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Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1380
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2012 - 7:05 am:   Edit Post

I was asked a question about a Spoiler and I uploaded some old (early eighties) pricelists, beware: can be a shocking experience
Click here
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5204
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2012 - 7:37 am:   Edit Post


Thanks, very entertaining! Love the "Bubbly Maple". Interesting how the F-2B hasn't increased much at all in price relative to the instruments and other products.

Bill, tgo
Username: honninscrave

Post Number: 21
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2012 - 10:09 am:   Edit Post

My bubinga Spoiler/Exploiter was $1,795.00 CAD (with the case) when I bought it new in 1987 from Steve's Music in Toronto. The exchange rate back then was about $1.3 CAD to $1 USD...
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3091
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2012 - 11:47 am:   Edit Post

Incredible prices I remember seeing two alembics in a music shop here in the UK in the early 80's just after the Clarke Duke project hit the town. They were priced at 3000 UK pounds. So just think what the exchange rate would have been back in the early 80's to see how expensive they were here.

Advanced Member
Username: hammer

Post Number: 211
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2012 - 12:30 pm:   Edit Post

Very interesting.

I actually didn't feel too bad looking at the Distillate prices since they were exactly what I paid for mine 5-years ago.

Of course, then I thought about the MK Signature Deluxe build I'm currently having done versus the Series prices of yesteryear and I swallowed hard.

Of course in 1983...most of us weren't making what we are today (even with the recession factored in) and the cost of living at least in the upper mid-west was no where close to what it is at the current time.
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 1938
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2012 - 3:35 pm:   Edit Post

My MK Signature was a bargain, I got it in Rudy Penshur's in New York in Jan 1998..the price.. a mere $1700 and the exchange rate at that time mean I paid about 850-900. It has paid for itself many times over.
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1381
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2012 - 7:06 pm:   Edit Post

I wasn't making a lot of money in '83

I've also updated the catalogue section: Click here (new scans and new pages)
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1262
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, August 10, 2012 - 4:47 am:   Edit Post

Interesting. In Nov. '84, list on a Spoiler was $1190. The first Alembic I actually laid hands on was a new '83 Spoiler at the (hanging head in shame) Guitar Center where I worked then. We were asking $1500.


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