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if a bass cost $171 new in the 70s, whats it worth now?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by UtBDan, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. UtBDan


    Oct 29, 2004
    I see this knockoff bass that, after converting currency and everything, costed $171 new in the 70s...

    ...how much would that translate too worth now?
  2. Groundloop


    Jun 21, 2005
    Can you be a little more specific about what bass you're talking about?
  3. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Accounting for inflation, about 755. But, if you take into account that 70's fenders were American made, the American made ones now cost around 1000 new, maybe a bit less. Instrument valuation would make quite a difference.
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Could be a lot.... could be nothing - there are some cheap basses that nobody wants to buy now and quality control wasn't as good in the 70s as it is now...:meh: Might be a lemon?

    Bottom line is - what does anybody want to pay for it!!?? ;)
  5. UtBDan


    Oct 29, 2004
    its same weird Japanese companies bass that cost like 18,000 yen in the mid 70s. It got shined up a little bit, and is for sale, but no price, just has a "make an offer" situation. I don't know what it's worth or anything... so I asked.
  6. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    if we could see pics, we might be able to identify it and help asess a value.
  7. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
  8. Yeah, it's easy to suggest that with inflation, it would be worth x dollars if bought today. But the value of intruments varies so much that it's not at all a good indicator of value. We'd need pics and more info.
  9. bassaussie


    Oct 6, 2001

    It could be anywhere from nothing to $10,000. An instrument's original value has little relevance to it's value in the used market, and the older the instrument gets, the more this becomes true.

    The only way to get an idea of it's value is to post a picture on here, with the brand name, model name, and as much information as you can provide.
  10. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    Right now your bass is worth nothing to us. Why? No information about it. Like the others have said, brand, model [if available], pretty much any information about it would be nice. If you can provide pictures of the full bass, head stock shots, and pics of any markings/words on the bass it would help out a tremendous amount. Why? Because with just that much information, we could just google it and normally find out at least something.

    Take it easy.
  11. UtBDan


    Oct 29, 2004
    its an Teisco EP-200B.

    Ads from Teisoc from the heyday:

    Exact photo of the one I can get is attached. It wasn't in good condition when the seller found it, but they had someone clean it up and even put on a new Hofner tail piece.

    Attached Files:

  12. Groundloop


    Jun 21, 2005
    OK! Now we're talking.

    Based on what I could find, somewhere between $100 (what some dude paid at a pawn shop in 2003) and $300 (what some other dude was trying to sell one for on guitar-forum.net in early 2004) would be a fair offer. It definitely falls into the "Cool-Funky" retro category that's becoming more popular.
  13. it looks sweet,

  14. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    Hey, Dan (MUTA from UG here).

    Based on a pic and knowing it's a small 70s brand that wasn't customs or anything, I'd say from 150-200 bucks depending on the cash you have.
  15. UtBDan


    Oct 29, 2004
    ^ took a while to figure out MUT was Metal Up The.

    I may end up lowballing him... it looks kinda cool to me. I'll want to play it too.