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Gadzukes!
04-23-2013, 09:19 AM
I was browsing eBay and saw this vintage 60s Kamaka. It looks like it has the original price tag on it, and I think it says $22. Can this be right?

Link to auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Gold-Label-4-String-Koa-wood-Kamaka-Ukulele-from-Hawaii-1969-/221209037778?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3381160bd2&nma=true&si=4ba9ZxJZgPcuQZ6FclqyHkkellw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

52232

remy26
04-23-2013, 10:34 AM
I can't say for sure but it very well could be...

I just picked up a vintage Martin Baritone from the early sixties and it still had the original hang tag in the case. It was $15 new, according to the tag!

Gadzukes!
04-23-2013, 10:37 AM
Looks like $23 in 1969 is equivalent to around $150 today, so I guess that's probably correct.

UkerDanno
04-23-2013, 11:14 AM
Probably about right, in about 1967 or so I bought a Harmony bass for $65...I was lusting for a Fender, but they were $150!

OldePhart
04-23-2013, 01:17 PM
I'm guessing that was probably about right - though it might have gotten the tag in a second hand shop or something.

Still, back then I think a brand-new full-size sedan would set you back a whopping $2500 or thereabouts.

I remember my mom sending me to the supermarket with a few quarters to get bread and milk around that time and I had enough to pick up a candy-bar, too. :)

John

BIGDB
04-23-2013, 02:36 PM
I have vintage style 3 martin and I'm guessing some pawn shop or something was dumb enough to engrave in the actual wood on the head 25.00

itsme
04-23-2013, 03:26 PM
I remember my mom sending me to the supermarket with a few quarters to get bread and milk around that time and I had enough to pick up a candy-bar, too. :)
Ha! I remember nickle candy bars, 4 cent postage stamps and 15 cent McDonald's hamburgers. :p

Kayak Jim
04-23-2013, 03:34 PM
Looks like ukes are the best investment around, and a whole lot of fun to boot!

Faricelli
04-23-2013, 03:46 PM
When I did the factory tour a few weeks ago they said that in the 1930's you could get a uke for 6 bucks.

Gadzukes!
04-23-2013, 08:11 PM
$6 in 1930 = $83 today. In 1930, a five bedroom home in Wisconsin was $5,700. 5700/83=68ish. So you could buy a house for 68 ukuleles. A modern five bedroom home costs around $150,00 depending on where you live. Divide that by 68 and you have 2,000. So for 2,000 1930 Kamakas, you could take a course in remedial math and have enough left over to buy a EDIT - derogatory epithet removed - seeso.