What is a reasonable price for a vintage 1980-1981 Ibanez TS808 Tubescreamer

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  1. BigDiceBuddha

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    I see them all over Ebay and Reverb, listed for $800 and up, but they seem to just be sitting there at that price. Is that the going rate?

    What's considered a fair price for one of these?
     
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    As well as what to look for when looking at them to be sure I'm getting an original...

    Any advice for my search would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
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    This pedal seems to be overpriced. I wouldn't go more than 300$ for a vintage overdrive that is available EVERYWHERE EVERYTHIME. It's not rare it's just old.
     
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    Nailed it :aok
     
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    Yes, I agree that if that is the going rate it is overpriced.

    But principles aside, if one was trying to aquire one, what could they expect to reasonably pay?
     
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    originals are rare, hence the inflated/collector price that people seem willing to pay, I've seen auctions end at around the $1300.00 mark.
    I have an original that's pretty much flawless with the lowest serial number I've seen.
    I would just get a reissue used for $80.00-$100.00.
     
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    That's awesome. When did you aquire it? How low is the SN?
     
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    ebay sold items show for between $500-759.00
     
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    Thanks. That's still a lot, but at least a little more reasonable than 800 plus.

    So what am I looking for? Maxon on the circuit board, 4558D chip, what else? What distinguishes these from the re-issues?
     
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    Apologies if you've seen it, but Analogman has a cool history page that may answer some of your questions:

    http://analogman.com/tshist.htm

    I've gone to that history page many times.
     
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    If you are wanting one as a collector, go for it. More power to ya. However, if you are wanting one to play and are hoping there is some magic in the vintage ones, I think you'll be disappointed.

    I worked at a music store in the mid 90s and we had a vintage ts808 and TS9 as well as a newer TS 10 and even a plastic TS5 and they could all be set to sound the same, it's just that the knobs were in slightly different locations. Without looking, none of us could tell one from the other. I've swapped in the proper vintage 4558 and maybe heard a little difference, but if it was really there it was subtle. The various resistor tweaks make a difference, but again, not night and day. Based on years spent with Tube Screamers, I just don't think that it's one of those pedals where you gain much of anything going with vintage over new. Not to mention there are so many inexpensive variations to be had today.
     
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    this. if you want to look at what a 'reasonable price' is, look at what they actually sell for, not what they're listed for.
     
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    Thank you for the advice, I think I fall somewhere in between collector and looking for mojo/inspiration.

    I am a collector, and I think part of it is in fact to satisfy that need, although I do want to clarify I don't collect pedals. I don't want one in the "trophy" sense that people often think drive collectors... I'm just big into nostalgia. To me, it's the link to the past... Sort of like going into a five and dime or a drive in movie. I like things built a long time ago that stand the test of time. I like wondering where they've been and who's played them.

    So I guess in some ways I am chasing mojo and magic, just not in the tonal sense.
     
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    Love this. Probably the most honest and accurate tgp statement I've seen.
     
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    Thank you, I was thinking I came off hokey, but I meant it.

    Now, if you've got one of Stevie Ray Vaughn's old 1981 Tubescreamers lying around collecting dust you know where it can get some good use :)
     
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    Thanks, awesome resource.
     
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    You're welcome.

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    Here's mine. I don't have the serial number with me as I write this post, but it is near the one in the Analogman serial number list that says "killer tone," and I think that mine has that.

    I love my TS-808, but I can say that the tonal differences between it and the TS-9, TS-5, Super Tube Screamer and clones are pretty subtle, as noted before.
     
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    That looks great, a beauty. You know, if I can't find a TS808 in my price range, a vintage TS9 would be next on my list.
     
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    $30. Maybe $35 if it's in good condition.
     
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    QFT.
     

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