How much did a TS808 cost at release in 1979

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  1. fivewattworld

    fivewattworld TDPRI Member

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    Ok, I'm old enough to have been there but also old enough to not remember (if that makes sense.) . So the question is, can anyone tell me how much the original Tube Screamers cost at the time of their release in 1979?


    I'm working on a video on the history and thought I had the script done only to realize that I hadn't come across this anywhere in my research. I think it could be very telling when the world we live in now includes any number of $200 overdrives, that might seem expensive when in fact it's simple inflation.

    Thanks in advance. I'm sure one of you has one "NIB" with the original box price tagged and all. Yeah, that's how I imagine all of you. :)

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    Keith
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    I have no idea about the price, Keith.

    But I always enjoy your videos. Thanks for making good ones.

    And I'll be looking forward to this one. My money is on inflation.
     
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    I bet it was about 20 bucks
     
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    Probably not far off. I'd guess sub $50... http://www.analogman.com/tshist.htm has a very detailed section on the pedal but I don't see any prices.
     
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    I bought my first pedals around 1982-83. If I remember correctly, the TS9 was about $89 retail. That ought to be in the ballpark of the original 808 price.
     
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    I was just getting into guitar then. Pedals weren’t cheap, not 20 bucks anyway. I think around $50-60. You could buy 10 albums for that. I bought records.
     
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    I actually called analogman this morning and Mike wasn't in. My buddy Dave Onorato at Dojo Guitar in Atlanta used to own a couple new in the box but he's just back and is sleeping off his NAMMthrax.
     
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    I think that's correct. Analogman quoted same for the TS9.
     
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    I paid $59 for mine new in '79. Sold it for $20 in '84. Doh!
     
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    I bought one in college, would have been right around 1980. As a broke college student. I seem to remember about 35 bucks
     
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    Ya, I bought one of the first also, about 70-90 bucks, which was (is)
    a lot of money.
     
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    This ought to be a great video in a great series... the TS is so interesting and it's so underrated these days IMO. All the much hyped stuff never really seems much better than the TS once you get it home.

    Can't wait to see it.

    I'm not old enough to have even known what a Tube Screamer was in the 80s... but it is easy to forget how expensive electronic stuff was. Relative to inflation stuff like video games were a lot more expensive back then and computers were off the charts expensive.
     
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    Ibanez now offers 6 different versions.

    Their most expensive is the "Hand Wired" which retails at $349.99.

    That's a lot of money for any stomp box, regardless of who makes it or what it does.

    I tried them all out at NAMM.

    They all pretty much did the same thing.
     
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    I could see that. I remember "computer stores" where they sold huge boxes with slightly more memory than a programmable thermostat for ballpark of $3k.

    I say this because a simple circuit that we now can buy DIY kits to build ourselves was "state of the art".
     
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    I have no idea how accurate it is, I thought it odd that it was somewhat difficult to find the price.
    Rather than search web entries I looked at photos.
    Some history was interesting: Like the photo of Steve Miller.
    https://www.guitarplayer.com/gear/the-story-of-the-tube-screamer
     
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    That is a good one. I read...well... all of them of course to work on this one. There's also a great article that Premier Guitar did.
    The twist with this website is that it's listing the price at release in Europe, so there would have been lots of variables that might have been different between Japan and the US vs. Japan and a European country in '79.

    Dave at Dojo's dad had a store and he believes that they listed for $119 at release.

    Anybody else that can help us with this one?
     
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    Nammthrax? Wow sounds serious
     
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    Always enjoy your videos Keith quality content
     
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