The Bach Box
Last October -- here, in fact -- I was musing about how much I had saved by holding out for the stripped Honda Civic, and what I should do with that money:
Now I'm trying to think of something interesting to do with the money I saved. (Something more interesting than buying fuel oil for the winter, anyway....)
(For those just joining a story in progress: Simply declining the dealer-installed CAR RADIO and putting an after-market radio into the car myself had saved me about $675.)
Well, this spring I figured it out: the obvious way to spend the money I saved on a car radio would be to spend it on MUSIC.
Now, clearly, the Age of the Compact Disc is ending. And - if you look around - it's possible to download about any music one can think of. And while I don't much object to the idea of downloading something that is otherwise NOT FOR SALE AT ANY PRICE, I'm old-school enough to feel uncomfortable about stealing music.
In March, Warner Brothers re-issued the 1999 Teldec "Bach 2000" set. When it first came out in 1999, it listed for $1120 (say, $1500 in today's money - and I think Tower Records would sell it to you for something like $800?); either way, it was too expensive for a guy with three small children. But this year - updated and re-issued as "The Complete Bach Edition" - it now lists for a much more reasonable $400.
$268 had it delivered to my door. 153 CDs of JS Bach, a full week's worth of music.
Very roughly, it's about one-fourth of the original price back at the turn of the century.
Various friends and family think it's insane; and yet nobody would bat an eye if I simply gone ahead and had spent that very same money on a stupid car radio....