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Offline coachdobbs

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« on: February 28, 2008, 04:24:05 PM »
So I was in our local Guitar Center in Charlotte NC and when I walked back to the keyboard section I was AMAZED to see a Rhodes for sale! Now let me say it wasnt         the best looking one I have ever seen. It was a stage 73 stamped 3475 with the "Rhodes" panel. It wasnt in really all that great of shape. Tolex torn in a few spots and the "Seventy Three" logo was missing. The harp cover was pretty nicked upand some of the keys had obviously been replaced.  I would say out of 10 I would give it a 5.5. I had never seen one in any kind of music store around here before so when I saw one it was a shock! I played it and it played pretty well. But the funny thing was the price tag... $1199!! I wanna be there when they sell it for that much... But thats how those stores do it. Buy it cheap and make a killing selling it to someone who thinks its cooland doesnt know what are buying. Has anyone else on here ever seen one pop up in a big chain store like that?
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2008, 05:56:29 PM »
Quote from: "coachdobbs"
So I was in our local Guitar Center in Charlotte NC and when I walked back to the keyboard section I was AMAZED to see a Rhodes for sale! Now let me say it wasnt         the best looking one I have ever seen. It was a stage 73 stamped 3475 with the "Rhodes" panel. It wasnt in really all that great of shape. Tolex torn in a few spots and the "Seventy Three" logo was missing. The harp cover was pretty nicked upand some of the keys had obviously been replaced.  I would say out of 10 I would give it a 5.5. I had never seen one in any kind of music store around here before so when I saw one it was a shock! I played it and it played pretty well. But the funny thing was the price tag... $1199!! I wanna be there when they sell it for that much... But thats how those stores do it. Buy it cheap and make a killing selling it to someone who thinks its cooland doesnt know what are buying. Has anyone else on here ever seen one pop up in a big chain store like that?


Yes, I have seen a similar one here in the Virginia Beach Guitar Center. Fact is, I was there the day they took it in. They allowed a $300.00 credit towards merchandise  for it,  iirc. They'll prolly sell the one you've spoken of for around $800.00.

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« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2008, 06:54:22 AM »
I saw an average condition Mark II stage in a well-known music shop here in London (in the famous Tin Pan alley) a year or two ago that had a price tag of £1000 ($2000)!! No legs, braces or sustain pedal either. I told the bloke behind the counter that the price was a total joke and he shrugged at me and said "yeah, I know, but some sucker will buy it at that price before the week is out". He was right.

A fool and his money are easily parted. I bet the guitar shop acquired it p/ex for next to nothing as well, thereby ripping off the previous owner too, so it seems a fool and his Rhodes are easily parted too.

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« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2008, 09:38:29 AM »
Then you have the other side of the coin. In the days JUST before I heard of Ebay, I STUPIDLY sold a near mint 1976-no, make that mint, stage 73 locally for $450. The guy bitched about the price too.(Because he didn't like the way the tone was set up,an easy fix)  I told him if he didnt want it, I'd sell it to someone else.I should have taken it back and waited a couple of more years...or just kept it....That was the best Rhodes I ever had.

How much did I pay for it?

$0.

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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2008, 11:56:28 AM »
places like guitar center mark their stuff up a good deal.  In fact, you can negotiate prices at guitar center much like a garage sale.  They have what's referred to as a "soft minimum" which is the lowest a sales rep can go down to without manager's approval.  I buy enough stuff there :).  

Anyhow, you could probably get it for under $1000, but it still wouldn't be worth it.  Somebody will buy it though.  Better deals on ebay and craigslist.
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2008, 12:51:01 AM »
I must be lucky then. I bought mine for $600 at the local GC, an early 76 suitcase eighty eight that had only been played (or even set up!) a handful of times. I 'd be surprised, but they also sold me a new Motif for $500.  :shock:
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2008, 12:42:21 PM »
That certainly was a deal from GC.  But may also mean they took it in on trade for like $200.   :shock:
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