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Advanced Member
Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 358
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, February 04, 2006 - 5:52 pm:   Edit Post
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 943
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, February 04, 2006 - 7:00 pm:   Edit Post

Cool article! Thanks.

Bill, tgo
Username: lidon2001

Post Number: 93
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Saturday, February 04, 2006 - 11:27 pm:   Edit Post

Pretty much the reason why I chose not to sell my 1963 Fender Bassman. It isn't going to go down in price.

Senior Member
Username: the_mule

Post Number: 580
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 05, 2006 - 1:20 am:   Edit Post

>> "I stood there looking at that guitar and swore, 'Someday I will own all the J-200s!'"

>> "I used to get musicians asking me to help find a guitar with a sound they wanted. Now I get calls are from people who don't play and never intend to, saying, 'I've got $50,000 to invest. What should I buy and can you help me find it?' I don't know anymore if I'm a guitar dealer or a stockbroker."

These two sections sum it all up for me. The vintage market in general, and I know that there are exceptions to this rule, has nothing to do with love for music or musical instruments anymore, but with making money. And what's exactly the point of collecting all the specimens of a particular instrument still known to exist, other than some weird fanaticism?

>> "I don't think most musicians can afford to play guitars like this anymore," he says. "They're too expensive, too risky to perform with. You wouldn't play a Stradivarius in a country band, and that's what these guitars are like now."

Cause and effect, or the other way around?

Advanced Member
Username: jlpicard

Post Number: 357
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 05, 2006 - 1:30 am:   Edit Post

The real crime in all this is that great instruments are kept out of the hands they were intended for in the first place.
Senior Member
Username: keavin

Post Number: 655
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 05, 2006 - 5:56 am:   Edit Post

you are soo f#cking right about that!
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 621
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 05, 2006 - 7:12 pm:   Edit Post

This will all rock along until the inevitable 'turndown in the market' occurs. I remember in the mid 80s when GullWing Mercedes and original 250 Testarossas were fetching way past a million bucks, wouldn't dream of that now.

How the hell would you take a bath on a Flying V you gave $250,000 for? No money left for soap.

J o e y
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 39
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Monday, February 06, 2006 - 9:42 am:   Edit Post

I remember when Mercedes Gullwings were going for 15K, which makes them a pretty good investment over the years. I think I'll hold on to my vintage gear and my vintage cars.
Username: old_guy

Post Number: 15
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 2:00 pm:   Edit Post

You just talked me out of listing my collection. I agree with the instrument market steadiness, however autos swing almost violently. One year when the auto market drooped I got a call from Allentown Pa. from a broker/shipper needing 25 Jag XKE's for a Japaneese investor. Owning three, I held back, and the shipper still found 25 autos! Ever wonder where our treasures are?
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 1010
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 2:06 pm:   Edit Post


If you ever are looking for a nice sunny home for any of your E-Types, let me know. I've wanted one since I first saw one at the tender age of 6 or 7. For 20 years I promised myself either an XKE or a custom Alembic for my 50th b-day. The Alembic won (easier to explain to my wife) but I'm still keeping an eye out for a Jag someday. The most beautiful car ever mass produced.

Bill, tgo

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