Trip down memory lane... I was visiting my parents today and was going through some boxes of my stuff from a while back. I ran across a Hofner catalog from 1974. Check out the prices. (Yes, that's correct--$420 for the 500/1! The $79.50 is for the case). Also note that all models were available as fretless, as well. Hofner Catalog I also found an old Guitar Player magazine (also from '74) with an article about Joe Osborn, and a column by Carol Kaye (Pick vs. Fingers).