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Attention, Wal freaks and fans!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wraub, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    previated devert
    So, was cleaning out the garage, and found some info from back in the day, that I had been sent by request from the good folks at Wal.

    Not exactly a catalog, more like a brochure with pics, price sheet, user list, and magazine reviews.

    If anyone is interested, I have scanned it as a PDF file, and have it hosted here :


  2. PazzoBasso


    Jan 21, 2011
    Cool. Thanks!

    Love those 80's prices... Looks like they are shown in US$ too...
  3. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Fire up the Delorean Doc, we need to get back to the year 1985!
  4. j.kernodle

    j.kernodle Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    wow. £1000 for a Wal. wow. of course. minimum wage was something like $3.50/hour then too.
  5. Hi.

    Thanks for sharing that piece of history.

  6. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    previated devert
    It actually says 1000 dollars, not pounds.

    How's that for inflation? :)

    Glad the scans were appreciated. I may have other similarly ancient catalogs and stuff out there, I'll keep digging.
  7. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I have a Japanese store Wal ad also from 1985, and the prices back then printed on it ranged from 460,000 to 520,000 Yen! So, back then they were pretty insanely expensive over there.
  8. Really cool. As a kid I was a sucker for all that colorful ad copy and glossy pics. Nowadays you think, Man, I could've found some way to put that kind of money together, and then hold onto that instrument for sale decades later or to keep. But of course, cheap as it seems now, $1000 for a kid means the world.

    I remember sending away for a Warwick catalog and loving all the peculiar phrasing in the description of each instrument. The whole thing sounded like it was written by some kind of stuffy British tv character. Guess I was expecting deadpan German tech-speak. Of course the pics were great and I was jonesing hard for a Dolphin with all those exotic wood species. Anyway, thanks for sharing that catalog!
  9. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    That artists roster is an amazing list
  10. Tjluke


    Aug 4, 2007
    Very cool, thanks!
  11. swing


    Apr 25, 2000
    Thanks for this!
  12. kulit17

    kulit17 Wal Collector #35 Supporting Member

    Excellent find wraub!! Thanks for posting and sharing!!!!
  13. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    previated devert
    Glad you all dig it. Glad to do it.

    Again, I have many old catalogs lurking around here. Still searching for 'em all.

    Anyone interested in an old Chapman Stick package?
  14. Hi.

    Please do, I for one always get a kick looking at old catalogs/brochures.

    It's probably just me, but does there seem to be a heavyish Malcolm McLaren / Brit Punk influenced artist count in Wal users?

    Hell yeah :).

  15. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    previated devert
    Sorry, missed this. Be up asap.
  16. Shedua511


    Apr 6, 2013
    Oslo, Norway
    Agent for Scandinavian countries: Stick Enterprises Inc.
  17. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    previated devert
    Shedua511, T-Bird, Thanks for your patience on this.

    The rest of you... What the hell, thanks to you too. ;)

    Knew I had seen it in the garage boxes somewhere, just had to go and find it. Took a bit, and it's actually a bit more stuff than I had remembered, so, it's gonna be a while still.
    Scanning commences now. Post to follow, probably in a dedicated thread. Will post link.


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