I've been doing some reading in a fantastic book by Tom Wheeler, The Soul of Tone: Celebrating 60 Years of Fender Amps (Milwaukee: Hal Leonard, 2007). I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the "why" of Fender amplifiers. On p. 27, the author cites Blackie Pagano: "One of the things that makes Leo Fender's designs so enduring was that he really did them himself. He didn't go before a committee that was trying to make them cheaper. They were not cheap to buy. Those amps were priced like boutique amps are now." On p. 159, the book includes a photo of a Fender catalogue from 1958-59, noting in the caption that by the summer of '58, Fender offered 11 narrow panel amps. The Champ was $59.50, and the Twin was $399.50. I used the CPI inflation calculator (https://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl) to calculate the buying power of this money in today's market in USD. Champ: January 1959: $59.50 --> $501.70 in April 2017 Twin: January 1959: $399.50 --> $3,368.53 in April 2017 There is a great disparity here, of course, since these are very different models. So that is interesting, in-and-of-itself. Nowadays, good tweed Champ kits regularly sell for $450-$500 USD, and they still have to be put together! One of the Lil Dawg Champsters sells for $809 without a speaker. A 5E8A DoubleDawg from Lil Dawg (which is, admittedly, not the same as the '59 Narrow Panel Tweed Twin) sells for $1219, with no tubes or speaker. So we might add about 300 for both, possibly $350, bringing it up to $1569. There are plenty of things that could be said, so I'm throwing this out there for discussion. It seems to me like my brief comparison here makes the original 59 Champ seem like a good deal in 1959, while the Twin seems way too high in comparison to what one could produce that is quite similar today. Thoughts?