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Steveomatic
Posted 2019-04-16 5:38 AM (#547711)
Subject: Ovation 1987-4 Collector's Series



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Location: USA

Hello,

I hope everyone is doing well. I have an opportunity to purchase a 1987-4 collectors in mint condition with the OHSC. I am trying to find info on what would be a fair price to pay. I would love to get that "great deal" but am happy to pay a fair price. I believe this one is what the Book Elite was based off of (the original). I appreciate all advice on fair market value.

Thanks!

 

 

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MWoody
Posted 2019-04-16 7:41 PM (#547731 - in reply to #547711)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1987-4 Collector's Series



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Location: Upper Left USA
Steve,
You can run comparisons on Reverb and Ebay and come to your own conclusions. If you really want that model (some consider it to be the best Collector's) then there's no shame in paying what you are willing to.

That said, there is one on Ebay at $1700 that is from Japan.
I have had one on Craiglsit and Facebook for $1800.

The term "Mint Condition" gets abused often.

They are worth what someone is willing to pay and most are priceless favorites to some of us.
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moody, p.i.
Posted 2019-04-16 11:41 PM (#547735 - in reply to #547711)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1987-4 Collector's Series


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My was $750 13-14 years ago. I wouldn't sell it for 3 times that. Prices are interesting. It's what the market is RIGHT NOW.
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DetlefMichel
Posted 2019-04-17 5:07 AM (#547738 - in reply to #547711)
Subject: RE: Ovation 1987-4 Collector's Series



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The Ovation 87 is the Winchester 73.

I bought mine in close to mint condition for 1200 Euros and here in Europe this was a steal. In USA these guitars are always more reasonably priced (grumble) but an 87 surely is a four-digit guitar, worth every penny.

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Steveomatic
Posted 2019-04-17 6:45 PM (#547759 - in reply to #547711)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1987-4 Collector's Series



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Thank you. It is in real mint condition and he wants $2000.

Talk me out of it!!
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Standingovation
Posted 2019-04-18 6:08 AM (#547760 - in reply to #547711)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1987-4 Collector's Series



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Location: Phoenix AZ
OK, you asked ... personally I think $2000 is over priced.

Great guitar? YES. Is it s smoking good deal? I'd say NOT. But if you've got the money and not just shopping for a bottom feeder deal then what the hell ... go for it. I doubt very much you would be disappointed and in a few months probably won't even remember what you paid for it.

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jay
Posted 2019-04-18 9:37 AM (#547762 - in reply to #547760)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1987-4 Collector's Series



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Location: Texas

If you have 2K for a guitar and you want it, grab it. Its' $$value only comes if and when you want to sell it. Woodrow is right. if you only want to pay "market, you have to spend some time with doing DD in the secondary outlets...not on a forum asking for opinions. 
There does come a point, that the limited production guitars are all in tight hands. Then...you either can ask what you want, if you have one and can find someone that wants it, or pay out the nose if you can find one.  A lot of the decent Ovations are getting close to that point right now. The secondary supply seems to be dwindling. 

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DetlefMichel
Posted 2019-04-18 10:48 AM (#547763 - in reply to #547711)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1987-4 Collector's Series



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I would follow standingovation, it´s quite pricey. You can get good Adamas guitars for that. But:
I was looking for a 87 for years, the only one I found some time ago was in France, they asked 3000, way too much, but I was seriously thinking about it! The 87 is one of the guitars with a real "aura" around it, a rare bird like a Mercedes 190 "Pagode"...
I had a "BOOK" elite ,too and a NAKAO Elite but the 87, although seemingly the same construction, was an obvious winner.
What you should know: the 87 is a very special guitar, it will not replace an all-purpose tool like a Martin D28. The 87 is a guitar with a lyric note, very bright, balanced midrange even in the higher registers, not a rock axe like an Adamas 1687 and not a bassy songwriter-guitar like a Custom legend. This guitar sings if you play it precisely but it will not cover mistakes like other guitars do, you have to play every single note and let it grow and then it rings like a bell. Kind of a Jazz guitar, archtop-like attacks, nice dynamics but not a very long sustain. It´s a guitar for these quiet hours when you sit on your sofa and you just let everything flow and after several hours you will wonder where the evening went.
I have a nice small collection of Ovations, and the 87 really is one of my favourites, but I would not want to have it as an "only" guitar. If you have more than one guitar you should consider to get a guitar like this, maybe for a little less than 2000 but that depends on what it´s worth for you.
You go for vintage gear not by reason, but by gut feeling, and if this is right, the price is secondary.
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Koenig Kurt
Posted 2019-04-18 11:22 AM (#547765 - in reply to #547711)
Subject: Re: Ovation 1987-4 Collector's Series



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Great guitars. One of the best wooden guitars they made.

Best regards,
Kurt
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