Hi, I have booked to audition a P8 with Apheta 3 next week and it got me thinking about my Hi-Fi history. My first TT was a Trio which I upgraded to a Rega Planar 3 in 1980 (had the r200 Arm and I think I had the A&R C77 as I couldn’t afford the P77) . Any Idea what I may have paid for the TT at the time? As a student I did not keep any records but I would be interest to see how prices have changes. It has been great looking at the Naim price list thread
Thanks for your thoughts
I ordered a Planar 3 in late 1978 for £135. Whether that had a cartridge I’m not sure. It took so long to come that I’d saved enough for an LP12 with Rega arm for £292. The Linn was delivered on my 18th birthday in February 1979, every single penny of that £292 earned from my job at B&Q.
Not helpful to your question, but if your Trio were the KD1033B I had that turntable and fairly recent Googling suggests I (my parents) paid £65 for the deck and cartridge in 1979/80.
The absolute value at the time might be misleading, It has to be actualized to be considered in my opinion.
135 pounds in 1978 would correspond to 779 pounds of today, while 292 gbp in 1979 would be worth 1487 gbp today.
I think that hifi became more democratic over the years, despite some crazy prices that we see today the entry bill to hifi Is lower today. It’s obviously imho
Thanks Guys. Yes, using the Bank of England inflation calculator gives the current equivalent of a 1978 £135, as Mojo_65 says. Current P3 is £580 ex cartridge, so not all that different considering. As you say there are now many good options below this price, making our hobby more accessible.
Much fun looking back. I currently still use my Nytech NA202.
While checking to see what the old price was, I found that in 1983/4 the Rega Planar 3 (with R200) was priced at £148. Then during '84 the revised Planar 3 with the RB300 was introduced at a price of £188.
I remember buying a Rega Planar 3 at £188, NAD 3020 (£80) I think, and Mission 700 speakers (cant remember the exact price, about £110 I think?) in around 1983 or 4. My memory of SQ being the best I ever heard over every other system since (usually costing £000’s). I often wonder if that was really the case or were my youthful ears unaccustomed as to what genuine SQ really was back then (I remember there was a lot of cheap Student Union beer involved)?
That’s what I paid in 1984. And I think £12 for a Linn Basik cartridge- May have got the name wrong- but was yellow and sounded pretty good.
Thanks Richard. I started with the 200 arm and then upgraded to the 300, probably about 1985
Since we’re heading down memory lane - in 1983 I bought a P3 with R200 for £129, and a C77 for £16.90, Creek CAS4040 for£115, MA252s for£99. Still got the invoice. And my wife says I’m a hoarder! Pah! I traded the P3 for the one with the RB300 tone arm in late 1984 (rrp £188 as stated above) and later added a Linn K9. Still have that P3 and still love it even though my amp and speakers have moved on.
Almost exactly the system I had, but replacing the Creek with the Nytech. I remember the Creek and the NAD 3020 were on my want list but went for the Nytech.
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