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What's something from the Good Ole Days that wasn't really so good?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by cometazzi, Sep 20, 2020.

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  1. cometazzi

    cometazzi Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I know it's real easy to look back into your life and times with rose-coloured glasses, but what are some things that people often tout as "used to be better" that really wasn't? I can name one:

    Cars. Don't get me wrong, I'm a classic car nut and I've loved cars from every era since they began. However, I am also able to admit that modern cars beat the classics in every single category except 'cool factor'. Hence:



    That video is tragic, because (even though I'm mostly a Ford Guy, that Bel Air is gorgeous).


    Meanwhile, what's something you remember from the good ole days that wasn't so... good?
     
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    Guitar prices.
    Back in the day - I bought my first guitar in probably about 1970 - a $200-$400 guitar was crap. You had to spend more to get a really quality instrument. And that's in 1970 dollars, mind you, when you could get a new car for $1,999.
    You can spend the same amount of money on a guitar now in 2020 dollars and come away with a really excellent guitar.
     
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    Yeah and you'll still hear plenty of people say they just don't make them like they used to! I've seen that video before. Man that car just crinkles like a foil.
     
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    All of my first responses would get me banned, so I’ll just just say, ummm ... asbestos?
     
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    Old Moxie ... ;)
     
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    born in 66 here

    car exhaust from leaded fuel
    bus exhaust in general
    heavy eyeglasses
    dental fillings

    other than that, I loved being a kid back then
     
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    Really? In 1970 you could buy 50s and 60s Strats and Teles for $200.
     
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    Exactly. My understanding is that the Gibson model numbers indicated price originally. A ES335 cost $335.
     
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    ole green teeth at the dew drop inn just over the mississippi line that time when my car broke down.
     
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    Now that is a fair point, come to think of it.
    But consider this ... here's a list of prices from the 1964 Fender catalogue:

    The April 1964 price list gave prices for these models as follows:
    Jaguar $379.50-$456.88,
    Jazzmaster $349.50-$420.20,
    Stratocaster $259.50-$349.50,
    Jazz bass $279.50-$293.47,
    Precision bass $229.50-$240.97,
    Bass VI: $329.50-$345.97


    https://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/fender/catalogues/1964_1965_2.php


    And that's 6 years before 1970. I see some models pushing $350 to $500 there.
     
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    There has always been, and will always be, bad pop music.
     
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    Telephones were coal fired back in the day.
    Remember phone niches in the hallway?
    Long distance was EXPENSIVE!
    I went off to college at UH in 1969.
    There were two pay phones for the entire dorm and
    they were always busy.
    Off to the University Center where there was
    a row of 20+ phone booths in the basement.
    And Ma'Bell? Woof.
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    I was talking about used ones. I saw them all day long for $200-300 in the early 70s, at least in the Bay Area.
     
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    I recently read that the Quebec town of Asbestos, once the home of the world's largest asbestos mine, is looking for a new name.
     
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    Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Guild, and Martin were pro level instruments and were priced accordingly. If you adjust for inflation, a MIA Fender costs about the same now as it did then.
     
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    Yes! (Actually, they're cheaper now, with $300 in 1964 equating to just over $2500 now, but still). And yet people complain every single time Fender has an increase that keeps prices not even in line with inflation.
     
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    And how many people had jobs working for Ma Bell? I knew several. 411 anyone?
     
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    here's something from the good old days that was good- newspapers and magazines. And libraries!
     
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