toukei.com/n/kiji/10022/%E ... 4%E5%8F%8E
Anyways, I did once try to send a message through to the person running Victor's guitar gallery, but can't seem to send a personal message to him either thru e - b a y or Reverb. Please feel free to pass on these informative websites to him, if anybody out there knows him. And I hope this info might help out with any vintage J-guitar evaluations.