absolutely called outfitsWere shell packs available
no; but yes to pre-configured sets; but just about everything possible was configured.were you limited to certain size and finish options?
probably by accident rather than on purpose.. : )Did people own multiple drums
is that accurate? or is it the dollar buys less todaythey were more expensive if adjusted for inflation.
Yup, same here... collected the catalogs in the '60's (well, actually just Rogers and Ludwig) and wore them out studying 'em.When I started playing back in the 1960s, if you wanted brand-new drums you went to a drum store/music store and either ordered a drumset or bought one they had in stock. If you ordered one you could order an outfit straight out of a drum company catalog* or you could assemble a custom outfit item-by-item and order that. If you couldn't afford brand-new drums you bought them used via newspaper ads or in pawn shops. You usually bought new cymbals from the ones a store had in stock, or bought them used via ads or in pawn shops. Like with most consumer commerce, the Internet completely changed this experience.
*By the time I was 12 years old I had catalogs from Ludwig, Slingerland, Rogers and Gretsch. (All you had to do to get one was send a letter to the company.) I always went through each catalog and marked the various items that I would get if I were ordering a complete drumset out of that catalog. I looked at my first (1964) Rogers catalog so often that the cover finally wore out and fell off it.
I guess I see it differently, take $894.00 in 1971 that means one would need to spend $6055 in todays dollars to buy the same drum set, yet a brand new Yamaha Stage Custom is around $650.00 with snare.is that accurate? or is it the dollar buys less today
lets take this set
$894 with all stands
$894 in 1971 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $6,055.14 today, an increase of $5,161.14 over 50 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 3.90% per year between 1971 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 577.31%.
This means that today's prices are 6.77 times higher than average prices since 1971, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index. A dollar today only buys 14.76% of what it could buy back then.
Looks like the dollar is worth less no yes? +/-
The 3.90% inflation rate means $894 in 1971 is equivalent to $6,055.14 today. This inflation calculator uses the official US consumer price index published by the Department of Labor.www.in2013dollars.com
add in the cymbals:
$1100 in 1971 is worth $7450.40 today.
dollar's power has gone down +/-
I agree for the most part. Know what blows my mind? The price of brand-new tom arms/accessory brackets. a pearl tom arm is like $70+ new, and accessory brackets are $25+ brand new. Thank goodness the used market is pretty darn strong and the internet/ebay hasn't made good deals completely inaccessible.I remember when drum equipment was affordable. Today the price’s are overinflated. It’s been over 10 years since I got anything new.