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Why do people always assume "old is gold"?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Miotch, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

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    Needed a volume pedal. Got online and was kind of offended by prices. So I went to local pawn shop and offered $25 on an old '70s Shaller Fusschweller pedal. Took it to office, plugged it in and does nice smooth sweep. Cuts it off and maxes it out. Does exactly what it is supposed to. Ugly, but works.

    So, out of curiosity, I looked them up. People want anywhere from $44.99 to $192 for these pieces of plastic with a 100k pot and two jacks. I paid what I thought it was worth. I honestly wouldn't have paid $5 more for it. And there were thousands of these things used everywhere for decades. It's not like its rare or even collectible.

    Why is it that people think just because something is old, it is valuable? I get it if it's cool, rare or even superior to anything newer. But if I'm going to spend anything close to $100 for a volume pedal, I'd just go ahead and buy a VM-Pro.

    Perhaps all this stuff I see listed for crazy prices will still be listed for crazy prices if I'd check again 10 years later.
     
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  2. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Haha, I know...there is some guy on our local CL that has been trying for well over 2 years to to sell a late 70's DOD overdrive pedal for nearly $300. Every once in awhile it will be gone and I wonder if someone actually bought it but then a new listing pops up. I get it, its old, and likely rare but drop your price a bit and move it already.
     
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  3. Dadocaster

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    Yeah, it's interesting. It would be nice if it worked in my favor, though. I have one of these:

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    For whatever reason, they sell from 120 to 170 bucks. :D
     
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  4. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Let's see
    Your 57....
    I'm 77
    Maybe very little of quality...
    Hazz Been(except for 60-70s music)
    Produced
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    Cars, clothing, ummm...
     
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    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

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    They want it to be valuable because they are selling it, or they think it will make them a better player by owning it.

    Neither of which are accurate!
     
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    Ya only have to convince one person...
     
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    fezz parka The Return of the Red Helmet Strat-Talk Supporter

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  8. LPBlue

    LPBlue "That Guy", again...dammit! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'm just a couple of months shy of 63 and it astounds me as to the current "value" of things (musical) that I bought new or used 40+yrs ago. I bought good toys and took care of them. Now you want what? I could not afford to buy outright my current collection.:(
     
  9. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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  10. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    No. I want a shark with a laser.
     
  11. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

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    I know a guy who has some Ill-Tempered Sea Bass's. Will that work??
     
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  12. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah, but stuff is so cheap these days. When I was about 16 and first fancied playing guitar, my options were look for something half decent second hand or take a chance. I bought a Laramie acoustic from Gratton catalogue for £37. It was rubbish. Today it woukd cost around £550. Sound that and you’ll get a great instrument brand new.
     
  13. usul1978

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    Collecting ?
     
  14. LPBlue

    LPBlue "That Guy", again...dammit! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Not on the same page I think. I'm talking vintage Gibson/BC Rich/Yamaha with early 90s Fender, early 70s Fender/Marshall amps etc. Mesa and a whole lot of other stuff too. Like I said, I couldn't afford my rig today.
     
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    No, but you could probably afford today’s equivalent easier than you coukd have your kit back when it was new.on a general note, it does seem odd to me that everything old is supposed to be somehow better, because it cost more.
     
  16. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Senior Stratmaster

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    Why do people always assume "old is gold"?

    Conditioning.. same as it ever was.. ;)
     
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    I think it should be pointed out that that there is a value to vintage equipment just because it is vintage. Not because "old is gold", not because it is considered to be "good", let alone better than anything newer. It is simply because it is vintage and cool for that reason alone.
    Don't mistake that for being considered to be "as good or better".
    An antique chair doesn't hold your ass any better.
     
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    people are stupid. people are ESPECIALLY stupid where nostalgia is concerned.

    "My guitar hero when I was young used this thing therefore it is valuable because that music makes me feel young"

    (note: baby boomers are ESPECIALLY ESPECIALLY stupid like this)

    Try selling a mobile phone from the 90s on Ebay. "it's old therefore it's more valuable than a new phone" lol
     
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    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    I struck gold on my 79 strat. It is in such excellent condition. The frets are original and had no wear on them when I bought it. It had a couple of spots on the finish from a rubber guitar stand that buffed out nicely
     
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    Pedal -
    Old as dirt
    Made in the 1980's
    Bought in the 1980's
    Haven't been used since the 1980's
    Comes with original filth & crud
    It works!
    It's noisy!
    It's disgusting!
    Cannot be used with isolated battery units
    $1999.00 or best offer
    This thing is VINTAGE!
    Plays well with older guitars
    Great deal!

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