The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #116782 Message #2879653
Posted By: Midchuck
04-Apr-10 - 07:27 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The D-18 Song / Thank You Mr Martin
Subject: RE: Thank You Mr Martin - The D-18 Song
When my parents got me my first Martin for Christmas in 1962 (my senior year in college) I kept the catalog and price list supplement. The retail list for a D-18 in 1962 was $210.00. And at that time it was much more likely that you'd pay list price than it is now. Assuming no significant change in two years, the price in the song would have been just under 50% of the new price.
I couldn't talk my parents into paying that much, I had to settle for a 00-18 for $155.00. I paid about twice that much for extensive repairs before I gave it to my daughter in '01. I would think it's worth about $2000 now.
If only I had known - and been able to convince my parents - what would happen to the prices of the D-21 ($265) and D-28 ($335) when Brazilian Rosewood became so scarce....