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Title: Price of 200A When New?
Post by: Doctor Robert on December 14, 2018, 03:58:06 PM
Howdy,

I received my first Wurly 200A during the Fall of 1977 while I was a freshman in high school. I think I know what my dad paid for it, but does anyone know for sure what these instruments cost when new? Any historical price lists out there? I'd love to know what they sold for new and then use an inflation calculator to see what it would cost in today's dollars. Thanks!
Title: Re: Price of 200A When New?
Post by: pianotuner steveo on December 14, 2018, 08:17:11 PM
A friend of mine worked in a music store when they were still made and seems to remember them being $599 MSRP towards the end.
Can anyone else verify this?
Title: Re: Price of 200A When New?
Post by: Doctor Robert on December 14, 2018, 10:10:20 PM
 I’m pretty sure my dad paid at least $1000 for mine which didn’t include tax and didn’t include the case that I got at the same time. I do remember they weren’t cheap! Here are the prices of various Fender Rhodes pianos in 1978. Judging by how expensive they were, I think my memory is probably accurate in regards to the 200A, although they may have been as much is $1200. Seems to me it was in that range. If it was $1000 in 1977 (which I’m 90 percent it was), adjusted for inflation, the 200A would cost $4159(!!) in today’s dollars.

1978
Rhodes Keyboard Instruments
Suggested Retail Price List Effective December 17, 1977

Keyboards

$1595 Suitcase Piano Set, 88 Key
$1425 Suitcase Piano Set, 73 Key
$1145 Mark I Stage Piano, 88 Key
$975 Mark I Stage Piano, 73 Key
$550 Piano Bass, 32 Key
Title: Re: Price of 200A When New?
Post by: pianotuner steveo on December 15, 2018, 05:14:47 AM
Do you remember what year he bought yours, Doc?
Something tells me $1000 included the case.
Unless the $599 was in the early 70’s...

Wow, keyboards were expensive then! I think I made around $2/hr in 1978 !
That explains why I only had my first model 700 then, bought at a used furniture store for $80.
That was a 40 hour paycheck!!

Title: Re: Price of 200A When New?
Post by: Doctor Robert on December 15, 2018, 11:36:27 AM
It is quite possible that the thousand dollars did include the case. It was in the fall of 1977 that my dad bought it for me.
Title: Re: Price of 200A When New?
Post by: pianotuner steveo on December 19, 2018, 07:47:08 AM
That sounds right to me. I’m pretty sure just the piano didn’t go above or much above $600.
Title: Re: Price of 200A When New?
Post by: dnarkosis on December 19, 2018, 10:00:38 AM
FWIW back in 2006, I responded to a similar thread here about Rhodes prices:

On April 16, 1979 (still have the receipt), I bought a Suitcase 73 in Atlanta (with the silverface slider preamp):

$985.00 + $39.40 tax
$1024.40 total
Title: Re: Price of 200A When New?
Post by: Tonewheel on December 27, 2018, 09:52:06 AM
Very interesting thread. I bought my 200A a few months ago for $!750, because it was an estate item that had been well cared for, cosmetically and mechanically. I am certain that many here have paid a much better price. But a vintage, iconic instrument like this, with such a beautiful action, was worth it to me.

It's nice to know that the original price was up there.
Title: Re: Price of 200A When New?
Post by: Electrickey on January 17, 2019, 04:37:17 PM
I bought my 200A in 2013 for $600. Bostonian moving to Las Vegas did not want to bring it with.

Had a flight case made for it.