I'm clearing out my attic and found a whole bunch of music magazines from the early 90s. Prompted by another thread on here saying how we Europeans have a rough deal compared with the availability and price of gear in the US, I thought I would take a look at this from a different angle. You see, what struck me about the 1993 magazines is that 20 years ago was before the internet revolution, so the mags were full of double page ads from dealers as they were the shop window of the day, and the prices were the most striking thing. Just as a couple of examples a Squier P Bass cost around £275 in 1993, adjusted for inflation it should cost £475 today, but it doesn't....today a Squier VM P Bass costs £246, actually cheaper in absolute terms than it was 20 years ago. Adjusting for inflation again, that means that if it had been available at today's price in 1993 this bass would have been £145...or very roughly half the price that it actually was. Another example? What would you pay for an 'en vogue' 600 watt amp head today? $1000? $1500? How about $3000 dollars? Yes folks, in 1993 you could have bought a Trace Elliot AH600SMX head for just £1199, which equates to just over £2000 in today's money. Multiply by about 1.6 for the dollar price and you are over 3000! All Ampeg prices are listed as POA or "if you have to ask you can't afford it"! So while decent gear still costs, we forget how much more of a stretch it was in the 'good' old days.